The incomparable Audrey Hepburn was the epitome of style in her “Manhatten” sunglasses in Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
Sunglasses can not only add glamour to an outfit but are also fabulous for camouflaging less-than-bright or puffy eyes. And, now that Summer is here they really are an essential part of our wardrobe. Quite apart from looking stylish, they will also shield your eyes from the damaging effects of UV, help out with itchy hayfever eyes and, presumably, add an extra layer of protection against covid-19.
To look your best though, you need to understand the styles that will suit your face shape, scale and colouring. The most popular designs are the classics such as “Jackie-O” over-sized, wayfarers and aviators and these will never date so are safe choices. However there’s no reason why you can’t also inject a bit of personality and fun into your wardrobe with some more quirky choices.
Choosing the right shape and scale
Your face shape will dictate the best shape of glasses for you so take your time to work out which styles flatter your face. You also need to consider the size of the frame; if you have a small face with petite features, it will be overwhelmed by very large heavy frames, whereas these can look really good on someone with strong features and a larger bone structure.
Just like regular spectacles, make sure your sunglasses are a good fit. You don’t want them sitting uncomfortably or sliding down your nose or hurting the backs of your ears (I speak from experience here as unfortunately I have a pair that give me a headache after about 30 minutes wear!) Also make sure they fit well on the bridge on the bridge so that the frames are not resting on your face.
Yours is the most balanced face, so most styles of frame will suit you. Make sure that the scale of the frames balances with the scale of your face, and avoid frames with extreme angles.
You need to give width to your face by extending the width of the frames and softening the lines. Try oval or rounded shapes.
Wider frames with a low bridge will give the illusion of shortening the face. Avoid sharp angles on your frames. Wide arms will “break up” the length of the face, and visually shorten the length of your face.
Keep the size of the frame within the width of your face – you don’t want the top of your head to look wider. Thin frames are good for you.
Angular frames are good, as are those that are slightly wider than your face, but avoid heavy rounded frames, which will emphasize the roundness of your face.
Choosing your best colour
Nowadays, sunglasses can be found in an array of colours. Coloured frames aren’t to everyone’s taste but they will appeal to those with a Creative style personality who may want to have several pairs to wear with different outfits. If you’re investing in a fairly expensive pair of sunglasses though, it makes sense to go with a neutral that flatters your colouring that won’t date. If you’ve had a colour analysis, a good way of choosing the colour of your frames is to lay them across your colour wallet so that you can see which work best with your colouring.
Pattern can look a bit busy on the face but certain personalities will still want embrace it. Tortoiseshell and other animal prints are the most wearable because they tend to use muted tones so are not too vivid. If you can afford more than one pair then you could have one practical and one fun pair!
The colour of your lens is also important. Most lenses are very dark brown or grey to black but some have a green or yellow tint and some a slight pink or purple tint. Here, as with your frames, you want the lenses to compliment your colouring as much as possible and your skin tone should be your guide. Brown will be warmer as will the deep green tinted lenses; these work best on warm skin tones. The grey and black and pink tinted colours will suit cool skin tones.
For more recommendations of which glasses suit particular face shapes and where to but them click here.
Enjoy the Summer sunshine in your super-stylish sunglasses!