Facial hair can make or break a man’s style. In a previous post discussing the hidden power of beards, we discussed how the right beard can make a man seem more attractive and appealing. Beards also symbolise masculinity and social status, making men appear more confident and authoritative in various settings.
Another key “accessory” that men can use to optimise their style is eyewear. Previous studies have explored the relationship between glasses and intelligence, noting that there was some relationship between myopia or nearsightedness and intelligence. In short, needing to wear glasses may be linked to intelligence.
Of course, you don’t need to have vision problems to wear glasses or shades. Today, you can easily find non-prescription eyewear to wear as fashion accessories. Still, it’s essential to match your eyewear to your beard. Below, we’ll look at how you can find the perfect eyewear shapes for your beard style:
Face shapes, beards, and glasses
If you’re only wearing glasses as a fashion accessory and to complement your stylish beard, it’s essential to understand the importance of finding glasses for your face shape. Different face shapes — oblong, square, round, etc — will suit different beard and frame styles.
For example, you should avoid narrow or rectangular glasses if you have an oblong face shape, as it will only elongate your face. Similarly, square face shapes should avoid thin or angular frames, which will draw attention to your chin. Below, we’ll take a closer look at some of the familiar face shapes and how you can style your facial hair and eyewear around them:
Oblong face shape
If you have an oblong face, you’ll want to match it with a thick beard to mask the outline of your face, making your face appear rounder rather than oval. Thick beards on the sides help provide that width to your face.
To further accentuate your face’s width, you should opt for wide, square frames when looking for eyewear. Along with your beard, this will help make your face wider. You can also look for two-toned glasses that are darker on top and have a gradient towards the bottom to mask the length of your face.
Square face shape
For men with squared faces and sharp jaws, you want to accentuate the angles of your face instead of masking them. A thin goatee can help centre the focus on your broad chin. You can also keep your beard fuller on the chin area to help elongate your face and make it appear more oval.
Look for rounder frames to help soften your features, such as the iconic silhouette of aviator glasses, that can help enhance the shape of your jawline. Highly popularised by the Top Gun films, you can get aviators for clear lenses and shades to style with your beard.
Round face shape
Lastly, if you have a rounder face, you can opt for a long beard to help slim down your face. Having some thickness on the chin will also give a sharper appearance to your face and add some length.
Look for glasses that feature sharp, rectangular frames. This helps counter the roundness of your face and provides some angles. One of the best styles of eyewear that does this is a pair of wayfarer sunglasses, which are relatively easy to find and are wildly popular among sunglasses enthusiasts everywhere.
As you can see, your facial hair and eyewear can work together to manipulate elements of your face and overall look without having to do anything drastic.
By understanding your face shape, styling your beard around it, and picking out the correct eyewear shapes, you can easily elevate your look without looking unnatural.