How to Pick the Right Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

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Picking out the right pair of sunglasses can be difficult. Whether you love big or small frames, fun designs or simple looks, it's important to feel confident in what you're wearing. As we all know, sunglasses are not “one size fits all” when it comes to what looks best for your face shape. Our goal is to help you find the most flattering shades for your face.

Understanding your Face Shape

The first key to finding fabulous looking sunglasses is to understand your face shape. Here is an image of some common face shapes. Take a look at which one you may have - keep in mind that you could have a combination of two. Looking in a mirror, asking a friend, or taking pictures of yourself will help you see which one is most like you.
Some people have short, rounder faces while others have long and narrow faces. There are so many shapes and sizes, all of which can rock a pair of stylish sunglasses that also protect your eyes.

face shape diagram for sunglasses

Choosing the Right Style

Now that you have determined your face shape, we will dive into a few shapes and our suggestions for the best sunglass shape. Every shape may look different and certain styles will highlight your features differently.

Round Face Shape

A round face is characterized by having wide cheekbones with a narrow forehead and jawline. Usually larger sunglasses, rectangular, and angular frames are best for a round shape. If you are a female, we suggest cat eye, square, or oversized sunglasses. For males, square, aviator or retro square are our suggestions.

Oval Face Shape

An oval face is longer than it is wide, and is considered the most versatile face shape; this helps pull off most glass shapes. One tip is to be proportional. Not getting too big or too small of glasses will help maintain your face shape and accentuate your look. For both male and females, aviators, retro square, and round glasses will work for you.

Square Face Shape

Square face shapes have a strong jaw, wide forehead, and wide cheekbones. One trick to soften these features is to pick frames with soft lines or rimless edges. Aviators, browline, and round shades will be best for this face shape.

Heart Face Shape

What's not to love about a heart shaped face? Frames that are wider on the top work best for this shape, matching the gradual narrowing of the face towards the jaw. For males, we suggest browline, sport, or retro square sunglasses. Females can opt for cat eye, retro square, or browline to highlight their shape. Thin, light-colored frames and rimless frames that have a light, airy appearance also are good choices.

Shape isn't the only Factor!

Your face shape isn't the only thing determining what sunglasses you should wear. Skin tones, hair color, and eye color are also great ways to find the perfect pair for yourself. Finding the right shades will compliment all your features well.

Skin Tone

Regardless of the color of your skin, everyone has either warm or cool tones. A warm toned complexion has yellow, peach, and cream undertones while a cool complexion has blue or pink undertones. Olive skin is considered cool because of the mixture of yellow and blue.

Hair Color

Hair has a million different shades. Within every main color there are hundreds of shades and hues. If someone is blonde, they may have a cooler platinum color or a warmer almost reddish shade. Cool colors include platinum, strawberry blonde, white, ash brown, auburn, blue, black. Warm hair colors red brownish black, brown-gold, dirty gray, golden blonde.

Eye Color

Eye colors are usually a secondary element in determining your colors because of the many variations eye colors can have. Some people have many shades of blue or brown in their eyes, while others are strictly one shade. Blue eyes can range from a cool color to a pale blue-gray which is warm. Brown eyes can also vary from lighter shades that are warm to cooler almost black shades.

Finding your Frame Colors

Now that you have determined if you are more “warm” or “cool,” don't worry you can have warm hues and still be a very cool person. Different frame colors work better for warmer or cooler tones. The best frame colors for warm coloring are khaki, peach, orange, off white, camel, warm blue, fire engine red, coral, and gold. For cool coloring, we suggest black, silver, plum, blue, magenta, rose-brown, and jade.

We want you to look and feel good in your new shades and with our variety of shapes and colors, we are positive that we can help you pick out the perfect pair of shades for your face. Make every day a good day with a new pair of shades!

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