We know you can’t live without sunglasses this time of year. When the sun in shinning bright, having a pair of chic shades to block the rays is so necessary. But not all sunnies are created equal and depending on your head shape, some will make you look crazy. Jose Castellanos, owner of Dr. York Spectacle Maker in Los Angeles, comes from three generations of opticians and we asked him to give his expertise in matching sun wear for all face shapes. “For round faces, a more angular squared frames works best,” says Castellanos. “For squared faces, a more rounded frame is the best option, and for diamond faces, almost any shape works. Also, aviators literally work on every face shape.”
Heart faces are broad at the forehead and cheekbones, and narrow at the chin. With its delicate jaw, this face shape is the most feminine of all.
Jose says: “To broaden the appearance of the chin and draw more proportion throughout the face, try thin, light metal or clear plastic frames that have broader bottom halves.”
Try: Cat’s-eye, round frames.
Don’t Try: Overly embellished glasses.
Photo Credits: Dr. York Spectacle maker in Los Angeles
Oval faces are longer than they are wide and have balanced features.
Jose says: “The oval-shaped face can wear almost any frame style as long as the frames are no wider than the broadest part of the face. Frames should cover as much of the center of the face as possible in order to minimize length.”
Try: Cat-eyes, wraparounds and square or rectangle oversized plastics.
Square-shaped faces have a strong jawline and equally broad forehead, with predominantly straight lines from top to bottom.
Jose says: “Pick frames that are slightly rounded at the edges to soften and balance features.”
Try: Frames that sit high enough on the face to downplay the sharpness of the jawline such as round, oval, and cat’s-eye.
Don’t Try: Sharp geometric shapes—they emphasize an angular profile.
Round faces have soft curves with similar width and length.
Jose says: “To downplay the roundness, select frames with straight or angular lines (such as rectangle or square frames). Deep colors such as black or tortoiseshell also minimizes fullness.”
Try: Wide, rectangular frames, as well as thin metal frames.
Don’t Try: Round frames or colored lenses—they exaggerate fullness.