With my super squinty eyes, sunglasses are a must for me. I mainly wear them when driving so I don’t, you know, seriously injure anyone with my car. But I shy away from wearing them to a lot of other occasions because I can never find the perfect pair. Here’s a confession: I have a small face and a larger nose with a bump on the bridge, which makes finding the perfect pair quite the task. Since I have a small face, frames that are too large make me look like a bug or alien. And since I have a bump on the bridge of my nose, I have to wear sunglasses at the highest point of my nose, which always covers my eyebrows. And yes, I have this weird thing where I think sunglasses only look good on me if my eyebrows peak out over the top. I’m a nutcase, I know.
I’ve tried on many pairs over the years, hoping to find a pair that fits my specific face shape. I’ve learned a few do’s and don’t and figured I’d share them with you. Here are some tips for choosing sunglasses for your face shape, ranging from $22-$160.
Sunglasses for Round Faces
If you have a round face, the goal is to find a pair of shades that will elongate and stretch your face. Choose narrow frames for a slimming effect and avoid anything that gives you a major cat-eye or has lenses that peak out past the edges of your face. Aviators are always a great choice and will flatter your face.
Sunglasses for Oval Faces
An oval face shape is very common and versatile, so most types of sunglasses will flatter you. Lucky you! Wayfarers and fun cat-eye shapes are flattering on this type of face. Oval or square glasses will add some width to your face if it’s also on the thinner side.
Sunglasses for Square Faces
If your face is more on the square side, avoid square frames and opt for round ones instead. Usually those with square face shapes have larger foreheads, so you can pull off sunglasses with larger frames that many other people can’t.
Sunglasses for Heart-Shaped Faces
Frames that are circular on top but squarer at the bottom will flatter your face the most. Smaller frames look best as well as to not overwhelm the dainty heart shape. Look for Clubmaster and retro styles.