The Ultimate Sunglasses Face Shape Guide


An ultra-flattering pair of sunglasses will not only protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays and distracting glare, but also allows you to flatter your unique facial features.

At Coastal, you’ll find all the latest styles of sunglasses frames, as well as polarized and prescription sunglasses lenses with advanced sun-blocking technologies. With so many options, choosing the ideal pair of sunnies can seem like a daunting task.

With our face shape guide below, we make shopping for sunglasses online a simple – and fun – process. We help you identify your own face shape and find the perfect sunglasses to match – whether it’s a statement pair for a weekend away, or an everyday pair for drives to and from the office.


Trending styles and timeless shapes for versatile oval facesoval-face-shape


Have a little – or a lot – of fun with your eyewear choices! Just about any style will look great on an oval face, as it is considered the most universal face shape. You can dare to be bold with a statement-making style, like a fierce cateye or an edgy pair of aviators. If you’d like to keep it classic instead, you’ll love our iconic D-frame sunnies.


Find your balancing act with round sunnies for square faces




Square faces have chiseled jawlines and angular lines, with equally wide cheekbones, forehead and jaw. Curved sunglasses designs will help soften sharp angles and wider designs will balance your cheekbones. If you have a square face, you’ll love the round and oval sunglasses styles we have available. For a bold statement, give cateye shades a try.


Edgy lines for the perfect contrast to round features



Distinguished by soft features with slightly wider cheekbones and an equally wide forehead and jaw, round faces will look great in rectangleD-frame, or squared-off cateye sunnies. The streamlined styling and sharp angles of these sunglasses help balance and add definition to your curved facial features.


Perfect proportionate options for heart faces



Heart shaped faces are widest at the forehead and gradually taper at the jaw, narrowing towards the chin. Find frames that are proportionate to your face by looking for styles that have a deep base and subtle wingtips that are slightly wider than your forehead. Aviators and D-frame sunglasses are great options.


Seek equilibrium for triangle faces with bold browline designs



Triangular faces are widest at the jaw and narrowest at the forehead. Balance your features with a pair of sunnies that are the complete opposite in structure; look for designs that are widest at the top and narrowest at the bottom, like cateye or D-frame shapes. Sunglasses with a wider or bolder browline will draw attention away from your jawline and elongate your forehead.


Ready to find your sunglasses style?


Contrary to popular belief, sunglasses should be worn even during cloud days, as there still may be harmful UV rays. Sunglasses should always have 100% UV protection to prevent wrinkles and sun damage to your eyes, and the sensitive skin around them.

Now that you’re equipped with all this sunny knowledge, you should be ready to find your new trademark sunglasses frames, perfect for any occasion or lifestyle. So, let’s get shopping!

Originally published July 2015. Updated May 2018.

Features Editor

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