Here Are The Best, Most Stylish Sunglasses To Suit Every Face Shape

We've asked the experts.


by Natalie Hammond |

Summer is in full swing now that we've past the longest day of the year. Swimwear, sandals, summer dresses are all back on the cards, but the most important piece of the puzzle is sunglasses. With the weather very much on our side (let's hope it lasts for Glastonbury this week), we actually do all need a pair of shades for practical reasons. But even if the forecast rainy weekend does happen, everyone needs some great sunnies they know they can pull out whenever they're needed.

But how do you find the best sunglasses for women on the market?

Sunglasses aren't the easiest things to buy because so much depends on your face shape (are you round, oval, heart, square?) not to mention your preferences (do you gravitate towards chunky or slimline?). This means many of us stay in our sunglasses comfort zone, and while that's fine, summer 2022 calls for a sense of daring doesn't it? This isn't any old re-emergence - like the feeling of peeling off your opaque tights at the start of spring - this is THE re-emergence.

What Are The Best Designer Sunglasses?

Sunglasses are always are a great entry-point accessory for designer labels. Dior's sunglasses are always popular with the A-list, and it has an impressive range of shield-style sunglasses and chunkier frames from SS22, as are the classic frames from Ray-Ban (Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Richie and Olivia Wilde are all repeat-wearers). Gucci's sunglasses are also notable for their head-turning qualities - Rihanna is a fan of their neon frames - while Prada's are a mainstay on the front rows at fashion week.

Looking for a great, quality pair of shades without the price tag? Le Specs are a celebrity (and fashion editor) favourite - with prices starting from around £40. Their sell-out range with Christopher Kane's More Joy was huge last summer, and for 2022 they've released a 19-piece beach-to-bar collab with Meghan Markle's fave brand Missoma.

Thanks to the Y2K revival, we're seeing a lot of frameless, tinted shades (think Anastacia) as well as wrap shades – spotted on Kendall Jenner and Kim Kardashian – which are flooding TikTok. And with the Top Gun comeback, we're seeing a lot of aviators - which never truly go out of style - but are back in a big way for this summer.

To further capitalize on the retro sunglasses vibe, pair supercharged bright colours with thickened contours or black or tortoiseshell frames with yellow lenses.

How Do I Find The Best Sunglasses For My Face Shape?

This is actually somewhat of an art form. We spoke to Dan McGee, Director of Opthalmics at Vision Express, to get his top tips on how to help you find the best sunglasses for women to suit every face shape. You're welcome!

'Finding a perfect-fitting pair of glasses can be tricky. Sunglasses should distribute pressure evenly to the nose, head width and ears, meaning you'll avoid an ache behind your eyes and the red marks you often find on the top of the nose.' According to McGee, there are some very simple steps that you can follow to ensure you find a pair that fits well.

1. Make sure the width of the frames aren't wider than the width of your face at the temples

2. The top of your frames should be no higher than the line of your eyebrows

3. The bottom edge of the frames shouldn't sit on your cheeks otherwise, they will start to rub against your skin and can cause irritation

4. Make sure you're choosing frames with lenses that offer 100% UV protection

Oval Face Shape: With a rounded chin and forehead, the proportions of your face are perfectly balanced. This means that most frame shapes will look great on an oval face, which typically appears longer than it is wide. To maintain this natural balance, choose frames that are as wide, or slightly wider, as the broadest part of your face. Also consider oversized or bold shapes, such as aviators.

Square Face Shape: With an aim to soften your strong jawline and make your face look longer, go for narrow frames with more width than depth, particularly oval and round styles. You should avoid square styles, which will look out of balance with the rest of the face. And instead of darker acetate frames, perhaps opt for metal frames with a thin profile.


Heart-shaped Face Shape: A broad brow with a narrow chin defines this face shape. Therefore, choose frames that elongate your look, direct attention downward and even out proportions. Go for light-coloured or rimless glasses, or, to broaden the lower part of your face, frames which are bottom-heavy. Rounded frames or cat-eye style are also a good choice.

Diamond Face Shape: Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eye line and jawline, and have broad cheekbones that may be high and dramatic. You want to make sure you’re drawing attention to the eye area as this will offer more width and balance to your face. Choose top-heavy styles like semi-rimless frames, rectangle and oval. Upswept frames like the cat-eye will emphasise and soften your cheekbones, but remember to avoid narrow frames.

Round Face Shape: With characteristic full cheeks and a rounded chin, the aim when choosing frames for a circular face is to create as much definition as possible. To make your face appear narrower and longer, go for angular, narrow frame styles. A clear bridge will also help to emphasise your eyes, while frames that are more rectangular and wider will balance the shape of the face.

So, whether you prefer ’70s-style supersized, cat-eye designs or Y2K shades, here’s our edit of the best sunglasses to shop now…

The Best Aviator Sunglasses

A classic, with a fan club that includes Ashley Graham and Angelina Jolie, the aviator always goes the distance.

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The Best Oval Sunglasses

Irina Shayk et al’s go-to is the small (and slightly squashed) oval; a great multi-tasker that works just as well off-duty as with occasionwear.

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The Best Colored Lens Sunglasses

Coloured or tinted lenses, as well as frames in playful shades, are having their moment in the sun.

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The Best Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Audrey Hepburn’s favourite sunglasses have perennial appeal, especially when given a 2022 twist with half-moon or triangular lenses.

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