Round faces have soft, delicate lines from top to bottom. When dressing your round face with eyewear, you may want to choose a shape that flatters or complements these features. This can include rectangular shapes, cat-eyes and more.
In this guide, we’ll help you identify your face shape and suggest what to look for when shopping for the best sunglasses for a round face.
Several characteristics indicate a round face. Most common features of a round face include the following:
Keep in mind that these are general attributes, and it’s perfectly normal if you don’t meet all of the criteria listed. Everyone’s face is different. But if you fall into one or more of these categories, it’s safe to shop using the guidelines below.
There’s a variety to choose from when it comes to sunglass shapes for round faces. This includes shape, pattern, and rim-style — all of which give you the opportunity for tons of combinations!
Here’s what we recommend for shape, style, and pattern, along with some of our top picks in each category. (We’ll leave the frame color choices up to you!)
Square- and rectangular-shaped sunglasses are great for round faces because their sharp angles balance out the face’s soft curves. These contrasting shapes also tend to add length and a slimming effect on bigger cheeks.
Our picks for best square and rectangle sunglasses for round faces:
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Full rims work similarly to square frames on fuller faces. Strong angles create sharper lines that balance the overall softness. For more intense edges, try a dark colored frame such as black, navy, or dark green.
Our picks for best full-rimmed sunglasses for round faces:
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The tortoiseshell pattern is tried and true when it comes to a classic yet modern look. The design draws attention to your face without being overwhelming, and flatters most skin tones as well.
Tortoiseshell glasses are available in most frame shapes, so you can pair the trusty pattern with the silhouette that works best for you.
Our picks for best tortoiseshell sunglasses for round faces:
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For flattering shades that add a touch of retro glam, try wayfarers. The semi-rimless version of these frames add bold lines to the upper part of your face, while the rounded bottom helps to break up the proportions around your face. Full-rimmed wayfarers offer a classic silhouette to balance curves and add lines to your face.
Our picks for best wayfarer sunglasses for round faces:
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The raised angles of cat-eye frames are great for those with round faces because they draw attention upwards and away from the fullest part of the face. Available in both pointed and rounded corners, cat-eye sunglasses offer a versatile and vintage flair to your look.
Our picks for best cat-eye sunglasses for round faces:
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With so many options, you may wonder if there’s anything out there you need to avoid. There are a couple of shapes in particular that may not highlight your features in a way that you desire.
Both round and oval shaped sunglasses should be avoided, as they enhance your already rounded features. Those with especially full cheeks may want to steer clear of these circular shapes to prevent an off-balanced or extra curvy look.
Round faces are a bit fuller in nature, and a pair of small sunglasses can overemphasize this curviness. (Rimless sunglasses can cause the same effect in some cases.) Instead, we suggest an oversized pair to balance the width of your face and draw attention outside of your broad cheekbones.
Now that you know what’s flattering and what’s not, it’s time to start shopping.
So which will you choose for your next pair of shades? Whether rectangular, cat-eye, full-rimmed (or somewhere in between), our collection of sunglasses have the perfect style waiting for you.
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