Face the Frames
Choosing the Right Sunglasses
By Jillian Bietz
An essential must-have for any summer outfit, sunglasses are as necessary as they are fashionable. Sunglasses prevent the dangerous rays from the sun from damaging your eyes. But there are so many varieties of sunglasses it can be overwhelming. So how do you know which styles are right for you? It all depends of your face shape. Read on to discover your perfect match!
Square frames, like cat-eyed frames, look best on a rounder face. They elongate and create definition. Stay away from round frames, though. They can make your face look fuller because they draw attention to your cheeks, which are the widest parts of your face.
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Because you face is proportionate from your forehead to your cheeks to your jaw line and chin, oval shaped faces can wear virtually any shape, color, or variety of sunglass. You can even try something colorful or funky. But every face differs slightly, so make sure you feel comfortable in your choice.
Just like round faces should avoid round frames, long faces should avoid vertical shapes, which will make your face appear even longer and slimmer. Opt for wide, rounded frames to add curvy definition to your sharper, prominent features.
Heart Shapes Faces:
Rectangle, round or aviator shapes will flatter your face wonderfully. Because aviators are straight at the top, they draw attention away from a sharp jaw. Rectangle or round frames are noticeable and dramatic, so they accentuate your eye area.
Round or oval shaped glasses soften up a square face shape. They widen and lengthen your face, while reducing sharp features to create a great, soft look. Avoid straight or sharper frames that will make your face appear more angular.
Before you head out shopping, here are some helpful tips:
- Although most do, make sure your glasses have UV protection.
- Brown colored lenses are more protective than other colored lenses.
- Dark black glasses look super cool and dramatic against pale skin.
Larger frames can overwhelm a smaller face.
- Small frames can look out of place on a larger face.
Make sure your glasses soften up your sharper feature.
- Retro shapes and classic men's styles are hot this summer.
- If your glasses feel uncomfortable (i.e. don't fit the bridge of your nose properly) don't get them. Unlike clothes, their shape or fit won't change from wash or wear.
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