Do you have trouble finding the right sunglasses to fit your tiny face? There’s no bigger letdown than thinking a pair of sunglasses will look great before putting them on and watching them slip right off. Luckily for you, our head optician Tyler sits with our smallest optician Gizelle to figure out the best sunglasses for small faces. Watch our video or read on to learn more.
Table of Contents
1. What to Look For in Sunglasses
1.1. Frame Technology
1.2. Lens Technology
2. The Best Sunglasses for Small Faces
2.3. Wiley X
Don’t settle for something too big on you—you’ll find the right fit. Here are some tips to get you started.
If the frames look great but are just a little too big, grip can be the deciding factor in your purchase. Adjustable nose pads can split the difference if you’ve got a small nose on your small face. If you worry about sunglasses falling off every time you look down, grip on the temples is also a good thing to have.
Whatever your head size, you’ll want frames that match your style. We’ve got several different frame materials on our list, so here’s a brief explanation of each.
O-Matter: Oakley’s exclusive frame material. It’s flexible, lightweight, durable, and able to withstand temperature extremes. O-Matter frames are meant to be worn for long periods of time without discomfort. Got a long day out in the sun? No problem.
Nylon: A popular frame material due to its lightweight, flexible, and durable nature. Nylon frame colors tend to be on the darker side, but the material itself is much sturdier than traditional plastic. If you’re still worried about sunglasses falling off despite their smaller fit, nylon’s your go-to.
Grilamid TR-90: An advanced type of nylon made from a thermoplastic polymer; more flexible than traditional nylon. If you’ve got a particularly small face and need better wrap, Grilamid is a good pick.
Acetate: The most popular frame material for both glasses and sunglasses. Acetate is lightweight, hypoallergenic, and available in a variety of colors. If you’ve got sensitive skin or a particular taste in fashion, acetate frames are for you.
Once you’ve settled on the right frames, you’ll also have to think about lenses. Your favorite lens material depends on your style preferences, but here are some properties of each to get you started.
Polycarbonate: A popular choice for sports sunglasses due to its impact resistance—though it can scratch easily, it won’t shatter. It’s also very lightweight if not feeling your sunglasses on your face is important to you.
Plutonite: Oakley’s special lens material, Plutonite is a high-end polycarbonate that provides clarity rivaling glass.
Glass: The traditional lens material, glass doesn’t scratch easily and gives the greatest clarity. On the other hand, it’s heavier than polycarbonate, something to consider if you’ve got a higher prescription. Thick glass lenses can add a ton of weight to your frame as well as being more prone to shattering than polycarbonate.
Now that you know what to expect from the frames and lenses, let’s dive into our picks for the best sunglasses for small faces.
One of Oakley’s most iconic frames, now available in an XS size. The Holbrook XS has square lenses and a sturdy but lightweight O-Matter frame that fits round faces the best. Check these out with PRIZM or Iridium lenses if you want the best colors possible.
Oakley Frogskins XS
A classic Oakley look, now also available in an XS size. These sunglasses feature a rounded-square shape made of Oakley’s durable O-Matter. Available with PRIZM lenses for everyday use, these sunglasses can accompany you anywhere and look good on any occasion.
Oakley Flak XS
The Flak is the bestselling Oakley frame, now in an XS size! Wear the Flak XS for any sport, anytime, anywhere. Featuring an O-Matter frame and special Unobtanium grips on the nose and temples, these sunglasses will stand up to the challenge and stay firmly in place even when you break a sweat. Get the Flak XS with interchangeable PRIZM lenses to cover a variety of sports as well as daily life.
The Tifosi Wisp makes a big statement despite its small size. With a sleek, semi-rimless sport design and a wrap frame, these sunglasses are the ultimate in coverage and style. The frame is TR-90 Grilamid paired with polycarbonate lenses—when combined with nose and temple grips, the Wisp is built to last through the activity of your choice.
The smallest Wiley X frame, but don’t let that fool you—the Wiley X Sleek is a versatile pair of sunglasses that’s handy in anything from motorcycle riding to safety work to daily life. Safety-certified with a detachable foam insert, the Sleek will keep dust and debris out of your eyes while being comfortable to wear. Though these sunglasses don’t have grips, the texturing and material on the temples keeps these in place regardless, plus the straight temples make these a great fit under a helmet.
The Persol PO3108S is a timeless, round style that looks good on most anyone and completes any outfit. With an acetate frame and an eye-catching metal bridge, these are the perfect lifestyle sunglasses. Add to that the adjustable nose pads, and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Another iconic look, the Ray-Ban Clubmaster has a striking acetate-and-metal frame and adjustable nose pads as well as Ray-Ban’s classic green glass lenses. This particular size is closer to “medium” than “extra-small,” so if you’re looking for something small but not too small, the Clubmaster is your best bet.
The RAEN Remmy features a retro style with modern construction. The thin temples complement the slightly horned shape while the keyhole bridge adds a slight twist. The acetate frame combined with RAEN’s special plastic lenses makes these sunglasses light as can be while still providing good clarity and durability.
The Kaenon Strand works for both active and casual lifestyles with its round shape, inset nose pads, and acetate frame. The lenses are made of SR-91, Kaenon’s exclusive polycarbonate that passes safety ratings while providing better clarity than other polycarbonate lenses on the market. If you want a pair of sunglasses both lightweight and versatile, the Strand is for you.
The Julbo Resist is a wrap sunglass designed for an active lifestyle. The Spectron polycarbonate lenses are mirrored to enhance visible light and provide a unique sense of style, while the nose pads and temples have grip for increased comfort. Featuring a true XS fit, these sunglasses are guaranteed to look great on you no matter your face shape.
The Serengeti Raffaele exudes style from its pantos-inspired shape to its trendy keyhole bridge. A thin acetate frame pairs nicely with the slightly weightier glass lenses, which are also polarized and photochromic. This means they block glare and get darker the brighter the sun is. You can take your Serengetis with you anywhere.
Inspired by the grace of the manta ray, the Costa Manta has a sleek wraparound frame and grips on the nose and temples. The durable TR-90 Grilamid frame makes these sunglasses great for any activity out on the water, and the Manta comes complete with Costa 580 lenses that filter out harmful light rays to let you see the ocean’s true beauty. You can also choose between polycarbonate or glass lenses, depending on what you plan to use your sunglasses for.
The Costa Hinano features a slightly more rectangular style best for rounder faces, a shape that can be difficult to find in frames on the smaller side. Available either in all black or a two-tone look and with your choice of polycarbonate or glass lenses, the Hinano will enhance your surroundings like never before. Also equipped with Costa 580 lenses, these sunglasses will keep harmful light out of your eyes while sharpening the world’s natural colors.
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