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Finding The Ideal Sunglasses For Your Face Shape

Sunglasses – the always-in-your-bag, constantly-changing-trend, make-or-break cool factor, most universally popular (and necessary) accessory. Finding the perfect pair of sunglasses can be as trying as finding a needle in a haystack – or a good bagel outside of New York City. It’s difficult, can be frustrating, and takes some dedicated searching. Not to mention that sunglasses, unlike most fashion accessories, are not always reliable via recommendation from a friend or an Instagram ad for one simple reason – face shape. Have you ever seen a celeb rocking a cool style of sunnies, picked up a similar pair in an attempt to mimic the look, then looked up into the mirror to find yourself looking more like a bug than a chic movie star? We’ve all been there. Chances are that you have a different bone structure than your style icon. The good news is that there definitely is a celebrity that does share your face shape, and once you identify what that shape is, they can serve as your new sunglasses style inspiration. Below is a comprehensive list of face shapes, along with a description to help you identify yours, and the ideal sunglasses pairing for each shape. Happy shopping!

Round

Most of these shapes are self-explanatory, but for reference, think Michelle Williams or Ginnifer Goodwin. For round faces with roughly the same length and width, try Wayfarers or square-shaped frames.

Rhea Square Sunglasses
$38

Nita Square Sunglasses
$38

Piper Oversized Square Sunglasses
$16

Square

A square-face shape is defined by a strong jawline and a wide or broad forehead. Think Margot Robbie or Sandra Bullock. Round frames and soft shapes best flatter these sharper angles.

RAY-BAN Phantos 53mm Round Sunglasses
$127.20

South Beach Exclusive Large Round Sunglasses in Smoke
$23

A.Kjaerbede round sunglasses in beige
$45

Oval

Oval face shapes are typically the most versatile for sunglasses. Defined by a long and thin face with a slightly narrower chin, oval-shaped faces can pull off cat-eye, aviator, wayfarers, and round frames. Think Beyoncé or Meryl Streep.

Marley Metal Hexagon Sunglasses
$16

Penelope Combination Cat-Eye Sunglasses
$16

Seafolly Werri Beach Aviator Sunglasses
$59

Heart

I’ve always loved the sound of a “heart-shaped face.” Think Kerry Washington and Katie Holmes – a wider forehead and cheekbones with a significantly narrower chin. Try aviators and cat-eye styles to accentuate this bone structure.

ASOS DESIGN cat eye sunglasses in white
$16

Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses
$222

LE SPECS Rapture cat-eye acetate sunglasses
$60

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