With a barrage of frame shapes becoming trendy every season, you might just be tempted to hop on the bandwagon. As much as sunglasses are a statement piece, they are also an investment, and the last thing you’d want to do is settle for a pair because your favourite celebrity has one, and not because it complements your features.
The best way to approach buying a new pair of shades is to find one that suits your face shape, so you’ll look great all year round, and not just because the bridgeless, avant-garde shield across your eyes was worn by Kylie Jenner.
Heart-shaped face: Heart-shaped faces are characterised by a wider forehead, tapering down to a narrower chin. You’d want to pick sunglasses that follow the natural V of your face, so designs that are wider at the top tend to work best, like browline, cat-eyes, and sports sunglasses.
Sunglasses (from top to bottom): Ray Ban Clubmasters, Prada PR09QS, Coach HC7047
Round face: Defined by wide cheekbones, a narrower forehead and jaw, round faces pair well with oversized, wide, and angular sunglasses to balance out the roundness of the cheeks. If you have this face shape, keep a look out for cat-eye or sqaure-shaped glasses.
Sunglasses (from top to bottom): Ralph RA5165, Miu Miu 10NS, Ray Ban Clubmaster RB 3507 51.
Square face: As the most angular of the face shapes, a square face features a strong jaw, wide forehead and wide cheekbones. To mellow out those angular features, opt for glasses with soft lines or rimless edges, like round, shield or pilot glasses.
Sunglasses (from top to bottom): Tiffany & Co. TF3051B, Ray Bans RB 3025, Versace VE2172B
Oval face: Oval faces are more long than wide, and are the most versatile face shape when it comes to pulling off sunglass frames. Just be wary of going too oversized or small for your face. The best frame shapes for oval faces include round, shield and aviator sunglasses.
Sunglasses (from top to bottom): Tory Burch TY9044, Ray-Ban RB3447 Round Metal Mirror Collection, Tiffany & Co. TF4125