Sunglasses are very prominent accessories, so it is important to choose the right frames for your face shape.
For instance, the best sunglasses for square faces are round frames that will balance your angles. The opposite is true for round faces, which look better in angular designs.
An oval face can be compared to a blank cheque, just about anything goes for oval faces like Beyoncé’s — wayfarers, round, rectangle, and so on( read my post on determining your face shape).
A common component is that the glasses should be the same width as your face. If there’s a large gap between your face and the end of the sunglasses, they’re too wide. If you want to draw attention to your cheekbones, try out a pair of cat eyes. And if you want to really mix it up, you could pull off a pair of asymmetrical shades.
If your face is longer than it is wide, like Liv Tyler’s, you have what’s known as an oblong face shape. What you need are frames that visually shorten your face.
Wraparound styles and wayfarers are good for you because they’ll add width and balance your proportions. Same for oversized shades, which will cover more of your face, thereby breaking up the vertical line. Avoid narrow or small frames that emphasize length.
A square face shape, like Jessica Alba, is characterized by a strong jawline and a broad forehead. Just as square frames balance a round face, round frames will balance out a square shape. For variety, try a cat eye every once in a while. But no matter what sunglasses you choose, just remember two important rules. First, the larger your face, the larger the frames and vice versa.
Second, you should select sunglasses that extend past the widest part of your face. In general, steer clear of angular or geometric sunglasses, like wayfarers, that will mimic the lines of your face.
A wider forehead and a significantly narrower chin are the traits of a heart-shaped face like Scarlett Johansson. Here, what you need to do is actually mimic your face shape. So, aviators are a perfect choice. The tear-drop shape will draw attention to your cheekbones and broaden the lower half of your face. If you have a small face, select smaller frames. Large sunglasses will overwhelm your face.
Coming up: Gallery of types of sunglasses so you can recognize them.
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