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Big-Frame Glasses: Shoppable Links for the Oversized Look

Big-frame glasses are a popular choice for glasses shoppers. They can showcase your personality and take your style up a notch, and they’re very functional too. The question is, are big-frame glasses right for you?

Let’s clarify what big-frame glasses are and why you might choose this type of eyewear. We’ll also discuss how to select the right design and fit, so they take you through the day in comfort and style.

What Are Big-Frame or Oversized Glasses?

Big-frame glasses have been made trendy again by a host of celebrities, but they’re actually pretty retro. In fact, they date all the way back to the 1960s, when they were first popularized by Jackie Kennedy. Of course, they’ve evolved a lot since then and they’re now available in a host of different shapes, styles, and colors.

Also known as extended-fit glasses or sometimes thick-frame glasses, oversized glasses aren’t a frame size per se. They’re simply glasses that are oversized for your specific features.

They’re also not necessarily the same thing as wide glasses. Wide-frame glasses are mostly about the horizontal width, while the lenses of big-frame glasses are often fairly high as well.

You can get big frames for non-prescription or prescription glasses, reading glasses, or multifocals. They also work well for sunglasses and blue-light glasses.

Why Choose Big-Frame Glasses?

Big-frame or thick-frame glasses have many things going for them, apart from the fact that they’re classic and functional.

If you have a big personality and like to stand out from the crowd, the visual impact of a bold pair of large eyeglasses can certainly help you do that. On the other hand, a more subtle pair can hide your features and expression — especially if they’re oversized sunglasses — giving you a glamorous yet mysterious look. And yet another style may give off intellectual vibes.

From an aesthetic perspective, big-frame glasses put your eyes front and center, making them look large and expressive — if they’re one of your best features, they deserve to be highlighted. Thick-frame glasses also help to balance out slightly larger facial features — for example, if you want to de-emphasize your nose — helping them to look smaller.

And from a purely practical perspective, big-frame glasses are sturdy and provide extra protection for your eyes on sunny days, especially if they’re polarized sunglasses. Those features can be very useful whether you’re driving, playing an outdoor sport, or lounging around by the pool. Not to mention that squinting into the sun can give you a headache and eye strain.

The Fit of Your Big-Frame Eyeglasses

Big frame glasses: man wearing a pair of eyeglasses while holding 3 pairs of eyeglasses

The way your large-frame glasses fit is very important, even if they’re not bifocals. If you do have progressive lenses though, it’s especially critical as the lenses are designed to sit in a specific place on your face.

This isn’t about how your oversized eyeglasses look but about how they improve your vision and how they feel — and they should feel completely comfortable. Look out for these fitting factors:

  • They should fit your bridge so they don’t pinch your nose or keep slipping down.

  • The lens width and end pieces (the parts that extend to the sides of the lenses) should be the right size, so the arms don’t squeeze the sides of your head.

  • The arms should be the correct length, so they don’t pull against your ears or extend too far beyond them.

  • They should feel good on your face, without touching your cheeks or any other part of your face, even when you smile.

  • They shouldn’t be too heavy or they’ll really weigh you down after a while.

If you’re not able to tick all these boxes, check if your thick-frame glasses have spring hinges or nose pads; tweaking these can make a big difference. If you can’t make the necessary adjustments to the glasses you’re considering, you may need to choose another set of frames.

Shoppable Big-Frame Glasses

Big frame glasses: The Electric Purple Sparkle

With the huge range of big-frame glasses available these days, you may be wondering how to choose the right ones for you.

In a nutshell, your thick-frame glasses should be in proportion to your face (if slightly oversized) and complement your features, not overpower them. Getting this right depends on the frame shape and color.

Glasses Frame Shape

The frame shape you choose should contrast with your face shape to create balance.

So if you have a round face, square, rectangular, or cat-eye glasses can work well. Whereas if your face is more angular, oval or round glasses are likely to complement that best. If you have an oval face shape, you’re lucky — you can wear almost anything.

When you’re looking for big-frame glasses, you can simply select the oversized version of one of these ideal frame shapes for you. Remember that fit matters too though, so it’s worth consulting the size guide of the retailer you’re buying from.

To support the weight of the bigger lenses, we recommend a full rim over a rimless or semi-rimless style, which tends to be more fragile. At Pair Eyewear, we use cellulose acetate for our eyeglass rims instead of metal frames, making them lightweight and durable.

Try one of these stylish Pair big frames.

The Jessie

Big frame glasses: woman wearing the Jessie

The modified rectangular frames of The Jessie are modern and sophisticated. They work well for round, oval, and heart-shaped faces, as well as triangular and diamond shapes.

Dimensions in millimeters:

  • Total frame width: 140

  • Lens width: 51

  • Bridge width: 20

  • Arm length: 145

The Harper

Big frame glasses: woman wearing the Harper

This wide cat-eye style is extremely classy with a touch of retro-chic. The Harper is ideal for a range of faces, including oval, round, square, diamond, triangle, and heart shapes.

Dimensions in millimeters:

  • Total frame width: 141

  • Lens width: 54

  • Bridge width: 18

  • Arm length: 140

The Murphy

Big frame glasses: man wearing the Murphy

The Murphy has extra-wide, square frames that are defined and right on trend. They provide balance on an oval, oblong, triangular, or heart-shaped face.

Dimensions in millimeters:

  • Total frame width: 144

  • Lens width: 53

  • Bridge width: 20

  • Arm length: 145

The Quinn

Woman wearing the Quinn

Another extra-wide style, this time in a modified cat-eye shape, The Quinn is a fun frame that demands to be noticed. Like most cat-eye frames, it complements many different face shapes, including round, oval, heart-shaped, triangular, and diamond-shaped.

Dimensions in millimeters:

  • Total frame width: 145

  • Lens width: 55

  • Bridge width: 16

  • Arm length: 140

The Drew

Man wearing the Drew

The Drew is our widest rectangular frame. It’s structured, dynamic, and — for a dash of elegance — has a keyhole nose bridge. It suits round, oval, and triangular faces.

Dimensions in millimeters:
  • Total frame width: 147.5

  • Lens width: 55

  • Bridge width: 20

  • Arm length: 145

Oversized Frame Color

The Striped

When it comes to frame color, there are a few aspects you should consider:

  • Your natural coloring

  • The colors you tend to wear

  • Your personality

  • Whether you like your glasses to stand out or not

Let’s look at some options.

Tortoiseshell and Brown

Tortoiseshell and other brown-colored, thick-frame glasses tend to blend in — especially if they’re matte — making them extremely versatile. They work well on all complexions and when you’re styling your outfit, they pair well with other colors like blues, greens, and neutrals. If you’re feeling a bit whimsical, try a colored tortoiseshell.

Bright and Bold Colors

The Forest Green

On the other hand, brighter, bolder colors like red, green, blue, or even purple stand out well and make a statement. They add color to your face and can complement your eyes and skin while focusing attention away from features you want to de-emphasize. To maximize the impact, choose a design with a pattern.


Black frames are simple and classic, with a bit of a hipster twist. They can work especially well on a strong face and really highlight your eyes. They also help to balance out an outfit that’s otherwise bright and boldly colored. To lighten the starkness of pure black, try some stripes or a light sparkle.


Clear frames can be extremely stylish and very versatile too. They go with anything and suit all kinds of skin tones and eye colors. Clear glasses are perfect for you if you want your glasses to take a backseat for your overall look instead of being the star of the show.


The Rainbow Mermaid Sun Top

If you simply can’t decide which color thick-frame glasses you want or you’re looking to experiment with some multi-colored options, Pair Eyewear may be the answer.

At Pair, you get to choose a clear or colored Base Frame, then add as many colorful Top Frames as your heart desires — whether that’s a best seller from our standard collection or an unusual choice from one of our limited-edition selections. Your Top Frame can match, complement, or contrast with the Base Frame, and we even have Sun Tops for those days out in the sun. All our Top Frames simply snap on and are held in place by a lightweight magnet.

Pair Eyewear sells glasses for both men and women (our frames are all gender-neutral), and we can make prescription lenses to address most vision issues, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Take advantage of our virtual try-on feature to see what style works best for you.

If you have any questions at all about Pair Eyewear, feel free to consult our FAQ pages or email us directly at [email protected].

Big-Frame Glasses Can Work for You

Thick-frame glasses suit a wide range of personalities, activities, and stylish outfits. They’re also practical as they provide extra sun protection on a bright day if you choose them for sunglasses or throw on a Sun Top for your regular glasses.

While most people can wear big-frame glasses, it’s important to find the right fit and style for you — which depends on the frame shape and color you choose. If you’re someone who likes to change up your look depending on your mood or outfit for the day, Pair Eyewear could be just what you’re looking for.

Pair glasses start at just $60, including a prescription. With such a wide range of styles and colors, you’re sure to find the option that’s perfect for you.