There are so many kinds of sunglasses out there — butterfly, rectangle, aviator, rimless, shield, cat eyes, vintage — how do you pick the pair that will best suit your face while protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that can damage your eyelid and your eye’s cornea and lens and cause cataracts and, possibly, macular degeneration? To highlight your face’s best features, you’ll want to pick sunglasses based on your face’s shape — round, square, rectangular, etc., so to keep your eyes safe from the sun, you’ll want to consider frame style and the sunglasses ability to provide protection from UV rays. Here’s a guide to choosing sunglasses that will look great and protect your beautiful peepers:
How to find sunglasses that will fit your face’s size and shape
Round face — If your face has curves and lacks sharp angles, you’ll want sunglasses that lack curves and have sharp angles to make your face look longer, sharper and thinner. Choose frames in a rectangular, square, wrap or shield style.
Oval face — You’re in luck! — just about any shade will work with your symmetrical features.
Square face — If your face is as wide as it is long and you have a strong jaw line and a wide forehead, choose round or oval frames, like aviators or butterflies to help soften your face’s hard edges.
Rectangular face — If your face is long and narrow, wear wayfarer, shield or rectangle-shaped frames. Over-sized and vintage frames with their sharp angles work well, too, and thick frames will add width to your longish face.
Diamond-shaped face — If your cheekbones are the widest part of your face and you have a narrow forehead and jawline, your face will look great in rimless or oval frames that aren’t wider than your cheekbones.
Heart-shaped face — If you have a wide forehead and narrow chin, wear sunglasses with wide lower edges to balance your wide forehead. (Avoid sunglasses with a straight edge on top for the same reason.) Cat-eye, aviator, rimless, butterfly and shield frames are your best choices.
How to choose sunglasses that will protect your eyes from UV damage
- Make sure the glasses have UV-protection details on their product labels and that the sunglasses block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays.
- Note that the color and degree of darkness sunglasses provide don’t affect a pair of sunglasses’ ability to block UV rays.
- Choose close-fitting or wraparound sunglasses with wide lenses to protect your eyes from every angle. These Solergy Visor Glare Blocking Wrap Around Polarized Sunglasses provide 100% UVA/UVB protection for sports and everyday wear.