How to Match Sunglasses to Your Face Type

admin —  November 12, 2012 — Leave a comment
Another article focusing on matching and proportions? You guessed it! When it comes to your face, these things are just as important in finding the right pair of sunglasses as they are when matching tie knots to shirt collars.

Knowing the proper sunglass shape for your face is an easy and effective style upgrade—one that every man should know.


Let’s start with aviators, the most classic sunglass frame. The signature tear-drop shape of aviators are best on men with angular, square faces. They soften the jawline and forehead, while shortening long faces by adding width and dimension.

You can never go wrong with Ray Ban—especially for aviators. They have a number of color options (both lens and frame) to suit your liking, as well as polarized versions for maximum protection.

Though round and oval faces can pull off most styles, they look best in rounded frames. Explorer-style sunglasses, with brow bars, also help to thin out the face and add an extra style dimension.

Super nails the explorer look, and though they’re quite pricey, they are some of the best and most stylish sunglasses around.


Diamond-shaped and oblong faces look great in square sunglasses, like the classic Wayfarer shape. They shorten the face, as long as the frame does not extend beyond the cheekbone. For men with round faces, this is another option as an alternative to more traditional rounded frames.

Lastly, men with triangular faces (large forehead and pointed chin) look best in any frames that are wider at the top than the bottom.

This mirroring of the face uses proportions to balance the narrow jaw line. Any frames, including Wayfarers, that are wider at the top minimize forehead width and draw the eye up.

For these (or any style, really), check out Persol, who have a wide variety of styles, including their famous keyhole bridge shades that look great for any occasion.


But none of this matters if you lose your sunglasses. While graduating from plastic wayfarers to Persols or Supers is certainly a positive accomplishment, try to remember to grab them on the way out of the cab (I’ve lost a pair of sport Oakleys and Ray Ban Clubmasters this way).

If you do manage to keep ahold of them, sunglasses that properly fit your face will improve your look instantly.

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