Here's how to identify your face shape (and pick out your perfect sunglasses)
Shield the window to your soul in fashion
Oh take a look won’t you, we are well past March and nearing April, which means the end of the Northeast monsoon season and you know what that means for us. Constant, heat. Maybe a drizzle or two but mostly heat. Well let’s take a look at the literal bright side, we get to buy new sunglasses to shield our eyes, sorry not sorry.
What we don’t want to end up doing is to get that pair of crazy gorgeous cat eye sunglasses, only to realise that it does not suit your face at all. So to prevent that from actually happening, here’s our guide to identifying your face shape and which sunglasses are the best for your type of face shape. Fashion, right?
Oval shaped face
An oval shaped face is one that has a balanced forehead, cheekbones and jaw, all coming together into an oval shape (duh). This type of face shape tends to suit all sunglasses, especially softly angular frames that will accentuate the oval chin shape.
We suggest Rayban’s aviators for your everyday use because a good old classic pair will go a long way for you. Besides, you never know when you’re going to run into a pilot, right? If you’re feeling a little cheeky, check out Quay Australia’s The Playa Rimless Aviator in a reflective pink, because you’re such a player and you need a pair of reflective glasses, especially after Dior popularised it! You snooze, you lose.
Quay Australia, The Playa Rimless Aviator Sunglasses, $95.02 from ASOS
Monki 90s Round Sunglasses
If you’re into the retro look, why not dive straight for the 90s round frame sunglasses look. Pair it with a reworked dress and ballerina flats, that’d be a show stopper.
Doesn’t the sound of a heart shaped face just stirs your heart (unintended but hey) in inexplicable manners and make you ‘awwww’. So how do you identify such a face shape, you ask – if you have a wide forehead and cheekbones, ending with a sharp chin, then you’re camp heart shape face. For these sort of face shapes, you should wear cat’s eye or round sunglasses, to draw attention away from the forehead.
They do sing, girls just wanna have fun, so here’s a quirky and fun pair of cat eye from RetroSuperFuture that we absolutely adore! Pair it with a flirty sundress or an all dark ensemble to really draw all the attention on your sunglasses, which is the whole point.
For people with oblong shaped face, meaning a long face with both narrow chin and cheekbones, the best frames to wear are oversized sunglasses that will help to slim the face. The key is to keep it simple and classy! A complete no-no would be to wear any sort of sunglasses that are too narrow. Unless you want to end up looking like Tweety Bird, which could be a fad really.
Gucci, Oversized square-frame glittered acetate sunglasses, $425 from Net-a-porter
Marc Jacobs, Oversized Cateye Sunglasses in Tortoise Shell
Oooh, won’t you just look at that! A cateye oversized sunglasses will be great for anyone with an oblong face shape. The cateye gives extra definition and the oversized sunglasses helps to slim your face further. So go get yours now!
Marc Jacobs, Oversized Cateye Sunglasses in Tortoise Shell, $380.07 from ASOS
Square shaped face
If you have a broad forehead with a square jawline, you fall into the category of a square shape face. The frames you should go for includes round, oval or cat eye. Definitely steer clear of any geometric or angular shaped sunglasses. Those will only emphasise on the angularity of your jaw, which isn’t what you want right?
ASOS Round Sunglasses with Metal Nosebridge and 70s Orange Coloured Lens
Are you part of the hippie movement? Make love not war, we love that and we love absolutely love these 70s orange coloured lens sunglasses! Go on… get yourself a pair and put it on with bell bottom jeans.
We know it is pretty literal at this point of time but always better to be clear right? We don’t want you to be confused in any way. *wink* A round face shape is when you have a narrow forehead and jaw, with full cheekbones, which are perfect for wide rectangular frames. So your kryptonite are round frames. Please do not ever, we repeat, ever, attempt them unless pancake face is your thing, which in that case, you do you.
Quay Australia, Barnun Oversized Smoked Lens, $52.79 from ASOS
Ted Baker Elin Sunglasses
We love this, the angular frames really does help to accentuate your jawline. Besides, who doesn’t love a good tortoise shell – so chic!