A guide to finding the right sunglasses for your face

It might not be spring yet, but with warm spring weather here, I thought this would be a good time to help people update their fashion with some new sunglasses. With these useful charts, created by Gear Patrol, they’ll help you figure out the right sunglasses for your face shape.

Since not all designer sunglasses or peoples faces are the same, picking the right pair isn’t always easy. For example, if you have a round face, you should stay away from circles and go with Aviators or stick to square, angular frames. Scroll down to see which type of sunglasses will best fit you.

Heart Shaped Faces


Square frames will add dimension where you can best afford it. Avoid anything oversized or teardrop shaped. Rimless frames or aviators work best.

  • Tom’s Maverick 401: $159
  • Maui Jim Frigate: $264
  • Randolph Engineering Aviator II: $259

Oblong Faces


Similar to our square-faced friends, you want to go with softer lines and rounded corners. Wayfarers work well, but avoid small frames.

  • Ray Ban Original Wayfarer: $130
  • Tom’s Traveler: $78
  • Oliver Peoples Bernardo: $245

Oval Faces


You can do no wrong. Every pair of sunglasses looks good on you. Even Oakley Razor Blades.

  • Persol 9649/S: $180
  • Shwood Francis Fifty Fifty Titanium: $189
  • Tom Ford Rock Vintage Wayfarer: $204

Round Faces


Aim high with Aviators or stick to square, angular frames. Stay away from circles, lest you desire to look like an emoji.

  • Shwood Govy 2 Fifty Fifty: $169 
  • Porsche Design P’8478 Aviator: $329
  • Oakley Sliver Foldable: $220

Square Faces


Rounded corners are key to your success here. Look for frames sized to match you in width, but with soft lines. Too many hard angles aren’t your friend.

  • Autodromo Stelvio: $325
  • Oakley Tailpin: $245
  • Kirk Originals Formentera: $398

Diamond Shaped Faces


Any shape should work well, but match sizing to your own proportions. Frames that sit wider than your cheekbones are to be avoided at all costs.

  • Persol 714 SM: $340
  • Raen Stryder: $325
  • Ermenegildo Zegna Sunglasses in Metal, Wood and Horn: $1,260

Triangular Face Shapes


Frames with more going on up top are your friend. Anything teardrop shaped will emphasize dimensional balance. Square frames with deep lenses are simple and sublime.

  • The Wild Soul Earth Rhino: $100+
  • Tom Ford Louis: $260
  • Warby Parker Lowry: $130+

Source: http://gearpatrol.com/2015/08/20/heres-how-to-match-sunglasses-to-your-face/

Daniel is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with over a decade of experience in advertising and marketing in the Greater Toronto Area.

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