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Frame styles for every face shape

by | Jan 16, 2020 | Inspiration

If you think selecting a new pair of sunglasses is only acceptable during warm weather months, think again. No matter what season it is, we’re mandating that it’s key to have a stylish pair of sunglasses on hand. But searching for the right frames to fit your face shape can be a challenge. As much as you might love certain sunglass trends, like tiny retro frames or slim cat-eyes, they may not necessarily fit your face shape in reality.

Luckily for your guests, they’ll be able to consult with our Diamond Level Certified staff to help them select the right pair of frames on-site. And luckily for you, we’re bringing our on-site staff to the blog, asking them to share their knowledge and sunglass expertise to help you find the best fit for your face. Outlining four typical face shapes – square, oval, round, and heart – we’ve detailed how to choose the best shades no matter your face shape. Here’s what we found:

Square faces

When deciding what style looks best for your face shape, think of opposites and focus on balancing the proportions of your face. So, if you have a square or angular shape face, think rounded frames.

The key is a juxtaposition; round-lensed frames balance out strong jawlines, cheekbones, and broad foreheads. An angular face gives you the opportunity to explore a softer or bolder silhouette.

Oval faces

The brilliant part about oval faces is that you have endless styling opportunities. With an oval face, the ratio of your facial features is usually balanced, which lets you play around a bit more with various shapes and styles. Essentially, oval faces are lucky because almost every frame fits them well. Although oval faces can wear any shape, our on-site experts agreed that they look best in oversized frames.

Frames with chunky cat-eye sunglasses serve as a sort of mask for any kind of hangover. They will make you feel put together, get you out the door, and on the move because there is always more fun to be had.

Round faces

Square and oversized styles are especially flattering on round faces thanks to the strong lines. Square styles, such as wayfarer frames, naturally compliment a rounder face shape.


Our on-site experts suggest wearing frames with an oversized fit for a laid-back and timeless look. Oversized frames know how to turn heads while fitting comfortably and confidently on yours. The square frame off-sets the roundness while the design adds texture and balance.

Heart faces

With a heart-shaped face, you want to avoid wearing a frame that is too heavy at the bottom. Mirror your jawline and accentuate your face shape with another iconic sunglass style: aviators. These iconic frames are a tried and true classic shape with smooth lines that compliment a wider forehead. Aviator frames have larger bottom halves and tend to work best to broaden a delicate jawline.

Currently one of the most iconic sunglass styles in the world, aviator’s were originally designed for U.S. aviators in 1937. The aviator is a timeless frame shape that combines great aviator styling with exceptional quality, performance, and comfort.

Final framing tips:

Although it’s important to take your face shape into consideration, our on-site experts bring up a few additional tips to remember. Beyond considering your face shape when selecting frames, it’s important to consider the width of your face. Wide frames can overwhelm narrow features, and too narrow of frames can result in an incorrect fit. Another factor to note when selecting frames is how glasses interact with your eyebrows — to cover or not to cover? In the age of the bold brow, it’s an important element to consider.

Interestingly, our on-site experts let us in on another sunglass secret for when you just can’t decide: select your favorite frames based on color. For instance, if a guest has lighter skin with red undertones, they’ll look great in silver titanium and cool-toned acetates. That being said, we encourage guests to ‘do you’ when it comes to selecting your new pair of sunglasses on-site. You don’t have to follow the rules; as long as you love how you feel in them and you’re expressing yourself, that’s what matters most.

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