Whether you don them solely to protect your peepers from harmful UVs, hide a hangover or add that extra dash of cool to your look, shades are essential. But unless you live in Punta Gorda, Florida, know what “rinks bowls” is and answer to Mort, simply plopping a pair of Blu Blockers on your mug won’t cut it: specs only look good if they complement the shape of your face. Follow our advice below to find which styles work best for you.

Additional contribution by John Zientek.


Round

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Aim high with Aviators or stick to square, angular frames. Stay away from circles, lest you desire to look like an emoji.

BCM by Dick Moby $185
Robotnik by Monokel $115
Concorde by Randolph Engineering $189

Oval

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You can do no wrong. Every pair of sunglasses looks good on you. Even Oakley Razor Blades.

Round-Frame by Rayban $165
Kinney with Clip-On Lenses by Garrett Leight California Optical $420
Marconi by Newman $175

Square

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Rounded corners are key to your success here. Look for frames sized to match you in width, but with soft lines. Too many hard angles aren’t your friend.

Round-Frame Metal by Dries Van Noten $345
Square-Frame Tortoiseshell by Eyevan 7285 $825
Kurdt Sunglasses by TAKAHIROMIYASHITA The SoloIst. $497

Oblong

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Similar to our square-faced friends, you want to go with softer lines and rounded corners. Wayfarers work well, but avoid small frames.

Laboe D-Frame by Barton Perreira $360
Finley Esq. by Oliver Peoples $390
Dweller “Cooper” by nonnative $248

Heart Shaped

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Heart Shaped – Square frames will add dimension where you can best afford it. Avoid anything oversized or teardrop shaped. Rimless frames or aviators work best.

Square-Frame by Saint Laurent $345
Gensee by Carhartt x RETROSUPERFUTURE $209
Type 01 by Sun Buddies $145

Diamond

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Any shape should work well, but match sizing to your own proportions. Frames that sit wider than your cheekbones are to be avoided at all costs.

Round-Frame Mylon by Mykita $600
Round-Frame by Cutler and Gross $500
Faith by Our Legacy $225

Triangular

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Frames with more going on up top are your friend. Anything teardrop shaped will emphasize dimensional balance. Square frames with deep lenses are simple and sublime.

Julian by Bedwin and the Heartbreakers x Stussy $319
Terrazzo by Super by RETROSUPERFUTURE $229
Timeless by Han $135