Sunglasses for Face Shape - Style Guide

Best Sunglasses for Faces

GLCO Guides

WORDS: Jason Betz
Optician at GLCO la brea

Choose the best sunglasses for your face

Let’s be honest, choosing a fresh pair of sunglasses can be really hard. I blame it on who ever came up with those ugly “what shape is your face” diagrams. Finding the perfect pair of sunglasses can really be boiled down to two things: how the frame fits and your personal style.

Fit Matters - Choosing Sunglasses for Women

No style looks more swagless than ill-fitting sunglasses. Frames that are too small, sit high above the brow, or a bad bridge fit are all factors that play into finding the right frame for you. A good place to start when looking for a new pair of shades is the overall width of the frame. You need to first find a frame that isn’t too wide or too narrow. Does the frame feel really tight when you put it on? It’s probably too narrow. If the frame feels loose and appears wider than your face you will need to find a more narrow frame.

Another huge part of fit is where your eye sits in the frame. This is key. Don’t skip this step. Your eye should sit in the middle of the lens horizontally and in the middle or slightly above the middle vertically. You want to avoid your eye sitting too high in the lens or too close to the bridge. If your eye sits really high in the lens the frame looks really droopy and just plain bad. It helps to pay attention how different bridges sit on your nose for this aspect; for example, saddle bridges fit a wide variety of nose bridges, but adjustable nose pads allow for an even flexible range of fit, especially if you have a low nose bridge.

Below, the Milwood and its keyhole bridge, and the Wilson with its adjustable nose pads. Each style comes in a range of widths.

Of course, there are folks who like a more slim, tailored fit, and those who like a more oversized look. You can play around with styles in different sizes, such as the Milwood, to experiment with your look. Keep in mind that choosing eyewear isn’t only about technicalities, though that will help your frames to fit comfortably. Ultimately your gut feel for personal preferences are helpful in the decision-making process.

Speaking of which, the second thing to consider is your personal style. It is not important that your face is round, square, heart shaped, etc. It is important to find a style that you think is cool. Do you dig a really round metal? Take a look at the Wilson M, the MM#1, or find another pair that fits well and rock it. If you’re into aviators, take a shot at the Palms or Arthur Miller-inspired Harding. If you listen to what other people think you will always get conflicting answer about what looks cool. Just be yourself and wear what you like. That combined with a great fit will always looks the best.

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