Sunglasses Finding The Perfect Fit For Your Face

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Sunglasses, finding the perfect fit for your face. Short of taping them to her head…shhh…I tried that once…don’t tell…there has never been a time where my daughter would keep sunglasses on. Until Elmo. In a Sesame Street sun book, he told her not to look at the sun and to wear glasses to protect your eyes. Armed with this red flag from the red monster, I got her the cutest little aviators (thank you, Old Navy). Hooray! It works.

My own glasses…that’s another story. I wear them all the time. I also lose them all the time. I dread the hours I spend trying to find the perfect frame…again. With these tips from stylist to the stars and spokeswoman for Solstice Sunglass Boutique Eden Wexler, I can head straight to the right shape.

First off, Wexler suggests doing the smile test when trying on. If the glasses rise off of your nose bridge when you smile, they’re not for you!

Here is how to choose the right frame for your face shape:

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Round: For a round face shape, Wexler says your goal is to make the face appear longer and thinner. Frames should be wider than they are deep. She suggests choosing lightly angular frames (think: it’s hip to be square) to narrow a round face. Metal frames with adjustable nose pads keep lenses from resting on fuller cheeks. It’s also best to avoid excessively rounded styles, which will exaggerate facial roundness.


Heart:  “With heart-shaped faces, the trick is to find frames that minimize the width of the top of the face and add width below the eye line to offset the narrow chin,” she says. Try frames that are wider at the bottom or styles with low temples to add balance. Also, rimless frames and frames with rounded tops – such as this spring’s trendy aviators and butterfly shapes – as well as squared bottoms work well.


Oval:  Lucky is the lady with this shape face. You can wear virtually any style because of your balanced proportions. Frames should keep the oval’s natural balance. Wexler suggests selecting frames that are as wide or wider than the broadest part of your face such as wraps and shields. She also notes that people who have a classic oval face tend to have small features, so they should make sure the frame is in proportion and doesn’t overwhelm the features.

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Square:  You have a strong jaw line and a broad forehead with a wide chin and cheekbones, so your goal is to find a frame that makes the face look longer. Avoid a frame that is flat on the bottom, as this will mirror the face shape, according to Wexler. Look for a frame that has some curve or uplift to draw attention away from the jawline. Gently curved narrow styles will minimize squareness and lengthen the face. Round and oval frames compliment this face shape.

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