Sunglasses – the ultimate Aussie accessory. While they may also be necessary for eye-protection, sunnies are undeniably an iconic fashion item and with the right pair your look can go from utilitarian to chic.

The most important consideration to make when purchasing new sunglasses is face shape – this can make or break a look! We’ve got the break-down of what frames suit what faces, so if you’re wondering if those Dame Edna-esque sunnies you just purchased¬†really suit, read on…

Heart-shaped faces

This face shape has a broader forehead and narrower jawline and chin. Soften the lower part of the face by accentuating the eye area – cat-eye styles that angle outward at the top corner can be wide enough to balance the jawline, but avoid anything that sits high as it will emphasise the width of your forehead. Sunglasses with round edges look great because they soften the broad upper part of your face.

Square-shaped faces

Steer away from hard, angular frames that accentuate strong features – instead soften your features with oval or round frames. Use sweeping, soft lines to balance the angles of your face.

Round-shaped faces

Pick frames that make your face seem longer and thinner – angular shapes and horizontal styles are perfect for sharpening the face. Look for frames equal to or slightly wider than the broadest part of the face, minimise curves and pick sunglasses with a brow bar (double-brow styles are even better) as this pulls attention upward and makes the face appear longer.

Oval-shaped faces

Luckily, the balanced proportions of this face shape mean most styles of sunglasses will suit – have fun and experiment with creative looks!

Diamond-shaped faces

With wide, high cheekbones and a narrow forehead and chin, oval sunglasses will work best to soften the contours of the face – but softly-curved square frames will work as well. Just ensure the style you pick is no wider than the top of the cheekbones.

What’s your favourite style of sunglasses? Do you have a go-to shape that you always pick? Let us know!