Choose the Right Shades

The Best Sunglasses for Every Face Shape


July 16, 2018 Style : Accessories By

Choosing new sunglasses for everyday wear isn’t exactly rocket science, but there are a few things to consider before investing in your next pair. First, decide on the functional elements you need — like polarized lenses or coatings that combat reflections, water and oil — then pick out a frame shape that complements your face. The goal is to accentuate your best features, and in general, the best way to do that is to wear frames that contrast your face shape slightly.

Not sure what your face shape is? Look at yourself in the mirror and decide if your face is round, square, oblong, heart, diamond or triangular (it may also be helpful to use a picture to help you better visualize the shape). Then take a look at our recommendations below — there are plenty of stylish options to highlight your best qualities.

Round


Stay away from circles, unless you want to over accentuate the round shape of your face. Aim high with aviators or stick to square, angular frames.

Aviator Sunglasses (Polarized) by Ray-Ban $203
649 Aviator Sunglasses by Persol $259
M2 by Silver Lining Opticians $365

Oval


It’s hard to go wrong an oval face — most sunglasses will look great on you. Just make sure the frames aren’t wider than your face.

SL 28 Sunglasses by Saint Laurent $279
Kodachi Windsor by David Kind $325
Roux Sunglasses by Barton Perreira $595

Square


Rounded corners are key to success if you’ve got a square jaw. Look for frames sized to match you in width, but with soft lines. Too many hard angles won’t do you any favors.

Zinedine Sunglasses by Sun Buddies $145
Boudreau LA Sunglasses by Oliver Peoples $380
Round-Frame Sunglasses by Eyevan 7285 $540

Oblong


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

FT0595 Eric Sunglasses by Tom Ford $275
M01 by Dom Vetro $295
Lemtosh 46 Sunglasses by Moscot $329

Heart Shaped


Square frames complement a narrower chin, adding different angles that add a layer visual of visual interest. Avoid anything oversized or teardrop shaped, and reach instead for something with a sharper corner.

Clubmaster by Ray-Ban $150
Wiley Sunglasses by Raen $170
Molino Sunglasses by Jacques Marie Mage $545

Diamond


Most frame shapes will work well for diamond faces, so long as they’re in keeping with your proportions. Anything wider than your cheekbones will make the widest point of your face appear even wider (and, in turn, make your chin and forehead appear smaller than they actually are).

Sunglasses in Black by Sunspel $275
Hampton Sunglasses by Garrett Leight California Optical $319
Reiner Sunglasses by SALT. $430

Triangular


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

Aviator Sunglasses by Randolph Engineering $219
Tom Sunglasses by Vuarnet $290
Peyote Gold by Jacques Marie Mage $850

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