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6 Jul

How to choose sunglasses

A modern dilemma that affects everyone – how to choose sunglasses that suit your face-shape?  As ever, it’s all in understanding the angles and proportions.  Choosing the right frame is all about creating proportion on your face and softening or widening angles through the frame silhouette. Here you will discover tips such as how to soften a jaw-line or draw attention away from a bigger forehead. Here is my style guide on how to choose sunglasses to suit your face shape;


Face-shape diagnosis; equal proportions, cheeks are the widest part with softer angles. Choose angular shapes to counteract the round face, otherwise you accentuate the ‘roundness’.

WEAR; angular, rectangle, square, cat eye, butterfly.

AVOID; round, small.


rectangle chanel sunglasses

Rectangle tortoiseshell sunglasses, Chanel, £473




Face-shape diagnosis; proportionally longer, rather than wider, often with bigger forehead. Choose frames to widen the face or create an inverted triangle to widen the cheek area, rather than lengthen the face further,

WEAR; rectangle, square, butterfly, oversized, cat eye.

AVOID; small, aviator

square chanel sunglasses

Square sunglasses with logo chain, Chanel, £1,095



Face-shape diagnosis; Wider across the forehead, softer or pointy jaw-line.  Choose shapes to provide wider proportion on the lower half of the face.

WEAR; Round, square, rectangle, rimless, aviators.

AVOID; Butterfly, heart, top-heavy.

round chanel sunglasses

Round sunglasses with bead chain, Chanel, £704


Face-shape diagnosis; Equal, square shaped proportions with heavy jaw-line.  Choose frames to soften jawline and draw attention away from angular face, creating an inverted triangle appearance which lifts the cheek bones.

WEAR: butterfly, round, oval, cat eye, oversized.

AVOID; square, aviator, small.

butterfly cat eye sunglasses

Butterfly black sunglasses, Chanel, £368


white chanel sunglasses

White rectangle sunglasses, Chanel, £420


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Charlotte Broadbent

I'm a professional, qualified Personal Stylist, helping people to look their best to be their best through styling, colour consultations, body shape analysis and personal shopping

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