There are three keys to choosing the correct eyeglass frame for your face shape:
While most faces are a combination of shapes and angles, there are seven basic face shapes: round, oval, square, oblong, heart-shaped, triangle and diamond. Here is a further description of these face shapes and which types of frames work for each. Your optician or frame dispenser can help you use these guidelines to choose your new eyeglasses.
Eyeglass frames that are square or rectangular tend to be wider than a round face. This quality can enhance your face by making it appear slimmer and longer, all while adding balance to your round features. The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing glasses for round face shapes is to look for frames that add angles.
The oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions. To keep the oval's
natural balance, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of your
face. Geometric shapeslike squares or rectangles are among the most popular for oval faces.
When analyzing which color frame is right for you, there are three key factors to keep in mind:
The main factors to determine the best color palette are the colors of the skin, eyes and hair.
Skin tone is the prime element in determining coloring. All complexions fall into one of two color bases —
blue (cool) or yellow (warm). A cool complexion has blue or pink undertones, and a warm complexion has
a peachy or yellow cast. Olive skin is considered cool because it is a mixture of blue and yellow.
Eye colors are usually a secondary element in determining coloring because of the wide range of eye
colors. For example, blue eyes can range from a cool almost violet to a pale blue-gray, which is warm.
Brown eyes can vary from a light cider shade (warm) through a medium-brown to a cool almost-black
Hair colors are also considered warm or cool. Strawberry blonde, platinum, blue-black, white, salt-andpepper
and certain shades of brown are cool. Warm hair colors include golden blonde, flat black, browngold,
red, and warm gray.
Once you have determined if you are "warm" or "cool," then you can find the eyeglass frame colors that
will suit you the best. See the color chart below to determine where certain shades fall in the spectrum:
The “one size fits all” world does not exist anymore. From petite to big and tall sizing, the apparel industry
has proven that there is a significant need for more custom fit options. Zyloware believes in providing
eyeglasses that are tailored to the needs of the consumer, and has a number of brands with additional
sizing options available.
Your Pupil Distance (PD), which your optician can provide, is not a perfect indicator of head size, but most
of the time if you have a big PD then you are probably going to need big glasses. Likewise, if you have a
small PD, you’re probably going to need small glasses. Keep in mind though that it’s not an exact science
when it comes to PD predicting fit.
The PD of an average adult male tends to be in the mid 60’s, and the PD of an average adult female
tends to be in the high 50s to low 60s.
Extended and Luxury Fit eyewear usually fall along these ranges of PDs:
Men – Extended Fit 65mm +
Women – Luxury Fit 63mm +
The Randy Jackson Eyewear Collection emphasizes that you don’t have to sacrifice style to find a frame
that actually fits. Extended Fit Sizing provides the wearer with longer temples and an overall larger fit to
better tailor to the needs of men with larger heads. Try these on for size:
Stetson has a unique focus on fit. The brand includes a variety of frame sizes to accommodate the
specific needs of the modern day male. The Stetson XL Collection has been designed to feature larger
sizes and fit specifically for big men. Try these on for size:
Shaq is impressive on and off the court with his larger than life size, but finding frames that fit hasn’t
always been easy for him (the man wears a size 22 shoe!). Shaq partnered with Zyloware to create a
unique line of eyewear for men with larger heads modeled after the popular fashion style, athleisure wear.
The collection also includes Extended Fit Sizing which offers extra headspace and longer temples. Try
these on for size:
Just as Zyloware has created eyeglass collections catering to the Extended and Luxury Fit wearer, we
also believe in providing solutions for the wearer in need of smaller frames. Sophia Loren Eyewear
provides Petite Fit Sizing to ensure that our female consumers with smaller heads can enjoy a
comfortable and stylish fit too. Try these on for size:
Eyeglass frames are made out of many different composite materials and formulas, but the basic
groupings are metal and plastic. In plastics, zyl is the most common although lower quality plastics are
used in the cheaper frames. Nylon is often used in sport sunglasses due to its impact resistance and
flexibility. Among the metals, Monel is most common, followed by titanium, stainless steel, nickel silver
Zyl is the most common plastic frame material because it can assume a large array of colors, textures
and patterns. Temples and frame fronts can be cut from blocks of zyl extruded as a sheet of block
acetate. Or, granular zyl can be liquefied and then injection molded. Block-cut zyl is stronger and more
stable, while injection molded zyl is less stable and less expensive. With daily use in warm temperatures,
zyl can shift and lose its form. Sometimes metal cores are added in the temples in order to strengthen
and stabilize the frame.
Monel is composed of about two-thirds nickel and one-third copper. This highly ductile alloy can be
hammered into a variety of different shapes without losing strength. It resists stress well and is often use
to stabilize frame bridges and endpieces. Monel colors well, is corrosion resistant, and durable.
Titanium is extremely lightweight, strong, flexible and will not rust – making it a very popular and relatively
new material for eyeglass frames. Frames that are 100% titanium are also “hypoallergenic”—they do not
contain any nickel, which causes allergic reactions in some people and are a good choice for you if you
have allergies to any of the materials used in making frames.
Stainless steel is comprised mostly of iron, with a mixture of nickel, manganese, and chromium. Stainless
steel is highly lustrous, and makes a good thin and sturdy eyeglass frame with strong corrosion
resistance. Stainless steel temples are especially springy.
Sometimes called "Alpaca" or "German Silver", nickel silver is rigid compared to other more malleable
metals. Nickel silvers contain more than 50% copper, 25% nickel, and the rest zinc (no silver at all).
Although the metal is lustrous, its brittleness makes it a poor choice for slender frame fronts and nose
pads. Thus, it is better designed for use in hinges, endpieces, bridges and ornamental trims, as well as an
inner core for temples.
Memory Metal is a trade name for flexible frame material used in order to reduce breakage. It is normally
found in the shaft of the temple and in the bridge, and it allows these areas to endure tremendous twisting
without breakage or permanent distortion of the frame’s shape.
Some people have an allergic reaction to certain metals, especially nickel and certain plastics, which are
common components in materials used to make eyewear. Hypoallergenic frames, such as titanium
frames, do not contain such materials. Click Here to go to the search page to find the Zyloware frames
that will work for you.