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Warby Parker's Barkley Sunglasses in Striped Beach With Crystal (pictured here) retail from $95.Warby Parker
There are two schools of thought when it comes it picking out a new pair of sunglasses: There are those who'll instruct you to look for frames with features that'll complement your face shape, and others who'll tell you to go for whatever styles makes you feel good — whether they're aviators or clubmasters or something else.
Finding a middle ground between the two is ideal. You want frames that flatter you, but you also want ones that reflect your personal style.
To help you navigate this spring's crop of sunglasses, we talked with experts from two of the biggest players in the eyewear industry: Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa, the co-founders and co-CEOs of Warby Parker, and Alessandro Mariani, the senior brand director for Ray-Ban in North America.
Using face shapes as a jumping-off point, we're introducing you to some of our favorite shades of the season, and providing advice on how to make any pair work for you — even if they're not the ones we've paired with your shape. All three experts agree you should feel free to shop other categories.
"Contrary to popular belief, there are no hard and fast rules [for picking out sunglasses]." Blumenthal and Gilboa told Business Insider. "Our ultimate guideline is to wear comfortable frames that make you feel good. But, if you want some tips for picking out a pair, think 'juxtaposition'. A strong, distinct square frame works best for a round face, while a rounder frame with a softer edge complements a more angular face."
Mariani concurs and adds that sunglasses are "practical accessories that should look good as well as protect eye health." He provides more details on five of the most common face shapes — square, triangle, round, oval, and heart — and frames to complement each in a moment.
Have a look at each shape's description, figure out which frames you like most, and go about buying a pair from there. If you're having a difficult time deciding which face shape you are, try consulting Ray-Ban's virtual mirror or Sunglass Hut's Face Shape Generator.
And if all else fails, be comforted with the knowledge that classic aviators look sharp on pretty much everyone.View As: One PageSlidesIf you have a square-shaped face, look for sunglasses with round framesWarby Parker
Indicators: Square faces have a strong jawline and equally broad forehead, with predominantly straight lines from top to bottom.
Sunglasses to try: Pick frames that are slightly rounded at the edges to soften and balance features. Get frames that sit high enough on the face to downplay the sharpness of the jawline.
Warby Parker Haskell Sunglasses in Striped Pacific with Crystal, from $95.Sunglass Hut
Ray-Ban Gatsby (Tortoise/Green), $150.East Dane
Han Kjobenhavn Green Outdoor Caged Sunglasses, $180.
If you have a round-shaped face, look for sunglasses with rectangle or square framesShwood
Indicators: Round faces have soft curves with similar width and length.
Sunglasses to try: To downplay the roundness, select frames with straight or angular lines (such as rectangle or square frames). Deep color such as black or tortoiseshell also help minimize fullness.
Shwood Haystack Polarized Wood Sunglasses in Walnut/Grey, $189.Warby Parker
Warby Parker Beckett Sunglasses in Jet Matte Black, from $95.Barneys New York
Westward Leaning Pioneer Sunglasses, $185.If you have a triangle-shaped face, look for sunglasses with rimless or semi-rimless framesRay-Ban
Indicators: Triangle-shaped faces are broader along the brow than the jawline. Check the width of your forehead compared to your chin: if you forehead is wider, then you have a triangular face.
Sunglasses to try: To balance the bottom part of the face with the brow, try frames with a thin rim and vertical lines. Aviator-style frames will generally be a good choice here.
Ray-Ban Aviator Distressed (RB3025), $160.Sunglass Hut
Persol Cellor (PO3132S), $340.Amazon
Randolph Engineering Sportsman Aviator Sunglasses, $211.93.If you have an oval-shaped face, look for sunglasses with frames of any styleHuckberry
Indicators: Oval faces are longer than they are wide and have balanced features.
Sunglasses to try: The oval-shaped face can wear almost any frame style, as long as the frames are no wider than the broadest part of the face.
Garrett Leight Angelus Sunglasses, $159.98.Ray-Ban
Ray-Ban Clubround with Green Classic G-15 Lenses, $160.J.Crew
J.Crew Irving Sunglasses in Blond Tortoise, $118.If you have a heart-shaped face, look for sunglasses with thin or light metal framesMR PORTER
Indicators: Heart faces are broad at the forehead and cheekbones, and narrow at the chin.
Sunglasses to try: To broaden the appearance of the chin and draw more proportion throughout the face, try thin, light metal or clear plastic frames that have broader bottom halves. Stay away from big, heavy glasses, which will draw attention away from the best features.
Orlebar Brown Aviator-Style Metal Sunglasses, $300.MR PORTER
Cutler and Gross Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses, $500.Nordstrom
Tom Ford Marko Aviator Sunglasses, $226.73.
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