Choose sunglasses for your face shape

Thursday, 8 December 2016


You can rock any style of sunnies (aviator, oversized, wayfarer, cat-eye) if you pick a pair with the right details for your face shape.

What’s the most important thing to consider when buying spectacles? As always we asked an expert. Chiara Rosini from the Italian Eyewear Group Luxottica says apart from face shape, the first criteria, it’s important to consider how often the glasses will be worn and for what.

“These days, many people have a wardrobe of glasses that are used with different outfits. For some it’s all about the activity they’re doing matching their choices,” says Chiara.

“Different brands do suit different faces but all our brands are made to the best standards of comfort, so it’s only a matter of personal preference,” she adds.

Here’s her last bit of advice: “Choose the frame colour like you’d choose a shade of nail polish. A boldly coloured frame can add an eccentric touch to a quiet navy ensemble, just as a more traditional pair can tone down an exaggerated outfit.”

If the shape fits …


Keyhole sunnies: This retro-influenced shape is ideal for the woman who likes an understated style with a twist. The keyhole is often paired with classic shapes, both round, and square, in tortoiseshell or matte materials. It works best on oval-shaped faces.

Try: Vogue Eyewear Sunglasses, R1 290 and Vogue Eyewear Polarized Sunglasses, R1 390.


New Aviator sunnies: Pilot shapes are a good option for long faces, as the teardrop silhouette accentuates cheek and jaw bones. Usually linked to the first Ray-Ban model, the Aviator was born in 1937 and the shape has become a timeless design, reworked often to keep it contemporary and relevant.

Try: Giorgio Armani Sunglasses, R3 390 and Burberry Sunglasses, R2 890.


Round sunnies: This was the major trend in 2015 and continues to top the list for our consumers. A rounded frame softens lines, making it suitable for square faces. It has made a strong comeback in recent years and sits nicely with the current soft tailoring trend seen on the catwalks, and with the new wave of rock icons. The variations offer options, whether you want an understated take on the trend or a statement that is sure to make an impact.

Try: Giorgio Armani Sunglasses, R2 490 and Dolce & Gabbana Sunglasses, R3 090.


Square sunnies: Angular shapes are best for round faces. Classic square shapes can be styled for every occasion while the trendy flat top construction adds a sporty look off the field.

Try: Prada Sunglasses, R3 390 and Dolce & Gabbana Sunglasses, R3 490.


Bridge sunnies: For a sophisticated statement. The devil is in the details –the metallic bridge and quality acetate create a unique balance that won’t go unnoticed. Persol Calligrapher, the new special edition of the brand, is celebrating this shape with four models featuring acetate frames with a metal bridge. It’s a perfect example of vintage style and modern taste. Not only has the mix of materials been updated, the bridge is elevated in construction and style. It also enhances the classic sensibility of iconic shapes.

Try: Giorgio Armani Sunglasses, R3 690 and Ray-Ban Sunglasses, R2 390.

Win a pair of sunnies!

Two lucky BSA Beauties will win a pair of sunglasses from Vogue Eyewear. Vogue Eyewear stands out for its unique details, a variety of frames and colours turning everyday glasses into a hot fashion accessory!

To enter, we want you to review a product on our website (you’ll find the product listing here).

You will need to be logged in to do so, so if you haven’t signed up yet, you can complete the process here.

This competition has closed.

This competition is open to SA residents only and closes at 08:30am on 1 February 2017. You may enter as many times as you wish, if you would like to increase your chances of winning. The winners will be drawn from all the correct entrants and notified via email. This prize cannot be exchanged for cash.’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. We will not share your information with any third parties. If winners do not respond to email notification within three days, another winner will be drawn. will supply all hampers to the delivery company in good order, but will not be held liable for the condition of hampers arriving at the winners’ chosen delivery address. Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery. If you have won a prize on in the last two months, you are ineligible to win this competition.

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  1. Tanya

    Good to know what will actually suit me

    1 year ago •

  1. Humaira Motala

    I really love the New Aviator sunnies . Totally my style !

    2 years ago •

  1. Fency Taukobong

    Would really want to win a pair of sunglasses, cause I dont have even have a pair.

    3 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    Its always tricky to find shapes for ones face but ey if they look good why not.

    3 years ago •

  1. Lindiwe Tindleni

    Keyhole and Square Sunnies look great!

    3 years ago •

  1. Arlene Beukes

    The Keyhole and New Aviator sunnies are gorgeous!

    3 years ago •

  1. Thea Lennox

    Would love to try the sunglasses as i do not own a great pair

    3 years ago •

  1. lynn_nolan

    I would love to review a pair of sunglasses for you please?

    3 years ago •

  1. Kelly Abrahams

    Those Ray-Bans got me dreaming. A must-have this Summer!

    3 years ago •

  1. Cookie Nandlall

    Great reviews on trendy brands. I generally do not fancy the round shapes. The round sunnies by Dolce & Gabbana is funky,sassy and slick. I definitely will try this eye catcher.

    3 years ago •


    Angular shades for my round face… Now I finally have the answers. Thanks BSA!

    3 years ago •

  1. samantha.m87

    This is a great guide to finding the right pair of shades. It is also advisable to keep in mind that wider sunglasses are more likely to protect your entire eye area from the sun’s rays and thus prevents photoaging from occurring. In addition, keep a look out for the “CE” mark among others as this is a standard issued by the European Union in order to ascertain that it does meet the requirements to effectively block UVA/UVB rays. Lastly, cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean that it is less effective in blocking out the sun’s rays than a higher priced pair.

    3 years ago •

  1. Khalieda Osman

    I love the fact that you made these sunnies review so easy to understand.

    3 years ago •

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