Sunglasses have been exceeding their role as basic eye-protection for decades and have now become a staple accessory for fashion-conscious folk everywhere. There are now more styles available than one can shake a stick at.
Online vendors everywhere offer a plethora of different options that can be at your doorstep in no time flat. But, as so often happens in the modern internet age, this overflow of different options can be a bit bewildering. Aside from current trends, one has to take into account the kind of frames that go with one's own face. So, how does one choose the right pair of shades? Here is a quick breakdown of how to get it right.
You may know your own face shape. You may also think you know your own face shape and be wrong. Self-perception can be a funny thing. This is why we recommend a quick double-check by a friend. You might be surprised by the results!
Once you know for sure, you can start choosing fashion eyewear that is specifically designed to complement your face shape. There are four main kinds of face: heart-shaped, square, round and oval. You may fall somewhere between two different possibilities, e.g. a little rounded and a little square, but you'll likely lean towards one over the other. Now, product descriptions for sunglasses will often give advice and what kind of face they go well with but here are some basic guidelines.
B A S I C G U I D E L I N E S
Heart-shaped: As a general rule, you'll want to stick to glasses that are wider at the top than the bottom. Some examples are cat-eye or retro square.
Square: You've got a dominant looking face, so it pays to soften things a little with thin or even rimless frames. Curves are also your friend. Some good choices are round frames or aviator sunglasses.
Round: Angles, baby! That's where it's at for you. You can also lean towards large, even over-sized frame styles. Think Hepburn and sixties chic or Steve McQueen's classic square frames.
You lucky devil, you! Your face shape allows you to pull off both rounded and square frames. Go nuts!
The new style of aviators is making its comeback in a big way.
Mirrored lenses and cat-eye frames are doing the rounds on the high street with modern takes on the classics. Clear frames are also trending thanks to their ability to wow you without clashing with a colour scheme.
Once you bear in mind the shape of you face and keep an eye on what sunglasses designers are making into the hottest accessories right now, you'll be able to avoid the pitfall of ordering something, opening up the box, popping them on and finding they lack that certain something!
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