Choosing the Perfect Sunglasses for Your Face Shape
Choosing the perfect sunglasses for your face can be a daunting task. On face-value (apologies), there is quite a lot to consider... What frame-shape suits your personal style? What also compliments the elements of your facial features you're particularly keen to highlight? Or what can help draw the eye away from aspects you're less keen on? How can shades help to keep overall balance to your visage?... It can seem that there's almost too much to consider... 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.
Firstly, whilst there are a great number of variations and every face is obviously unique, it's widely considered that there are 4 key face shapes / structures:
-- most people fit into one of these categories or are variation of these core shapes.
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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 jaw line.
Men // Square
Men with strong, square faces should try out a silhouette with a softer curve - like an oval frame or a pilot / 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 to your already strong facial structure can be extremely complimentary. Semi-frameless Clubmaster shapes with their less bulky bottom frame are also a great way to balance out that naturally masculine jawline.
Round faces usually have a uniform width between the facial features whilst the face’s overall height and width tends to also be of similar dimensions. Features are usually softer and have less definitive angles.
Women // Round
As a woman with a round face, you likely have soft and delicate features meaning you can really let 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, whilst also making 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 lensed wider than your face can also be particularly striking 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 traditional wayfarer to make the 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 just exaggerate the roundness present in your face. However - a pair of decent-sized, not overly round aviators, that sit wider than your face can also be a great way to enhance cheeks and to balance the fullness of a round face.
Those with oval face are generally regarded as being able to suit all manner of sunglass styles - a useful superpower indeed! Oval faces are generally characterised by being vertically longer 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
As an oval-faced women you’re blessed in that you are able to suit practically any style, so you should take time to experiment before choosing your next pair of shades. 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 or aviators will compliment 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 RollRight is also a great option for showing off those high cheekbones without upsetting the balanced proportions on the lower half of your face. Have fun - you’re literally spoilt for choice!
Men // Oval
As an oval-faced guy, the only question is if whether one pair is enough. You’re in the enviable position of being able to choose practically any style. 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 or aviators will compliment the natural balance of your features. Subtle upswept angles are also an awesome way to enhance your high cheekbones. Take your pick!
Heart-shaped faces are generally characterised by a wider brow and a narrow, more delicate chin. People with heart-shaped faces tend to have more striking, prominent eyes - giving extra emphasis to their shades and making it more important to get them 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 and draw attention downwards from the wider top half of the head. The aim is to use your shades to build up the narrower lower-face - curved butterfly frames or aviators with deep lenses are a great way to do this. Also, frames with narrow temples or arms 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 for your heart-shaped face lies in beefing up the lower, narrower portion of the face. Look for frames that have a heavy, lower profile that will help to direct attention south of your nostrils - these will elongate the face to generally balance out proportions. Thin templed / armed frames are also a great way to draw attention away from the wider top part of the head.