No matter if you’re taking a walk on the beach, in the park or if you’re on your way to a business meeting, you’ll always have your sunglasses on. They’ve become the most sought after accessories ever. And that is precisely why we need to know which model suits our face shape.
Plus, it’s also important to know which style each occasion calls for. After all, I don’t want you wearing surf sunglasses at a lunch meeting, for instance. It may sound surreal, but, believe me, that wouldn’t be the first time I saw that.
Well, I guess you can tell I talked to a few specialists as I was looking for a hand with this matter. I’m sure you’ll pick it up fast. Besides, I’m guessing you have some of the following models in your wardrobe. The only question is whether that suits your face. Let’s go?
This is the shape that doesn’t have hard angles. It’s usually wider on the cheeks whereas the jaw line and the temples are slimmer. Of course its lines are round, as well as the chin.
That’s not all: this is a symmetrical shape, wide in the center at the same time its length and width measure the same. “In this group are the people who’ll have more trouble finding the perfect glasses. The secret is avoiding round lines, as to not emphasize them. I recommend picking glasses with straight lines, rectangular or squared”, advises Sabrina Nunes, the creator of a sunglasses chain.
Still on the same topic, Ricardo Lorente, a designer of handmade sunglasses, adds that the square or oblong models are recommended in this case because they contribute to slimming down your face. “If your face is round, stay away from models of the same shape or oval, which, in this case, will only make it even rounder”, he goes.
This shape features straight lines and wide jaw line. The chin is square and short. “The square face, as a rule, make you look more serious. Drop-shaped frames (straight on the top and curved on the bottom) as well as the round ones are the best shapes to match the straight facial lines”, Sabrina points.
That’s not all: the Aviator model is also recommended, since its frames are round, which helps make the strong chin lines milder.
“Here the perfect model is that with wider frames at the bottom. The sunglasses should be a bit wider than the forehead. Additionally, according to Lorene, the square and round frames are also very interesting. “Avoid the oblong ones as they’ll make your face look wider”, he advises.
Unanimously considered to be the most versatile and balanced shape, the oval face features slightly larger forehead in contrast with the jaw line, slightly rounded lines and all parts proportionate.
“This case is by far the easiest, once the proportions are in harmony, which allows all frame shapes. It’s possible to try all kinds out, from the most traditional and classical ones to the most original ones”, Lorene adds.
Pay attention, though, to the size of the glasses so you don’t damage your style picking glasses that are too large or too small for you.
The diamond-shaped type of face features narrow jawbone, wider cheeks and narrow forehead, with the cheeks being more prominent therefore. That’s it: narrow forehead and chin.
“Just like with the square face, the diamond type features strong, straight lines which match exotic, different models. Frames with sharp corners, for example, are perfect”, Lorente tells me.
This type is long and not very wide. That’s why it’s considered to be thin by many. Main features: round, almost pointy chin and thin neck in general.
In this case, the perfect models go along the lines with smaller frames with increasing depth, from the bottom to the top. This way, the facial proportions will look more balanced. “The base of the oblong face is larger. Therefore, small glasses will make everything oversize. Larger models, with elaborate thicker frames are a great option, according to Ricardo Lorente.
The Right Sunglasses
Alright! Now we know which sunglasses match which face shape. We must now find out to which occasions we should wear each model. Some of them are very specific for an occasion in particular. For example, on the beach, the “surf” model can be seen all over.
“But the truth is that many people make a mistake when choosing the right pair of sunglasses because they try to match the occasion when, in fact, it’s the person wearing them and their personality and style that really matter. Another point we shouldn’t forget here is the lenses. In social events, for example, if it’s morning, the lenses can be darker. Now, if we’re talking about the afternoon, some light or gradient lenses will do just great”, Lorente suggests.
For social events, as things can vary from place to place, choosing the aviator model will surely put you on the safe side. It’s one of the most versatile models and, needless to say, it matches any occasion.
Beach or Country
In these situations, when we’re outdoors and the sun is always out, sunglasses are definitely a big deal. Besides that, no matter if you’re on the beach or in the country, you can try something more daring. On the sand, tinted lenses turn out to be a very nice look. Now, in the country, shades of brown or gray are the perfect choice. And never forget that in all cases, frames and lenses must feel comfortable, have good origin and UV protection.
In the city
For everyday use, the specialists recommend the opposite to the beach or the country: “In this case, the lenses can be more discreet, like the classic black or gray which enables improved visibility. But you can still look cool and original by picking frames in different materials like tortoise shell, for instance”, Lorente guarantees.
When it comes to lenses, other than protection, you should search for quality of the materials, so that they don’t get in the way when you’re driving or too dark in places like tunnels.
Pick your pair and style
I think these are lifelong tips. If you happen to have one of the mentioned models in your wardrobe (as long as it suits your face shape), it’s time to put that on more regularly.
Just don’t forget: pay attention to how you feel when you put the glasses on in the first place. If they feel comfortable, than I’m sure that’s the right pair. In case you don’t like it much, then choose another model, size or color. Your opinion (always) comes first.