Finding the right sunglasses is not as simple and straightforward as it seems.
It is basically about choosing the right frame and size. The right sunglasses frame for you will depend on the shape and size of your face.
When you get it right with these factors, choosing the right sunglasses frame will become easier.
To make it easier for you to choose the right sunglasses frames, we will discuss how to measure your face, how to use the measurement to determine your face shape and the different types of frames that fit the different face shapes.
Let’s get it started!
How to Measure Your Face?
While pictorial illustrations can help you estimate your face shape, measuring your face and comparing the different dimensions will let you determine the shape with more accuracy.
To take an accurate measurement, stand in front of a mirror and use a standard tape. Here are three measurements to take and how to take them:
1. Measure Cheekbone to Cheekbone
To do this, place the end of the tape just below one eye to find the top of your cheekbone. Measure to the exact spot on the other side of your face and record the value.
2. Measure Jawline
To measure your jawline, place the end of the tape just below one ear to find one end of your jawbone.
Measure to the same spot on the other side of your face and record the value.
3. Measure face Length
To do this, place the end of the tape right on the centre of your hairline. Measure straight down over the front of your nose to the bottom of your chin and record the value.
Different Face Shapes and Most Suitable Frames
As you know already, humans have different face shapes. The shape of the face will also determine the type of frame that will fit the individual.
If you know your face shape already, finding the right frames will be easier. If you don’t know your face shape, the measurement above will help you determine your face shape.
We will proceed to discuss the different face shapes and the type of glasses that fits them:
1. Square Face
A square face is characterized by a strong jaw and a broad forehead. The width and length of a square is also roughly the same proportion.
The chin is also not well defined in a square face.
The best sunglasses frames for the square face shape are round or oval-shaped.
Such frames are perfect for rounding out the sharpness of the face and give the face a more balanced look.
If you have a square face, you should consider buying sunglasses with frames that favours oval or circular curves.
This includes styles like classic aviators, butterflies, and rounded frames.
2. Round Face
A round face is characterized by wider cheeks. It has noticeable curves lines and less defined angles. The width and length of a round face will also be in the same proportion.
The best sunglasses frames for round faces are angular and narrow.
The frames must avoid curved features but emphasize sharp angular lines that will help make the face appear thinner and longer.
The best frame styles include rectangular, square, wrap, and shield-shaped sunglasses.
3. Oval Face
An oval face is characterized by gently rounded and fairly even features.
Because of the balanced proportion of oval face, it is considered the ideal face shape. The oval shape can accept all kinds of frames.
Though almost any frame will fit an individual with an oval face, it is important to maintain the natural balance of the face.
Everything will work, but you just have to make sure that the frames will not block out the pretty symmetrical features of your face.
Walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or narrow will be awesome.
4. Oblong/Rectangular Face
Oblong face is longer than it is wide. Also called rectangular face, it is long and narrow with very few angles. Oblong face also has a long, straight cheek line.
Sunglasses frames that are best suited for the oblong face are those that can make the face appear shorter and more balanced.
These are basically glasses that have more depth than width. It will also accept oversized sunglasses as well as those with larger wayfarer or rectangular lenses.
Some of the best styles for this face style include wrap, shield, square, wayfarer and rectangular.
5. Base-Up Triangle/Heart Face
Heart face is characterized by a wide top third and a narrow bottom top.
Also called base-up triangle face, this face shape is widest at the temple and narrowest at the chin, taking the shape of the heart.
The best frames for heart face are those that can reduce the apparent width of the top of the face.
These will include frames that are wider at the bottom with no straight lines along the top. Thin, light-coloured frames can be great too.
The best styles for this shape include aviators, shields, butterflies, and rimless frames.
6. Base-Down Triangle Face
A base-down triangular face is characterized by a narrow forehead, a wider cheek area, and a prominent chin. It is one of the rare face shapes.
The best sunglasses frames for base-down triangle face are those that can add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face, which are frames with wider tops than bottoms. The best styles for this shape include geometric, circular, or cat-eye frames.
7. Diamond Face
A diamond face is characterized by narrow forehead and jawline with broad cheekbone that represents the widest part of the face.
The cheekbone is normally high and dramatic, making this the rarest face shape.
The best frames for the diamond face are those that can highlight the eye and soften the wide or high cheekbone at the same time.
The frames must not be wider than the cheekbones and should feature gentle curves. The best styles for this face shape are cat-eye, oval, and rimless frames.
Choosing the right sunglasses frames is the only way to ensure that you look great with your sunglasses on.
The best way to do this is to understand the shape of your face and choose frames that compliment it.
We have discussed the best way to do that and hope this helps you find the perfect sunglasses.
If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be pleased to help you.