Finding Frames that Fit your Face

In an effort to jettison our burdens, one of my closest girlfriends and I will be taking off to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Seychelles in three weeks. In terms of fashion, I plan to pretend I’m a style chameleon (like I do with my Canada Goose jacket on real Canadian winter days). I will join millions of women who tacitly agree to be fashionable in their private lives. There will be no attempts to get chic for a sheik—even though there’s something titillating about that idea.

In the weeks leading up to my departure, I will have the challenge of putting together a trunk that is both stylish and culturally sensitive. It’s fair to assume that I’ll be going accessories all the way. The first item on my list: statement sunglasses.

Shopping for sunglasses isn’t nearly as challenging as buying jeans, but it can be tricky. There are a few things to consider when buying frames. Should they be trendy, original, classic, or wild? Do I know the shape that I’m looking for? Does that shape suit the shape of my face? Who can I take with me to get an honest opinion on how they look? In the past, I made the mistake of taking the wrong person shopping for sunglasses, and I missed out on an amazing pair of Prada glasses.

This time around, I’m doing my homework before I hit the mall. For those of you in the same boat, the first step is figuring out the shape of your face, which wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Here’s what I found:

The Oblong Face

If your face is significantly longer than it is wide, with a round jawline, you more than likely have an oblong shaped face. From your forehead to your cheekbones, you’re even all around. Your face looks slender compared to the rest of us.0_sun-mop

The Oval Face

Historically, this is the shape that everyone wants because you can pretty much do whatever you want—or so they say. When it comes to hairstyles, sunglasses, you name it, an oval face has carte blanche. If you have an oval shaped face, both the width and the length of your face are identical—or nearly.


The Triangle Face 

The triangle shaped face has a wider forehead with a narrow v-shaped chin. The heart shaped face falls into this category with the signature hairline that looks like the beginning of a heart. It’s often referred to as a widow’s peak, named after the hat worn by widows in the late 19th century. There’s also a bit of Dracula in there.


The Round Face

If the width of your face exceeds its length with a round chin, then you’re blessed with a round face. There are no angular elements to this face type. In my opinion, this shape is the forever-young baby face.4_dita-avocet-two5_0429-dita-mach-three

The Pear Face

Like the round face, the pear shaped face has more width than length and is characterized by a tiny forehead with a strong jaw. 6_0441-dita-grand-cru

The Square Face

The square face has more width than length with a square jawline and a wider forehead. If you have a square face, your cheekbones are strong and gorgeous.7_0405-khaleda-rajab-white-cateye

The Diamond face 

This is one of the rarest shapes. The diamond shaped face is characterized by its sharp angles. It’s exactly the way you would imagine with a sharp v-shaped chin and a narrow forehead



  • Brett

    I love the last pair, now that’s a statement!