How To Find Sunglasses For Your Face

How To Find Sunglasses For Your Face

How Find Sunglasses For Your Face

I needed some new sunglasses so I decided to look through some past blog post from evo for ideas and stumbled upon this gem from former evo and now Burton employee Chris Zimmerman…and I found some cool new sunglasses that fit perfectly.

Do you ever finally find a pair of sunglasses that you are so excited about then you put them on and realize that they do not fit your face? At all. Talk about an ultimate letdown. Turns out that face shape really dictates what style of frames look good on you, and more importantly, which ones don’t.

Face shape is one of those things that you don’t want to admit to yourself. Who wants to admit that they have a “square” face? Everyone is different and unique so why would we want to group our face shape in to one of six shapes? Well if you want to get some sunglasses that fit you’ll have to jump that hurdle or you’ll be accenting your square face with square shaped glasses, and that’s no good.

Determine Your Face Shape:

But first off: how do you determine your face shape? Well it’s fairly easy, but you have to start by being honest with yourself. Not everyone can have the “perfect” oval-shaped face. Not sure who came up with that, and who knows if they are even right, but it doesn’t matter.

All you need to measure your face shape is a well-lit mirror, a measuring tape, and a pen to write down your findings.

Step 1: Measure cheekbone to cheekbone.Place the end of the tape just below your eye to find the top of your cheekbone.Measure to the same point on the other side of your face.Write down this number. Inches or cm. This guy’s was 6.5″.


Step 2: Measure Jaw LineFeel below your ears to find the ends of your jawbone.Measure from end of jawbone to end of jawbone around the bottom of your face.Write that down too. This guy’s was 8.5″ one time and 9″ another time.


Step 3: Measure Face Length
Measure from the center of your hairline straight down over the front of your nose to the bottom of your chin.Write that one down too. This guy’s was 8″.


Step 4: Measure Forehead Width
Measure the width of your forehead from hairline to hairline halfway between your eyebrows and top hairline.Write this measurement down too. This guy’s was 5.5″.

Now take all your measurements and compare them to the six main face shapes. Don’t be ashamed if you don’t have an oval face, there are plenty of good sunglasses out there to fit any shape of face. A proper fitting sunglasses should be an opposite shape from your face to help compliment and soften your natural shape.  Below we have the different face shape types along with frame fitting tips that will help you find the best fit for your face.

Diamond Face ShapeYou might have a diamond face if your jawline and forehead are narrow but your cheekbones are the widest part of your face.Oval and rimless frames will help compliment your wide or high cheekbones.Look for softly curved frames that are no wider than your cheekbones.Look for frames that will help widen the rest of your face.


Heart-Shaped FaceYou might have a heart-shaped face if you have a narrow jaw line with wide cheekbones and a wide forehead.Look for sunglasses that draw attention to your eyes and for frames that balance your face.Metal frames, rimless, and frames with a straight top line like aviators would fit you best.


Oval Shaped FaceYou might be a lucky one and have an oval shaped face if the length of your face is 1.5 times the width.They say that oval shaped faces are ideal and can wear any style frame of sunglasses.You should experiment with the latest styles and not be afraid to just “go for it”. Sunglass-wise anyway.


Square Shaped FaceYou could have a square shaped face is the width of your face is about equal to the length. Similar to a round face but with more angular features.Look for sunglasses that will help reduce your strong angles like rounded and curvystyles.Stay away from square shaped sunglasses as that will just pronounce your square-ness.Cat-eye and oval sunglasses work well for this.


Round Shaped FaceA round shaped face is a a face that the length and width a about equal.The goal for someone with a round face is to find sunglasses that make your face appear longer and thinner.Look for frames that a equal or slightly wider than the widest part of your face.Avoid round frames.Lean toward straight and angularshaped frames.


Rectangular or Oblong Shaped FaceYou could have an oblong face is your face is longer than it is wide, but not 1.5 times the width like an oval face.Look for frames that are on the wide side. Horizontal lines will help widen your face.A round frame will help balance a narrow chin or a high forehead.

Another trick you can do is to put on some sunglasses and smile. If the glasses rise up off the bridge of your nose then they do not fit your face. People with flatter faces and no bridges have a harder time finding sunglasses that fit them well, we recommend trying on as many pairs as possible. Go in open minded and you will be rewarded with the perfect pair of shades.

Finding your face shape will help you with more than just finding a good pair of sunglasses. It will also help when you are getting a haircut and if you put on any kind of makeup. Now that you know your face shape, shop our entire selection of sunglasses on or come in to evo Seattle, where the face-shape-experts are. Be sure to check out our Frame Style Guide so you know what you are getting yourself into.

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