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Finding the best pair of sunglasses for your face shape is a combination of science and taste. You’ll want to find a pair that highlights your natural features, while also displaying your personal style.
People with oval shaped faces should consider themselves lucky. Your face has a natural symmetry and balance. This makes nearly any type of frame look good on your face.
If you have an oval shaped face, feel free to make bold selections. However, you may want to avoid frames that extend beyond the width of your face. These can disrupt the natural balance of your features.
Certain frame shapes can have different effects on your features. The most popular frame shapes for oval faces include:
Not sure if you have an oval shaped face? Read on to find out.
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Oval shaped faces have balanced proportions and are longer than they are wide.
Key features of oval face shapes are:
*It’s important to note that most people don’t have a face shape that perfectly matches this description. Many people have elements of different face shapes. The best technique is to identify your strongest facial features and match them to a similar shape. These usually will be your jawline, forehead, or cheekbones.
Oval faces are considered one of the most versatile face shapes. Many people choose angular, symmetrical frames that compliment your balanced features. However, you can also play with sweeping lines to draw eyes upwards or downwards.
These are the four most popular frame styles for oval faces:
Aviators are another popular choice. Their teardrop design naturally compliments the oval shape of your face. They draw the eye downwards away from the forehead and towards your high cheekbones or chin. Just be sure to choose an aviator style less wide than your face. If they extend beyond your cheeks it could unbalance your features.
Cat-eye frames have become very popular, especially among women, in the last few years. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. We recommend a browline that is sweeping, but not too wide. It should be about the width of your face. This will work to highlight your features, similarly to aviator sunglasses, but with a more unique, retro style.
People with oval face shapes can pull off pretty much any look, from small frames to oversized frames. Don’t be afraid to try out new styles and be bold with your sunnies.
However, if the frames are wider than your cheekbones, it could disrupt the natural balance of your features.
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