Style tips: the best sunglasses for your face shape

Style tips: the best sunglasses for your face shape

by Paige Exell -

Summertime is in full swing, meaning most of us like to free ourselves of any unnecessary baggage, including layers of clothes, jewelry, and even makeup. But when it comes to sunglasses – our summertime secret weapon – we feel almost naked without them sitting atop our noses – especially if they're hiding a bare face or under-eye circles from last night.

Sure, sunglasses protect your eyes and help you see, but they can also lend an instant, undeniable cool factor to just about anyone. Said cool factor is most apparently when sunglasses fit well, balance your features, and look like they were made for your face.

With all of the different colours, sizes, and shapes of sunnies out there, it can be difficult to figure out which pair suits you best – and that's where we come in! Whether your face is round, oval, heart-shaped, or square, there's a pair of shades suitable for everyone.

So, next time you decide to go shopping for a new pair of shades, keep the shape of your face in mind!

HEART SHAPED FACE

A heart-shaped face is characterized by wide forehead, narrow jaw line, high cheekbones, and a narrow chin. If this sounds like you, go for a pair of cool cat-eye sunglasses or large, round ones this summer. They'll accentuate your face shape best and keep the face looking balanced. Light coloured top rims will also draw attention away from the forehead and onto your cool new shades.

ROUND FACE

If your cheeks are the same width as your chin and forehead, you probably have a round face. If this is the case, go for square and rectangular frames or wayfarers. Angular lines will balance out the roundness of your face – think of it as the accessory version of contouring – and make your face appear longer and thinner.

You can also opt for a pair of aviators to help balance out the face's fullness without making it appear too round. The worst frames you can wear for your face shape? Anything that mimics the round shape, like small, circular frames.

SQUARE FACE

If you have a square face, round frames like aviators will balance it out. Choosing frames with curved or round corners will also help soften the face's strong shape. When picking out your next pair of sunnies, choose ones that extend past the widest part of your face. This will give your face a rounder overall silhouette. Avoid anything boxy or rectangular, this will exaggerate your face shape, rather than balance it.

OVAL FACE

If you have an oval face shape, consider yourself lucky because most styles work well on this face shape, so you can switch things up. Whether it's trendy cat-eyes, classic wayfarers, round John Lennon glasses, or futuristic shapes – feel free to take your pick.

One thing to think about? The size and proportion to your features. If you have smaller features, avoid thick, large frames that will overwhelm your face. Also, avoid frames that are too wide; there shouldn't be a large gap between the sides of your face and your sunglasses. Go for shades that are the same width of your face, not wider.

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