Your Best Fit – Made Easy
From narrow to wide, learn how to find the perfect fitting frames for your face size and shape.
Frame measurements alone tell only half the story. That’s because there are small silhouette frames that fit larger faces, and oversized style frames that are intended for narrower faces. To simplify your search for the perfect fit, rather than rely solely on precise measurements, we like to refer to what we call the “Practical Fit.” Regardless of scale, who is this frame designed to best fit?
Most of us have a pretty good sense of our face size: narrow, average, wide, or somewhere in-between. Here at ReadingGlasses.com, we classify every frame as one of the following:
- Narrow: Narrow reading glasses are best for those with small and narrower faces or when an average fit feels drastically oversized.
- Narrow-Average: If a standard frame feels slightly too large, then an average to narrow fit should be just right.
- Average: Designed with average width and size, these reading glasses will look and feel great on most wearers.
- Average-Wide: If average fit readers feel a little snug, then average to wide-sized glasses should improve your look and comfort.
- Wide: If you require larger frames for comfortable reading, our wide-fit frames are for you.
From any search page, use the “Face Width” filter to narrow your options
Click on the product page details of any model for specific measurements.
How to Measure Reading Glasses Frames
- Temple Length: Temple length is measured straight back to the end of the temple, including the bend.
- Nose Bridge Size: Sometimes called DBL, the nose bridge size is the narrowest point lens to lens.
- Lens Width: The longest vertical distance inside the frame edges in mm. Sometimes referred to as the “A” measurement
- Lens Height: The vertical distance between the furthest top and bottom edges of the lens shape. Sometimes referred to as the “B” measurement.
Shapes, Types, and Materials
- Plastic: There are a few options for plastic materials: standard, high-quality acetate, and R90. Plastic is an excellent choice for those who require a hypoallergenic frame.
- Metal: Metal frames are crafted from various materials such as monel and nickel silver. For those with sensitivities, stainless steel and titanium are hypoallergenic.
- Folding: Popular with travelers, folding frames are great for those on the go.
- Full Frame: A full frame is precisely what it sounds like - the frame fully outlines the lenses.
- Semi-Rimless: Offering a sophisticated appearance and lightweight comfort, this type of frame outlines only the top or lower portion of the lens.
- Rimless: This frame style comes without rims. Offering an unobstructed field of vision, these frames consist of only temples, a nose bridge, and of course, lenses.
- Aviator: This style of frame offers a teardrop-shaped with convex lenses, plastic nose pads, a prominent brow bar, and flexible cable temples.
- Cat Eye: Cat eye glasses have stood the test of time with their upswept appearance. These frames were popularized in the 1960s when Audrey Hepburn donned them in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
- Clubmaster: Offering an iconic and distinct browline, the Clubmaster style frame are known for their bold mix of casual and classy.
- Half Eye: The smaller vertical lens depth is characteristic of half frame readers and allows you to peer easily over the top of the frame for an unobstructed view.
- Oval: Many oval frames are minimalistic, with a “barely there” appearance for those who love quiet simplicity.
- Oversized: Unmistakably bold, oversized frames are always glamorous.
- Rectangle: Arguably the most familiar and popular shape, rectangle frames tend to look good on most faces.
- Round: Round frames include miniature rounds or oversized bolder rounds in plastic and metals for either a vintage or modern look.
- Square: Flattering most face shapes, square frames are both trendy and always in style.
- Wayfarer: Wayfarer frames are authentic and iconic. The design gained instant popularity through the 1950s and 1960s, appearing in movies that have become classics and a favorite of musicians worldwide.
Want to learn more about eyeglasses? Check out our blog on the many types of eyeglasses you can buy.