The Best Sunglasses for Round Faces

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The Best Sunglasses for Round Faces

The history of sunglasses dates back to prehistoric times, when Inuits used slitted ivory goggles to protect from bright sunlight. In twelfth-century China, lenses of smoky quartz were used to reduce the sun’s glare. But it was not until the early 1900s that what is now known as sunglasses became popular. Early film stars wore them to conceal their identity and possibly eyes reddened from the bright lights used during shoots. By the 1940s, they were a common fashion accessory, particularly for beachgoers. They remain an essential part of both men’s and women’s wardrobes, especially since quality sunglasses can protect from the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Face shape is an important consideration when selecting a pair of sunglasses. Men with round faces should look for certain kinds of frames to lengthen and slim the face’s lines. In addition, they should look for quality frames that fit their intended use, and lenses that provide 100-percent UV protection. Informing themselves about different options for sunglasses helps men find a pair that flatter their face and protect their vision.

What is a Round Face Shape?

Round faces are nearly as wide as they are long, with full, rounded jaw and soft, circular lines.

Different styles of sunglasses look better on particular face shapes. Before shopping for sunglasses, consumers should determine what their face shape is. In order to do so accurately, follow these steps:

  1. Stand about one meter from a large mirror so that the head, neck, and chest are visible. In order to avoid distracting lines, is best to be shirtless.
  2. Use daylight, since artificial light can highlight certain facial features and throw shadows.
  3. Comb hair back from the face completely; if necessary, secure with a headband or pins.
  4. Keeping the face relaxed, use a tape measure to measure the widest part of the forehead, cheekbones, and jaw, as well as the length through the centre.
  5. Compare the measurements. A round face’s length is nearly equal to its widest point. In addition, there are no strong angles around the circumference; the jawline is soft and rounded at the chin.

Round face shapes tend to look youthful because of their fullness. Styling them properly often involves lengthening the face by drawing attention upwards, as well as adding angles to deflect the roundness.

The Best Sunglass Styles for Round Faces

People with round faces should look for sunglasses that downplay the roundness of the face. Many stylists agree this is best achieved by contrast. Frames with straight lines and rounded angles help add definition to the face. Rectangular or square frames are widely recommended, particularly ones whose angles are softened rather than sharp. A butterfly taper, in which the outer edges of the lenses are longer than the inner ones at the nose, can also be flattering. Wider frames can have a trimming effect: look for frames that are just slightly wider than the broadest part of the face. Frames that sit at temple height can lengthen the face’s appearance, and thin frames are better than thick. Finally, a general guideline is that the tops of the frames look best when they follow the line of the eyebrows.

Wrap sports sunglasses can be becoming on men with round faces, particularly when balanced with a strong fashion style. Aviator frames with slightly modified, softer angles may also work.

Round frames should be avoided, since they generally tend to overemphasise the face’s circular shape.

What to Look for in Sunglass Frames

As mentioned above, it is better to choose thinner frames, since thick frames may look too awkward on a round face. Quality frames contribute to the comfort and durability of a pair of sunglasses.

Frame Material

Sunglasses come in three common materials: metal, nylon, and plastic. The following chart outlines the most common materials for sunglass frames, with the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Frame Material




Adjusts easily to face; minimal obstruction of vision

Can be less durable than other materials; if left in a hot car, may become too hot to wear; may be more expensive

Nylon (brand names: Grilamid, O Matter)

Lightweight, highly durable; some sports models are impact-resistant

Does not adjust to face unless there is an internal wire core

Acetate and zyl (plastic)

Range of colours possible

Not very adjustable; not advisable for sports

Men should consider when they intend to wear their sunglasses, as well as how they want their sunglasses to look. Metal frames may be more comfortable since they are adjustable, whereas nylon’s durability may be preferable for active use. If colour and fashion is a priority, shoppers can choose acetate or zyl.


The hinge construction usually depends on the frame material. The hinge on nylon frames is generally comprised of a pin that is part of the frame itself, which makes it quite durable. Metal, acetate, and zyl frames employ barrel-hinge or spring-hinge mechanisms. Both have the advantage of flexibility, but sacrifice some structural stability. Nickel-silver hinges on high-end frames tend to be longer-lasting.

UV Protection and Glare Reduction

Sunglasses should not only be fashionable; they also need to protect the eyes from the damaging effects of the sun. In addition, some lenses can reduce glare, which can be very helpful in certain situations.

Selecting UV Protection

Only sunglasses offering 100-percent UV protection can help protect from the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays, which are linked to eye conditions, such as cataracts, that may result in temporary vision loss. Reflective surfaces like snow, sand, water, and even concrete increase the amount of UV exposure. In the case of snow, it is nearly doubled.

Because UV protection is determined by the lens material and coatings or additives applied to the lens, tint is not necessarily indicative of protective capacity. In other words, a dark pair of sunglasses may offer little UV protection, whereas a pair of nearly transparent, yellow-tinted sunglasses may provide 100-percent protection. Larger lenses and wraparounds offer more coverage and, therefore, more protection.

In addition to UV rays, high-energy visible (HEV) radiation from the sun (otherwise known as “blue light”) is also of concern. Some research suggests that long-term exposure to HEV is linked to macular degeneration and other eye problems. There are several models of "blue-blocker" sunglasses available on the market, including one with a synthetic version of melanin, a light-absorbing pigment naturally present in the skin and retina.

Sunglasses that are CE-certified and meet Pr-EN-1836:1997 comply with UV-protection standards established by the European Union. As of 1997, all sunglasses retailed in the EU must meet these standards. When purchasing online from outside the EU, buyers should take care to verify that the sunglasses offer 100-percent UV protection.

Polarised Lenses

Polarised lenses are made from Polaroid plastic sheeting, which blocks glare in skylight and from reflective surfaces. They can be particularly useful when driving or playing outdoor sports. The one precautionary note is that these glasses can occasionally interact with windshield coatings, causing blind spots and reducing the readability of LCD signs.

How to Buy Sunglasses for Round Faces on eBay

eBay’s online auction website has a broad selection of sunglasses perfect for every face shape and fashion sense. To begin, go to eBay’s home page and type keywords, such as “men’s rectangular sunglasses”, into the search bar. You can narrow the results by price, colour, and other limiting factors. For more information on how to search more efficiently, visit eBay’s Search Tips page.

Before bidding on an item, be sure to read the product description carefully. It should contain information like the manufacturer, specifics about UV protection and materials, and what the seller’s return policy is. If you have a question about an item, it is easy to ask the seller a question.

It is also a good idea to get to know a bit about the seller. You can do so by reading feedback from previous customers; a high percentage of positive feedback is a good indication that the seller is reliable and knowledgeable. Top-rated sellers have earned their status by a strong record of excellent customer service.


Sunglasses are an important accessory in a man’s wardrobe. As such, it is important to have a pair that fit well, look great, and protect vision from the effects of the sun. When selecting sunglasses, consumers should first determine the shape of their face by analysing its widths at the forehead, cheekbones, and chin, as well as its length. Round faces are nearly as wide as they are long.

In order to complement a round face shape, men should look for frames with straight lines and soft angles. Rectangular and square frames work well, as do some aviators and wraparound sports models. Thin frames tend to look best. Round glasses should be avoided.

Frame and lens materials are another important consideration. There are a few common frame materials, each with specific advantages and disadvantages. Intended use may help buyers decide on which material is right for them. Finally, the most important thing to look for in sunglasses is 100-percent protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which can cause permanent damage to the eye.

With the right knowledge, men with round faces can easily find the right pair of stylish, quality sunglasses.

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