The Best Sunglasses by Face Shape
When it comes to selecting sunglasses, the sheer number of choices can be dizzying. Whatever your price point, from designer brands to more budget-friendly options, there’s no getting around the fact that sunglasses are so much more than an accessory. They also serve a functional purpose, offering protection from the sun’s UV rays—and even better, the right pair of sunglasses can actually enhance your appearance by complementing your face shape. Here, we delve into the basics of face shapes to reveal the very best sunglasses for your face.
Unmasking the Contours: A Guide to Face Shapes
Understanding your face shape is the first step in selecting sunglasses that not only suit your needs, but also accentuate your best features. While you may have an idea of what your face shape is, there's an art and a science to identifying it accurately. What we often see as a "shape" is actually a combination of factors: bone structure, genetics, age, and even lifestyle choices. So, let's dive deeper into understanding face shapes.
An oval face shape is balanced and evenly proportioned. It’s often characterized by a forehead that is slightly wider than the chin, and cheekbones that are high and often pronounced. To confirm you may have an oval face shape, check if the length of your face is about one and a half times the width.
With a round face, the width and length of your face are roughly the same—that is, it’s more or less circular in nature. The cheekbones are prominently wide, and the chin is less pronounced. A round face often has soft angles and lacks sharp corners along the jawline and forehead.
As with the round face shape, the width of the forehead, cheekbones, and jaw are roughly equal in square-shaped faces. The difference is that this face shape is more angular with a strong jawline, broad forehead, and a square chin. To determine if you may have a square face, look for similar dimensions all over, along with generally angular features.
A heart-shaped face is wide at the temples and narrows towards the jawline and chin, which might come to a pronounced point. The forehead is generally the widest part of the face, and a dip in the hairline at the center of the forehead is another common characteristic.
Less common but equally distinct is the diamond face shape, characterized by both a narrow forehead and jawline, but wide, high cheekbones. The face length is the most significant measurement, and just as this face shape’s name suggests, the jaw is usually pointed.
Long or Oblong Face
With a long or oblong face, the dimensions might be similar to an oval face, but the face length is the most considerable measurement. The forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are generally of the same width.
Think you have a pretty good understanding of face shapes now ? The next step is identifying which sunglasses are the perfect match for your own face.
Flattering Frames: A Match for Every Face
If you've ever felt like a pair of sunglasses just wasn't right, but you couldn't quite pinpoint why, you're not alone. The magic of the perfect pair lies in how well it complements your face shape. The world is filled with an array of frame designs today, from classic aviators to chic cat-eye styles, and thankfully, there’s a flattering frame for everyone. Here’s how you can know what to look for when selecting your next pair of shades.
Best for Oval Faces
Great news for people with an oval face shape: you have the luxury of choice! That’s because this versatile face shape is proportionally well-balanced and can pull off almost any frame style with ease. If you’re looking for a timeless look that’s always in style, Aviator Sunglasses are an excellent choice for this face shape.
Best for Round Faces
A round face calls for frames that add angles and elongate. Square or rectangular styles can provide a striking contrast to soften your face's roundness, while even subtle cat-eye features can add dimension. Try our Polarized Tort Half-Rim Club Sunglasses or Premium Polarized Tort Cat Eye Sunglasses to add a bit of angularity.
Best for Square Faces
Square faces already have distinct angles and can benefit most from frames that complement and soften those edges. If this is your face shape, consider a style such as Panama Jack's Turquoise Tort Oval Sunglasses to bring harmony to your features.
Best for Heart-Shaped Faces
Heart-shaped faces have a wider forehead and a narrower chin, which can be balanced by frames that are wide at the bottom. The Polarized Matte Black Sunglasses and the Matte Black Classic Sport Sunglasses could both be an ideal match for this face shape, and they’re durable options that transition seamlessly between outdoor adventures and day-to-day life.
Best for Diamond-Shaped Faces
If your face is diamond-shaped, it features a narrow forehead and jawline with cheekbones as the widest part of the face. Rimless frames, like our Premium Polarized Gold Mirror Club Sunglasses, are a chic and comfortable way to help balance these dimensions.
Best for Long or Oblong Faces
Long faces can appear more proportional with frames that have more depth than width. Square sunglasses or otherwise rectangular frames can also be an attractive choice that balance the length and width of an oblong shape. Look to styles like these Premium Polarized Classic Surf Sunglasses to achieve this effect.