The Most Flattering Sunglasses for Every Face Shape

There's truly something for everyone.

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For fashion enthusiasts, sunglasses aren’t just a regular part of getting dressed; they are a crucial ingredient in every outfit recipe. Not only do they instantly add a major effortless cool factor to any ensemble, but they protect the eyes from harmful UV rays. For me, getting dressed wouldn’t be complete without a pair of dark, over-the-top shades.

Sunglasses come in a huge array of styles, from aviator, classic cat eye, Y2K-inspired shields, and so much more. As the proud owner of over a dozen pairs of sunnies, I always consider which ones suit my face shape best. While there are no hard and fast rules in fashion, certain sunglass shapes suit different face shapes better, just like different cuts on clothing. The best thing about accessorizing with sunglasses is they can be as big and bold or as small and subtle as you want.

Before you add to cart, check out our quick and simple guide on sunglasses for different face shapes to see which ones suit you best. Think of sunglasses as the icing on the cake for any outfit, no matter what you’re wearing.

From sporty streetwear-inspired looks to old Hollywood bombshell glam, trendy sunglasses are available for every style and face shape.

Square Shaped Faces: Round Frames

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Round frames are fantastic on square-shaped faces because they beautifully highlight and contrast your features. While many round styles are thin and wired, we suggest going bright and bold with your frames as an ode to fashion icon Iris Apfel. Whether you go for neon enamels or tasteful tortoise, you can't with a pair of round sunnies.

Rectangular Shaped Faces: Aviators

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Try an aviator style for a pared-down version that won’t overwhelm your face but still adds a subtle softness. This best-selling style is beloved for its suavely shaped frames and colored lenses; they're an easy way to capture a 70s chic look or channel your inner Top Gun. The aviator style's effortless cool benefits both casual and formal wear.

Heart Shaped Faces: Cat Eyes

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While heart-shaped faces are versatile enough to wear a plethora of different styles, a classic cat eye adds balance by lengthening the face. The style's rounded edges and sleek, upswept corners are perfect for exuding a retro-chic allure. We recommend a swept-back hairdo and minimal styling to better showcase the frame's angularity.

Diamond Shaped Faces: Oval Frames

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Softer styles like rounded and oval sunnies best complement diamond face shapes as they offer a contrast that softens lines. Made popular in the 90s, thanks to Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, oval frames are a fabulous finishing touch to any outfit. To capture that 90s minimal look, we suggest searching for an oval style that features thinner temples—accessorize the rest of your look with a thin headband and matching bag for an effortless but statement worthy look.

Oval Shaped Faces: Oversized

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Believe it or not, a large set of sunnies helps highlight the beauty of oval face shapes, bringing more attention to your eyes and cheekbones. An oversized pair of Jackie 'Os will instantly add sophistication to any ensemble with their hued lenses and richly colored frames. The roundness and volume of this style are the perfect counterbalance to any tailored outfit.

All Face Shapes: Wrap Shields

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Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images

If oversized shield lenses bring you right back to a Jennifer Lopez summer soundtrack, we do, too. The early aughts are having a huge resurgence, and with it, shield sunnies are back in a big way, too. Luckily, these statement frames look great on all face shapes. Total blackout shades are great for a "look at me but don't look at me" vibe, but we love to wear shields with boldly hued, transparent lenses for an extra modern flair for our OOTDs.

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