This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Sure, you’ve tried channeling Lennon in precise, round specs or creating Top Gun-worthy moments in classic aviators, but odds are good that those looks didn’t quite work out. Because your favorite pair of sunnies should complement, not completely cover or cut into, your visage, we went right to the experts — Sunglass Hut VP of product Kristen McCabe and Warby Parker cofounder Neil Blumenthal — to tell us what frames are best for YOUR face shape.
Let’s be honest: Your shades are the one summer accessory everyone notices — so make this next pair count!
Round — A general rule of thumb is the rounder your face shape, the more angular your frames should be, according to Blumenthal. And for the person whose face is approximately as wide as it is tall, the best sunglasses will be either square or rectangular. McCabe also suggests trying thin, wire frames “because they focus attention away from the sides of the face,” she says.
Heart-shaped — Instead of following the opposition rule, those with a heart-shaped face may want to look for pairs that more closely mimic their shape. Blumenthal suggests looking for something that’s “wider on the top and narrower on the bottom, like a cat-eye.” And, because heart-shapes tend to be broader at the brow and narrower at the chin, aviator frames may also work, says McCabe. They drop down a bit lower and balance the proportions of your face.
Oval — Both of our experts agreed that those with an oval-shaped face can wear almost any kind of frame. So, we say, take that as invitation to test-drive a few different kinds. McCabe does advise that if you’re looking to minimize the length on your face, select a pair that covers more of the center of your face. Cat-eyes and larger rectangular glasses may work as well, she says, but try to stick to frames that do not extend beyond your widest measurement.
Square — Remember the rule about contrasting square frames with rounder faces? Well, the opposite applies, too. Those with square-shaped faces tend to have more angular features, so McCabe suggests going for pairs that have soft, rounded edges. Opt for something like ’60s-era circular or oversized statement makers. And, to balance the definition in your jawline, McCabe advises finding a fit that doesn’t sit too low down your cheeks.
Oblong — Those with an oblong face will have proportions that are taller than they are wide. Again, in order to balance face to frame, Blumenthal says that sunglasses that mimic your shape and have more depth are your best bet. Look for options in aviators or tear drops — something that will have an elongated length and dip a little bit lower under the eye.
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