Finding the Perfect Sunglasses for Your Face Shape
Choosing the perfect sunglasses for your face-shape can be a daunting task.... But don't worry! We've put together our quick guide for Women and Men that will make finding your new signature shades a breeze.
Every face is unique, but there are generally four key face shapes. Most people fit into one of these categories or are a variation of these core shapes. If you already know yours, then click below. If you don't know yet - here is a quick and easy method to find out.
Square faces are characterised by striking features, such as a prominent forehead and a strong jawline. A uniform width tends to runs between the defined facial features.
Women // Square
Try a curvier frame, such as a feminine Cat-eye or a Butterfly to soften the angles of your already striking, bold features and to create a pleasing balance. Oval or gently rounded lensed frames can be a beautiful accompaniment. Likewise, aviators and semi-frameless silhouettes like a gently-rounded Clubmaster, which are thinner on their lower half can work fantastically well to balance a stronger jawline.
Men // Square
Men with sharp, square faces should try out a silhouette with a softer curve - like an oval or aviator frame. Avoid anything too sharply angled or boxy. As tempting as it might be to match your shades to your masculine face shape, something offering more balance will be extremely complementary. Semi-frameless Clubmasters with a lighter bottom are also a great way to balance out a naturally masculine jawline.
Round faces usually have a uniform width between the facial features while the face's overall height and width tend to also be of similar dimensions. Features are generally softer and have less definitive angles.
Women // Round
You likely have soft and delicate features meaning you can let yourself go in choosing a frame with strong, bold edges and striking horizontal angles. A classic wayfarer or rectangular frame can help to create balance and offer additional definition to make a face look longer and slimmer. Likewise, a glamorous cat-eye frame can inject some eye-catching contrast and intrigue to the curves of your face. As a rule, it's advised to stay clear of overly round lenses. However, an oversized round frame wider than your face can also be eye-catching if you are looking to go against the grain!
Men // Round
If your features are generally on the softer side, sunglasses are an ideal way to inject more definition. Try rectangular frames or a bolder wayfarer to make a face look longer, elongate the temples and to add some impactful angles. As a rule, you want to stay clear of overly round frames as these will exaggerate the roundness of your face. However, a pair of not too circular aviators, that sit wider than your face can also be a great way to enhance cheeks and to balance any fullness.
Oval faces are typically able to suit all manner of sunglass styles - a useful superpower indeed! Oval faces are characterised by being vertically more extended than it's width, along with high cheekbones that are subtly wider than the rest of the face. A softly rounded jawline also tends to have a similar width to the top of the forehead.
Women // Oval
Congratulations! You're blessed with being able to suit practically any style, so you should take time to experiment before choosing your next pair of shades (or buy everything!). Rectangular or oval frames with a horizontal emphasis are a great option to keep a balance against the longer vertical line of the face. Likewise, rounded frames will complement the natural balance of your features. Upswept angles like a cat-eye or butterfly shape are also fantastic for enhancing high cheekbones. Taylor Morris' iconic and unique RollRights are also an excellent choice for showing off those high cheekbones without upsetting the balanced proportions on the lower half of your face.
Men // Oval
Nice work! As an oval-faced guy, you're in the enviable position of having the most versatile face shape. The only question is if whether one pair of shades is enough. Rectangular or oval frames with a horizontal emphasis are a great option in order to offset the longer vertical line of the face. Likewise, rounded frames will complement the natural balance of your features. Subtle upswept angles are also the perfect way to enhance your cheekbones.
Heart-shaped faces are characterised by a broader brow and a narrow, more delicate chin. Attention is often naturally drawn to a striking eye region - making it even more important to get the shades just right!
Women // Heart-shaped
There are a lot of options that work beautifully with a heart-shaped face. Try large, round-lensed frames to help keep the face looking balanced by drawing attention downwards from the fuller top half of the head. The aim is to use your shades as a way to build up the narrower lower-face. Curved butterfly frames with deep lenses are a great way to do this. Frames with slim temples can also help to minimise the width at the top of the head.
Men // Heart-shaped
The key to choosing the perfect pair of sunglasses lies in beefing up the lower, narrower portion of the face. Look for frames that have a substantial, lower profile that will help to direct attention south of your nose. These will elongate the face to generally balance out proportions. Narrow templed frames are also a great way to draw attention away from the fuller top part of the head.