Our faces come in different shapes, and sunglasses are made in different styles and colors to suit the face of the wearer. To select a sunglasses frame that best matches your face, you need to know the shape of your face. There are many methods advocated as the better way to determine face shape, but a method that works well in the digital age and can be inferred from your cellphone is described below.
Determine your Face Shape with a Selfie
Take a selfie and recover the image from your phone gallery. Trace your face to see which shape it most aligns with, by following these simple steps:
- Identify the limits: Using an erasable marker, place dots near the most outer limits and corners of your face (I.e. forehead and hairline area, cheekbones, jawline, and chin).
- Connect the dots: Draw lines to link up the dots you made in step 1.
- Find Your Shape: Compare your sketch with the different face sketches in our template below, to identify your face shape. Please be aware that it is possible to fit somewhere in the middle of two face shapes, take this in stride, since it opens you to a wider selection of sunglasses frames that may suit your face.
What Sunglasses Frame would suit your face?
Round face shapes have more curves than angles, and the best sunglasses frames to choose are those that would add the angles to round faces, thus elongating the face and making it look thinner and sharper.
Rectangle, square, wrap and shield shaped sunglasses frames work well for this type of face.
If your face is about the same length and width across the face, you probably have a square face. These faces are often characterized by a broad forehead and a strong jaw line. The best sunglasses frames for square faces tend to add curvature, so shop for round or oval frames to help round out the sharpness of the face for a more balanced look.
Oval faces are gently rounded, and have fairly even features. Most sunglasses frames look good on this face shape. Square or aviator, retro or contemporary, steampunk or sport anything goes, so long as it is not too broad to hide the awesome symmetrical features.
Oblong or Rectangular
Long and narrow faces with few angles are described as oblong or rectangular. To add width to an oblong face, select over-sized wayfarer or rectangular sunglasses with thick. Sunglasses with vintage style frames give an edge to otherwise soft features because of the sharp angles and bold lines characteristic of those designs. Try wrap, shield, square, wayfarer or rectangle sunglasses frame styles, and avoid small frames.
Narrow jawline and forehead with the cheekbones as the widest part of the face are the defining features of this face shape. Select smaller oval and rimless sunglasses frames to compliment wide or high cheekbones and add gentle curves.
Heart & Triangle
Sunglasses with wide lower edges and no straight lines along the top are best suited for heart shaped faces. Sunglasses frame styles that shift attention towards the chin and round out the edges of the face are ideal for giving the wearer a more balanced look. Consider shield, butterfly, rimless, or aviator styled sunglasses frames.