The Ultimate Sunglasses Face Shape Guide

Accessorizing with sunglasses is a great way to electrify your look, and the best way to make an impact is to make sure that they are the most flattering style for your face shape.

At Clearly New Zealand, you’ll find all the latest styles of sunglasses frames online, as well as polarized and prescription sunglasses lenses with advanced sun-blocking technologies that’ll protect your precious eyes form the sun’s harmful UV rays and distracting glare.

Eyewear designer, Marie Stipancik, guides us through key tips in our Sunglasses Face Shape Guide to find your best shape so you can feel confident in playing with different designs, materials and colours.

Trending styles and timeless shapes for versatile oval facesFaceShapeGuideOval

sunglasses-oval-face-shape-ray-ban-3016-114-519-green-mirror-51-smsunglasses-oval-face-shape-kam-dhillon-303s-crystal-smsunglasses-oval-face-shape-kam-dhillon-301s-matte-taupe-sm-2Have 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 browline sunnies.

Find your balancing act with round sunnies for square facesFaceShapeGuideSquare


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 featuresFaceShapeGuideRound


Distinguished by soft features with slightly wider cheekbones and an equally wide forehead and jaw, round faces will look great in rectangle, browline, 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 facesFaceShapeGuideHeart


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 browline sunglasses are great options.

Seek equilibrium for triangle faces with bold browline designsFaceShapeGuideTriangle

sunglasses-triangle-face-shape-Kam Dhillon 302S Blue-smsunglasses-triangle-face-shape-derek-cardigan-sun-7011-brown-tortoiseshell-smsunglasses-triangle-face-shape-prada-15ps-1ab-0a7-black-smTriangular 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 browline shapes. Sunglasses with a wider or bolder browline will draw attention away from your jawline and elongate your forehead.

Don’t forgot that sunglasses are an essential wardrobe piece year-round as they provide protection from the sun, even on the cloudiest of days. Remember to select sunglasses with 100% UV Protection that will prevent damage to your eyes and the sensitive skin around them.

Ready to find your sunglasses style?


Originally published July 2015. Updated May 2018.

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