When it comes to fashion accessories, there are few that make as big an impact as sunglasses. With so many brands and types available, it can be tricky to choose a pair that suits you perfectly.
The shape of your face plays a large part in whether a pair of sunglasses looks good on you. There are different styles suited for every kind of face shape, so you can be sure you’ll find one that looks great.
This article takes a look at how you can determine what ‘type’ of face you have, along with the various sunglasses styles that will compliment your look.
What Face Shape Do You Have?
Most faces fall into one of the following four types:
• Round – Round faces have a rounded forehead, wide cheeks and rounded chin.
• Heart – Heart-shaped faces have a wide forehead, wide cheeks and a narrow chin.
• Square – Square faces have a wide forehead, wide cheeks and a wide chin.
• Oval – Oval faces have a narrow forehead, wide cheeks and a narrow chin.
If you’re having trouble with determining which of these face shapes you have, we’ve got a simple tip to help you out. Grab a mirror and dry wipe marker, and tie back any long hair.
Looking into the mirror, trace an outline of your face. Compare the shape to any of the above four shapes; chances are, the closest match is your face type!
Sunglasses For Round Faces
Round faces typically have softer angles in the brow and jaw lines. Rectangular or angular frames help to balance out these softer features.
Rectangular frames help to offset the roundness and give the appearance of a longer face. Ray-Ban Wayfarers are perfect for rounder faces, as the classic style adds greater definition to the overall shape.
Frame styles to try: Wayfarer, Square, Cat Eye
Frame styles to avoid: Circular lenses, Small frames, Oversized frames
Sunglasses For Heart-Shaped Faces
Heart-shaped faces are wider near the top. Because of this, your sunglasses should aim to de-emphasise the width at the top, while exaggerating the width at the middle.
Wide-bottomed sunglasses are perfect for heart-shaped faces, as they balance out the discrepancy between the varying widths. Rimless or light-coloured sunglasses also help to draw attention away from the top of the face.
Frame styles to try: Rimless, Wayfarer, Sport
Frame styles to avoid: Top-heavy, Embellished
Sunglasses For Square Faces
Square faces generally feature harsher angles and lines than the other face shapes. Therefore, rather than adding definition, you’ll want frames that soften your jaw line and brow.
Rounder lens styles are perfect for square faces, particularly those with narrow or rimless edges. Ray Ban Aviators offer a timeless look that perfectly complements this face type, with large round lenses and a narrow frame.
Frame styles to try: Aviator, Round, Oval
Frame styles to avoid: Square, Angular
Sunglasses For Oval Faces
If you have an oval-shaped face, then you’ll generally find that almost every style of sunglasses suits you. Because the width differences between the top and bottom of the face are naturally balanced, you’re free to choose the frames that give your preferred effect.
If you want to maintain your face’s natural balance, then wider frame styles such as Oversized, Wayfarers or Aviators are a great choice. While most frame styles work, very small frames may exaggerate a narrow eye line.
Frame styles to try: Oversized, Wayfarer, Aviator
Frame styles to avoid: Small, Narrow