How to Find Frames that Fit

How to Find Frames that Fit

When shopping for spectacles and sunglasses online it can be tricky to know what will fit you, what will suit you, or, frankly, where to even start. But fear not, Cubitts are here to help.

Our simple frame finding guide will take you through the five key steps for selecting your spectacles online.

Step one: Choosing the size

The general rule is that a frame should be up to, but not as wide as, your head. Our frames start at 125mm for our smallest pair and go all the way up to 152mm.

If you know your head width already, you can check the frame measurements on each individual product page. If you have a more vague idea of your sizing, you can filter our product page by narrow, regular, and large width silhouettes.

As a guide, when trying your frames on, the outside edges of the lenses should be broadly in line with the end of your eyebrows. Below, Grace wears Percy, which lines up perfectly with the end of her eyebrows.

Step two: Choosing the bridge

The fit around the nose should be like a hand in a glove: not too loose, nor too tight.

When a bridge is a good fit, the pupils should sit in the middle of the lenses. If they’re sitting at the top of the lens you may need a smaller or low bridge. If your eyebrows are within the lens, the frames are sitting too high and you need a wider bridge.

Those with flatter noses should try a frame with a similar low crest and ‘centre’ joints, such as the round Woolf, angular Harrison, or Leirum, which sits somewhere between the two. Alternatively, adjustable metal nosepads are a great way to amend the fit of a frame to suit. You can see these below, modelled by Marlon wearing our Bingfield frames. A number of our frames come standard with nosepads, but they can be added to almost any frame you wish.

Those with higher noses should look for high or keyhole bridges, like Langton, Tonbridge (modelled below by Markus), or Collier, for example. Anyone in possession of a larger nose should opt for frames with a wide bridge, like Weston and Ampton, while smaller noses might try Cartwright, Cedar, or Crinan.

Step three: Choosing the temples

Often overlooked, the length of the temples (or arms) is key to good frame fit.

Temples come in three sizes: small (140mm), medium (145mm), and large (150mm). If the bend starts before your ear, the arm needs to be adjusted, or may be too short.

If you struggle to find temples long enough, consider a ‘blade side’ - a temple without a bend - such as in our Cruikshank frame. James (pictured below) wears Cruikshank in Quartz.

Step four: Choosing the style

There are no concrete rules when choosing a style - a well chosen pair of spectacles should be an extension of the wearer and their personality.

But, if you don’t know where to begin, choose a shape with features that are opposite to those of your face. This will help bring balance to your already beautiful visage.

If your eyes are close together, try a narrower frame like Herbrand or Agar so the pupils sit closer to the middle of the frame. If they’re far apart, pick something wider like Tankerton or Belgrove.

Square faces can be made to look less boxy with a rounder lens, as seen in our Agar, Cedar, or Bidborough frames. Conversely, a round face can be given a more oval appearance when a squarer frame with higher joints is worn, like our Crinan or Rufford silhouettes.

Petite faces can opt for an upswept style, which will help the face feel more oval and accentuate the cheekbones. Prideaux, Swinton, or the magnificent Matilda are excellent examples for petite shoppers. On the other hand, wider faces will look more balanced with a deeper lens, like Attneave or Vernon, for example.

For a long, thin face, seek out frames that add width but also a deeper lens, like Herbrand, Holford, or Whidborne. And, lastly, those with receding hairlines can bring attention away from them by choosing something bold, boxy, and balanced, like our classic Judd silhouette.

Step five: Final tips

If you’re stuck between two (or more) styles, take these last little tips into consideration before you make your final choice.

  • Choose a shape which follows the line of the eyebrows, so that the silhouette feels in harmony with your features.
  • A long nose will appear shorter with a saddle bridge, while a short nose can appear longer with a keyhole bridge.
  • Opt for colours or finishes that contrast flatteringly against your skin tone. And remember, a darker colour will always look bigger.
  • Bear in mind, too, that matte finishes will give less contrast than gloss, feeling flatter and more graphic.

Ready to make a decision? Browse our spectacles or sunglasses now.

If you’re still unsure, our customer services team is here to help. Send us an email, chat online, or drop us a Whatsapp and we’ll do our best to solve any spectacle queries you may have. The team is here for you seven days a week, so you’ll be ready to shop in no time.