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Finding the PERFECT Pair of Sunnies for YOUR Face Shape

Sunglasses are not only an accessory that serves to protect your eyes from the sun - it's a way of revealing and a reflection of your personality, style, and preference as well as providing harmony to your overall image. This is of course, provided that you choose the perfect pair of sunglasses for you. But how do you do that?

You need to figure out your face shape. But how do you do that? Well, you can determine your face shape by finding a washable marker, lipstick soap or a pencil, stand at arms length in a mirror and trace the shape of your face from the reflection. Start with your chin and end at your hairline.


Round face:

Your task is to visually lengthen your face, so choose glasses with dark frames. They narrow the face and bring its contours closer to an oval shape. To balance your facial proportions, choose a frame where the width is greater than the height. Below are some examples: 

  • Pointed, rectangular, and square glasses.
  • “Cat-eyes“ glasses
  • ”Butterfly“ glasses
  • Glasses with narrow bridges
  • “Aviators”
  • ”Wayfarers"

Frames to AVOID: 

  • Round glasses
  • Narrow frames
  • Glasses with sharply defined edges
  • Geometrically shaped glasses
  • Glasses with coloured lenses
  • Glasses that cover the eyebrows

Remember, it's all about balance. Find frames that deemphasize your rounder features by finding frames that act as an opposition. 

Oval face:

In this case, the main goal is not to disturb your face’s harmonious proportions. Therefore, you should avoid glasses that look too massive. Preferably, the frame should be as wide as your face, or a little wider. Make sure that the frame’s upper part is in line with your eyebrows. Below are some examples to consider:

  • Glasses with smooth-lined frames: rectangular, oval, round
  • “Butterfly“ glasses
  • ”Aviators.
  • “Cat-eyes” glasses

Frames to AVOID: 

  • Glasses with sharply defined edges
  • Glasses that appear too massive
  • Glasses that look too wide
  • Narrow frames

What we are trying to do is to find harmony in the proportions. Similar to round faced individuals, finding the right balance is key. 

Square face:

Sharp-angled rectangular or square frames can “overload“ your face’s outlines. On the other hand, rounded frames will help to visually balance and soften overall facial proportions. Here are some suitable frames

  • Large glasses
  • Glasses where the frame width equals the width of your face
  • Glasses with coloured frames
  • Glasses with oval, round, or teardrop-shaped frames
  • Frameless glasses
  • ”Cat-eye" glasses
  • “Aviators”

Frames to AVOID:

  • Square frames with sharp corners
  • Small, narrow, and petite frames
  • Glasses where the frame is wider than your face

Rectangle face:

Aim to make your face appear visually broader. Go for large, massive-looking glasses. Also, make sure they have transparent lenses and slender frames that match the tone of your skin. Some suitable frames include:

  • Large-framed glasses
  • "Aviators" (with large frames)
  • Round-framed glasses

Avoid if possible: 

  • Narrow frames
  • Small glasses
  • Glasses with bright, colorful frames

Heart-shaped face:

Your goal is to balance out the upper part of your face by making the lower part appear bulkier. Massive-looking glasses won’t help: they’ll just add more bulk to the upper part. We advise you to choose glasses where the width equals the width of your face. Opt for a teardrop-shaped design. “Aviators“ would be ideal.

  • Rounded or round glasses
  • Small frames with a narrow bridge
  • Glasses with low-set arms
  • ”Aviators“
  • “Wayfarers”
  • Frameless glasses
  • Bright or neutral-colored frames

Frames to AVOID:

  • Glasses with large and heavy frames
  • Glasses with sharp, pointy outlines
  • Glasses that cover the eyebrows
  • ”Butterfly“ glasses or teardrop-shaped glasses
  • ”Cat’s eyes" glasses
  • Glasses with brightly colored frames

And last but not least...the Triangular face: 

Your main aim should be to visually broaden the upper half of your face while making the lower half less conspicuous. Choose sunglasses with a large frame and a broad upper part. The lower part shouldn’t have square or sharp outlines.

  • Round glasses without bright decorations
  • “Aviators.“
  • ”Cat’s eyes" glasses with transparent lenses
  • Frameless glasses

Frames to AVOID:

  • “Cat’s eyes” glasses with dark-tinted lenses
  • Glasses with square or rectangular frames
  • Glasses with narrow or small frames
  • Glasses where the lower part has square or sharp-edged outlines

What we can conclude from this is that different glasses work for different people and this all depends on their shape. Of course, it also boils down to preference, so if you have your eyes on a particular pair of sunnies with a certain design, colour, or shape, then by all means wear what make you happy. After all, you sunglasses can not only provide protection but ALSO elevate your style, and you cannot do that if you don't resonate with its design!


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