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Get The Sunglasses To Suit Your Face Shape

Don’t underestimate the transformative power of a stylish pair of shades that actually fit your features

Buying sunglasses can be a shady business. As brands proliferate, and styles multiply, we’re often dazzled by the ranges on offer, and forget to train our lens on what’s important – shape and fit. Pick a pair that complements your facial features, and you’ll instantly up your frame game.

If your face is round

Who’s got it: Mr Kanye West, Mr Tom Cruise
Go for: frames that contrast well with your softer features; the goal is to create as much definition as possible. Frames that are slightly wider than your face, such as aviators, will make your cheeks appear slimmer. Angular frames (such as Wayfarers) elongate your temples and lengthen your face.
Avoid: round frames that mimic your face shape. You would, quite literally, be going round in circles.

Try these

  • TOM FORD D-Frame Tortoiseshell Acetate Polarised Sunglasses

  • Berluti + Oliver Peoples Conduit St Aviator-Style Gunmetal-Tone and Acetate Polarised Sunglasses

if your face is oval

Who’s got it: Mr Ryan GoslingMr Jude Law
Go for: almost anything, because – congratulations, respect due, etc – you’re blessed with the most coveted, compatible face shape of all.
Avoid: arms that hang too low, because they further elongate your already adequately distended features.

Try these

  • Berluti + Oliver Peoples Rue Marbeuf Round-Frame Acetate Photochromic Sunglasses

  • Cubitts Cartwright Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses

if your face is oblong

Who’s got it: Mr George Clooney, Mr Russell Brand
Go for: thick frames or oversize lenses to balance out your narrow proportions and soft features. Try vintage styles with clean, bold lines or aviators – the convex shape and teardrop silhouette of their lenses accentuate the vigorous line of the cheek and jaw bones.
Avoid: more diminutive styles that make your features appear pinched and may provoke wearisome enquiries of the “why the oblong face?” variety.

Try these

  • SAINT LAURENT D-Frame Acetate and Silver-Tone Sunglasses

  • Gucci Round-Frame Acetate and Gold-Tone Sunglasses

if your face is square

Who’s got it: Mr David BeckhamMr Jake Gyllenhaal
Go for: rounded or slightly curved frames that will complement your strong facial structure.
Avoid: anything too boxy or too sharp. So-wrong-it’s-right-angled is a challenging look to pull off.

Try these

  • Persol D-Frame Gold-Tone and Acetate Sunglasses

  • Moscot Zev Round-Frame Silver-Tone and Enamel Sunglasses

If your face is heart shaped

Who’s got it: Mr Johnny Depp, Mr Justin Timberlake
Go for: rounder frames, to help balance the wider forehead, or bottom-heavy frames, to help broaden the lower part of the face.
Avoid: teardrop lenses or frames with too much detailing at the top. You’re looking to bolster the region south of the nostrils.

Try these

  • Persol Round-Frame Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses

  • Cubitts Guilford Round-Frame Brushed Gold-Tone Sunglasses

if your face is diamond shaped

Who’s got it: Mr Kiefer Sutherland
Go for: retro-inspired, rectangular styles that complement your defined chin and sharp cheekbones. You’ve got the canvas to experiment with strong colours and creative details.
Avoid: extremes, particularly rounded, curved and angular. You’ve got the carats; you don’t need the stick.

Try these

  • Ermenegildo Zegna Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses

  • Hopper + Jacques Marie Mage Taos Square-Frame Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses

If your face is triangular

Who’s got it: Mr Matt Damon
Go for: top-heavy frames that pull the emphasis upwards and offset your broad jaw and chin; teardrop lenses can draw the eye up to the forehead. Anything with a heavy browline adds width to the upper portion of the face, which is where you need ballast.
Avoid: anything that adds to bottom-heaviness. You don’t want to put the SOS in isosceles.

Try these

  • Kingsman + Cutler and Gross D-Frame Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses

  • Oliver Peoples Isba Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses