The Sunglasses Edit – 4 Tips For Buying The Perfect Pair of Shades

4 Tips for Buying The Perfect Pair of Sunglasses

It feels like summer is finally here so we might as well make the most of it. Sunglasses are an essential part of your summer wardrobe but so difficult to get right. Do you know your preferred shape or style for you or even what colours suit you? If the answer is no, you’ve come to the right place…



Determine Your face shape

When it comes to buying sunglasses, determining your face shape is just as important as identifying your bra size. It will help you find a better fitting, more functional pair of sunglasses, which all round will appear more chic and stylish than you first thought. Look front on in the mirror and ask yourself what do you see.

Round Face = Square Shape Style
If you have less defined angles and noticeable curves, consider yourself to have a ’round’ face shape. Look for eyewear that will emphasise your the angles you do have to elongate the face and make it appear a lot sharper. Think rectangle or square shape and colourful frames to round-faced sunglasses success.

Oval Face = Any Small(ish) Frame
An oval shaped face will have gently rounded, even features which means any shape is going to work well on them. They really do have it easy, just be sure not to wear huge frames so not to overpower your face.

Square Face = Oval or Circle Style
If you have the same length and width across the face you most likely have a square shaped face. Choose a frame with round or oval shaped lenses as this will help to balance out any harsh angles. Styles such as aviators or any other that favours oval or circular frames will contrast your face shape and create a much softer appearance.

Heart Face = Cat Eye Styles

If you have a heart shaped face, you are widest at the temples and narrowest at the chin. Cat eye styles that featured rounded edges are ideal for shifting the attention downward as they elongate the face which helps to give an all round more balanced look.

Choose the right colour for your skin tone

Everyone has a different skin tone; pale with a pink under tone, medium with yellow undertones, or medium dark skin tones which means you need to consider what colour sunglasses you choose. Just like you would foundation or a lipstick for example, it’s important to get th right colour to enhance your complexion whilst at the same time, choosing a colour that goes with the majority of your outfits. Warm browns and tortoiseshell suits warm colouring.  Cool greys, blues and blacks suit cool colouring.

Price Doesn’t Matter

Whether you’re buying from the great British highstreet or making a more premium purchase, the higher the price doesn’t make them any better. As long as they block 100% of UV rays which can be found for £500, £5o or even £15! Less than half of people bother to check as in this day and age, sunglasses are more of a fashion statement but don’t forget that their purpose really is to protect your eyes.

Polarised lenses cut glare not UV

A few years ago the hype around polarised sunglasses began; for those who have no idea what I’m talking about polarisation reaches glare coming off reflective surfaces like water or the pavement. It became fancy to have that little ‘p’ in the corner but this doesn’t offer any more protection from the sun. It just makes activities such as driving or being on the water safer and more enjoyable – it’s a great extra to have but its not a necessity so don’t think you have to have it.

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