Summer is around the corner and the sun will soon call for a new pair of sunglasses. When choosing sunglasses, you will quickly find yourself faced with a wide choice of frames. How to pick between the round, square, refined or eccentric models? Well, ladies and gentlemen, to find the ideal pair of glasses, you must first define your facial shape. Thus, depending on the geometry of your face, you will know what to pick and what to avoid, to be able to navigate your way through the wide choice of sunglasses out there, and choose the ones that fit and characterize you best.
How to determine sunglasses for your face shape?
Before trying on a new pair of sunglasses, keep in mind that there are six different face shapes: oval, square, round, oblong, diamond, and heart. Every face shape has one or more matching eyeglasses styles that flatter the appearance by enhancing the facial features.
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Practical guide for online shopping
If you’re purchasing sunglasses online, it is advised that you check different frame shapes before purchasing a pair.
Here’s a handy guide with the six most common face shapes with their matching frame types:
1. Round Face
Your face is pretty much the same width and length, your chin is rounded, and your cheekbones are the widest part of your face.
For round faces, men can choose wayfarers such as the Tommy Hilfiger pair, rounded bottoms like the Guess sunglasses, or rectangular shapes like these sunglasses with grey mirror black lenses from Emporio Armani. Whereas women can never go wrong with this irregular Prada pair.
2. Oval Face
Men and women with oval face shapes have well-proportioned features with no sharp angles. Oval face has an egg shape, where the length is larger than the width of the cheekbones, and the rounded forehead is larger than the rounded jawline, while the sides of the face are slightly curved.
For your oval face, choose rectangular frames like this enigmatic men’s sunglasses from Cartier, or aviators like this pair from Ralph Lauren, or round frames like the Montblanc sunglasses. Ladies will look like fashionistas in these square sunglasses from Valentino or the transparent pink round model from Dolce & Gabbana.
3. Square Face
Square face shapes are similar to a round face, but have a more definite, wide jawline. The sides of your face are straight with same-width forehead, cheekbones and jaw.
If you ladies have a square-shaped face, choose a cat-eye model like this one from Guess, or round frames or aviators. Also, men can go for these sunglasses from Tom Ford or the amazing aviators from Dolce & Gabbana.
4. Heart Face
The heart-shaped face has a fairly extended forehead as well as a prominent but not square jaw. The cheekbones are rather timid and slightly raised. The chin is thin and pointed. If you happen to have a heart-shaped face, go for aviators and chunky designs with high angles. Try on these men’s Aviators from David Beckham or the chunky model from Ray Ban. For your woman, you can choose this trendy pair from Elie Saab, or the cat-eye model in white from Saint Laurent
5. Oblong Face
Oblong faces, also called rectangular faces, are long and narrow. They have few angles. If you have an oblong face, your face is longer than it is wide, and your jawline and cheekbones are the same width. Go for large wayfarer sunglasses and oversized rectangular frames like these women’s sunglasses from Dita or pick this Balmain pair for men.
6. Diamond Face
Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the forehead and jawline, and have broad cheekbones. These are usually high and prominent. This is the rarest face shape, and it works best with oval or rectangular frames, like this pair from Miu Miu or these sunglasses from Dior. Gentlemen, get ready to try this Maui Jim sunglasses on. It would definitely look great on you!
How to choose the right color?
Now that we’ve identified the right frames for your face shape, it’s time to choose the color of the frame. As a rule of thumb, unless you don’t have a specific idea in mind, choosing a frame color is determined by your skin tone and eye color. For a pale complexion, choose colors such as dark blue, brown or burgundy. If you have blue or green eyes, go for light shades. For a dark complexion and dark eyes, the choice is wide since all colors will look great on you!
The elegance of shapes and materials
Wood, leather, gold or silver, the designers of major sunglasses brands don’t skimp on creativity to blend classic shapes and flawless materials, offering you a particularly neat style, a staple of distinction and refined elegance. Discover the latest collections of eyewear and be ready to look the sun in the face this season!
What protection to choose for your sunglasses?
Whether you have fragile eyes or not, sunglasses play an important role in protecting against the sun’s harmful rays (UV). In summer and in winter, sunglasses are highly recommended. But you still have to know how to choose your sunglasses for optimal protection!
Contrary to popular belief, dark and opaque colored glasses are not necessarily the most protective. Therefore, before buying your sunglasses, it is very important to know the five categories of lenses. These range from 0 to 4, with 0 featuring a minimal degree of protection (from 0 to 19%) and does not allow effective protection from UV rays. Category 4 is indicated for extreme sunlight with maximal protection (from 92 to 97%), recommended for hiking or skiing in high mountains or sun tanning on the beach.
How can Magrabi help you?
Several technical as well as aesthetic aspects must be considered when picking glasses frames for face shapes. Our expert opticians are trained to advise you in your choice according to your facial geometry, your complexion, the color of your hair and your eyes, in order to offer you the best glasses for your face shape that match your unique style and singular taste.
Find a Magrabi store near you and come meet our opticians. They will keep up to date with all the new trends, show you around our curated range of sunglasses and give you tips on finding the perfect pair to enhance your look this summer!