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Sunglasses are not only eye protection, but also an accessory to enhance your look. To look your best with glasses, in general, you need to find the right, great timeless designs for you. Because the right style balances your facial features. Read how you can identify which sunglass frames are best for you.

Contents
  1. Stop Your Vision Aid’s Sabotage of Your Look
  2. How Do You Determine Your Face Type?
  3. Square and Rectangular Faces Need Soft Shaped Designs
  4. Which Sunglass Frames Are Best for You when Having a Heart-Shaped Face?
  5. Best Frames for Round Faces
  6. Oval Features – Your Free Choice
  7. What’s Trending in Sunglasses?
  8. Sunglasses that Match my Style
  9. Wrapping Up Which Sunglass Frames Are Best for You

 

Disclosure: All opinions are my own and 100% honest. This post has affiliate links.

 

Stop Your Vision Aid’s Sabotage of Your Look

As a teenager, I really hated my glasses. Selecting eyeglasses was a real pain in the b…! I was too short-sighted to judge whether the pair was flattering on my face color- and style wise. Moreover, they also were a long-term (at that time 3 years), limiting commitment for my looks. As if that weren’t enough! Since my parents payed for them, they had the last word in the choice! The result: Mine were sporty, while my style wasn’t casual at all!

Don’t get me wrong: My parents made a good choice at the pair looking flattering on my face. However, these frames failed to match my style and color preferences! The pairs would have been perfect with jeans, a T-shirt, sneakers and parka sort of look. But I wasn’t allowed to wear this “uniform” that everyone in my class was wearing. The result, I didn’t wear my glasses because they screwed up my outfits!

I called my glasses “prostheses” back then!

 

midlife blogger looking posh in quilted jacket, floral skirt and Ed Hardy glasses
Hinge quilted nude cropped leather jacket, Talbot silk floral print skirt (all own), silk shirt c/o Lilysilk, and orange green tinted Steger Ed Hardy glasses

 

 

How Do You Determine Your Face Type?

Stylists distinguish five major face features: Square, rectangular, oval, heart-shape, and round. There are three – more or less easy – ways to determine your face shape (from the most difficult to easiest one):

In all cases, you need a mirror. The first step is to get your hair out of your face. Next relax your face and look directly with both eyes at the mirror. Now either take a front selfie of your face or the dry-erase marker to outline your reflection. Note doing the marking yourself is hard as you have to avoid to move while tracing your face. Therefore, it is best to get help from a second person.

When taking the quiz look into the mirror before answering each questions.

On your phone overlay your face with a non-filled square, rectangular, oval, heart, and round-shape of the size of your face. The shape that is the best match is your face type.

In the case of the non-digital method, tape transparent paper over your drawing and copy the lines. Determine which geometric figure your drawing looks like.

 

Square and Rectangular Faces Need Soft Shaped Designs

Try horizontal oval or round glasses to balance your angles. Try a cat-eye, a semi-rimless  or rimless style like the pieces shown in the collage.

best sunglass frames for rectangular and square face type
Examples of sunglasses that are flattering on square and rec tangular faces

 

 

Which Sunglass Frames Are Best for You when Having a Heart-Shaped Face?

You are lucky because of the fine symmetry of your face. Feature it with playful models that are wider than your forehead and have a thin temple. Try frames with details on the bottom. Try aviators or rectangular sunnies with slightly squared edges on the bottom and slightly rounded tops.

 

 

best sunglass frames for heart-shaped faces
Examples of flattering frames for people with heart-shaped face

 

 

Best Frames for Round Faces

Feature your beautiful  soft features with angular lines to look your best. Try square wayfarer. When your goal is to give the illusion of a more oval face try square frames that are wider than high. Do you want to widen your eyes? Try sunnies with a wide bridge or a bridge in another color.

 

collage showing which sunglass frames are best for you when your face is round
Examples of frames that look flattering on people with round face

 

 

Oval Features – Your Free Choice

An oval face is like a blank canvas as it is very balanced. This means you don’t have to worry about which sunglass frames are best for you. You can pull off any style with great confidence. Try frames wider than your face, choose frames that cover your eyebrows, and experiment with cool looks that match your personal style.

The photos below show me with huge cat eye frames.

 

fashion blogger with oval face with cateye sunnies
Outfit like described below, but with Ed Hardy cateye sunglasses with orange tinted glasses

 

stylist in posh spring look with sunglasses, jacket, skirt, shirt, and pumps
Outfit details: Hinge quilted blush leather jacket, Talbot silk full skirt, Calvin Klein pumps, pendant necklace, Celine tote, silk shirt c/o Lilysilk, and Steger Ed Hardy sunglasses with black glasses

 

 

Frame Color Is Important too

Recall the 1980s, when we all got our colors done, as we called it. When picking a frame, be sure to choose a flattering color. While statement colors are perfectly fine with sunglasses, they may be a problem for everyday glasses. Neutrals are best as the go with everything.

fashion blogger with customizable eyewear in grateful golden tortoise c/o Empowered Eyewear
Zoom-in on brown frame which is the same design like the sapphire one in the look below

 

style blogger in self-confident sapphire blue Power eyeglass frame c/o Empowerded Eyewear matching with the LOTD

 

Unfortunately, it’s not only that the color and frame must be flattering, the frame also can change the character of your look. Just compare the two outfit photos above as an example for how the color of the frame can change the vibe of your outfit. The grateful golden tortoise frame yields a soft, grateful look vs. the self-confident sapphire blue frame that gives the same look a tougher, more intellectual vibe.

 

What’s Trending in Sunglasses?


 

 

Sunglasses that Match my Style

Nicole of High Latitude Style in floral and zebra mixed summer look and matching sunglass frame
Sapphire blue rectangular and eclectic style

 

over 50 years old style book author with mixed print skirt and shirt and tortoise glasses
Same style, but in brown. The look becomes less edgy. Outfit details: Talbot pleated skirt, DIY belt, necklace, arm cuff, Hermes collier de chien bangle and V-neck shirt c/o Covered Perfectly

 
 

Wrapping Up Which Sunglass Frames Are Best for You

When you wear your eyewear also as a style statement create an eyeglass collection to match the color of the frame or glasses with your look as seen in the photos above. Of course, the above findings also apply for your reading, computer, and prescription glasses. Before buying a new pair read these tips how to buy eyeglasses and sunglasses to pay less and get more. Learn why you should wear computer glasses.

Stylist tip: Do you know that your face shape also determines which earrings look best on you? Check it out.

 

Outfit details of featured photo: Eddie Bauer tweed skirt, Hipstik tights, Italic sweater, Nordgreen watch, Hermes bangle, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, and shoes c/o Vivaia

Photos of me: G. Kramm

Graphics: N. Mölders

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