THE GUIDE: Sunglasses to Suit Your Face Shape

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Our friends at Liberty London have shared their advice on how to select the perfect pair of sunglasses for your face shape. Read on for recommendations from the famous sunglass department at Liberty London. They stock an edited selection of statement sunglasses from some of the world’s most coveted designers.


Shopping for sunglasses is rarely as simple as snapping up the latest pair to hit the fashion pages; that cult style can fast go from game-changer to deal-breaker without careful consideration of what fits your features. Remember: the higher your cheekbones the more styles you can get away with, and don’t forget your eyebrows! Some frames will cover them up so choose wisely if you prefer a strong brow on show. Follow our guide and find the frames that will put the rest in the shade.


For a ROUND face

Flatter a round face shape with a squared-off style – this is the best way to create definition in your features and offset softer lines. Whatever you do, steer clear of round frames – they’ll only make your face appear wider than it is.

From L to R: DiorGaia Square Acetate Sunglasses – £239, TOM FORD Helene Oversized Sunglasses – £285.00, SAINT LAURENT Surf 51 Wayfarer Sunglasses – £225.00, STELLA MCCARTNEY Icy Ice D-Frame Sunglasses – £165.00, ZANZAN Gilot Chunky Square Acetate Sunglasses – £250.00, ZANZAN Gilot Chunky Square Acetate Sunglasses – £250.00


For an OVAL face

Lucky you – an oval-shaped face is well-suited to most frames. Go for rounded styles or a slight cat-eye to lift the cheekbones and accentuate your angles, and try to avoid anything too exaggerated as it can throw off the balance of your features.

From L to R: PRADA Cat-Eye Aviator Mirrored Lens Sunglasses – £340.00, ACNE STUDIOS Mustang Sunglasses – £230.00, CELINE Bi-Layer Cat-Eye Sunglasses – £320.00, STELLA MCCARTNEY Cat-Eye Chain-Trimmed Sunglasses – £240.00, MIU MIU Noir Retro-Inspired Sunglasses – £240.00, ZANZAN Osa Round Acetate Sunglasses – £240.00



Classic aviators are a good fit for the proportions of a heart-shaped face, as are wayfarer styles and exaggerated cat-eye silhouettes which flatter a delicate chin by mirroring the angle of the jawline. Be wary of anything with a heavy upper frame or you run the risk of making the face seem top-heavy.

From L to R: MIU MIU Wire Cut-Out Cat-Eye Sunglasses – £310.00, ACNE STUDIOS Howard Aviator Sunglasses – £290.00, BARTON PERREIRA Sol Mate Sunglasses – £480.00, KREWE Laveau Gold-Plated Cat-Eye Sunglasses – £240.00, STELLA MCCARTNEY Round Havana Aviator Sunglasses – £240.00, RAY-BAN Gold-Tone Round Metal Sunglasses – £145.00


For a SQUARE face

In the same way a square frame suits a rounder face, a strong jawline is flattered by a more rounded shape. Circular glasses can help balance a square facial structure, particularly if you choose a slightly oversized style. When in doubt, approach angular frames with caution.

From L to R: ILLESTEVA Porto Cervo Sunglasses – £195.00, ILLESTEVA Leonard Sunglasses – £205.00, CHLOÉ Poppy Hexagon Sunglasses – £260.00, ILLESTEVA Leonard Round Marble Acetate Sunglasses – £205.00, CELINE Thin Universal Round Sunglasses – £270.00, ZANZAN Tita Round Metal Sunglasses – £275.00


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