A perfect pair of sunglasses can elevate your complete look — even if you are wearing something really simple like jeans and a T-shirt. The trick, of course, is knowing what the right pair is for you.
The rule of thumb when choosing sunglasses that will look attractive is to choose frames that contrast the geometry of your face shape.
So, how do you know which shades are right for you? First, you’ll need to figure out whether your face is heart, round, oval, or square. We suggest asking a friend, looking in the mirror,or taking a selfie. Once you’ve found your face shape, then you can begin to pick sunglasses that will complement your features.
Oval faces tend to have well-proportioned features, with the forehead and chin somewhat narrower and the cheeks more pronounced. If you have an oval face you’re in luck, as almost any type of sunglasses will suit you. So the choice depends more on the effect you’re looking for. Square sunglasses ensure more striking contours, while round sunglasses create a gentler impression.
Round faces have features that aren’t strongly defined and that make a gentle impression. The forehead and cheeks tend to have a similar width, while the chin is round. Square and rectangular sunglasses will lend your face sharper contours and make it appear more stretched. Frames with narrow rims will further emphasise this effect.
Typical for heart-shaped faces are a wide forehead and cheeks and a narrow, slightly pointed chin. Sunglasses that create some balance between the brow area and chin are a smart choice here. They should make the chin appear softer without over-emphasising the forehead. One way of achieving this is with round frames or aviators.
Square faces feature a forehead, cheeks and jaw that are all approximately the same width. Round sunglasses and aviators are an ideal way of softening such faces. Butterfly and cat-eye sunglasses can also look good on square faces. Square sunglasses, on the other hand, create a slightly severe impression by emphasising what’s already there.
When weighing up which style of sunglasses to buy, remember that it’s about protecting your eyes as well as fashion. So it’s important that certain UV-protection criteria are fulfilled. This means that, if possible, the frame should be as broad as your face at the temples, so as to prevent light from getting in from the sides. Think about what kind of statement you wish to make with the sunglasses. If you want to stand out from the crowd then a larger, bolder frame may be the way to go.