There’s one accessory I constantly reach for year-round: my sunglasses! But shopping for that “must-have” pair can leave a girl cross-eyed! Before you slip on every style out there, check out GalTime’s guide to finding the perfect frames for your face. We teamed up with the Vision Council’s Kristie Whiteford for all of the gorgeous details.
Round faces: Round faces tend to have similar proportions in width and length. Whiteford says the ideal pair of shades should make your face appear longer and thinner. Steer clear of styles that are excessively round or square, and reach for a more rectangular pair, or a wayfarer style. You could also try a geometric, cat-eye shape. Clear, simple bridges and accents of color at the temples will also help you shine.
Natori SZ509, $179.95
Oval faces: If your face is oval, you have lots of options! Whiteford says that oval faces have more balanced proportions, so it’s best to select frames that are as wide, or wider, than the broadest part of the face. Avoid sunglasses with low, swooping temples, and gravitate towards those that are square, round/geek-chic, butterfly, or rectangular.
Chloe CL2233, $330
Oblong faces: Oblong faces are longer than they are wide, so you’ll want to choose frames that make the face appear shorter. Go for deep or low triangle shapes, or frames with strong horizontal lines. Rounded edges or decorative accents will add even more width.
Lucky Brand Indigo Sunglasses, $69
Square faces: Square faces are characterized by a strong jaw line, broad forehead, and distinct cheekbones. The ideal pair of sunglasses should make the face look longer. Avoid shades that are square or flat on the bottom. Instead, reach for a style that is curved and more horizontal than vertical. Whiteford says that butterfly, oval and round shapes will soften angles and turn heads!
Roberto Cavalli RC587S, $290.95
Heart shaped faces: Heart shaped faces have high cheekbones and a wide forehead that narrows down gradually to the chin. The perfect pair of shades should add width below the eyeline to help balance things out. Choose styles that are wider at the bottom and have low temples, like aviators, butterfly shapes, rimless styles, or frames that are rounded on top, but square at the bottom.
Jessica Simpson J500, $55
If your favorite style of specs isn't exactly face-flattering, Whiteford suggests looking for a modified version that varies a bit in size, shape, or color. For example, if you’re a fan of cat-eye glasses, but the oversized look doesn’t work for you, opt for a less dramatic pair that’s smaller and doesn’t “swoop” as low.
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