Oblong face shape

Defining characteristic: You have length in your face! Either an elongated oval shape or elongated shape with a stronger jaw.
 
Defining characteristic: You have length in your face! Either an elongated oval shape or elongated shape with a stronger jaw.

Defining characteristic:

You have length in your face! Either an elongated oval shape or elongated shape with a stronger jaw.

  • Sometimes called rectangular.

  • Similar to square face shape, but is longer and more narrow.

  • Typically, a high forehead.

  • Gracefully tapers to a well-defined narrow oval chin.

  • Ratio of width to length is over 1:1.5.

Celebrities:

Chloe Sevigny, Blake Lively, Elle Macpherson, Peaches Geldof, Ashley Simpson, Alice Dellal, Molly Sims, Sarah Jessica Parker, Hilary Swank, Gisele Bundchen, Jade Jagger, Alexa Chung, Leona Lewis, Lisa Snowdon, Eva Mendes, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Garner, Milla Jovovich, Liv Tyler, Joan Smalls, Rihanna, Iman, Teri Hatcher, Sandra Oh, Maggie Q

Earrings:

Choose short, wide and circular earring styles to give the illusion of a more rounded face shape. Studs and button earrings. Earrings in round, square or fan shapes will suit you. Teardrop shapes and small hoops are good. Make sure any drop earrings fall no further than the chin.

Careful: Large hoop earrings. Long and narrow earrings.

Necklaces:

Shorter necklace lengths. Chokers, collar necklaces, short chunky necklaces. If possible, wrap a longer necklace two or three times around your neck to make it shorter and add depth.

Careful: Long necklaces, long pendant styles, long T styles.

Necklines:

Necklines that end close to the neck to widen your face—boat neck, scoop neck, Sabrina, turtleneck, mock neck, off the shoulder, one shoulder, square neck.

Sunglasses:

A pair of sunnies that have a large, rectangular and thick frame. A strong horizontal line will balance your face—like modern shield styles, the wayfarer, square, rectangular, or top-rimmed, oversized versions! Frames with decorative or contrasting temples, and frames with a low bridge to shorten a longer nose, look great on you.

Careful: Small frames.

Hats:

Long brimmed hats will cover a portion of your forehead and make it look smaller. Choose wide brim hats with short crowns or curly/floppy brims. Medium sized floppy, wide brimmed fedoras, cloches, crusher hats, bucket hats, newsboys, derby hats, beanies, turban hats, sun hats, thick-knit hats, trapper hats with the earflaps tied on top, berets. Wear a beret low on the brow and tilted to one side. Try pulling the brim of your hat down to your eyebrows to shorten your face.

Careful: Narrow or flat brims, hats with high/deep crowns, hats of strict geometric shapes.

Eyebrows:

Bold brows in a horizontal shape work well, making the face appear shorter. They should be fairly straight with just a soft arch (think Joan Smalls or Cara Delevingne).

Hairstyles:

Long face shapes need texture and fringes to add width. Shorten the face with a curly bob or a mid-length or long style with layers at eye and cheekbone level to create texture. Side partings. Side-swept bangs to add width, as well as other fringes. A headscarf or headband worn across the top of your forehead will shorten your face.

Careful: Long straight hairstyles pulled back off the forehead. One-length straight styles. Middle partings. Buns worn high on the head and teased volume on top, both add unwanted length to the face—chignons and braids are more wearable for you.