Types of Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

Brittny Drye

Flickr photo by Ana Santos
I hate shopping for sunglasses. I never know what looks good on me, and it seems like I try on 20 different pairs before I find a match.

And don't get me started on those teeny-tiny mirrors that stores expect you to use.

Aviators. Cat-eye. Thick frame. Thin frame. Argh.

You can narrow the search down by a lot if you know what types look good with your face shape.

  • If you have a triangle-shaped face, meaning a narrow forehead that gets wider at the cheeks and chin, aviators are a good pick because they create balance.
  • A round face looks great in angular, narrow frames, like rectangles or geometric shapes, because they break up the monotony.
  • If you have an oval- or egg-shaped face, consider yourself lucky. You'll probably look great in almost any style because it's so symmetrical (and I'm highly jealous). 
  • An oblong face (think SJP) is longer than it is wide, so pick frames that are deep or have decorative temple details. This will draw the eye outward to break up the length of your face.
  • If you have high cheekbones and then narrow at the eye line and jawline, you have a diamond-shaped face. These faces look great in square or rimless frames because they balance out the widest and narrowest parts of the face. 
  • A square face has a broad forehead and a very strong jawline. Squares look wonderful in narrow frames like ovals, rounds, or sexy cat-eye styles. I love the cat-eye style ... but sadly, I can't rock them like ladies with a square face can.
  • If you have a heart-shaped face like me (wide top that tapers down to a narrow chin), then choose frames narrower on top and wider toward the bottom. Light or rimless shades flatter too.

What's the shape of your face? Do you take the shape of your face into consideration when buying sunglasses?




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