Sunglasses for Oval Faces
7 Best Sunglasses for an Oval Face Shape
As the most common face shape, a question we hear a lot is – What sunglasses look best on oval shaped faces? Since oval is one of the most balanced face shapes, there are a lot of correct answers! Here, we’ll go into seven categories of sunglasses that flatter oval faces.
Do You Have an Oval Face Shape?
You can determine if you have an oval shaped face by following these steps:
- Take a close-up photo of your face, preferably with your hair pulled back.
- Trace the outline of your face on the photo using a pencil or an image editing tool.
- Compare the outline to the shape of an oval. An oval face is longer than it is wide and has a slightly rounded jawline.
- Alternatively, you can use a measuring tape to measure the length and width of your face. If the length is approximately 1.5 times the width, you have an oval face.
- Some common characteristics of an oval shaped face include high cheekbones, a narrow forehead, and a slightly pointed chin.
Remember that face shapes can vary and don’t always fit into a single category, so don’t worry if your face doesn’t perfectly fit these criteria.
7 Best Sunglasses For Oval Faces
With an oval shaped face, you have a lot of versatility in the different frame shapes you can wear. For example, round glasses can soften facial features on oval faces while cat eye sunglasses or other flared shapes can enhance the angles of your face shape.
It’s important to note that while the following styles are generally flattering for oval faces, everyone’s face is unique and personal preference also plays a role in choosing the best sunglasses for you. Be sure to try on different styles and see which ones suit your personal style and face shape the best.
All AO sunglasses are designed for a comfortable fit and amazing optics while you’re out in the sun. Our SkyMasterTM glass lenses and AOLiteTM nylon lenses feature 100% UV protection, backside anti-reflective coating to reduce glare, and an oleophobic smudge-resistant coating.
Ultimately, it’s you who decides which is the best sunglass shape for an oval face.
1. Aviator Sunglasses
Classic aviator sunglasses have a classic teardrop shape with thin metal frames and large lenses that flatter most face shapes, especially oval. The adjustable nose pads on aviators allow you to adjust the fit to best compliment the curves of your face. Oval faces can also explore more rectangular aviator styles that further balance elongated oval faces.
Use our virtual try-on feature to try on each size and see if you prefer oversized frames or a classic fit.
2. Cat-Eye Sunglasses
This is one of our favorite shapes for women. Cat-eye sunglasses have upswept corners that draw attention to the cheekbones and add balance to an oval face shape. They also have a slimming effect.
While many find the cat-eye style to be overly bold, choosing a pair that is about the same width as your face makes it easier to pull off the retro look. Metal cat-eye frames are another way to get the face flattering benefits of the cat-eye in a softer, but still very stylish, look.
3. Square Sunglasses
The balanced proportions of square sunglasses naturally compliment oval faces. Square frames can add definition and structure to the soft rounded curves of an oval face, creating a more angular and balanced appearance.
However, it is important to consider the size of the sunglasses in relation to your face. Large square sunglasses may overwhelm a smaller oval face, while a pair of smaller square sunglasses may not provide enough balance to larger oval faces. Use our virtual try-on to find the perfect pair of square sunglasses for you.
4. Rectangle Sunglasses
Rectangular frames can be quite striking on an oval face. The straight lines of these frames help to make the face appear narrower, creating a more defined and angular appearance, enhancing your cheekbones. However, just like with square frames, it is important to consider the size of the sunglasses in relation to your face.
If you have a smaller oval face, you may want to wear a smaller pair of rectangular frames to avoid overwhelming your features. Conversely, if you have a larger oval face, you may want to choose a larger pair of rectangle glasses to add balance and structure to your features.
5. Round Sunglasses
As we’ve mentioned, oval faces have balanced proportions and can pull off many different sunglass styles. Round sunglasses can add a touch of playfulness and whimsy to an oval face, and they can also help to soften angular features and round out a narrow face.
However, it is important to choose the right size and shape of round sunglasses to flatter an oval face. For example, if you have a smaller face, you may want to choose smaller frames to avoid overwhelming your features. Conversely, if you have a larger face, you may want to choose larger frames to add balance and structure to your features.
A lightweight metal frame in a classic gold or silver color can give a vintage and timeless look, while choosing bright colored lenses can add a fun and modern touch.
6. Colored Sunglasses
Since the oval face shape has a natural balance, why not play it up with some colorful sunglasses. Adding a splash of color in your glasses creates a bold focal point. Choosing the right color can also highlight your beautiful skin tone.
Picking a lens color not only defines your look, it impacts your vision. Different tones enhance contrast or reduce eye fatigue.
7. Browline Sunglasses
Browline sunglasses offer a bold shot of retro style to any look as they frame your face. The strong browline draws attention to the eyes and will highlight your balanced features.
This frame shape can also balance out a narrow oval face or forehead. The bold frames add structure to the face, counterbalancing a rounded jawline.
Shop the Best Sunglasses for Oval Faces Today!
It seems the only issue shopping for a ‘the best’ pair of frames for an oval face is that just about every American Optical style fits the bill! With so many options, you can really explore your personal style and try a variety of styles. Don’t forget about our virtual try-on option to see glasses on face before purchasing. We also offer free shipping and returns within the US, so you can shop risk-free.
Stay tuned as we explore sunglasses for other face shapes in later posts and don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help with an eyewear recommendation.