If you’ve recently started shaving your head, you probably have a lot of questions about what looks good and what doesn’t. This probably includes how to choose the best sunglasses for bald men.
Luckily, I’ve been shaving my head for 20 years. In that time I’ve made my share of fashion faux pas (!) but I’ve also learned how to accessorize in a way that complements my shaved head.
When you don’t have hair, finding frames that suit your head shape becomes super important. In this article, I’ll give you my top choice for bald men’s sunglasses, and recommend a pair for every head shape.
I’ll also explain the things bald guys need to be aware of when buying sunglasses, and why this is different just because you no longer have hair.
How to choose sunglasses for bald men
To choose sunglasses as a bald guy, start by understanding your head shape. I covered this point in detail in my article about glasses for bald men, and the principle is the same:
As you can see above, what you’re looking for is a shape for your sunglasses that works well with the outline of your face and head.
If you have a round face, avoid choosing round sunglasses that will only exaggerate the shape of your face. Instead, opt for angular frames that add contrast and definition.
On the other hand, if you have a square face with sharp features, round sunglasses will soften those angles and create a more balanced look.
I’ve listed the common head shapes below and matched each one with a specific pair of sunglasses that will look great.
Other things to consider
Overall, choosing sunglasses as a bald man is much the same as for men with hair, but with much more emphasis on face and head shape.
Then there are other important things to consider.
Firstly, it’s a good idea to use color to create a sense of contrast with your skin tone. Bald guys tend to have a lot of the same color going on without hair to provide that balance.
If you have a pale or medium skin tone, sunglasses are a great way to achieve this as they tend to have dark lenses. If you have dark skin, you can get creative with the color of your frames to achieve the same effect and make the sunglasses stand out as a feature of your face.
Protection against harmful UV rays is a key consideration when choosing sunglasses, as explained by Doctor Eye Health in this video:
Look for lenses that block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays.
Good sunglasses will have a UV rating – the higher the better. According to allaboutvision.com, if you see a pair labeled UV 400, you’ll know that you’re getting near 100% protection from harmful rays.
As well as protecting your eyes, sunglasses with UV protection can also help prevent wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes, which can be a concern for bald men.
As well as face and head shape, you also need to consider the size and proportion of the sunglasses compared to your face.
Sunglasses that are too large or too small can create an unbalanced look, while sunglasses that are the right size can help to enhance the features of the face and create a more polished appearance.
Your personal style comes into play, too. If your dress sense is quirky and bold, you can choose sunglasses that work with this look. Again, experimenting with color is a great way to do this.
On the other hand, if you tend to go for a more understated appearance, then a pair of stylish Wayfarers or Aviators is a good choice.
For starters, different lens colors can be better suited for different lighting conditions and activities. Gray or green lenses can reduce glare and provide true color perception, while yellow lenses are ideal for low-light conditions.
Another important factor is the material of the frames. Sunglasses can be made from various materials, including plastic, metal, and even wood. It’s important to choose a material that is lightweight and comfortable, yet durable enough to withstand daily wear and tear.
Best sunglasses for bald men
J+S Military Style Classic Aviator Sunglasses
- 100% UV protection
- Ultra-light, durable metallic alloy frame
- Multi-layer lens designed to filter and block over 99.96% of glare
Aviators are generally the best style of sunglasses for bald men. When you don’t have hair, the shape of the frames is the key consideration, and Aviators have larger lenses that give a sense of proportion to the face.
I love a pair of Aviator-style shades and keep a pair in the car for sunny days. I always feel a little cooler in them and it’s hard not to think of Tom Cruise, even when I’m stuck in traffic on the school run!
By drawing the eye to the bold shape and large lenses in the center of your face, you’re de-emphasizing your large forehead and exposed scalp. This gives your face contrast and a more balanced look.
Aviators are a timeless and fashionable style of sunglasses, so if you choose them, you can be confident that you’ve nailed the ‘cool’ factor.
With Aviators, you’re choosing a bold shape to create an interesting feature and draw the eye to your face, rather than one that necessarily complements the shape of your head.
It works with most head shapes, but if you have a very round shape to your face you might want to look for a different style. Similarly, bald guys with small heads might want to avoid Aviators because of their oversized lenses.
Aviators work for most bald people, but ultimately your head shape is still going to be a factor. I’ve listed specific recommendations for each head shape below:
The best sunglasses for bald men with round faces
Bald men with more round faces may want to consider sunglasses with angular or square frames, as this can help to add definition to the face and make it appear less rounded.
There are a few styles that help to elongate and slim the face:
Square or rectangular frames
First of all, it’s important to choose sunglasses that will elongate and slim your face. Square or rectangular frames can work wonders for this – they create angular lines and balance out the curves of a round face.
Meetsun Polarized Sunglasses
- 100% UV400 protection
- Strong and lightweight plastic frame
- Restore true color, eliminate reflected light & scattered light
Make sure to go for frames that are wider than they are tall, as this can help to create the illusion of a longer face.
Wayfarer-style sunglasses, with their distinct trapezoidal shape, can be a great option for bald men with round faces. The angled top of the frame creates a more defined brow line and elongates the face.
Ray-Ban RB2140 Original Wayfarer Sunglasses
- The original Ray-Ban Wayfarer
- 100% UV protection
- Strong, lightweight frame
- Precision-cut, scratch-resistant glass lenses
If you have a bald head and a round face, don’t be afraid to try out something more daring, like hexagonal or octagonal shapes. They can add definition and structure to your face, creating a more angular and balanced look.
Geometric Retro Polarized Sunglasses
- Polarized lenses with 99.99% UVA & UVB protection
- Stronger and more flexible than typical plastic frames
The best sunglasses for bald men with square faces
If you have a bald head and a square face, it’s important to choose sunglasses that soften the angles of your face.
Round or oval frames are perfect, as they add curves and balance out the sharp lines of your face. Avoid square or rectangular frames, as they can make your face appear even more angular.
Another great option for you is aviator-style sunglasses. Their teardrop shape complements the angles of your face and can create a more balanced look. You can also try out round frames with thicker rims for a bold statement look.
Premium Al-Mg Alloy Polarized Pilot Sunglasses
- UV400 protection lenses block 100% harmful UVA & UVB rays
- Strong, impact resistance, lightweight frame
- 30-day money-back guarantee
The best sunglasses for bald men with oval faces
For bald men with oval faces, the good news is that you have the most versatile face shape, which means you can pull off almost any style of sunglasses.
However, there are still some tips to keep in mind to help you choose the perfect pair. Since your face is already balanced, you want to choose sunglasses that maintain that balance.
Wayfarers are a great option – their classic, angular shape complements the natural symmetry of your face. You can also try out aviators, round frames, or even cat-eye frames for a bold and fashionable look.
Ray-Ban RB2132 New Wayfarer Sunglasses
- 100% UV protection
- Polarized lenses improve clarity & reduce eye strain
- Fashionable, comfortable, and strong
Best sunglasses for bald men with triangular faces
A broad forehead and a narrower chin create a vaguely triangular shape. Again, we’re working with angles, so choose round sunglasses to create contrast and soften the overall look of your face.
SOJOS Round Polarized Sunglasses
- UV400 lenses – 100% protection
- Ultra-thin, light, strong stainless steel frames
- Polarized lenses filter sunlight-reflected glare
If you have an inverse triangle-shaped face, where the jawline is wide and the forehead is narrower, shades with wider tops and thinner bottoms can help draw attention to the eyes and away from the jawline.
Frames that are wider at the bottom should be avoided as they can exaggerate the width of the jawline.
Ultimately, the best way to choose the right sunglasses as a bald man is to try on different styles and see which ones work best for your features and personal style.
If in doubt, stick to the classics. Aviators look great on most people, so chances are they’ll work for you, too.
Of course, as a stylish bald guy, your sunglasses are just one element of your ensemble. Learn more about fashion for bald men to make sure your overall look is on point, and then check out my guide to how to look good bald.
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What sunglasses do you wear to complement your bald head? Let me know in the comments below!
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