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Being bald is nothing to hide – as a matter of fact, it can be quite sexy. Lack of hair on your dome doesn’t mean you can’t accessorize your head, of course – and what better way to accentuate your features than with a great pair of glasses.
Read on to learn how to select the best glasses for bald men.
What Glasses Look Good on Bald Heads?
Many styles look great on heads with both full heads of hair as well as none. The key to finding flattering glasses mostly comes down to your face shape, in addition to skin tone.
There is no right or wrong, of course, but there are guidelines that can help you find the ideal pair of glasses to complement your look.
Best Glasses For Baldies and Shaved Heads
Here are some examples of great glasses for bald guys. We will be focusing primarily on the shape of the frames in contrast to your face. The colors are variable, so try a few different hues that go well with your skin tone before deciding.
The traditional round frame complements square face shapes with an equally wide forehead, cheekbones, and jaw. They’re ideal if you have a strong jawline or close-cropped beard, as the rounded edges will help balance out angular features.
Lots of color choices give you the option for a subtle accessory, or go bold with a pop of color.
Ever since The Blues Brothers made Ray-Ban’s Wayfarer a hit, it’s been a classic style that hasn’t faded with time. The best part is, it looks great on most face and head shapes, with enough variations to flatter angular or round features.
Whether you’re clean-shaven, sporting a 5 0’clock shadow, or have a full beard, be a timeless icon with either the real thing or a look-alike pair.
On a budget? Try the more economical Wayfarer-style Muse Gilford:
Rimless or Semi-Rimless
Don’t want a big chunky frame to cover up your face? Semi-rimless or rimless glasses are the perfect choice if clean and sophisticated is what you want. They come in all manner of lens shapes and sizes too, so take your pick. The rounded trapezoidal lens is our favorite, whether you’re in a boardroom or a classroom.
It’s true, glasses do make you look smart – so why not pump your IQ style up a few notches? Just keep in mind that these won’t work well if you have a strong prescription since frameless glasses require thin lenses.
Budget Pick: Revel Dwayne Titanium Rimless Glasses
Rectangular frames look great on bald or shaved heads, with or without a beard. With an exposed dome, rectangular glasses provide a nice contrasting shape to the top of your head and can really highlight your eyes if you pick the right color.
Round or oval face shapes do well with the narrow rectangle, giving rounder faces the illusion of length to balance out the width.
If you need to up your cool factor immediately, a pair of aviator sunglasses is in order. The teardrop aviator lens looks great on all face shapes, so if you have one of the more difficult shapes to complement – like oblong or diamond-shaped – give them a whirl. It’s super fly with facial hair too – be it a goatee, a soul patch, or a shaggy beard.
Thin metal frames like aviators also usually have adjustable nosepads too. If you want a pair that will serve you both indoors and out, get some photochromic lenses that automatically darken while you’re in the sun and lighten when you’re inside.
Look, if you’re bald with a full beard, you’ve already made a bold style choice. Why not go one step further with a splash of color? You know you can pull off some tinted lenses with that, no problem.
Full-rim frames with large lenses help balance out your proportions with the facial hair – so go for it. Be the life of the party!
Finally, a pair of wraparound sunglasses is the ideal choice if comfort and performance are critical in your day-to-day use. These are usually sport or performance wear glasses with lenses that curve around your face for full peripheral vision.
They’re great on bald heads because there’s no tugging or sliding around – rounded temple arms that hug your face keep them where they should be, and it stays put even when you slide them on top of your crown.
Your face shape is one of the most important factors that should be considered while shopping for glasses. If you’re not sure what face shape you have, use a non-permanent marker to draw the outline of your face while you look in a mirror.
Alternatively, you can also find your face shape by outlining the edge of your face on a photo (either digitally or physically on a printed photo).
Most people will have one of the following shapes (you might also be a combination of more than one shape):
Let’s start with the lucky ones, those with oval faces. If you have an oval face shape, everything will look good on you. The largest selection of glasses will be available, so feel free to pick the ones that best suit your taste.
Those with square faces have many straight lines and angles on their visage, so you need something to balance it out. For these types, round glasses are best. The smooth rounded edges of the frame are ideal.
The opposite is true for bald people with rounder, softer faces. You will need something with straighter, harsher lines to compliment your look. If you find yourself in this category, consider getting rectangular or square frames.
Oblong faces need a frame that balances one’s face’s vertical length, with a more horizontal, bulkier glasses frame. Ideally, square glasses and aviators will suit you well.
Heart-shaped faces have a more V taper, as they narrow progressively towards the chin. Aside from being considered one of the most handsome face types, it also lets you pick from a broad selection of frames. You can choose aviators, oval and square frames, as each works well.
Facial hair – Glasses and Beards
Being bald gives you a golden opportunity to play around with your facial hair. Shaving your head is a time of experimenting with goatees, beards, mustaches, or even a clean-shaven look.
Sporting a bearded look will give your face more symmetry and accentuate your jawline by making it seem stronger. A close-cropped beard will put many angles on your face, so a rounder pair of frames will compensate and complement the look. A fuller beard can sport more rectangular frames, with a well-defined top line.
A goatee sharpens the lower half of your head, especially if you have a round face and need to compensate for the softer angles. Goatees can also look great on long faces. You can get away with rounder frames to complement the more extended angles of your face and goatee.
With a clean-shaven look, you’re on your own. You don’t have facial hair shapes to consider and balance, so go with your face shape alone. In many ways, it is easier to select sunglasses for bald guys if you don’t have to account for facial hair.
If you want to rock a mustache, try glasses with a more retro look for the gravitas.
Before you make a selection, you need to establish what skin tone you have. You need to get this right, as it will determine your frames’ color. You can end up with a very flat or strident look if you don’t select a color that complements your skin.
In essence, there are two primary tones: warm and cold. These two are further divided based on their shade, into dark, medium, or light.
- Warm undertones: if you have a pale complexion with a yellowish tinge, look for frames of a darker color or warmer, neutral colors.
- Cool undertones: light skin with a cooler undertone should select a frame with a cooler hue. You can go with beige, pink, or blue.
- Warm undertones: if you have medium skin with a greenish or yellowish undertone, you should select brown, tortoiseshell, gold, or earthy green.
- Cool undertones: if you have medium skin with blue or pink hues, purple, blue, and red and suitable colors for your frames.
- Warm undertones: If you are dark-skinned and have a more golden hue, that falls into the warmer tones. Greens, gold, and rich brown are the best colors for a frame.
- Cool undertones: Dark skin with a blue hue. Try smoky blue, black, and purple for your frames.