Knowing which sunglass frames are right for your face shape will help you pick a style that complements your features instead of fighting with them. It’ll also stave off the paralysis of choice that’s left you with the same busted pair of drugstore shades for the last few summers.
But remember: The whole “face shape” game is not going to solve all your problems. Most of us don’t fit perfectly into one category. Instead, we’re hybrids between a couple or a few of them. So beware anyone telling you rectangular frames will never work with your square jaw.
Here’s how to find the right sunglasses for your face shape. Use it as a guide, inject your own personality where you see fit, and enjoy looking like a boss this summer.
Your face is longer than it is wide, and the lines of your jaw and cheekbones are relatively rounded. (The length can be extended visually with your haircut, as you see here.)
If this is you, consider yourself lucky: Oblong faces won’t have any trouble finding a good pair of sunglasses. The only thing you’d want to avoid: anything that’ll make your face look even longer. So while a pair of oversized, squared-off aviators will do the trick, you might want to think twice before investing in a tear-drop pair that’ll pull the eye down along the vertical axis of your visage.
Actually, it’s an inverted triangle. Your forehead is wider than your chin, which narrows down with relatively straight lines.
A rounded lens will play against the straighter geometry of your face, but be careful not to go too heavy on the brow. So something like a Ray-Ban Clubmaster, with acetate (basically high-end plastic) along the brow line, might just accentuate the width of your forehead. A wire-framed, double-bridged version like the one seen here? Go for it. And if you want something classic, try a tortoiseshell frame with a keyhole bridge for a throwback vibe.
This face shape is all about sharper angles. Length and width are pretty similar, but the cheekbones are more pronounced, and the jaw well defined. Think about an actual diamond, just, you know, not quite so sharp.
All those strong lines on your face mean you’ve got a lot to play with in terms of shape. Something like these classic Carreras won’t overwhelm, even with a larger-than-average lens and double-bridge detailing. Rounded shapes and rectangular styles can work, too. Just make sure you don’t get too squared off—it runs the risk of making you look more severe than your (surely easygoing) persona might like to project.
This one’s pretty self-explanatory. The width and length of your head are nearly identical, and you’ve got a nicely squared off jaw. Lucky you!
Here’s one thing to remember: You don’t want to look like a box. So while you can play with rounded edges on a pair of square or rectangular frames, anything that gets too geometric could make you look like an over-exaggerated version of yourself. But you do get to go wild on rounded shapes, if you’re into that. And while black frames can work, something in a lighter color will soften your edges.
You’ve seen a circle, right? Do you see one (at least sorta) when you look in the mirror? If you answered yes, you’re in the right spot.
While some folks might say to avoid rounder shapes entirely when it comes to sunglasses, we say that’s no fun. But do exercise caution. John Lennon-style shades—with their perfectly circular lenses—probably won’t do you any favors. But a square-shaped aviator with rounded edges? That’ll work wonders.
Think of this like the inverted triangle, just a little softer all around. The forehead is still wider than the chin, but the shape is a little rounder around the jaw line.
Anything too wide or heavy is probably best left to the other face shapes, but worry not: You’ve got a secret weapon. The classic tear-drop aviator looks good on most folks, but it’s especially well suited to heart-shaped faces, where it adds a little extra weight to the lower half of the face. Go with a throwback version with shiny frames and flash lenses, or try something understated with a matte finish and a tonal lens.
Your face is a little longer than it is wide, and the jaw and cheekbones are slightly rounded. Your forehead is also a bit wider than your jaw.
Count your stars. The oval face shape is about the easiest to fit with a pair of shades. Honestly, you can try pretty much anything you want. Geometric aviators? Sure! A pair that’s a dead ringer for the ones Steve McQueen wore in The Thomas Crown Affair? Why not! And then there are the rounded ones, the rectangular ones, the… well, you get the idea.
You may have noticed we didn’t talk much about what is (at least arguably) the most popular and enduring sunglass style: the wayfarer. Introduced by Ray-Ban, the company that has claim to the proper name Wayfarer, the shape has become a modern staple. And it looks great on everyone. Seriously. If you’re not sure which style is right for you, you’ll never go wrong with a wayfarer.