How Should Sunglasses Fit? According to Your Face Shape
If you're wondering how sunglasses should fit your face, you should look at your face shape. It’ll tell you the best sunglasses for flattering your distinct features. How many face shapes are there? While there's no hard-and-fast rule, the general consensus is that there are seven: oval, round, square, diamond, heart, triangle, and oblong. Let’s look at these face shapes and the sunglasses that best complement them.
Best Glasses for Oval Faces
If you have an oval face, you’re in luck; the natural symmetry of this face shape lends itself to a wide array of frame styles. In particular, people with oval shaped faces look great in sunglasses with angular shapes, such as those with square, rectangle, and cat-eye shaped frames. These frames offer a nice contrast to the oval face's more rounded features and help to create an overall balanced look. Folks with oval faces should also look for sunglasses that have a wider frame width and a wider frame height, which nicely fit the balanced features of a rounded face.
The full-coverage lenses of Deja Views offer that wider breadth for oval faces, with a sophisticated dash of cat-eye flair that’s as versatile as it is elegant. If you’re looking to bring a more rectangular look to offset rounded features, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Pacific Palisades. Given the versatility of an oval-shaped face, it naturally meshes well with one of the most versatile frame styles: aviators. You can almost never go wrong with the classic teardrop lenses of the Mile Highs.
Best Sunglasses for a Round Face
Some of the best kinds of sunglasses for people with round faces are those with angular frames, such as cat-eye frames, rectangles, and wayfarer-style sunglasses. These shapes help to balance out the roundness of the face, giving it a more angular, structured look. And bold, forward-leaning frames help to draw attention away from the roundness of the face and toward the sunglasses. To make an even stronger impact, darker colors are often good choices to further contrast the softer features of a round face.
People with round faces who want to go for the classic wayfarer style can look to the Paso Robles. While somewhat similar in design to the time-honored wayfarer style, the Paso Robles offers a lighter, streamlined look that feels at once more modern and more casual. Both men and women look equally amazing while wearing this classic style! To truly offset a round face, you might go for a pair of Torrey Pines, especially if you have a large face. The extra-wide lens coverage of the Torrey Pines is tailor-made for people with wider faces.
Sunglasses for a Square Face
People with square faces usually look to contrast this face shape with round or curved frames, which help to soften angular features. Here, oversized frames are often a good choice as well, as they help to balance a square face’s angles even further. Cat-eye frames are one of the most popular choices for people with square faces, as they add definition and bring out the best features of the face. With a subtle point topping off rounded frames, Deja Views offer just that cat-eye flair that people with square faces often seek.
If you want to bring a soft touch to a square face, Mai Tais are a great choice. Sophisticated without ever feeling formal, Mai Tais have more rounded frames that can offset the angular features of men and women with square-shaped faces. And, as the name suggests, they’re the perfect companion for sipping a tropical drink amid a warm summer breeze! Another good choice for offsetting a square face with some soft roundness are Mary Janes. With just a pinch of vintage flair, rounded Mary Janes have slender wire arms that make them perfect for people with small to medium faces.
Matching a Diamond Face Shape to Sunglasses
People with diamond-shaped faces should look for sunglasses that are wider than they are tall, specifically those that have round, rectangular, or aviator-style frames. These frame shapes help to create a balanced look, as the wider frames offset the narrower chin and forehead that are the distinguishing features of diamond-shaped faces. You might also look for frames that have subtle accents and details, such as metal arms, to give your face an even more balanced look. Also, to make your diamond-shaped face look more proportionate, opt for sunglasses that have a slightly larger lens size.
Here, consider a pair of Seventy Nines. The angular frames bring nice complementation to a diamond-shaped face, with a wonderful vibe that feels both vintage and modern! These unisex glasses are great for people with small to medium-sized faces and come in a range of colors that are sure to fit just about every occasion. If you are thinking that a more rounded look is right for your diamond-shaped face, you might consider slipping on a pair of Classics. With a slightly rounded bottom and subtly arched top, Classics have a timeless design that’s been cherished for over a century, making them, well, classic.
Sunglasses for a Heart-Shaped Face
People with heart-shaped faces have lots of options. Cat-eye frames are great for these folks, as the upswept frames help to elongate the face and make it appear more proportional. Sunglasses that are round or slightly oval in shape are often good choices, as they help to balance out the angles of the face, drawing attention away from the chin and emphasizing the face's upper areas. Larger frames with bold colors work similarly for people with heart-shaped faces, creating a focal point and drawing attention away from the chin. Ultimately, the best kind of sunglasses for people with heart-shaped faces are those that help to create a more proportionate look by emphasizing the eyes and cheekbones.
To go for a more rounded look, you might choose a pair of Premiums. With a slightly wider fit than their predecessors, Knockaround Classics, these unisex sunglasses offer a rounded look and come in a wide range of colors, making them a favored pair of go-to everyday glasses. Perhaps the world’s best-known round sunglasses, aviators, bring similar proportions to heart-shaped faces. And so the teardrop-shaped silhouette of Mile Highs might be a good option. A solid choice for people with wider faces, Fast Lanes offer both the rectangular shape that meshes well with heart-shaped faces, as well as the larger frame style that draws attention away from the chin.
Sunglasses for a Triangle Face
Also known as pear-shaped faces, triangle-shaped faces are good matches with sunglasses that are wider at the top and narrower at the bottom, with a slightly larger frame that can help to balance out the face shape. So classic aviator teardrop-style sunglasses are often the first choice of people with triangle-shaped faces, and glasses such as Mile Highs offer amazing complementation. Though cat-eye style can be just as flattering. They equally draw attention up and away from the lower part of the face. Making Deja Views a good choice here.
Oversized frames and rectangular styles can also be good choices for triangle-shaped faces. To complement this face shape and make a bold statement with oversized frames, you might consider picking up a pair of Fast Lanes. Perfect for people with medium to large faces, Fast Lanes have bold rectangular frames that make a statement! People with triangle-shaped faces might also consider trying frames with a bold color or pattern to add contrast and draw attention to the eyes.
Sunglasses for an Oblong Face
Square and rectangular sunglasses are good options for people with oblong faces, as the more angular frames balance out the longer shape of the oblong face. Styles with low fronts and high temples will also help to reduce the appearance of length. Frame color is more of a consideration with oblong faces, as darker frames may make the face appear longer than it is. So it's best to opt for lighter and more neutral colors — luckily Knockaround has an incredibly wide range of color options!
A square aviator look is great for people with oblong-shaped faces, making the Mount Evans an obvious choice. These square-shaped aviator glasses take the traditional design of teardrop aviators and give it a more low-profile silhouette that’s perfect for people with smaller face shapes. For something a bit bolder, you might look to the square shape of Fast Lanes, or the rounded rectangular style of the Pacific Palisades.
But ultimately, the perfect sunglasses are the ones that make you feel like you. So browse the collection and consider how you’ll look in each pair, no matter your face shape. That way, you’ll be sure to choose the shades that are right for you.
Witten by William McCleary for Knockaround