How to Choose the Best Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

How to Choose the Best Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

Sep 29th 2020

Sunglasses trends come and go, but your face shape stays the same--and that’s actually good news! Once you understand which frame style best flatters your face, you’ll always know which sunglasses to be drawn to and which to avoid. But is there a way to keep up with current sunglasses trends even though some of them don’t really suit your face shape?

This is a good question, and one we hear frequently. We’ve found that the best way to answer this question for yourself is to first identify your face shape and then choose a pair of glasses that complement your natural features. Fortunately, many of this year’s trends come in different sizes and slightly different shapes, so it’s possible to adapt them even if they’re not normally the best choice for your face shape. If you need help deciding on a type of sunglasses, take some time to learn about the benefits of mirror polarized sunglasses, the benefits of wearing a pair of polarized sunglasses, and polarized sunglasses vs non-polarized sunglasses.

There are four main face shapes: heart, round, oval, and square. Let’s take a look at each face shape and the styles that suit them best. Be sure to also look into the various sunglasses trends through the decades and the most popular sunglasses styles to help you choose!

Heart-Shaped Faces

Heart-shaped faces are characterized by a narrow jawline and wider forehead. The best frames for a heart-shaped face are those that are wider on the top than they are at the bottom. While there are many styles that fit this description, here are three of the most common.

Retro Square

If you’re looking for a Fall 2017 sunglasses trend, this is a big one--and fortunately, retro square sunglasses look good on just about everybody. Retro square sunglasses have a wide top, and usually have interesting lines accentuating the forehead and temple region, which makes them perfect for adding width.

Cat Eye

These sunglasses are also back in style this year, and they look great on heart-shaped faces. With their up-and-outward slants, they’re perfectly suited for faces that are wider at the top than at the jawline.


While you may not want to wear sport sunglasses for every occasion, they look particularly good on people with heart-shaped faces. Like cat-eye glasses, sport sunglasses are usually slanted toward the temples, and they generally have strong lines across the top.

Round Faces

If your face is widest across the cheekbones and narrower at the forehead and jawline, you have a round face. People with round faces find it’s best to avoid oversized and rectangular frames, because these styles accentuate the roundness. The following styles are great for round faces.

Square Frames

As long as they’re not too large, square frames can look fantastic on round faces. They offer an interesting contrast to the face shape while maintaining a nice balance.

Retro Square

The trendy retro square is another great look for people with round face shapes. Slightly taller than the traditional square, the retro square has a classic appeal and can be found this season in many different colors and finishes.

Cat Eye

Like heart shapes, round faces benefit from the interesting design and styling of cat-eye sunglasses. The immortal cat-eye silhouette is creating quite a stir this season. You can find it in many different shapes--round, oblong, even slightly squared--and in a variety of colors and interesting textures.

Oval Faces

Oval faces are longer than they are wide. When it comes to choosing glasses, oval face shapes benefit from being the most versatile. Many different styles flatter this face shape. As you choose, try to keep proportion in mind by avoiding frames that are too big or too small for your face. Here are some of the top picks for oval faces.


Classic aviators--along with the new sleek aviators we’re seeing this season--work great on oval face shapes. With their interesting lens shapes and classic wire styling, they emphasize the regular proportions of oval faces.


Oversized sunglasses come and go because they’re on the extreme end of styling, but they often look great on oval faces. We’re seeing some interesting oversized sunglasses this season in a variety of shapes and colors. Come try them on!

Rectangular and Square

Like round faces, oval faces sometimes need a little structure to create interest. Rectangular and square sunglasses provide the contrast that creates this interest. Both rectangular and square sunglasses are trending this fall, so you’ll likely find an amazing selection in these styles.

Square Faces

With a strong jaw, wide forehead, and wide cheekbones, square-shaped faces often have strong features. To soften your features, choose sunglasses with soft lines or rimless edges. The following styles are great for square-shaped faces.


With their wire rims and soft shape, aviators are perfect for square faces. This season we’re seeing some aviator sunglasses with more squarish lenses. Try to avoid these, and choose instead the more traditional aviator shapes with a narrower base.


Smaller, round sunglasses, like those worn by John Lennon, look fantastic on square faces. They usually have wire rims, and we’re seeing them in bolder colors this season, like our Odin blue. Their minimalist styling doesn’t compete with your facial features, and they are definitely a trend to watch in 2017.


With their rounded edges and lack of substantial frame, shield sunglasses work well for people with square-shaped faces. They’re also great for wearing during sports or outdoor activities because they thoroughly shield even part of your peripheral vision.

As you can see, there are plenty of attractive styles that suit each face shape. One of the best strategies for choosing the best sunglasses for your face shape is to bring a friend with you when shopping. Make sure it’s someone who has good taste and will be honest with you. Try on different styles and find the ones that best accentuate your face shape and features. Look into our online store to see the different men sunglasses and women sunglasses.

how to choose the best sunglasses for your face shape

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to get a pair of sunglasses online. Learn about who we are and check out our pop up stores today!