Choose the Right Shades

The Best Sunglasses for Every Face Shape

June 22, 2019 Style 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.


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
M2 Sunglasses by Silver Lining Opticians $365
Roy Sunglasses by Jacques Marie Mage $895


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.

Richmond Sunglasses by David Kind $340
Aviator Sunglasses by Persol $360
Square-Frame Sunglasses by Eyevan 7285 $700


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.

Round Frame Sunglasses by Saint Laurent $380
Buck Sunglasses by Salt. $430
Coleman Sunglasses by Max Pittion $585


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

Remmy Sunglasses by Raen $170
Jacob Sunglasses by Tom Ford $405
Hanalei Sunglasses by Mr Leight $645

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.

Aviator by Randolph Engineering $299
Square-Frame Sunglasses by Cutler and Gross $480
Clubmaster Sunglasses by Cartier Eyewear $505


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).

General Sunglasses by American Optical $105
Yukari Sunglasses by District Vision $199
Lemtosh Sunglasses by Moscot $300


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.

Ethan Sunglasses by Globe Specs $405
Square-Frame Sunglasses by Gucci $405
Craft 006 Sunglasses by Mykita $615

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John Zientek

John Zientek is Gear Patrol's style editor and in-house guitar authority. He grew up on the West Coast.

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