Which Sunglasses Suit My Face Shape?

It’s that time again. The sun is starting to make a more regular appearance, and we’ve realised that our favourite sunglasses are no longer our favourite. Here’s how to choose your next pair.

Whether you save them for sunny holidays abroad or are never seen without them, a good pair of sunglasses is a must! They’re also inexpensive enough to switch up your look to suit what you’re wearing or what mood you’re in – my favourite kind of accessory. Read on for some pointers on how to choose a pair you’ll love all summer long.

Consider Your Face Shape

Sometimes you just need to just try something on to know if it works. However, if you’re struggling to find the right pair, then here are our top tips for sunglasses that suit the four main face shapes.

Heart Shaped Face

Pink Metal Trim Cat Eye £8, Tortoiseshell Print Cat Eye £6, Pink Cat Eye Sunglasses £6

Heart shaped faces are wider at the top and narrower at the chin and usually have defined cheekbones. To balance a wider forehead, sunglasses that are wider at the top than the bottom work well. Think cat-eye frames, retro square or wayfarer styles.

Round Shaped Face

Tortoiseshell Print Premium Oversized Frame £16, Deep Red Premium Oversized Frame £16, Black Classic Frames £5

If this is you, your face will be about the same width at the forehead and chin with soft features. It’s usually worth avoiding circular frames as they can make your face appear rounder. Square or rectangular frames work wonders at complementing your face shape.

Oval Shaped Face

Silver Premium Sunglasses £16, Rose Gold Premium Sunglasses £16, Tort Aviator Sunglasses £8

You ladies with oval shaped faces are the lucky ones! With a balanced, symmetrical face that’s slightly narrower at the forehead and chin, almost all round and rectangular frames will work for you. Try an Aviator-style design as these are near perfection on oval face shapes.

Square Shaped Face

Nude Round Metal Sunglasses £6, Silver Hexagonal Sunglasses £8, Tort Austin Sunglasses £6

Square faces have a forehead, cheekbones and chin that are of a similar width, along with a defined jaw and more angular features. If you want to soften a squarer shaped face then round sunnies are the ones for you. It’s also worth going oversized – anything that’s not too square but wider than your cheekbones is likely to be a winner.

Hair Styles Matter Too

Thinking of changing your ‘do’? Sometimes a new style won’t work so well with your favourite sunglasses. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind.

– Got a heavy fringe? Avoid sunglasses that are too oversized or you’ll be left with very little of your face left on show. And you’ve got a lovely face, so don’t hide it. Try a cat-eye or thin-framed shape like aviator-inspired sunnies instead.

– Cropped hair or shorter bobs give plenty of room to play with prints and details. Why not try a floral frame or metal hardware to add some extra personality to your look.

– Flowing locks can take square and angular styles that sit quite wide on the face. They work to off-set curls nicely too.

Work Your Personal Style

Never forget that regardless of face shape or hair style, sunglasses should fit your unique style and wardrobe too. If you’ve got a hundred vintage dresses there’s no point having a sporty wraparound pair of sunglasses…


-If you’re ultra-glam it’s all about big frames, in tortoiseshell or with a flash of gold detailing.

-If you’re a vintage chick try round frames for that 60s-meets-70s vibe, or cat-eye frames for a girly 1950s feel.

-If you’re sleek and chic opt for simple colours and classic styles like an Audrey-Hepburn-inspired oversized pair in simple black.

-If you’re cool as a cucumber it’s all about Wayfarer or Aviator-style frames. You can definitely rock it!

-If you like to mix things up or dress to suit your mood, then why not grab a pair of each. There’s no such thing as too many pairs of sunnies (or shoes, or dresses).

For all our stylish sunnies check out our sunglasses collection and don’t forget to comment below with your favourite styles!

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Jenny - Editor

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