Women’s Eyeglass Frames

women's eyeglass frames

Eyeglass frames can truly enhance one’s appearance. Upswept shapes can literally add lift to a face. Color can be used to attract attention. When choosing frames, remember that they should accent your face, not dominate it, and smaller frames are still the most popular. Today’s materials allow for beautiful color. Anodized titanium is thin, light-weight, and delicately beautiful. Many rimless designs are made out of these materials. Small bits of metal join unframed lenses, creating an almost not-there look, which is extremely popular today. The rimless three-piece mount style also allows you to shine through. These frameless styles offer every shape imaginable.

If your face is round you want a rectangular frame to balance the roundness. If you have an oval face, any shape is appropriate—butterfly, upsweep, oval, round, or rectangle. Square faces do better with softer shapes. If your chin is very pointy, an eyeglass frame can balance that out. Plastic frames are popular with women today. Plastics offer everything from a bright red little cat eye to a heavy tortoise-shell rectangle. Many frame designers use laminates that allow layering of color for an extremely bold look.

There are also dressy delicate metal frames. Some designers even add small jewels to them. Eyewear follows trends in fashion, and today you can wear what looks best on you, whether it be almost invisible, heavy plastic, small, large, or jeweled with upswept temples. Just remember—if it isn’t appropriate to your prescription, choose something else. With the myriad styles available today, and with the help of your optician, you can easily find the right frame for your prescription and the shape of your face.

Which Shape is Your Face?

Finding the right eyeglass frames does not have to be a daunting task. The first thing you should do is figure out which shape your face is. Use the chart below to help you decide which frames would look and feel best on you based on the shape of your face:

Face Shape Description of Shape Frame Suggestions
Oval Face Considered ‘well balanced,’ as the top half balances out the bottom half Oval faces can wear almost any type of frame as long as the frames are proportionate to the face
Round Face Large, curved forehead and rounded chin; face looks ‘full,’ with few angles Geometric, angular frames outline a round face better
Heart-Shaped Face Widest part of face is forehead; face narrows and chin is slightly pointed Butterfly or aviator frames; frames with straight top lines and rounded sides
Rectangular Face Long, narrow face with a squared chin Frames with strong top bar and round bottom lines
Triangular Face Narrow forehead with full cheeks and chin Heart-shaped, square, aviator with straight top, or rimless wire frames work well
Square Face Angular jaw line; wide forehead and wide cheek and chin areas Oval or round frames can add a softer outline to a square face
Diamond-Shaped Face Small forehead, wide temple area, and a small chin area Square or butterfly-shaped frames work well

Courtesy of You! Are Something Beautiful, La Habra, CA.

How much do Eyeglass Frames Cost?

Women’s eyeglass frames vary with the designer, material, and style. Typically the material the frames are made of and the designer’s name will determine the cost, but you should also consider other factors, such as where you are purchasing your frames, whether there are any promotions, coupons or rebates available, and the type of vision insurance you have. Women’s eyeglass frames cost about the same as men’s, but women’s eyeglass frames come in many more styles, and the cost of frames may fluctuate depending on what’s hot or trending at the time.

Women’s Eyeglass Frame Materials

Women can choose from plastic, metal, or nylon frames. These are the materials most commonly used to make women’s frames, and there are different levels of quality for each. For example, traditional plastic frames are made of a material called zyl, which can be bent into any shape when heated and cooled. Zyl comes in a variety of colors and is one of the most popular materials used to make eyeglass frames. A stronger and more durable plastic called carbon fiber is for people who want the strength of metal but the weight of plastic. Carbon powder is added to the plastic to strengthen it. Carbon-fiber frames also come in a variety of colors. The reading glasses or sunglasses typically found in gas stations, convenience stores, and drug stores are made of cheaper plastics like cellulose proprionate, and are known to break easily and to be difficult to adjust.

Metal frames vary in quality, depending on the type of metal used. Although aluminum is popular, titanium frames are more durable. Both are resistant to damage and corrosion, and both metals are strong and come in a variety of colors, but titanium is more expensive because of its ability to return to its original shape if it is bent. Stainless steel eyeglass frames for women come in a variety of shapes, but are known to be brittle and may not suit your lifestyle.

Nylon is another material used to make women’s eyeglass frames. Typically, nylon is used to make frames for sports and safety goggles. For women who enjoy outdoor sports, this material may be the best option. Women who work in environments that require safety goggles may also consider prescription safety goggles made of nylon, but nylon frames should not be considered for everyday eyewear.

Tips for Choosing the Right Frame

Here are some tips to help you make the right decision when buying eyeglasses:

  • The top of the frame should be at or just below your eyebrow line.
  • Your eyes should be close to the center of the lens.
  • If you have a long nose or wide-set eyes, try a thick, darker-colored bridge that rests low on the nose.
  • If your eyes rest closer together, look for a high, thin, lightly colored bridge or a very thin frame.
  • If your face is short or wide, try a highly placed temple.
  • If your hair falls around your face, try a thin, light frame.
  • Bold frames look best on people with minimal or sleek hair around the face.

Also take your skin tone, hair color, clothing, lifestyle, and make-up into consideration when choosing eyeglasses. The right eyeglass frames should highlight your personal style.

What’s Trending in Women’s Eyeglass Frames?

Many women prefer to wear designer eyeglass frames. Popular brands include Anne, Klein, Chanel, Juicy Couture, D&G, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana, among others. Popular shapes include vintage, butterfly, aviator, teardrop, and round oval. According to the Vision Council, trending hues include tortoise, pinks, creamy neutrals, and pearly finishes. These colors offer a fresh, flirty feel that makes the eyes pop. Here is a look at what is trending in women’s eyeglass frames today:

Dolce and Gabbana Eyeglass Frames

Brand: Dolce and Gabbana

Shape: Rectangular

Style: Sophisticated

Materials: Plastic

Average Retail Price: $325.00

Anne Klein Eyeglass Frames

Brand: Anne Klein

Shape: Square

Style: Oversized/Big

Materials: Plastic

Average Retail Price: $100.00

Juicy Couture Eyeglass Frames

Brand: Juicy Couture

Shape: Aviator

Style: Smart

Materials: Plastic

Average Retail Price: $140.00

Gucci Eyeglass Frames

Brand: Gucci

Shape: Oval

Style: Full Rim

Materials: Plastic

Average Retail Price: $230.00

Christian Dior Eyeglass Frames

Brand: Christian Dior

Shape: Rectangle

Style: Rimless

Materials: Metal

Average Retail Price: $275.00

If you are interested in finding a new pair of eyeglass frames, use these questions to get the answers you need from your optician:

  • Which shape would you say my face is?
  • Which style of eyeglasses would compliment my face most?
  • Which materials should I consider for my eyeglass frames?
  • Based on my lifestyle, how many different pairs of frames should I own?
  • How should I clean my eyeglass frames?
  • Which styles and colors do you offer?

Did you know…eyeglass frames have been around since the thirteenth century?

  • The Vision Council, 2011, Fashion Trends http://www.thevisioncouncil.org/consumers/content_284.cfm?navID=617
  • J. Anshel, MD “Smart Medicine for Your Eyes” (SquareOne Publishers, 2011) 347-350
  • J. Weizer, MD; J. Stein, MD, MS “Reader’s Digest Guide to Eye Care” (Quantum Publishing Ltd. 2009) 34
This article was last updated on 07/2014