By Caitlin Burnett
Shopping for sunglasses that suit you best can be tricky, but knowing which styles are most flattering for your face shape is a helpful place to start. That’s not to say that you can’t wear whatever frames you like, it’s just that certain shapes are more complementary to one another. If you don’t already know your face shape, a quick online quiz at places like Sunglass Hut and Ray-Ban can help guide you.
You can also walk into almost any makeup or sunglasses counter and have someone help you, as both are trained to recognize face shapes. Once you know your face shape, determining the sunglasses that will best complement your face is much easier.
Below are the best sunglasses for every face shape, from round to oval to heart-shaped.
Your face is generally considered round if the length and width are the same. Sunglasses with angular lines tend to look great on round faces, as they balance out the shape and add definition—think sunglasses like wayfarers or square frames.
Oval faces are characterized by being long and thin, with a more narrow chin. Those with oval faces hit the jackpot in the sunglasses department, as they can pretty much pull off any frame shape. From cat eyes to wayfarers, virtually every sunglasses style is an option for an oval face. The only thing to consider for best results are the proportions: if you have larger features, small frames may not fill your face in the most complementary way.
Your face falls into the square category if your jawline is strong and your forehead is broad. Much like round faces, square faces want to look for frames that have opposite features to create balance. Curves and round corners will soften features and round your silhouette, so circular frames are ideal for a square face.
A heart-shaped face is wider at the forehead and narrower at the chin. Heart-shaped faces actually want to do the opposite of a square face, and look for a frame that matches the shape of your face. Aviators are a great choice as they are wider at the top and tapered at the bottom, creating a similar outline to your face shape.