Sunglasses for round faces: our favorite frames of each shape to flatter your face

Throw some shade in the best sunglasses for round faces

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Shopping for sunglasses for round faces is a lot easier than you think. It's one of the most versatile face shapes for sunglasses, offering a variety of flattering options for some chic protection from the sun.

You can never have enough pairs of sunglasses, right? Fun, chic, and often affordable the best sunglasses can transform your look in one stylish swoop.

But shopping for a new pair of sunnies is no mean feat. It often takes trying on a plethora of pairs before you find ‘the one,’ much like shopping for the best sandals or the best jeans.

If you’ve done some digging to find out what sunglasses suit you and discovered you have a round face, then you’re in luck as there are loads of fancy frames that compliment your features. Many are prescription-friendly, too, for those of you after the best prescription sunglasses.

What are the best sunglasses for round faces?

Round faces have full cheeks and a rounded chin. Your forehead and jawline are about the same width, so your face is as long as it is wide. Famous round-faced women include Chrissy Tiegen, Priyanka Chopra, Lupita Nyong’o, and Gigi Hadid. So you’re in excellent company! Here's what to look for...

  • Square and rectangular frames will balance your softer features thanks to their angular shape. Wayfarers are always a good idea.
  • Cat-eye frames suit round faces, as the up-lift in shape will make your face appear longer and more contoured. 
  • Over-sized frames are a great choice if you've got a round face – the bigger the better! Anything too small will only exaggerate the curves of your face. 
  • Round frames do tend to emphasize a round face, so their best avoided, but if you've found a round pair that you love, we're not here to stop you.

Remember, everything is subjective, and of course, every face is different. We’ve certainly spotted Gigi Hadid rocking some round sunnies.

"Round faces can really pull off bold, geometric styles which are really in fashion at the moment," says Jessica Beech, fashion & beauty editor at Woman & Home.

"Don't be afraid to go oversized either to help balance out your softer features. Sometimes all a simple outfit needs is a pair of statement sunglasses to make you feel instantly glamorous."

And don’t forget sunglasses are meant to be functional as well as fashionable, so look out for 100% UV protection to help keep your eyes safe from the sun too.

With that in mind, if you’re on the hunt for a new pair of stylish sunglasses for round faces, then we’ve scoured the cyber shelves for the best shades to shop this summer. Just add sunshine.

Where to shop for sunglasses for round faces

Not sure where to start? Give these brands a browse..

  • Ray-Ban - The original sunglasses brand for high-quality frames
  • Quay Australia - Stylish sunnies. Go polarised for extra visibility.
  • Zara - On-trend looks at purse-friendly prices 
  • Lulu Guinness - Personality-packed frames for guaranteed compliments. 

The best sunglasses for round faces

Square

Privé Revaux Cafe Tropic

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Privé Revaux Cafe Tropic

Specifications
RRP: $29.95/£36

These lavish square frames would look oh-so-chic hitting that beach bar - and they have a water repellent coating too! The metal frame is lightweight and comfy to wear. Expertly made but at an affordable price, the medium-sized frame will flatter your face and keep you protected too. Polarised lenses to reduce glare and an anti-scratch coating with 100% UV protection, they really deliver on the technicals as well as style.

Sunglasses for round faces: Bloobloom The Trendsetter in Silver

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Bloobloom The Trendsetter in Silver

Specifications
RRP: From $140/£95

We’re kind of obsessed with all the gorgeous frames Bloobloom has to offer, and round-faced ladies will love this pair. A sleek and lightweight metal frame, they have a minimalist look that you’ll be able to work into every outfit. They use premium polarised and tinted lenses for ultimate clarity and 100% UV protection. Each pair comes in a vegan leather case with a cleaning cloth so you can keep your sunnies sparkly and safe.

Sunglasses for round faces: Zara Square Acetate Sunglasses

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Zara Square Acetate Sunglasses

Specifications
RRP: $39.90/£25.99

If you like your sunnies to make a statement, then you’ll be wanting these beauties. Featuring a large square shape that will help offset rounder features, they are crafted from acetate for a bold finish. The caramel patterned design is super summery and would look chic paired with tonal shades such as creams and browns.

Sunglasses for round faces: Free People Island Time Aviator Sunglasses

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Free People Island Time Aviator Sunglasses

Specifications
RRP: $25/£22

Go retro in these oversized aviators from Free People. A bargain buy that’s packed full of style; they have a classic tortoiseshell print and gradient lenses. The brow bar adds an angular edge to the frame that will help flatter round faces. If this print is not for you, there are three others to choose from, including a pared-back black style.

Sunglasses for round faces: Givenchy Blush Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses

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Givenchy Blush Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses

Specifications
RRP: $320/£220

Fancy splashing out on a designer pair? These bold frames from Givenchy are a wardrobe winner and are the perfect sunglasses for round faces. Crafted in Italy with a blush acetate frame and gradient lenses, they will add a dose of diva-ness to your summer getup. The blush hue keeps them timeless and easy-to-wear, guaranteed to be brought out every year.

Rectangle

Sunglasses for round faces: Mango Tortoiseshell-effect acetate sunglasses

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Mango Tortoiseshell-effect acetate sunglasses

Specifications
RRP: $79.99/£49.99

Another glamorous pair to add to your sunglasses rotation, these dramatic rectangular shades will instantly elevate your look, minimal effort required. The tortoiseshell effect keeps them classic, and they have 100% UV category 3 protection, so they’ll keep you safe in the sun too. Pretty and practical.

Sunglasses for round faces: H&M Sunglasses

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H&M Sunglasses

Specifications
RRP: $49.99/£34.99

For something a bit more fashion-forward, this pair from H&M is a fun choice. They are crafted from recycled plastic, too, and have tinted UV-protected lenses. The larger-than-life rectangle shape will add definition to rounder faces. Keep the rest of your outfit simple when rocking these shades and wait for the compliments to roll in.

Sunglasses for round faces: Ted Baker Napls Rectangular Sunglasses

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Ted Baker Napls Rectangular Sunglasses

Specifications
RRP: $149

Rectangular frames don’t have to be oversized, and this polished pair from Ted Baker is here to prove it. Cool and contemporary, they have a stainless steel frame. The pink and gold color combo adds an extra luxe touch. Super smart, you’ll get plenty of wear out of these from one summer to the next.

Sunglasses for round faces: Ray-Ban Inverness

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Ray-Ban Inverness

Specifications
RRP: $172/£149

Switch up your classic Ray-Ban wayfarers for this exaggerated rectangle pair for a 70s inspired look. Available with solid and gradient lenses and polarised, too, there are plenty of options to suit your needs. We love the black frame and green lenses combo for a cool yet classic aesthetic. They are prescription-friendly too.

Cat-eye

Sunglasses for round faces: Lulu Guinness Red Sketched Lips and Heart Sunglasses

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Lulu Guinness Red Sketched Lips and Heart Sunglasses

Specifications
RRP: $165/£125

Lulu Guinness is known for its playful designs, and this sunny pair is no different. Perfect for injecting some girly glamour to your look, they have lips and heart design on a hot red backdrop. The cat-eye style adds a retro touch, and the lenses are gradient with 100% UVA and UVB protection.

Sunglasses for round faces: & Other Stories Angular Cat Eye Sunglasses

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Specifications
RRP: $29/£23

Another chic and feminine style, round faces should look for angular rather than round designs when shopping for cat-eye frames. We love the beige tortoise design on these for a fresher take. With all the UV protection and a super stylish aesthetic, you’ll fall in love with these beauties.

Sunglasses for round faces: Gucci GG0660S cats-eye frame acetate sunglasses

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Gucci GG0660S cats-eye frame acetate sunglasses

Specifications
RRP: $445/£375

Frames just got fancy with this snazzy pair from designer Gucci. They may be higher on the price scale, but this vintage style will always be on-trend, so a worthy investment. They have tinted lenses and a luxe design with the Gucci stamp for that designer touch. Classic and cool, you’ll never want to take these off.

Sunglasses for round faces: Quay Australia Polarised Noosa

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Quay Australia Polarised Noosa

Specifications
RRP: $65/£49

If you do like your frames slightly more rounded, then this winged pair will work like a charm. With hundreds of top reviews, they are a hit with customers for style and fit - plus they are totally affordable too! As an added bonus, the lenses are polarised for super clear vision. Quay has a virtual try-on tool so you can get a feel before you buy.