If you aren’t sure what shape your face is, then here is a quick guide to finding out. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to move on to the second part: determining which sunglasses go best with your shape.
Do the following measurements and write them down somewhere:
- Length – the distance from top of your hairline to the bottom of your chin
- Jawline – the distance from under one ear to under the other, along your jawline.
- Temple width – the distance from one side of your hairline to the other, running along the top of your eyebrows.
- Cheek width – measure the distance between your cheekbones (usually a centimeter or two under the outer corners of your eyes)
With these measurements you can now determine the shape of your face, which can be one of 6 shapes: diamond, heart, circle, oblong, square or rectangle. These are characterized as follows (feel free to get out some paper and a pencil to sketch the proportions so you can visualize your face’s shape):
- Oval – nearly even proportions but with a slightly longer length than cheek width, and with a rounded jawline.
- Circle – equal length and cheek width with shrinking temples and a small rounded jawline
- Square – all widths are equal to the length of your face, and a square jaw.
- Diamond – narrow jawline, and wider at the cheeks than at the chin and temples. The length is equal to cheek width.
- Heart (or triangle) – if your face is widest at the top and middle, but skinny towards your chin, then you have a heart shaped face, congratulations!
- Oblong – Equal width throughout, but length is greater than cheek width.
Now that you know your face shape, which sunnies will work best for you?
Oval shapes – this is by far the easiest face shape to choose sunnies for, as pretty much anything suits it.
Circle shapes – ideally you will want something that isn’t curvy so that you can create a less rounded look, and some contrasting shapes.
Square shapes – you should try to round out this shape with opposing sunglass shapes, such as circular or oval shaped lenses, or even curvy frames.
Diamond shaped – oval and frameless-lens sunglasses that are not wider than the cheekbones will suit best and balance out your look.
Heart shaped – choose a pair that is wider at the bottom than the top, and a straight top edge if possible. This will add weight to the bottom of your face.
Oblong – oversized sunglasses suit this shape well, as they add width to it. Avoid small frames if possible, but there are always exceptions!
If you weren’t sure why some sunglasses just didn’t suit you, now you know, and hopefully you will be able to quickly pick out the right pair in future!