Finding the perfect pair of sunglasses can be a delightful yet daunting experience. Sunglasses not only protect your eyes from harmful UV rays but also serve as a fashion statement that can accentuate your features. For women, the key to finding the right sunglasses lies in understanding your face shape. Let’s explore how different frames complement various face contours.
Identifying Your Face Shape
Before diving into the specific styles, it’s essential to identify your face shape. A face shape detector can help, or you can stand in front of a mirror and trace the outline of your face on the mirror’s surface with a lipstick or washable marker. Generally, there are five main face shapes:
- Oval: Balanced proportions with a slightly narrower chin than forehead.
- Round: Full cheeks with a wide forehead and a rounded chin.
- Square: A strong jawline with equal width and height.
- Heart-Shaped: A broader forehead with a narrow chin and high cheekbones.
- Diamond: A narrow forehead and jawline with cheekbones as the widest part of the face.
The Best Sunglasses for Each Face Shape
Oval Face Shape
Considered the most versatile of face shapes, oval faces are lucky when it comes to sunglasses. Most frame shapes will complement an oval face. However, oversized frames or bold shapes like cat-eye glasses can add an edge and accentuate your cheekbones.
Round Face Shape
To contrast the soft curves of a round face, look for angular frames. Square or rectangular sunglasses can add definition to your face. Avoid round frames or styles with too many curves, as they can exaggerate the roundness.
Square Face Shape
With a square face, the goal is to soften the angular features. Round or oval sunglasses provide a contrast to the sharp jawline and forehead. Aviator styles or glasses with rimless edges can also add a softer touch to your look.
For heart-shaped faces, the aim is to balance the broader forehead with the narrow chin. Styles that are wider at the top than the bottom work well, like aviator and wayfarer styles. Frames with detailing on the lower half can also help draw the eye downward and balance the face.
Diamond Face Shape
Diamond faces should look for frames that highlight the eyes and soften the cheekbones. Cat-eye styles or frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines can work well. Oval frames can also complement the diamond face by adding balance.
Remember, the right sunglasses for women are not just about fashion; they serve a functional purpose as well. UV protection is a must, and additional features like polarized lenses can reduce glare and improve vision on sunny days. Feel free to try on different styles and have fun with it. After all, sunglasses are a perfect way to express your personality while keeping your eyes healthy and comfortable.
About the Author: Dr. Sophia Moh, OD, ABOC
Dr. Sophia Moh, OD, is an optometrist based in the Bay Area, California. She holds a doctorate from UC Berkeley School of Optometry and has worked in various eye care settings, including primary care optometry, general ophthalmology, community health clinics, and Veterans Affairs. Dr. Moh is dedicated to improving global vision health by making high-quality, affordable eyewear accessible to all. She is also a certified American Board Optician (ABO) and actively contributes to optical education through training and lectures.