Cat eyes, aviators, and squares – oh my! The sheer number of different styles of sunglasses can be overwhelming, but at the same time, this means that no matter what your style or face shape is, there is bound to be a style of sunglasses that is perfect for you. We are here today to help you find that perfect style. Especially in the summertime, sunglasses are very important as aside from becoming an important part of your overall style it also helps to protect from UV rays. A good pair of protective sunglasses for summer help your eyes feel comfortable in the scorching sun as well as completes your summer look. We’re going to start with face shape, because this is one of the biggest determinants of what kind of sunglasses you should get, and then end with personal style. By the end of this article, you’ll have all the information you need to choose the pair of sunglasses that suit you best.
How to Measure Your Face
We’re going to start out with face shape because different styles of sunglasses look either flattering or unflattering with specific face shapes. To determine what kind of face shape you have, you’ll need to pull out your measuring tape and manually measure your face. Here’s what to do:
- Measure the distance between your cheekbones – place the measuring tape at the top of one of your cheekbones just under your eye. Then drag the measuring tape across your face to the same spot on the opposite cheekbone. Note this number.
- Measure your jawline – place the measuring tape at one end of your jawline (find the jawline by feeling just below your ear lobes). Drag the measuring tape under your face and jaw to the end of your jawline on the opposite side. Write down this number.
- Measure the length of your face – place the measuring tape at the bottom of your chin, right in the middle. Then, drag it across your face to the center of your hairline. The measuring tape should go right through the midline of your nose. Record this number.
Once you have all these measurements, you should be able to determine if you have one of four face shapes: oval, square, round, or heart-shaped. If you still have any questions, refer to a clear-cut face measuring guide.
When it comes to deciding on a style of sunglasses, if you have an oval face, you’re in luck because essentially any style goes well with oval-shaped faces. Depending on what look you want to go for, you can choose different styles. For example, if you want to wear sunglasses that highlight the contours of your face, we would recommend going for square sunglasses, but if you want something with a softer look, then round sunglasses would be ideal.
Square faces typically have similar measurements for cheekbone-to-cheekbone, jawline, and face length. If this is true for you, then you should consider getting aviators or cat eyes. These styles look particularly flattering on square faces because the round lenses soften the harsh features typically seen on this face shape. Whether you get aviators or cat eyes should depend on your personal style, but we will get more into that soon. For an even softer look, you could consider getting oval sunglasses, as well.
Round faces are similar to square faces in measurements, but the features are softer and, as the name suggests, rounder. If you have a round face, you might be interested in sunglasses that elongate your face. Rectangular sunglasses and sunglasses with narrow lenses are perfect for making the face look longer.
Heart-shaped faces are typically the narrowest at the chin and widest at the forehead. For this face shape, round lens sunglasses are the best option, as they help balance out the face. Try to avoid harsh straight lines, as those can overemphasize the top of the face, which is already wider in heart-shaped faces.
Styles for Your Personality
Now that we understand which sunglasses go best with different face shapes, it’s time to move on to what styles are best for your personality.
Classy and Confident
If you are someone who is both confident and classy, then aviators would be great for you to consider. They have a really classic style and look amazing when worn confidently.
Flirty or Spunky
For flirty or spunky personalities, cat eyes are the perfect match. They are unique in style and shape and are perfect for someone who wants to have fun wearing sunglasses.
If you have a no-nonsense kind of personality, then you can’t go wrong with plain square sunglasses. These do the job you want them to do and don’t offer any additional frills. They are perfect for the down-to-earth kind of person.
We hope this article was helpful in showing you what sunglasses suit you best. You have to keep in mind both your face shape and your personality, but the most important thing is to choose sunglasses you feel great in. No matter what style they are, if you like them, then they are perfect for you.