Which sunglasses will suit my face shape?

Picking out the perfect pair of shades? Here’s how to shop for styles to suit your face.

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Sunglasses are available in so many different shapes, colours and styles that it can be difficult to know where to begin your search. The key thing to remember is that not every style suits everyone.

Cat-eyes, wayfarers, aviators and clubmasters are just a handful of the most popular sunglasses designs that are dominating the style scene right now. Not sure which is best for you? We’re here to help you figure it out.

Whether you prefer bold and beautiful, or understated yet effective, we can steer you in the right direction.

How to decide on your face shape

Not sure which category your face shape falls into? Here’s our guide.

  • Round face. If the height and width of your face is equal, your features are soft, and your chin is rounded, then you have a round-shaped face.
  • Square face. Square faces are exactly as they sound. If you consider yourself to have a face of equal length and width, a strong, angular jawline, and straight sides, then it’s likely you have a square face.
  • Heart-shaped face. Do you have a wide forehead that tapers inwards, finishing in a point at your chin? If so, your face is heart shaped.
  • Oval face. An oval face is similar to a round face, but more elongated. Your chin will still be round in shape, however your face will be longer than it is wide.
  • Rectangular face. If your forehead, cheeks and jawline are all similar in width, yet the length of your face is greater than this width, then you’ve got what is known as a rectangular face shape.

Still struggling? Try these three simple steps to identify your face shape:

  1. Take a selfie. No poses or bizarre angling, just a simple, straight on photo of yourself.
  2. Trace the outline of your face on a sheet of tracing paper.
  3. Remove the photo, and simply look at the outline. Refer to the above face shape identifiers and choose the one that matches yours.

Glasses for round faces

If you have a round face, compliment it with a pair of square frames. This will help to add angles and drama to your naturally softer features. Whatever you do, avoid sunglasses with round frames, as these will only serve to enhance the roundness, which will result in your face appearing wider than it really is.

Glasses for square faces

Choosing glasses for a square face shape? As your face is angular, you can soften your overall image by opting for a rounder frame. Always steer clear of rectangular and square styles as they will over-accentuate the angles of your square face shape.

Glasses for heart-shaped faces

If you have a heart-shaped face, your go-to option would be the classic wayfarer style, or something similarly iconic and striking like a cat-eye silhouette. These frames will complement your face by following the line of your jaw. Avoid sunglass styles with a thick upper frame, as these will over-exaggerate the size of your upper face, making it appear unbalanced.

Glasses for oval faces

Do you have an oval face? Luck you! You can get away with just about any style on the market. Rounded lenses and cat-eye frames will accentuate your cheekbones and achieve a more angular effect. One thing to watch out for, however, is overly-flamboyant designs. There is a subtle line between creating drama and off-balancing your facial features.

Glasses for rectangular faces

If you’re shopping for the perfect frame for a rectangular face shape, you’ll want to take heed of the advice for square-shaped faces. Rounded frames will soften the natural angular lines of your face. Stay away from square and rectangular shaped designs as they will exaggerate your angles. Cat-eye and butterfly styles are also a great choice for you.

What about weight and colour?

Choosing the right thickness of frame really comes down to personal preference. Ultimately pick your frame weight by considering whether you’re trying to achieve a dramatic or understated look. There are a couple of rules to adhere to, however. If you have a petite face with delicate features, stay away from over-the-top designs with super-chunky frames as they will take over. Similarly, if you’ve got a large face, you’ll want to avoid smaller frames as they may look out of balance.

When choosing your frame colour, pay attention to your skin tone and hair colour. Opt for shades that complement or contrast with your complexion. For a vintage effect, stick with neutral colours such as browns, greys or greens as they never go out of style.

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