Most of us try on at least 10 or 20 pairs of sunglasses before settling on the best pair for our style and tastes, but even then we often walk away feeling somewhat disappointed with our purchase. Sunglasses are a necessary part of every man’s wardrobe. It is also the fashion accessory which we arguably spend the most time on and yet are often the least pleased by. Choosing the right pair is notoriously difficult, yet by knowing your face shape and which styles of sunglasses will work best with it, you can limit the amount of time you spend trying on pair after pair and end up with the most attractive, on-trend pair available today.
Before You Determine Your Face Shape
Looking in the mirror can work. However, the best way to determine your face shape is to take a picture or a “selfie” of yourself while looking straight into the camera. Take a pen or stylus and then trace the outline of your face with straight lines. This will give you a rough idea of which of the below face shapes you have.
The Square Face Shape
A square face is characterised by a strong jaw line matched with wide cheekbones. The best sunglasses for this shape of face are those which are also strong in shape and yet minimally detailed so that your natural features will shine through. Consider shapes such as:
- Rounded shapes
- Aviator-style frames
- Rectangular frames with softened edges
The Round Face Shape
Individuals with a round face shape have less defined angles and have very noticeable curves. To help reduce the curve of the cheeks and chin, those with a round face should choose eyewear with little to no curved features and opt for styles which emphasise angular lines. This will help to elongate the face and make it appear more slim and defined. A number of the current Sports performance frames by Oakley Sunglasses are perfect for those with round faces.
The Oblong Face Shape
Also known as a rectangular face shape, those with oblong shaped faces have what some would call “long” faces. This face shape is narrow and has few angles, so your sunglasses should be used to try to help add angles and definition. Look into purchasing sunglasses that have:
- Rectangular frames
- Wrap-style frames
- Wayfarer shapes
- Thicker frames
- Deep or tall lenses
The Heart Face Shape
Commonly referred to as a “triangle shaped face,” this face shape is widest at the temples and then tapers down to the chin, which is fairly narrow. To help balance this face shape, men looking for sunglasses will find the following shapes work best for them:
- Rimless shades
- Shield frames
- Aviator-style frames
- Butterfly frames
The Oval Face Shape
Those with an oval face shape will have the easiest time finding the right pair of shades for their face. Because of the gently rounded and fairly even features of this face shape, almost any pair of sunglasses is going to work well.