If you have a round face, these are the best sunglasses for you
With summer approaching, it’s time to invest in another pair of sunglasses. If you do have a round face, it can be difficult to find a pair that suits your face shape and a pair of sunglasses that you actually want to wear.
How do I know if I have a round face?
Before you start to choose your style of sunglasses, you need to establish the shape of your face. What characterises a round face?
A round face has softer angles and is more contoured. The sides of your face curve outwards and are fuller instead of being straight and narrow, your chin is rounded, and your cheekbones are the widest part of your face.
A general rule when choosing your sunglasses: for balance and proportions, the frame shape should be in contrast with the face shape. Choose angular shapes for rounded faces and rounded shapes for angular features.
What style sunglasses should I go for?
When it comes to buying sunglasses for a round face, square and rectangular sunglasses are your best match. Frames that are slightly wider than the face size, balance out your soft features and enhance your face, making it seem longer and thinner.
We recommend trying cat eye sunglasses, which also compliment a round face. This style of frame gives your face a lifting effect and emphasises your slightly contoured face.
As one of the most popular styles of both glasses and sunglasses, this frame can be suited to round faces as long as you choose frames with angular lines and stay away from a circular shape. We think that squared cat-eye frames which have been shaped into the classic cat eye silhouette will compliment your round features.
Brow line sunglasses such as semi-rimless are a great choice for a round face. This style of frame only has material on the top, leaving the lenses exposed on the lower half. Semi-rimless glasses are ideal for a rounder face as there is a reduced amount of material and don’t get swallowed up on your face.
Although this type of frame isn’t angular, its silhouette adds balance and creates the illusion of length, effectively slimming down the appearance of the face. This semi-rimless style is more easily found in optical glasses rather than sunglasses.
Quick tip: Choosing sunglasses in a dramatic colour can add shape and dimension to a round face.
What should I avoid if I have a found face?
If you have a smaller face shape, avoid small, round and oversized glasses. In theory, it might seem complementary to match your face shape and your sunglasses but by choosing small and rounded frames, you are emphasising the shape further.
While oversized sunglasses may look excellent on other face types; for round faces, they only help in making your face look smaller. You want to try and balance your face shape with your frame shape to create a better sense of harmony – so stick to those more angular shapes.