Buying Sunglasses

Sunglasses for oval faces

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People with oval faces can get bold with their choice of sunglasses. Embrace the vintage aesthetic with a pair of cat-eye sunglasses in a bright color. Grab a pair of square or rectangular shades -- you have a phenomenal number of options. Or, add some edge to your look with a pair of iconic Wayfarers.

What is your face shape?

An oval face shape is longer than it is wide with a softly-curved jawline. Cheekbones are broadly spaced in proportion with the forehead and jaw and are usually set just a little higher on the face. Lastly, the forehead on this face shape may be just a bit wider than the chin. 

LOOKING FOR SUNGLASSES FOR YOUR OVAL FACE? Find an eyewear store near you.

How to pick the right sunglasses for oval shape face

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Rectangular sunglasses

Rectangular shades  work well for oval faces because their symmetrical, streamlined design will complement your already well-proportioned facial features. You can’t go wrong with all black, but a pop of color can also be a striking look. 

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Aviators

This iconic style was popularized by pilots in the 1930s, but aviators  have become a timeless choice due to their flattering shape. Aviators look especially good on oval faces because they draw attention to your balanced features.

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Cat-eye sunglasses

Not every face shape can pull off cat-eye sunglasses , but, lucky for you, these flirty glasses fit your oval faces just right. Try these sunglasses in a pop of bright red, purple or green. 

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Wayfarer glasses

Wayfarers  are one of the most popular styles of sunglasses for a reason -- they look good in a professional or a casual setting. They’re wide around the eyes and will complement an oval face without overly accenting a narrow forehead and chin.

A wide range of sunglasses flatter oval faces, so don't be afraid to experiment with bolder styles. 

Keep in mind one important tip: Be careful not to order your frames too large. Oval faces look attractive because of their evenly-placed facial features. So, a pair of oversized frames might throw that balance out of the window. 

See an eye doctor to get your prescription and order the best pair of frames for you.

NEED TO SEE AN EYE DOCTOR? Find a local optometrist and schedule an appointment.

Page updated September 2019

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