Goodbye glare, hello summer: How to pick the right pair of sunglasses

man and a woman wearing sunglasse

Just like your sneaker collection or go-to vintage jewelry, sunglasses are an important part of your personal brand. A style statement. They’re a unique accessory that brings fashion and health together. And it can be overwhelming to choose the perfect frames – not to mention ensure that they’re loaded with the protective factors you need. “Do they offer UV protection?” “Are they polarized?”

Now is the perfect time to check out our tips to help you choose the best frames — so you can safely (and stylishly) soak up the sun.

Framing your face
Find your face shape and get recommendations on the best sunglasses style to fit your shape.

square_face Square: This face has both a broad jawline and forehead, and looks great in shapely frames such as round, oval, cat eye or butterfly, as well as semi-rimless – which balance the prominent jawline.
heart_face Heart: A heart-shaped face has a narrow chin leading up to a broader forehead and visible cheekbones. Sunglass frames that are light-colored, have thin temples or exaggerated bottoms are flattering on this shape.
oval_face Oval: This face is longer than it is wide and are lucky to look terrific in most frame shapes. For a perfect match, rectangular shades complement the face’s vertical form well.
round_face Round: Just like it sounds, this shape measures about the same in length as width. Check out horizontal, rectangular frames and classic Wayfarers styles.

Sunglass security
In addition to enhancing our looks, quality sunglasses can ensure we see better for a long time. UV rays can increase the risk of cataracts and several forms of eye cancer.1 The surest way to protect against this is by choosing sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays. Note that lens color or darkness doesn’t matter when it comes to protection, some colored lenses can increase contrast — which may be useful while golfing, running or enjoying other outdoor activities.1

And polarized lenses reduce glare from reflective surfaces, which can make driving, winter sports and water sports safer and more pleasurable.1

Finally, consider the frame fit. Choose a style that best fits your face for optimal ray protection. Sunglasses fitting a little loose? Adjust the frames by softening them with a hair dryer and then gently bending them into place.1

1. “The heat is on: Ensure patients’ protective eyewear is, too,” American Optometric Association, July 2022.