You’ve booked your holiday in the sunshine; you’ve even invested in a new swimwear wardrobe to look fabulous on the beach and by the pool. There’s just one very important item that will finish the look perfectly…


As well as protecting your eyes from those harmful rays, the perfect sunglasses allow your skin to stay squint (and wrinkle) free and add to your fashion statement look.

But which style best suits you?

Everyone’s face is different. The shape of your face will determine the very style of sunglasses that suit you, and some that you may really love unfortunately wont suit you as well as others.

Once you have determined your face shape, you can select which glasses will enhance and complement your facial features rather than masking them.

Choosing frames that best suits your face shape is one of the most important decisions when selecting your sunglasses.

What are the main face shapes?


Oval faces have gently rounded, fairly even features, and are lucky that most sunglasses shapes are going to work well on them. Designer to sport, fashion to function, everything works. Avoid getting HUGE frames that block out those pretty symmetrical features; choose sunglasses that cover the face from the eyebrows to the cheekbones.


Rectangular faces are long and narrow with few angles. A rectangular face works especially well with oversized sunglasses. Also, sunglasses that feature tall or deep lenses and vintage style frames really work, because the sharp angles and bold lines will give rectangular faces an edge, sharpening otherwise soft features. Rectangular faces should avoid small frames.


Round faces have noticeable curves and fewer defined angles. The ideal eyewear for round faces should lack curved features while emphasizing sharp angular lines that will help elongate your face and make it look thinner and sharper. This face shape group may benefit from high-on-the-temple, colourful frames as well.


Square shaped faces are generally about the same length and width across the face, and are characterized by a broad forehead and a strong jaw line. People in this category should choose a frame with round or oval shaped lenses that will help round out the sharpness of their features for a more balanced look. Examples of styles that would work well for this face are aviators, butterflies, or any frame style that favours oval or circular curves.


Heart-shaped faces, sometimes called triangle, are widest at the temples and narrowest at the chin. Sunglasses that feature wide lower edges with no straight lines along the top work especially well for this facial group because they shift attention downward and elongate the face. Cat-eye styles or glasses that feature rounded edges are ideal for giving the wearer a more balanced look.

Need more help choosing your sunglasses? Look to a local opticians they are specialists in eyewear and can help you to pick your ideal shape.

Once you have chosen your new swimwear from Beach and Body in Westbourne, pop round to RT Knight opticians – they have a large selection of designer sunglasses for men, women and kids from the most popular fashion brands and will help you to decide on your perfect pair.