How to choose the right sunglasses for your face shape

There’s no denying that choosing the right sunglasses can be an overwhelming task. Being armed with information is therefore essential and in this case, it’s probably best to ignore any trends. Much like choosing the perfect suit, sunglasses are highly subjective - because certain shapes will only suit certain faces. Not sure where to start? Let our definitive guide take you there.

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The Round Face

Illustration of a male round face in sunglasses

A rounder face will, in general, have softer angles - so you’re going to want your glasses to add in some structure. Sharper edges should be your ally here, and a lens that tapers slightly inwards will help visibly elongate your features. The right kind of round lens (nothing too small) will also work when worn the right way, but it’s generally best to go with something a bit more angular.

The Oblong Face

Illustration of a male oblong face in sunglasses

If your face is slightly longer than it is round and your jaw and forehead are the same width, you’ve got an oblong face. If this is you, you definitely won’t struggle to find a pair of sunglasses that suits you (just avoid anything that’ll make your face appear longer). It’s also a good idea to pick a pair with a slightly thicker frame to draw focus up to your eye level.

The Oval Face

Illustration of a male oval face in sunglasses

An oval face will be slightly longer than it is wide, with your forehead sitting marginally wider than your jaw. Generally, an oval face will suit every pair of sunglasses it chances upon. From classic aviators to pilot sunglasses and round shades, you’re one of the lucky ones that can shift from shape to shape whenever he likes - so take advantage.

The Square Face

Illustration of a male square face in sunglasses

If you’ve got a square face, the length and width of your forehead will be almost identical and you’ll have a square jaw. If this is you, it’s best to try and avoid anything that’ll make your face look too boxy, so stick to round shapes that are guaranteed to flatter and soften your features.