Styles that suit: How to choose the best sunglasses for your face shape

As well as being a practical summer accessory, sunglasses can help put the finishing touches to your outfit. But with so many styles available, how do you know which sunglasses will suit you the best?

When you find a pair of sunglasses that really suit you, they’ll be more than just a practical summer accessory – they can make an outfit feel more put-together, boosting your confidence in the process. The problem is, choosing your perfect pair can be a bit of a minefield – with so many different shapes and styles out there, how do you know what will suit you best? The answer might lie in your face shape…

As a professional personal stylist in London, I’ve made things easy for you by pulling together this guide to choosing the best sunglasses styles. And to help you with inspiration, I’ve included links to some stylish frames from a few of my favourite, independent British sunglasses brands, too.

Let’s begin!

What is my face shape?

First things first, let’s look at the main face shapes and how to tell which one you have. Pull your hair back, grab a mirror, and read on…

Circular face shape

You have a round face shape if your face is pretty much symmetrical in dimensions – in other words if the length of your face roughly matches the width. People with a round face shape tend to have fuller cheeks, softer angles and a rounded chin.

What are the best sunglasses for a round face shape?

I’d recommend choosing sunglasses that counteract your soft facial angles and give the illusion of a thinner face. So, square or rectangular frames are a safe bet. As for what to avoid, I’d suggest giving small, round frames a wide berth.

Check out this awesome pair from Ace & Tate

Oval face shape

An oval face shape is similar to a round one in that it usually comes with softer curves, however, the key difference is that the length of the face is greater than the width. If you have an oval face shape, your chin might be more prominent, but it won’t come to a point.

What are the best sunglasses for an oval face shape?

Oversized sunglasses are a great choice for those with an oval face shape. That’s because they do a good job of balancing out a longer face. Circular sunglasses can look fabulous, too, as they tend to be wider.

Check out this fab style from Monc

Square face shape

If your cheeks, forehead and jawline are even in width, and you have a sharper, more pronounced jawline, you have a square face shape. You’ll likely have a flatter chin and potentially a more angular nose.

What are the best sunglasses for a square face shape?

I mentioned earlier that square sunglasses are the perfect counterbalance for round faces. So, it’ll come as no surprise that the opposite is also true – if you’ve got a square face shape, circular sunglasses may be your best friend. They do a great job of softening your face shape by counteracting your sharper jawline.

Check out these cool frames from Bird

Heart face shape

You have a heart face shape if the widest part of your face is your forehead, and your face gets narrower the closer you get to your chin. People with this face shape often have a pointed chin that extends below the jawline.

What are the best sunglasses for a heart face shape?

Sometimes, it’s best to pick sunglasses that mimic your heart-shaped face – aviators are a safe bet. If you’re after something quirkier, cat-eye styles work, too. You might also want to try oval or circular frames if you want to balance out a sharp chin or jawline.

Check out these must-see sunnies from Bloobloom

Happy shopping

So, there you have it – my top tips on choosing sunglasses to suit your face. Now you’re armed with all the information you need, you can update your summer style with confidence.

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