Sunglasses that Best Suit Your Face
When it comes to buying sunglasses, determining your face size and shape is important because it will help you find a better fitting, more functional pair of sunglasses. Proper fitting sunglasses can give you a stylish look all your own like Emma Roberts or Miranda Kerr. To find sunglasses that best suit your face, you will need to, measure your face, determine your face shape, and match that shape to a style of sunglasses.
How To Measure Your Face
Measuring the dimensions of your face will help give you an idea of what size and shape your face is. To measure your face, stand in front of a mirror and follow these steps:
- Measure Cheekbone to Cheekbone: Place the end of a tape measure just below your eye to find the top of your cheekbone. Measure the same point on the other side of your face. Write down this number.
- Measure Jaw Line: Feel below your ears to find the ends of your jawbone. Measure from the end of your jawbone to the other end around the bottom of your face. Write that down too.
- Measure Face Length: Measure from the center of your hairline straight down over the front of your nose to the bottom of your chin. Write that one down too.
Look at your measurements and comparing them to each other, determine which shape of face you are below. Check out Sunglasses Buying Guide for more about sunglass frame sizes and shapes.
How to Determine Your Face Shape
There are several different face shapes. Compare the different dimensions of your face, look in the mirror, and or have a friend help you determine which shape your face is. Look below to see common face shapes and see which one of these categories matches you.
- Round face shapes are typically pretty symmetrical. With a round face shape, your face is about the same width and length, and you have around jawline and chin.
- Cheekbones aren’t particularly prominent on a round face.
- Round faces tend to be circular in appearance and have no major angles or edges.
Sunglasses Best Suit Round Shaped Faces
These curves are kickin’! The round face shape has noticeable curves and less defined angles. The best glasses for round faces avoid curved features, emphasizing sharp angular lines that will help elongate your face and make it look thinner and sharper. This face group may benefit from high-on-the-temple, colorful frames as well. Round face shapes work best with Rectangle, square, wrap and shield-shaped glasses.
Think you have a square face shape? You might be right if your face meets the following criteria:
- The key to a square face lies in the jawline. With a square face shape, your forehead, cheekbones, and jaw will be the same width, but your jaw will have sharp angles to it.
- Square face shapes are similar in appearance to a round face but have a more pronounced, wide jawline.
- A square face has very minimal curves to it.
Sunglasses Best Suit Square Shaped Faces
Square shaped faces are generally about the same length and width across the face; they are characterized by a broad forehead and a strong jawline. The best glasses for square faces are round or oval-shaped; this helps round out the sharpness of the face for a more balanced look. Examples of styles that would work well for square faces are aviators, butterflies, round or any frame style that favors oval or circular curves. Center or top set temples are the way to go with a square face.
The terms “oval” and “long” faces are often used interchangeably, and with good reason; A long face is pretty much just an elongated version of an oval:
- An oval/long face is longer than it is wide.
- You’ll also have a round chin and jawline.
- “If the lower half of your faces seem to be longer than the top, you have a long face. Also, the forehead will typically be the widest part of the face, while all the other features remain rounded and soft.
Sunglasses Best Suit Oval Shaped Faces
Oval faces have it made because literally, every frame looks awesome! Oval faces have gently rounded, fairly even features, and pretty much any frame is going to work well on them. Designer to the sport, fashion to function, everything works. Just don’t get huge frames that block out those pretty symmetrical features; choose sunglasses that cover the face from the eyebrows to the cheekbones.
Oblong or Rectangular
A rectangle face shape is actually a mix of two different shapes.
- The rectangular face shape is a hybrid of the oval/long and square-shaped face. It’s essentially the long face with angular edges.
- Rectangular face shapes feature a square jaw and a face that’s longer than it is wide.
- You’ll also likely have a high forehead.
Sunglasses Best Suit Oblong & Rectangular-Shaped Faces
Oblong faces, also called rectangular, are long and narrow with few angles. An oblong face works especially well with oversized sunglasses. Also, larger wayfarer or rectangular lenses and sunglasses with thick frames add width to a long face. Another option is sunglasses that feature tall or deep lenses and vintage-style frames; because the sharp angles and bold lines will give oblong faces an edge, sharpening otherwise soft features. This group is going to turn heads inwrap, shield, square, wayfarer and rectangle styles. Oblong faces should avoid small frames.
Diamond and heart-shaped faces can sometimes seem interchangeable. But diamond faces definitely have their own unique traits:
- Diamond face shapes have a narrow forehead and a small chin.
- Your cheekbones will be the widest part of your face and sit nice and high.
- Your forehead won’t be as wide as a heart-shaped face.
Sunglasses Best Suit Diamond Shaped Faces
Characterized by a narrow jawline and forehead with the cheekbones as the widest part of the face. Oval and rimless frames will help compliment wide or high cheekbones. They should use frames that feature gentle curves and should not be wider than the wearer’s cheekbones.
Curious whether or not your face is shaped like a heart? See if it matches the following criteria:
- A heart-shaped face will typically have a larger, wider forehead. Then the face gets more angled towards the chin, finishing into a point
- Heart-shaped faces are somewhat similar in appearance to round faces but have a wider forehead.
- You have a slender jawline and your cheekbones and forehead are the widest parts of your face.
Sunglasses Best Suit Heart Shaped Faces
Heart-shaped faces, sometimes called triangle, are widest at the temples and narrowest at the chin. The best sunglasses for heart and triangle-shaped faces feature wide lower edges with no straight lines along the top because they shift attention downward and elongate the face. Cat-eye styles or glasses that feature rounded edges are ideal for giving the wearer a more balanced look. This face shape will be best served with shield, butterfly, rimless, or aviator styled frames.
Styles of Sunglasses
Originally popularized by pilots, Hawaii Five-0, and Tom Cruise, aviator-style sunglasses have become a favorite of many others worldwide. The distinctive features of an aviator frame are clean and simple colors, metal frames, and teardrop-shaped lenses. A snug tee shirt and respect for the law are optional.
Butterfly / Cat-Eye Sunglasses
Does the frame shape remind you of any specific insect? Generally oversized, butterfly frame sunglasses can vary in terms of temple width, height, or even shape. The size of butterfly styles is also a functional advantage; It covers more of the face from the sun’s harmful rays and if you have a generously sized nose; butterflies can draw attention away. They also work great for those mornings after, when you just want to hide your face. Jackie O loved these back in the day.
Rectangle sunglasses have frames that are wider than they are tall. Angular rectangle frames work well on round faces, and they can add length to a short face by contrast. Oval faces can also benefit from rectangular frames with softer edges.
Round / Semi-Rimless Sunglasses
The round, (often) semi-rimless, browline, club man, or anti-Ray-Ban frame is another style that has been around for a long time and has recently regained popularity. Originally created in 1947, you may remember these from famous people over the years, including Malcom X, Jeff Goldblum, John Lennon, and Colonel Sanders. So if you are rocking a club man frame, you are in some pretty good company.
These sunglasses have a single, large lens. They offer serious protection from the sun because they cover the entire eye – not just the front. These frames are great for long days in the sun.
Got a narrow or round face? Want to add some size to beef up that jaw? Square sunglasses shapes look good on oval and oblong faces due to the contrasting angles of face and accessory. Commonly oversized, these can be a fashion-forward look, or they can just block extra rays on a really rough Saturday morning.
The Wayfarer is a classic sunglasses shape and has been worn since the 1950s. Think James Dean. Think Blues Brothers. Versatile and timeless, this frame looks great on almost every face.
Wrap sunglasses are perfect for athletes and people who want to look like athletes. Their stream-lined design increases the aerodynamic properties of the face. And the lightweight frame makes it feel like you are not wearing anything at all. Wrap-around frames have lenses that cover most of your eyes; not allowing UV rays to sneak in through the side (great for snow activities). And some have arms that are spring-loaded to help them stay on your face during activities.
Double Bridge Sunglasses
Often found on aviator wireframe style sunglasses, the double bridge adds some extra interest to your eyewear game. Double bridges can also found on some smaller round frames and oversized rectangular and square-shaped sunnies, too.