How to pick the perfect sunglasses for your face shape

Summer has finally arrived! We’re here to bring you our ultimate guide to finding a stylish pair of sunglasses for the sunny days ahead.

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It’s easy to get caught up in wanting a particular style after seeing them on a celebrity or friend but whether you’re making an investment in a designer pair or snapping up a high street hero, we’ve got some advice to make sure you look good while protecting your peepers.

Left: Gucci; Right: Miu Miu

Let’s talk lenses

Here at The Style Life, we LOVE sunglasses. Perhaps a little too much. And while they’re a great accessory to add interest to even the simplest outfit, those lenses need to do their job on sunny days – it’s important to make sure that any new purchases will protect your eyes from harmful UV radiation. In the UK and Europe, stringent safety guidelines mean styles must block out 99-100% of UV radiation but always check that the pair you pick up have the relevant markings on the label.

You should also consider the darkness and colour of your lenses plus when you’ll be wearing them. In the UK, the darkness is rated on a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 as the darkest lens. While these are great for the brightest days, they’ll be too dark for driving safely. Equally, those coloured tinted lenses are super cool but if you have sensitive eyes they are best avoided as they won’t do much to dull down sharp light on bright days. Now that we’ve done the safety chat, let’s crack on with the style element, shall we?

Universally flattering frames

If you’re looking for a style that’s most likely to flatter, the classics are always a good place to start – retro Cat’s eyes, Aviators and Wayfarers are three shapes that will suit virtually anyone with a little tweaking.

Round Face

Look for frames with strong lines that add definition to your face and accentuate your cheekbones – Aviators and Wayfarers are classic styles that will flatter your face shape. It may seem counter-intuitive but round and Clubmaster shapes are also great.

Square Face

If your face is more angular with a defined jawline, oversized Seventies-inspired rounded shapes and Aviators are great styles for you.

Triangular Face

If your face tapers down to a narrow chin, you’re in luck as this season’s rectangular styles will suit you. If you’re looking for something a little more timeless, square rather than rectangular frames such as Wayfarers will last the test of time.

Slim or Wide Face

If your visage is slimmer or wider than most, several brands such as Ray-Ban, Persol and Oliver Peoples make their most popular styles in different widths to ensure a comfortable fit. Too wide and they’ll constantly slide off your face while too-small-styles will pinch unflatteringly and may cause you headaches in the long run.

However, if your budget doesn’t stretch to designer styles, invest in an optical screwdriver like this one, £5.99, which will allow you to tighten the screws for a more comfortable fit. If you have a wider face, it may be worth visiting the Mens’ section for a browse and a wider fit – many of the most classic styles such as Aviators, Clubmasters and Wayfarers are unisex.

Oval Face

If you have an oval face, the world is your sunny oyster – even tricky round shapes will look great – just make sure that the style you pick fits well on the bridge of your nose and that the width of the frame works with your face.

What sunglasses will you be rocking this summer? Let us know in the comments below.

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