Summer is the hottest time of the year, which means the sun is working overtime. As you make plans to go on vacation or attend an outdoor picnic, you need to start thinking about buying a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s powerful rays. After all, outdoor activities are no fun if you’re squinting to block out the bright light all day long. But when looking for sunglasses, where do you even begin?
There are so many different options to choose from. Do you go with the circular lenses or the square ones? The thick frames or the thin ones? The answers to these sorts of questions largely depend on your face shape.
Most everyone has a face shape that fits into one of a few distinct categories. These categories are separated based on a few different factors. The broadness of a forehead can be a categorizing feature, as can the sharpness of a jawline. Whether or not your face appears taller than it is wide, or if it narrows at the bottom, can also determine the type of face shape category you fall into.
Today, we’re taking a look at those categories, and which types of sunglasses will look best on you so that you can hit the beach in style! Take a quick look in the mirror, determine your face shape, and then read on to see which pair of sunglasses you should wear!
People with rounder faces have softer, less defined features. They don’t have especially pointed chins or sharp and distinctive bone structures, so angular sunglasses are an excellent option for them, as they highlight the features that aren’t always immediately obvious. These kinds of sunglasses help to elongate the face and make it appear thinner as well. We recommend aviators and sunglasses with square or rectangular lenses.
We would avoid overly circular sunglasses. In general, these will only accentuate the roundness of the face instead of emphasizing any of its more angular features.
Unlike round faces, square faces are identified by their strong, wide jawlines and their sharp definition. Our advice? Choose frames with rounded corners. Circular frames look especially stunning, and they’ll help to visually soften the edges of a square face.
To prevent overemphasizing the natural hard angles of a square face shape, we recommend steering clear of angular or rectangular frames.
A heart-shaped face narrows from temples to chin, just like a drawing of a heart narrows from top to bottom. Typically, with other face shapes, the idea is to contrast the naturally emphasized features. So, rounded faces look good in angular sunglasses, square faces look good in round frames, etc. The heart-shaped face, however, is unique in that you generally want to mimic its shape in the eyewear you select.
To compliment a smaller, sharper chin, you should select a pair of sunglasses with a well-defined edge; the cat-eye style is a popular choice. In general, angular glasses that feature wide lower edges will help to elongate the face and shift the viewer’s attention downward. We do recommend avoiding anything oversized if you have softer features, however.
Oh, how lucky people with oval faces are! People with this face shape can pull off virtually any pair of sunglasses. Oval faces are rounded, but with just enough definition and elongation to differentiate them from the rounded face shape; in other words, this face shape is in a sort of limbo between completely round and completely angular, so it has the benefits of both extremes. We will say that square and rectangular sunglasses help add a little perceived definition to the features and jawline of an oval-shaped face if that’s what you’re after.
As long as your sunglasses aren’t so big that they eclipse your face’s features, any pair will look great on you if you have an oval-shaped face. Take care to pick frames that match your personal style and accentuate your individual features, and you’ll be a true showstopper this season.
At Wholesale Fashion Square, we want shoppers and boutique owners to make informed and inspired choices about the clothing and accessories they buy. We hope you’ve learned a bit more about how face shape affects the look of sunglasses and vice versa. Be sure to check out a few pairs to see what works for you!
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