4 Retro Sunglasses That Suit All Face Shapes
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Sunglasses — they’re everyone’s favorite warm weather accessory and right now the hottest pairs come with a very familiar feel. With more and more people looking back a couple decades for style inspiration, retro sunglasses are having a moment. From oval sunglasses pulled right out of the Mod ’60s to the ever popular Audrey Hepburn-esque cat-eye, this is one trend we’ll gladly get behind. But before we get to the sunglasses, let’s talk about something important: face shapes.
‘What is my face shape?’
Have you ever wondered to yourself, “What is my face shape?” You’re not alone! Many of us ponder this and when it comes to shopping for sunglasses online, it’s one of the most important questions to ask. In fact, the first step to finding the perfect pair of sunglasses is to determine your face shape. But how do you do that? Check out our breakdown of the four most-common face shapes around.
You have a square face if: The width of your forehead from temple to temple is equal to the width of your jaw from ear to ear.
You have a heart-shaped face if: The width of your forehead from temple to temple is longer than the width of your jaw from ear to ear.
You have an oval face if: The length from your hairline to your chin divided by three is shorter than the length of from the tip of your nose to your chin.
You have a round face if: The length from your hairline to your chin divided by three is longer than the length from the top of your nose to your chin’s bottom.
Best Retro Sunglasses for Your Face Shape
Now that you know your face shape, it’s finally time to pick up a stylish pair of sunnies! Keep scrolling to learn more about the best retro sunglasses for your face shape and shop FIRST’s top picks now.
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Retro Aviator Sunglasses
1. Sunglasses for Square Face — '30s Aviators
The classic style's oblong lenses draw the eye up and down, optically elongating the face. This offsets boxy features while rounded edges soften an angular jaw. Bonus: A pair with mirrored lenses imparts a lit-from-within glow onto the complexion.
FIRST's pick: Lilly Pulitzer Isabelle Polarized Metal Aviator Sunglasses — $48, Nordstrom
Retro Cateye Sunglasses
2. Sunglasses for Heart-Shaped Faces — '50s Cat Eye
The structured shape and uplifted corners of old-school cat-eye frames "cut" into the brow area to help minimize the appearance of a wider forehead. This subtle contrast also adds balance to the face so the chin doesn't appear as small in comparison. What's more, a pair that's oversized helps conceal and detract from fine lines and wrinkles like crow's-feet and forehead furrows.
FIRST's pick: The Hepburn — $29.95, Privé Revaux
Retro Oval Sunglasses
3. Sunglasses for Oval Face — '60s Ovals
Oversize sunglasses with large spherical lenses add visual width to a long, narrow face. Even better: Frames that extend past the temples direct focus up and out for a youth-boosting face-lift effect.
FIRST's pick: The Lauren — $49, EyeBuyDirect
Retro Square Sunglasses
4. Sunglasses for Round Face — '70s Square
Glasses with distinct rectangular corners counteract the fullness of a round face while also creating the illusion of more angular cheekbones. And the more squared-off look helps the face appear longer and leaner.
FIRST's Pick: LC Lauren Conrad Shock-O-Late Gradient Sunglasses — $14.99 (Originally $30), Kohl's
Portions of this piece were originally printed in FIRST, with additional online reporting done by Sarah M. Vazquez. See more of our best product recommendations.
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