Spring is almost here – time to buy new sunnies! The task seems simple enough: You want to buy a pair of stylish sunglasses that look good on your face. How is it possible, then, for a seemingly benign sunglasses shopping session to turn into a ridiculously time-consuming ordeal?
One set of frames gives you a secret service agent look, while another one turns you into an insect. While you could spend all day trying on every pair of sunnies in the store, a better route to take would be to know what type of face shape you have, and then go for the frames that will best complement your natural features. Below is a time-saving guide that features our top picks for the four most common face shapes (heart, round, oval, and square), so that you can find the perfect pair of sunglasses for your facial structure.
The heart-shaped face tends to slim down from top to bottom, which means that your chin and jawline are narrower than your forehead and cheekbones. Go for frames that mimic this general contour, such as cat eyes, Wayfarers, aviators, or even the retro square (e.g., Clark Kent) look. Basically, any frames that are wider than your forehead will further accentuate your highly coveted bone structure. These ultra-stylish Coach cat eye sunglasses from Sunglass Hut are a perfect example of the kind of sunnies that look amazing on heart-shaped faces.
The widest area of the round face is at the cheekbones, while the forehead and jawline are narrower. You can offset this roundness by creating some angles or sharp lines with your frames. Square-shaped sunnies, cat eyes, and Wayfarers are top picks, while you should avoid sunglasses that are already quite round. Also steer clear of oversized frames (e.g., large aviators), as they will simply add to the roundness that you’re trying to minimize. A great choice to keep in mind are these tortoise/brown Ray Ban Wayfarers from Sunglass Hut, as they have slightly angular contours that work well to balance out round faces.
Yes, the oval-faced among us have admittedly won the genetic lottery in terms of facial structure. The main reason why is because the oval is widely considered to be the most versatile type of face shape. Your face is a little longer than it is wide, which makes it a good fit for frames of practically any shape, from square to round to everything in between. The only real concern for the oval-sapien is proportion; avoid going for frames that are oversized, or too wide or small for your face.
The square face – as the name implies – is more angular by nature, with a fairly prominent jawline and a wide forehead and cheekbones. Your goal is to balance out these angles by going for frames that have round or curved features. Aviators, circular lenses and rimless edges are good examples of frames that can add a little softness to your bone structure. These ultra-sleek Ray Ban sunglasses with round frames and flat lenses from Sunglass Hut are an excellent example of a pair of sunnies that can add balance to your natural facial features. Classic aviators are a top choice as well.
Shopping for the right sunglasses doesn’t have to be a crap shoot. Keep the above guide in mind to help you choose a pair of sunglasses that will bring out the best features of your lovely face!