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Sunglasses to suit your face shape

When it comes to fashion accessories, you can’t do without a pair of fancy sunglasses. However, with so many brands and types available, it can be tricky to choose a perfectly fitting pair.

The shape of your face can play a big part in whether a pair of sunglasses looks good on you. There are different styles suited for every kind of face shape, so you can be sure that you’ll find one that looks great. 

Have a look and find out how your face is shaped and which sunglasses would suit you best.

What face shape do I have?

Most faces fall into one of the following four types:

  •    Round – Round faces have a rounded forehead, wide cheeks and a rounded chin. 
  •    Heart – Heart-shaped faces have a wide forehead, wide cheeks and a narrow chin.
  •    Square – Square faces have a wide forehead, wide cheeks and a wide chin.
  •    Oval – Oval faces have a narrow forehead, wide cheeks and a narrow chin.

Face shapes

If you’re not sure which of the shapes above you resemble, try following simple tip to help you out: grab a mirror and dry wipe marker, and tie back any long hair. Then, looking into the mirror, trace an outline of your face. Compare the shape to the four shapes above; chances are, the closest match is your face type!

Sunglasses for round faces

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Round faces typically have softer angles in the brow and jaw lines. Rectangular or angular frames help to balance out these softer features.

Rectangular frames help to offset the roundness and give the appearance of a longer face. Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses are perfect for rounder faces, as the classic style adds greater definition to the overall shape.

Frame styles to try: Wayfarer, Square, Cat Eye

Frame styles to avoid: Circular lenses, Small frames, Oversized frames 

Sunglasses for heart-shaped faces

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Heart-shaped faces are wider near the top, so you should go for sunglasses which aim to de-emphasise the width at the top, while exaggerating the width at the middle.

Wide-bottomed sunglasses are perfect for heart-shaped faces, as they balance out the discrepancy between the varying widths. Rimless or light-coloured sunglasses also help to draw attention away from the top of the face. 

Frame styles to try: Rimless, Wayfarer, Sport

Frame styles to avoid: Top-heavy, Embellished

Sunglasses for square faces

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Square faces generally feature harsher angles and lines than the other face shapes. Therefore, rather than adding definition, you’ll want frames that soften your jaw line and brow.

Rounder lens styles are perfect for square faces, particularly those with narrow or rimless edges. Ray Ban Aviators offer a timeless look that perfectly complements a square face, with large round lenses and a narrow frame.

Frame styles to try: Aviator, Round, Oval

Frame styles to avoid: Square, Angular

Sunglasses for oval faces

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If you have an oval-shaped face, then you’ll generally find that almost every style of sunglasses suits you. Because the width differences between the top and bottom of the face are naturally balanced, you’re free to choose the frames that give your preferred effect.

If you want to maintain your face’s natural balance, then wider frame styles such as Oversized, Wayfarers or Aviators are a great choice. While most frame styles work, very small frames may exaggerate a narrow eye line. 

Frame styles to try: Oversized, Wayfarer, Aviator

Frame styles to avoid: Small, Narrow