The Perfect Sunglasses for Your Face Shape
Use our cheat sheet to pick the perfect pair of sunglasses for your face shape.
If your face is oblong
Best Health’s contributing style editor, Ingrie Williams, likes a square frame on an oblong face. Another option is a shape with more depth than width – it can help shorten and balance this face shape. Decorative contrasting temples add width, as do frames with strong horizontal lines.
Gialanella Sunglasses, $16, aldoshoes.com
Nike Bandit in Matte Obsidian/Deep Royal Blue, $165, nikevision.com
Serengeti Carlo Large Mossy Tortoise Polar Drivers, $280, available at optical stores across Canada
If your face is oval
This balanced shape has the most choices, says Robert Dalton, a Halifax licensed optician and past executive director of the Opticians Association of Canada. “Any frames look good.” But round frames can also make you look heavy, says Williams. If you want to give your face a youthful lift, choose frames with an uptick at the outer corner.
Terzagni Sunglasses, $16, aldoshoes.com
Sanctuary Sunglasses, $180 and up, ca.oakley.com
If your face is square
Choose an oval frame, says Dalton. “A frame with some uplift will draw attention away from the jawline, creating a softer look,” says Beverly Suliteanu, vice-president of product development for Wescan Optical. Frames should be wider than the widest part of your face.
If your face is triangle or heart-shaped
Aviator glasses are ideal for the heart-shaped face, says Dalton. You can also try rimless styles and frames with low temples. Frames with an uptick at the outer corner can also flatter a heart shape, says Suliteanu.
TOMS Adeline White Black Tortoise, $139, toms.ca
If your face is round
Create angles with rectangular or angular frames. Williams suggests frames with a cat-eye silhouette. You also might want to try metal frames since the adjustable nose pads will keep lenses from resting on cheeks.