Shades Finding the one

When it comes to accessories, sunglasses are one of the essentials. Not only do sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun and eliminate glare, but they also make you look sufficiently cooler. Finding that perfect pair can be difficult, but it comes down to picking the right type of sunglasses for your face shape. Although this isn’t always an easy task, the process can be made simple by following this helpful guide,

Round Face Shape

If you think you have a round face, your face is at its widest point from cheek to cheek and narrows slightly at the forehead and jawline. Your chin is typically in line with your jaw. If you have a round face shape, you should try square sunglasses. When shopping for sunglasses, look for rectangular frames with sharp edges or four corners, preferably with a thinner frame. These retail for R59.99 at Mr Price.

Square Face Shape

If you think you have a square face then your jawline, cheeks, and forehead are all even in width, and you have a sharp jawline, and you should try round sunglasses. If a square frame balances out a round face, then a round frame balances out a square face. Look for circular frames with soft lines to soften your features. These retail for 99.99 at Factorie.

Oval Face Shape

This is where your face is longer than it is wide. In other words, the length from the top of your forehead to your chin is longer than the length from ear to ear, you should try round oversized frames. Round sunglasses are typically wider, which balances out the length of an oval face shape. Oversized styles are the most flattering option to give the illusion of more width from cheekbone to cheekbone. These retail for R59.99 at Mr Price.

Heart Face Shape

If you think you have a heart face shape, then the widest point of your face is the forehead, and your face gets narrower at the jawline. Your chin might protrude below your jawline (think of the point at the bottom of a heart). The best glasses for you would be aviators or cat-eye sunglasses. Aviators and cat-eye frames are wider at the top and narrower at the bottom, so they’ll highlight your best features. However, balance is important. If you have smaller features, choose a smaller and thinner frame. If you have more dramatic features, you can go for the thicker or larger frames. These retail for R59.99 at Mr Price.


Think of sunglasses as you would any item of clothing: the most flattering pieces are the ones that are tailored to you. Just like a pair of jeans, sunglasses look best when they’re styled for the curves, shapes, and sizes that are unique to you. Share a picture of you in your favourite sunnies in the comments below.

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