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



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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. Because I had to wear them 3 years, they limited my evolution of personal style. As if that weren’t enough! Because 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!



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.


What are the Best Glasses for Square or Rectangular Faces?

Square or 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 rectangular 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



Which Frames Are the Best for Round Faces?

The best frames for round faces are those that showcase your beautiful soft features. To achieve this goal, choose angular lines to look your best. Try square wayfarer. When you want 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.





Frame and Lenses Colors Are 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 of your 12-seasons color palette are best for you

  • Because they are the most flattering on your skin, and
  • Because they go with everything.

If you don’t know your color season and sub-season, take this free online 12 color season quiz.


fashion blogger with eyewear in grateful golden tortoise
Covered Perfectly top, Talbot skirt, DIY belt, Michael Kors sandals, Hermes collier de chien bangle, frame c/o Empowered Eyewear. Brown frame which has the same design like the sapphire glasses in the look below.


fashion blogger with sapphire blue rectangular frame and oval face
Same outfit and frame-style as in the photos above, but sapphire as frame color, which has a higher contrast with my skin than the warm, soft tortoise brown.


Unfortunately, which sunglass frames are best for you is not only finding the best flattering color and frame. Indeed, a frame can change the character of your look (see above photos for proof). Just compare the two outfit photos above as an example for how the frame color can change the vibe of your outfit. The golden-tortoise frame yields a soft, grateful look. The self-confident sapphire-blue frame gives the same look a tough, intellectual vibe.

Another important aspect is the color of the lenses as the photos below demonstrate.

proof that lenses color matters same outfit with orange-green and purple-gray oversize cat-eye sunglasses
Same eclectic look with Talbot skirt, Calvin Klein pumps, pantyhose, Hinge quilted leather jacket, top c/o Lily Silk, but with different lenses shading of the Ed Hardy cat-eye sunglasses. Left and middle: Orange-green shaded lenses. Right: Purple-gray shaded lenses.


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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.


Tip: 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, Hermes bangle, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, shoes c/o Vivaia, and Nordgreen watch. Get 15% off with my discount code HLSTYLE.

Photos of me: G. Kramm

Graphics: N. Mölders

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