Most men don’t own a vast number of accessories. Often it’s a case of the bare necessities: a watch (so we’re not late), a scarf (so we don’t freeze in winter), a tie (so we don’t look scruffy) and a bag (so we don’t overstuff our pockets).
However, unless you’re a man who enjoys forcibly squinting at the sun (or, indeed, damaging your eyes with year-round UV rays), sunglasses fit well and truly into the essentials category.
A decent pair of shades not only protects your eyes, but they can also be used to hide a multitude of sins (i.e. hangovers), finish off an outfit, or create a style statement all of their own. So finding a pair that is just right is extremely rewarding. Of course, this all hinges on getting your head around face shapes and which styles suit each – something we’ve shed some light on here.
(Related: How To Determine Your Face Shape In 5 Easy Steps)
An oval is considered the holy grail of face shapes. Those lucky enough to have a face that is noticeably longer than it is wide and with a rounded jaw should try not to look too smug when we say you can wear pretty much any frame available.
The only advice for oval face shapes (aside from avoiding novelty styles) is to sidestep frames with arms that hang too low, as this will elongate the face.
Key Styles: Anything goes
As a general rule, the shape of your sunglasses should be opposite to the shape of your face. This helps to create balance by either softening harsh features or creating definition.
For example, a strong jaw line and wide cheekbones add up to a square face. Therefore, in this case, rounded frames such as aviators and John Lennon styles look better than those with sharp lines.
Key Styles: Round frames, aviators, clubmasters
Using the same rule of choosing a frame in an opposite shape to the face, guys with round faces should look to frames that create as much definition as possible.
To make your cheeks appear slimmer, choose a style made up of straight lines in a size that is slightly wider than the head itself. Angular glasses will also help to elongate your temples and lengthen your face.
Key Styles: Wayfarers, square frames, clubmasters
To give an rectangular face a sense of balance, seek out glasses that add width to the long shape. Round or square frames will work well here, but make sure you go for larger, even slightly oversized styles.
Wayfarers are a good option, as many brands offer small and large versions, allowing you to go big while maintaining the classic shape.
Key Styles: Wayfarers, D-frames, clubmasters
Of all the faces, a heart shape is one of the most difficult to frame. Because a narrow chin is countered by a wider forehead, it’s important not to add extra weight to the top half of the face. Not an easy task when that’s where glasses sit.
For that reason, opt for Clubmasters, which are semi-rimmed, or other rounded styles that add some curve appeal to a pointed chin.
Key Styles: Clubmasters, round frames
Now Read: A Complete Guide To Sunglasses Styles
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