As straightforward as you may think shopping for sunglasses should be the reality is often very different. Whether trying on in store or ordering online with a wide variety of frames in different colours and styles to choose from finding a pair that tick all the boxes can be a nightmare.
In an ideal world, we’d all have a dozen pairs to suit our ever-changing mood and look, but in reality, glasses can be expensive (especially if you have prescription lenses) so you want to make sure the ones you get are not only providing great UV protection and durability you also want them to be as flattering as possible.
Here’s everything you need to know about buying sunglasses to compliment your colouring and suit your face shape and style.
When picking a pair to suit your face shape choose a pair that balance out your proportions.
Most shapes suit – opt for a slightly wider frame if your face is long
D Shape Sunglasses – Specsavers
Oval shape and softened square frames will look great. A clear bridge and high set arms will help to lengthen your face
Prada Sunglasses – John Lewis
Square shape frames and low set arms and/or bridges will work well adding width to your face
Bvlgari iva Metal Framed Sunglasses – granoptic.com
Soften a strong jaw line and wide cheekbones choosing a curvy style frame with high set arms
Tortoiseshell Polarised Sunglasses – Boots
Avoid heavy top frames instead opting for softened rectangular shape frames with low set arms
Ted Baker Britta Sunglasses – amazon.co.uk
Avoid adding width at the temples – avaitor and cat’s eye style will both look great.
Aviator Rayban Sunglasses – Sunglass Hut
1. Choose colours to match your overall colouring
If cool undertone: try blue, black, grey, silver, white, red, pink and purple frames, and grey, blue, pink, purple or black lenses
White Wayfarers sunglasses – amazon.co.uk
Black Prada sunglasses – Sunglass Hut
Pink Channel sunglasses – designervillage.com
If warm undertone: try tortoiseshell, olive, brown, gold, and bronze frames and brown or green lenses
Emporio Armani Coral sunglasses – Oliver Bonas
Channel Olive Green Avaitor sunglasses – designervillage.com
Versace Gold and Brown sunglasses – Sunglass Hut
2. Follow the natural line of the eyebrow
The top bar should imitate the shape of, or cover your eyebrows. If you have bits of eyebrows visible, try a different frame that covers them
3. Ensure the widest part of the frame is no wider than the broadest part of your face
This ensures the width of the glasses are in balance with the width of your face
4. Eyes should be in center of lens
This is particuarly important if your sunglasses have prescription lenses. Most lenses are ground concavely on the inner surface and convex on the outer surface. If your eyes are not in the center of the lens it can lead to eye strain. You should not be able to see out of the top, bottom or the sides of the frames without straining to look through those areas. Your lenses should cover about 80 to 90% of your field of vision.
5. Choose frames in proportion to face size
The scale of the frames shouldn’t overwhelm the size of your face and features
6. Glasses Bridge
A low or dark bridge will shorten your nose and a high or clear bridge will make the most of a small nose
7. Balancing Wide or Close Set Eyes
Opt for darker bridges to bring wide eyes together and a clear or narrow bridge to widen close set eyes
It’s worth investing where possible in sunglasses that reach high standards as the lenses are protecting your eyes and your ability to see.
If you would like some help choosing the perfect pair of sunglasses contact me for a FREE 30 minute call. Alternatively join me at my forthcoming Get Style Savvy workshop on Saturday 24 June from 10.30am – 12.30pm. For more details or to book your place click on the link below.