Here Are the Correct Sunglasses for Every Face Shape

Here Are the Correct Sunglasses for Every Face Shape

Best Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

When it comes to a great outfit, it’s all about the details. A great top and bottom combo can draw all the right kinds of attention but it’s the smaller pieces — a flashy pair of sneakers, a beautiful watch — that can really draw an ensemble together. Even still, after all that there’s no better way to lock down a great fit than with the right pair of sunglasses.

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Not only are they a pretty necessary accessory for the summer or ski season (it’s bright out there), they can also draw a look together in a way few accessories can. While jeans, jackets and T-shirts can play up your body’s best features when styled right, sunglasses do the same for your face — and that’s just as crucial an area to accentuate in all the best ways.

However, finding the right pair can be tricky. A great pair of sunglasses can’t just match your outfit, they also have to frame your face properly, and figuring that out can be a real struggle if you don’t know what to look for.

The first step in picking out the perfect pair of sunglasses is to figure out how your face is shaped. Doing so requires taking into consideration the shape of your jawline, forehead and the proportions of your face itself, but ultimately there are four general variations: square, ovular, round and triangular. Each is going to work best with a different general shape of glasses and sunglasses alike.

Here’s a breakdown of how to determine which category you fall under and which glasses are going to work best for you. (For the record, this applies to eyeglasses as well.)

Best Sunglasses for an Oval Face

Graeme Shorten Adams

Great news: if your face is ovular — meaning a little bit longer than it is wide and with a rounded jaw and forehead — the world of sunglasses is your oyster. People with oval-shaped faces can generally pull off any shape of sunglasses. It may be wise to avoid ones that are perfect circular as they won’t flatter your face quite as well as others, but otherwise you can go with anything: squared-off wayfarers, aviators, anything you’d like.

If there’s anything we’d advise, it’s that you not take that versatility for granted. Instead of sticking with a timeless classic, consider going out of your comfort zone with a weirder, less conventional style of shades. Having a face shape that allows you to pull off anything is a great excuse to, well, try to pull off *anything.*

Why not try something like a narrow rectangular Hewes style from Raen or the oversized Meteor style from Ray-Ban.

Best Sunglasses for a Round Face

Custom illustration for Round face shape for best sunglasses for your face shapeGraeme Shorten Adams

First of all, let’s clarify what a round face is, because it doesn’t mean that your head is a perfect circle. A round face has far more to do with proportion than a total lack of angles (though generally round faces have smoother features). If your face’s height is roughly equal to its width and your cheekbones aren’t particularly visible, you’ve got a round face.

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Rounder faces are going to be best served by playing against their shape. If you’ve been thinking about picking up some John Lennon-style circular frames you may want to take a minute to reconsider. Round shades aren’t going to accentuate your features nearly as well as other frames will.

Your sweet spot is going to come with more angular glasses. Rectangles and squares are going to serve to balance out your features and frame your face far better than rounder shades can. Squares are ideal but rectangles can work just as well. Round faces are also the rare exception to the “don’t buy glasses wider than your face” rule. As such, go big or go home. Try on a pair of thick framed Square style from Cutler and Gross or the thinner, yet still impressive square Abe style from Warby Parker.

Best Sunglasses for a Square Face

Custom illustration for Square face shape for best sunglasses for your face shapeGraeme Shorten Adams

Square faces are largely determined by the jawline, hairline and strikingly sharp angles. A person with a square face will have an angled, straight jawline and usually a relatively straight hairline as well. Square faces also tend to have straight cheekbones.

Much like square glasses balance out the features of round faces, rounder glasses are going to do the same for square ones, adding softer lines and angles to a defined jaw and cheekbones. While circular glasses are going to go over well, they’re by no means the only ones that should be considered. It’s fine to go with a frame that has rectangular proportions — just make sure that the angles are softer and feature curved edges rather than harsh pivots like those of a Wayfarer.

Square faces, like round ones, are also generally able to pull off larger frames. They shouldn’t dwarf your face entirely but it’s okay to go a little bit outside of your face’s width with these. This round wire-rimmed Nautilus style from Maui Jim is a great option, as is the round Grunya style from Moscot.  

Best Sunglasses for a Triangle Face

Custom illustration for Triangle Heart face shape for best sunglasses for your face shapeGraeme Shorten Adams

Triangular faces, also referred to as “heart shaped” and oblong, are wider up top and more narrow towards the bottom — like a triangle. They’re likely to have higher, curved hairlines and sharper chins with defined jawlines and angular cheekbones. Unlike square and round faces, playing against the natural shape of your face isn’t the right move if you have an oblong one. Play into it instead.

Style like the aviator — frames that are similarly wide towards the top and then descend into a smaller width at the bottom — are going to be your best bet. These glasses will play up your cheekbones and the natural slope of your face in the best way. Aviators aren’t the only space you can play in, though. Anything that applies to those proportions — wider up top, narrower at the bottom — is going to work for you, even if the bottom is still on the wider side.

The aviator style, made iconic by Tom Cruise’s Maverick in “Top Gun” are a must-have if shopping for the style. Start with the OG Classic Aviator style from Ray-Ban to nail the look or go for the thick acetate framed style Penton style from Cubitts.   

Finding the perfect pair of sunglasses can be a struggle, but when armed with the right knowledge, the process can run much more smoothly. A pair that frames your face well and brings out the best in your features — while also protecting your eyes from the harsh sunlight of course — can be so much more than an accessory. The right pair can be the ultimate summer wardrobe essential.

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