by Jamie Bartlett June 10, 2020 4 min read

Sunglasses for big heads

Struggling to find shades that’ll fit you?

Here’s 7 tips and sunglasses suggestions to help you find the best sunglasses for a big head.


Man holding a pair of black sunglasses in both his hands in front of his face


1: Let's talk sizing

In glasses-terms, you’re probably in the upper end of the scale when it comes to dimensions and fit.

Anything above the UK male average of 57.2cm in circumference is heading towards “large.”

But there’s more to consider when finding the perfect pair of sunglasses, such as the;

A) Lens diameter / B) Bridge-width / C) Temple length


sizeA □ sizeB sizeC


These basic millimetre dimensions are usually printed on the inside of the frame, either on the frame or the arm. 

These tiny numbers indicate the width of each lens, the bridge-width and the length of the temple.

Regular sunglasses 45 □ 19 135


The best sunglasses frames for a big head will tend to have a large lens width of 55mm or more and a temple length of 145mm or more.

Black aviator sunglasses 55 □ 22 145

black aviator sunglasses for a big head



Ginger haired man wearing a white Tshirt and black aviator sunglasses

2: Face shape

To make things easier, you should try to establish what sort of face shape you have.

Luckily, you can download this free PDF guide which you can use to find the perfect pair of sunglasses for your face shape.

Check it out...


PDF guide that helps you find sunglasses that suit you



    The best sunglasses for a big head tend to be big and tall sunglasses styles which means you'll be in one of these two camps.


    Sunglasses for a round face male

    Leonardo Dicaprio wearing large square aviator sunglasses


    Your face is round in appearance with soft cheeks and jawline. You might even have the odd dimple here or there.


    Large boxy frames with sharp corners and straight lines are going to contrast your face-shape perfectly.

    Ideally, your sunglasses will have sharp corners where they overhang your cheeks which gives more definition to your face. Large sunglasses like those below are going to suit you the best.

    tortoise aviator sunglasses for a big head


    Sunglasses for wide faces and square features

    Ryan Reynolds wearing a round grey aviator sunglasses frame


    Your jawline and cheekbones are more prominent which gives your face shape defined geometry and a square-ish appearance.


    The best sunglasses for men with square jawlines tend to be more rounded in the lower half.

    A softly curved frame, overhanging your cheekbones, will soften the angularity of your square face shape. A rounded frame-style like this will bring contrast to your face resulting in a more balanced aesthetic.

    Our classic aviator sunglasses are a perfect example.

    grey aviator sunglasses for a big head


    3: "The narrowing effect"

    To create a narrowing effect on your large head, avoid sunglasses with thick chunky temples on the sides.

    Sunglasses with thick ‘paddle’ sides tend to draw attention to the widest regions of your head. This gives the impression of width, which you’ll probably want to avoid.


    Subsequently, the best sunglasses for a wide head should have a thin temple and a large frame-front. This little hack will create a higher degree of contrast on your face rather than the sides.

    Large sunglasses with a thin temple gives the illusion of a smaller face.

    black square polarised sunglasses


    Blonde haired man inspecting a pair of grey acetate sunglasses

    4: Material & Colour

    Depending on your dress-style, you’ve got a wide variety of colour choice when it comes to finding the best sunglasses for a big head.

    Ultimately, this is a fashion-based decision so you’re best sticking to a colour of sunglasses frame that you’ll feel comfortable wearing out and about in the sun.


    Blonde haired man presenting a pair of grey sunglasses to the viewer


    This might sound obvious, but compared to choosing spectacles, the biggest aesthetic advantage of sunglasses is the large dark lens.

    The leniency of a dark sun-lens gives you a far wider scope in terms of frame colour as the majority of the contrast is created by the dark polarised lenses.


    If you like loud and colourful accessories, this is your chance to experiment with outlandish colour combinations. Those big dark lenses will forgive the loudest of sunglasses frames.


    If colour isn’t your thing, a neutral sunglasses frame is probably the safest bet when it comes to harmonising with your wardrobe. A transluscent grey sunglasses frame or a pair of black aviators are your safest bet.

    black aviator sunglasses for a big head


    Aerial view of aviator sunglasses being handmade on white workbench

    5: Quality

    Which red-blooded male actually likes shopping?

    If you invest wisely, a high-quality sunglasses frame should last you season after season.

    Long term, this is going to save you from yet another seasonal search for sunglasses that’ll fit you. This approach is infinitely better for the environment and for your wallet too.

    Plus, cheap sunglasses tend to break easily and might not even have UV light protection.

    Luckily for you, our British made sunglasses are handmade from premium grade cellulose acetate and bespoke metal hardware.


    Each pair of glasses pass through a series of in-house processes that transforms them from acetate sheet to our online sunglasses shop.

    In terms of quality, our handmade sunglasses are made right here in our Scottish workshop using the finest materials and hard-earned craftsmanship.


    Bearded man in the mountains wearing a white shirt and large black sunglasses frame

    6: Polarised lenses

    When it comes to quality, polarised sunglasses should be at the top of your list.

    But what is the difference between polarised and non polarised sunglasses?

    You see, regular sunglasses are good at protecting your eyes from the sun. They cover the basics of UV eye protection which is pretty damn essential.

    But polarised sunglasses take your sunglasses to a whole new level.


    They still protect your eyes from UV light, but they have an in-built chemical layer which is sandwiched inside the lens.

    This layer filters-out unpolarised sunlight which drastically reduces glare and gives a silky-smooth viewing experience. Learn more here.

    The worthy addition of polarised lenses will make your investment the best sunglasses for a big head.

    grey square polarised sunglasses


    7: Go bespoke

    Want something that little extra special?

    Why not design your own pair of sunglasses?

    Download this free PDF kit to kick-start your sunglasses idea into a fully-fledged 2D concept.

    Using the pre-planned guidelines and outline geometry, you can design your very own pair of bespoke sunglasses.


    A step by step PDF guide to designing your own sunglasses.



      • 17 page PDF guide
      • Industry jargon buster
      • Instructions
      • Guidelines & standard dimensions
      • Exclusive design template
      • x5 lens tint options
      • Exemplar sunglasses design


      Man putting on a black sunglasses frame with one hand



      Jamie Bartlett
      Jamie Bartlett

      Co-founder of Banton Frameworks.

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