Face Shape Guide to Glasses

Picking out the best pair of glasses or sunglasses can be surprisingly frustrating for some people, particularly if you’re unsure which style best suits your face, features or personal style. However, with a little bit of knowledge around which styles work best with your own face shape, you can take some of the pain out of shopping for those elusive flattering frames.

Oval face shape

If you have an oval face, you’ll probably find it easier to pick out frames that suit you. A large frame will enhance your cheekbones, so oversized or wayfarer-style frames will always be a good choice. Avoid arms that sit low on your face, as this will accentuate and elongate your face, and generally this is unflattering. Good choices for this face shape would be Oakley Grounded, Ray Ban Wayfarer or Oliver Peoples Sheldrake style frames.

Square face shape

This face shape is defined by wide cheekbones and a strong jawline. Generally speaking round and aviator shaped frames will always work well, and oversized sunglasses are usually a flattering choice. Stay away from heavy brow details on the frames or arms, as this will unnecessarily sharpen the features of your face. Ray Ban Aviators or any of Persol’s rounded frames will be a good choice for this face shape.

Round face shape

This face shape usually comes with soft features, so you really want to be looking for definition in your frames, as well as a pair that slims your cheeks with frames slightly wider than your face. Opt for squared or rectangular frames, as well as angular styles. Generally you will want to stay away from round frames, and opt for styles such as the Oakley Airdrop or the Paul Smith Kilburn.

Heart face shape

This face shape is characterized by tapered cheekbones, a narrow chin and wide forehead, and generally work best with square or rectangular frames. Avoid frames that are wider at the top than the bottom, and look at some of the square styles offered by Chanel, Oakley, Oliver Peoples sunglasses or Tom Ford. The Oakley hyperlink or Oliver Peoples Tolland are an excellent choice.

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