Summer is a time to break out the sunglasses and protect your eyes from UV rays. It is also a time to shine a little light on your favorite fashion trends. It can be difficult to choose which frame shapes are best for your face, so here is our guide to choosing the right sunglasses.

Oval Face

An oval face is characterized by balanced features and a chin a little narrower than the forehead. It is a beautiful blank canvas for selecting frames — you can wear almost any style confidently. Embrace the opportunity to play with a variety of textures, colors and angles that’ll spotlight your best features. Wide frames, bold looks and full coverage are great for you. Choose frames that are equal to or larger than the widest part of your face. Have fun with textures and shapes to suit your personal style, and choose sunglasses that cover your eyebrows and cheekbones.

Round Face

A round face is defined by a soft, circular shape where the width and length are nearly equal. Round faces have youthful features that pair well with contrasting geometric eyewear. Shop for striking rectangular shapes, and choose thinner frames that add length to your rounded face. Angular lines will sharpen soft features and balance your overall shape. The ideal eyewear should lack curved features while emphasizing sharp angular lines that will help elongate your face and make it look thinner and sharper. Frames with a contrasting bridge color or material will also help widen your eyes.

Heart Face

A heart-shaped face has a broader forehead and narrower jawline and chin. Heart-shaped faces feature high cheekbones (lucky you) and a well-defined narrow chin. Go for a playful look with frames that are wider than your forehead, and choose thinner temples to enhance the symmetry of your face. Choose frames slightly wider than your forehead, and keep in mind that bottom-heavy frames will balance out a pointed chin.

Square Face

A square face typically features strong, well-defined angles in the forehead, cheeks and jawline. They are generally the same length and width across the face. These angles are complemented and softened by round and oval shaped frames. Work those angles with thin, curved frames, and don’t be afraid to experiment with cat-eye and semi-rimless styles. Seek rounder, thinner frames to soften angular features. Play with semi-rimless frames to balance your jawline. Choose a frame wider than your cheekbones.

At Eye Center, Inc., we have 3,000+ frames in stock and can always order your dream shades from a designer we carry. Come in to our Cortez, Manatee or Parrish offices to try on sunglasses and choose the right ones for your face!