Sunglasses are a staple accessory for most. We love them - they're great for our eyes, they're fashionable and can make you feel like a million bucks.
However, for those who wear glasses who have a larger head size, there is a good chance that standard sunglasses probably don’t fit very comfortably. You're likely familiar with the frustration of trying on pair after pair, only to find that they squeeze your temples or won't stay put on your nose.
Now, before you give up on finding a pair that fits your larger head size, we assure you that it's not nearly as difficult as you might think. All it takes is a bit of guidance to make your next investment in new shades a successful one!
Things to Consider When Selecting Sunglasses for Larger Heads
Here are some signs that you might need wider sunglasses:
- You get constant headaches when wearing your sunglasses for long periods.
- The temples of your sunglasses stick out farther than the widest part of the frame.
- Most sunglasses in commercial stores don’t fit well on your face.
- You feel pressure on the sides of your face or ears.
- The lenses do not adequately cover your eyes.
If this sounds like you, then it's worth exploring sunglasses designed to fit larger heads.
PRO TIP: If you already have a pair of sunglasses, we recommend measuring them and using that data to help pinpoint the ideal frame size in addition to the following considerations below.
Sunglasses may share the same basic build, but there are various differences between styles that can impact fit. This is why the first step in understanding sunglasses for big heads is measuring yourself to align yourself with what is available.
That said, sunglasses measurements have three basic components: Lens width, bridge width, and temple length. On paper, that will look something like 48-20-130.
Lens Size - Sunglasses with lenses that are wider than 55mm tend to suit wider faces well, and contribute to a more comfortable fit for larger heads. However, it's not just about the width of the frames and lenses.
The fit should also consider the distance between the lenses and your face to ensure they don't touch your eyelashes or eyebrows.
Bridge Distance – Another key factor is bridge distance - the space between the inside of one lens and the other. A small bridge can cause discomfort by pinching the nose and causing the glasses to sit too high, while an oversized bridge can lead to the frames sliding down the nose.
To better nail this one down, try measuring an old pair of sunglasses to get the most accurate measurement of what you have and what you actually need.
Temple Length - Having arms that are too short or too long can result in an uncomfortable or ill-fitting pair of glasses. Fortunately, determining the temple length is easy; just look for the third number printed on the arm and measure it in millimeters.
If you don't have a pair of sunglasses on hand, try using a ruler or tape measure to estimate the distance between the front of your face and the back of your ear.
Go With Flexible Nose Pads
XXL sunglasses for big heads with adjustable nose pads can provide a much more comfortable fit. Flexibility in nose pads is especially beneficial in providing a comfortable wearing experience that accommodates all sizes.
Although fixed bridge models may also work, it is important to ensure they are wide enough to accommodate your nose bridge.
Flexible Hinges Are a Bonus
Unlike standard sunglasses hinges that create a rigid 90-degree angle, spring hinges offer greater strength and flexibility, providing a more comfortable fit. With flexible arms that possess a wider range of movement, these sunglasses provide a comfortable and secure fit for extended periods of wear while also ensuring durability.
So, whether for fashion or outdoor activities, it's a must-have accessory for those with wider/bigger heads.
Determine Your Face Shape
When shopping for sunglasses, it's important to determine your face shape so that you can choose frames that compliment your features.
The most common face shapes you see are oval, square, round, heart, and triangle. Each shape has its own unique characteristics, so choosing the right sunglasses can make a big difference in how you look and feel.
The Best Shapes, Styles & Sizes for Big Heads & Wide Faces
Certain frame shapes are known to be more flattering and comfortable for larger head sizes, such as:
Square Or Rectangular Frames
Square or rectangular frames are a perfect choice. These lenses not only contribute to a trendy and fashionable appearance but also offer practical benefits to balance out the proportions of a larger head.
The square shape also accommodates wider and longer temples, making them suitable for people who find it difficult to find glasses that fit correctly.
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Aviator-style frames are another great option, with their wider bridge and long temples providing a secure and comfortable fit. But what about the lenses themselves?
Aviator lenses are typically larger, giving them a classic and timeless look and providing excellent coverage and protection. They're also often polarized, which means they reduce glare and provide clearer vision, especially when driving or participating in outdoor activities.
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Wrap-around frames are designed to provide superior coverage while providing a secure and stable fit for men with larger heads. These frames feature oversized lenses that make them perfect for use as sunglasses and UV protection.
Additionally, the wrap-around design provides added stability, making these frames ideal for sports and other outdoor activities where you need to move freely without worrying about your shades falling off.
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Wayfarer frames are the ideal sunglasses for individuals with large heads, as they feature a unique trapezoidal shape that provides ample coverage. These frames are defined by their wide bridge and temples that complement broader facial features, resulting in a sleek and stylish look.
Wayfarers are a timeless design, having been popularized in the 1950s and remaining a classic fashion statement to this day.
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If you have a square face, opt for softer and rounder designs like aviators or wayfarers. However, if you have a round face, choose square or rectangular frames with sharp corners.
That said, it's always a good idea to try on different frames to find the most comfortable and flattering pair for your unique face shape. But always remember that the most important factor is whether or not you love the way the sunglasses look on you.
Wide Face? Discover Your Style at Privé Revaux
At Privé Revaux, we understand the importance of finding the right size and style for you. That's why we offer a variety of wide sunglasses for large heads, ensuring that you find the perfect fit without compromising on fashion.
Whether you are looking for a classic, timeless pair or a trendy, statement-making option, we've got you covered.
Remember, there are no right or wrong choices regarding personal style, no two faces are the same, and at Privé Revaux, we celebrate that every day!