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How To Pick Sunglasses For Your Face Shape

The shape of your sunglasses — like the shape of your eyeglasses (if you wear them) — should complement the shape of your face. Generally, this is best achieved by choosing a shape that contrasts, not mimics, your face shape.


For example, the best sunglasses for round faces generally will be more angular or rectangular in shape. A sunglass frame with distinct angles and that is noticeably wider than its vertical dimension will make a round face appear thinner and give it additional vertical length.

Different face shapes with sunglasses styles

By comparison, round sunglasses on a round face typically won't be as attractive because they mimic (and therefore reinforce or even exaggerate) the round facial contours.

For a rectangular or square face shape, the opposite is true: round or oval sunglasses usually will look better because they will soften (not exaggerate) the angular contours of the face.

Consult with an experienced optician to learn more about your face shape (there are seven types!) and which sunglasses will be the most complementary so you can look your best.

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Amy HellemAbout the Author: Amy Hellem is a writer, editor and researcher who specializes in eye care and other medical fields. She is a past editor-in-chief of the professional ophthalmic journals Review of Optometry and Review of Cornea & Contact Lenses and currently is president of Hellem Consulting, LLC.

Page updated January 2018