Help Me Dress Myself: How to Find Sunglasses That Suit Your Face

A sunglass connoisseur explains how to pick out spectacles that best fit your facial structure.

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Are you one of those guys who wants to look stylish but finds it doesn’t come all that naturally? We feel you. Don’t fret: With some advice from Alex Arias, visual merchandiser for Sandro and sunglass connoisseur, we’re going to learn how to choose the best sunglasses—from frame shape to lens stylefor your mug.

Step #1: Know Which Frames Fit Your Face

“Sunglass frames that are angular look best on people with round or oval-shaped faces, because they counteract the roundness,” Arias explains. “And rounded, more curvy frames look best on those with square or heart-shaped faces, because they counteract the boxiness.”

But your face as a whole isn’t the only consideration you should have while sunglass shopping. If you have chubby cheeks, for example, Arias suggests purchasing rectangular glasses that don’t stretch down towards your cheeks. That way, the frames won’t constantly bump against your face throughout the day. And don’t think the hair on your head affects the shape of your face—whether you have hair like Fabio, or you’re completely bald, it’s your facial structure that dictates which frames you choose, not the entire shape of your head.

Also, if you’re planning on using your sunglasses for sport—i.e., a day out on the golf course—Arias suggests investing in lighter, thinner frames to keep them from constantly slipping down your face.

Step #2: When in Doubt, Go with Navigators

If you’re not sure about your face shape, or fall somewhere in between square and round (or you’re just a lazy shopper), Arias says Navigator-style frames are always a safe choice. “It’s almost like the classic Aviator, but it’s a little wider and doesn’t droop down quite as low, making it a safe choice for most facial structures.”

Step #3: Know Your Lens Options

Depending on when you plan on wearing your sunglasses most—say, in the car or while tossing a frisbee at the beach—Arias suggests choosing your lenses accordingly. “Colored lenses, like rose-colored lenses, are great for sports or running because they lessen the brightness without necessarily darkening your vision. On the other hand, dark, polarized lenses are great for driving because they reduce that painful glare reflecting off of other cars.”

Step #4: Keep Them Clean!

A scuffed up lens can make any sunglasses unwearable. Fortunately, all sunglasses come with a cleaning cloth, right? Wrong, according to Arias. “Oftentimes the cloth that comes with sunglasses is more for protection while they’re inside the case rather than for cleaning,” he explains. “So it’s always a good idea to purchase a microfiber cloth to give your lenses a good clean when they get smudged.” If nothing else, you can always use it as a pocket square.

If you have any questions about getting the look you want—fits, cuts, colors or anything else fashion-related—email us at bm@dollarshaveclub.com. We’ll have one of our fashion experts answer it in an upcoming post.