How to Choose Eyeglass Frames for Women

Choosing frames for a woman is similar to choosing frames for men. However, there are additional considerations. Many women wear long to medium-length hair styles, which makes matching hair color to frames an important step in the selection process. Another consideration is choosing a frame that matches the women’s personality.


1 Consider which style of frame is most appropriate for your personality. Decide if a delicate or bold, retro or modern, conservative or trendy frame is most complementary to your personality and temperament. Consider if the frame is appropriate in a professional environment, for example.

2 Evaluate new trends and popular designer frames. Anne Klein, Vogue and Channel offer women’s frames, all of which change seasonally and are appropriate for a variety of environments.

3 Evaluate the frames by taking into consideration your skin, eye and hair colors as well as any main colors in your wardrobe. Complexions have undertones that are either blue (cool) or yellow (warm), so choose a frame color with the appropriate shade. Complement a cool complexion with blue or pink undertones, and a warm complexion with a “peaches and cream” or yellow cast.

4 Complement eyes with similar color frames. For example, complement blue eyes with blue frames.

5 Choose the frame color to match your hair tone. Complement strawberry blond, platinum, blue-black, white, salt-and-pepper and “dishwater” brown hair with cool tones and golden blond, flat black, brown-gold, “carrot” and “dirty” gray with warm tones.

6Consider the shape of your face. Select a frame shape that contrasts with your face shape. Common shapes include square, round, diamond and oval. For example, use a wide frame to offset the narrow proportions of an oval face.

7 Choose a frame based on the size of the frame in relation to your face. An appropriate size frame is in scale with your face size and sits comfortably on the bridge of your nose with the pupil of the eye centered in the frame.

Tips & Warnings
Check that the sides of the frame do not press too tightly against the temples.
Eyeglass frames must be measured by an optometrist to guarantee a proper fit.