For something we all wear SO OFTEN, so many people are wearing the wrong shape for their face!

Designed primarily as a form of protective eyewear, sunglasses have become an essential fashion item. Today, there’s a variety of brands, colours, shapes and sizes of sunglasses that it’s sometimes quite difficult to choose the right pair for yourself. But just like any other fashion garment, sunglasses should also be chosen according to your personal attributes so they would suit you perfectly. When choosing a dress, you’re making sure that it’ll fit your body type; when choosing your shades is exactly like that, you should make sure that they fit your face shape. So in order to get the pick just right, we have prepared a few basic guidelines on how to determine your face shape and choose the best sunglasses accordingly.

Oval Shape

Having an oval face shape is quite similar to having an hourglass figure – it looks amazing in just about anything. This face shape is characterised by its elongated features, which is exactly what makes it so versatile and susceptible to different sunglasses shapes. Those who have an oval face shape can choose from a variety of sunglasses, as both square and round frames will look good on you. The only thing to keep in mind here is the proportion. Oval or not, if your sunglasses are too big or small for your face, it’s going to look disproportionate. You’re blessed with a chance to experiment, so you surely won’t make a mistake by choosing mirrored shades, heart-shaped lenses or even classic aviator Ray Bans, just like the lovely Jennifer Aniston.

Round Shape

Many people tend to be confused when it comes to differentiating between an oval and a round shape face. Contrary to what most people believe, these aren’t identical shapes. The round face shape is generally wider in the cheekbone area and narrower at the forehead and jawline. The goal here is to create contrast in order to highlight your good sides. The best thing to do is avoid disc-shaped sunglasses and round frames as they’ll swallow your face completely. Take it from Charlize Theron and go for a retro look by picking cat-eyed frames. Sharp edges and rectangular frames lengthen your face and give it a new, interesting dimension.

Square Shape

Angelina Jolie, Olivia Wilde, Keira Knightly… these are just a few examples of a very attractive celebrity mamas which are praised all over the world for their distinctive square faces. The wide forehead and cheekbones, accompanied by a defined jawline are the most recognizable features of this face shape. In order to make the right pick, the best solution is to choose something which will soften your angular face. It’s best to avoid bold frames and opt for butterfly style shades and round-shaped sunglasses. Cat-eyed shades also go well with square shaped faces.

Heart Shape

If you have a narrow jawline, a broad forehead and high cheekbones, you can identify yourself as someone with a heart-shaped face. One of the best examples of this face shape is the Australian model and a full time mother, Miranda Kerr. This Victoria’s Secret Angel has learned how to take her face shape to her advantage and has quickly become the queen of sunglasses by owning more than a dozen pairs. To pick the shades that’ll work for you, the best thing to do is choose something that’ll highlight your cheekbones or create a perfect balance between your facial features. Elegant Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses are the perfect choice for you as they have a wide array of retro square shades which will totally suit your face shape. A classic pair of aviators can also look pretty good, while you surely won’t make a mistake by opting for any style with over-sized chunky frames.

While picking out the right shades for your face isn’t rocket science, it certainly requires a distinctive touch and taste in order to choose the perfect pair. Naturally, before beginning your hunt, it’ll be necessary to first determine what shape of face you actually have. After you’ve determined this, you can use this simple guideline to equip yourself with some funky, new sunglasses. Truth be told, everybody deserves at least one pair of designer shades in their closet.

What shape is your face? Share with us below!

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  • I don’t study the shape of my face or the shape of my glasses too much.
    When I’m looking for glasses I pick a frame what I like, I try it, buy it and am ready in 2 min.


  • Really?! Who cares?! As long as they’re protecting your eyes from the sun, all is good


  • Meh, I don’t think most people really care about sunglasses shapes.


  • Just bought a new pair of sunnies that finally suit my face and are comfortable to wear.


  • I love my sunnies but is time for an upgrade,thanks for your article!


  • I agree with you. Sunglasses are designed specifically to provide protection.
    In fact they should be worn all-year-round. I was told that I’ve got sun scarring on one of my eyes as a result of not wearing sunglasses as a child.

    • Exactly – I wear sunglasses all year for protection.


  • I choose my glasses according to the best sun protection.


  • It’s that time of year isn’t it – sunglass shopping – thank you for your timely article I am going to get myself some new sunnies that will suit my face this year!


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