The Best New Sunglasses For Your Face Shape

Summer’s almost here, and you know what that means – it’s time to look for a new pair of shades!

This season there are tons of great ways to update your look. Big trends to look out for include oversized, cat eye, geometric, aviator, and shield sunglasses, and glasses with fun embellishments and irregular-shaped lenses.

Before you make a big purchase, though, be sure you are buying a pair that will complement your face shape. There are four main face shapes: heart, round, oval, and square. If you don’t know what yours is, you can find a tutorial here that will help you figure it out.

Once you know your face shape, it’s time to get shopping! Here are some of our favorite looks for each face shape to help you get started:

Heart

Heart-shaped faces have broader foreheads, high cheekbones, and a narrower jaw and chin (think Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, and Halle Berry). Flattering frames will be slightly wider than your forehead and wider on top than on the bottom. Bottom-heavy frames will also help balance out a pointed jaw. Some styles to look for are retro square and cat eye sunglasses. 

Prada PR 53SS

American Sunglass, $355

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Cat Eye Sunglasses

Forever 21, $5.90

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Fendi Cat Eye Sunglasses

Nordstrom, $465

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Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer

Ray-Ban, $150

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Dolce & Gabbana Cat-Eye Gold-Tone and Acetate Sunglasses

Net-A-Porter, $300

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Round 


Round faces are circular in shape, widest across the cheekbones, and have a width and length that are almost equal (think Ginnifer Goodwin, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, or Hayden Panettiere). Look for thinner frames that will add length to the face and angular frames that will sharpen your soft features. Retro square, cat eye, square, and oversized angular frames will look best on your face.

Elizabeth and James ‘Smith’ Sunglasses

Nordstrom, $195

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Bristol Sunglasses

Sunglass Warehouse, $13.95

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Ray-Ban Oversized Clubmaster Sunglasses

FramesDirect.com, on sale for $112.50

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Winston Sunglasses

Warby Parker, $95

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Sierra Extreme Cat Eye

Sunglass Warehouse, $10.95

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If you have an oval-shaped face you’ve won the sunglasses lottery, because oval faces act as a sort of blank canvas for sunglasses – most any pair will look good on you! Oval faces have balanced features, with the chin slightly narrower than the forehead (think Kate Middleton, Jessica Alba, Beyoncé, and Carey Mulligan). While you can have fun with your shades and try some unique looks, the best frames for you will be equal to or wider than the widest part of your face and cover your eyebrows and cheekbones. Try some bold textures and shapes, and look especially for retro square, aviator, and oversized frames. 

A.J. Morgan ‘Epic’ Sunglasses

Nordstrom, $24

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Ray-Ban Original Aviator Sunglasses

LensCrafters, $165

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Kate Spade New York Cat Eye Sunglasses

Nordstrom, $175

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Marc Jacobs 506 Rectangle Sunglasses

SolsticeSunglasses.com, $420

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Miu Miu Semi Rimless Sunglasses

Nordstrom, $385

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Square-shaped faces feature a strong jaw, wide forehead, and wide cheekbones (think Olivia Wilde, Rihanna, Natalie Portman, or Minka Kelly). Look for sunglasses that will help soften your angular features, like those with thin, curved frames. Semi-rimless frames will help balance your jawline. Look for round, aviator, and shield frames that will be the most flattering on your face.

Prada ‘Cine‘ Round Sunglasses

Nordstrom, $300

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Woven Shield Sunglasses

Ralph Lauren, $349

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Prada Round Sunglasses

Nordstrom, $325

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Tiffany & Co., $430

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Nordstrom, $150

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