Summer is round the corner and as well as getting the summer clothes out we need to think about accessories.
Sunglasses are one of the most popular fashion accessories, they enhance the looks and make us appear more stylish, helping us hide a bad night sleep, lack of eye make up, tired eyes…to name a few. Picking the right sunglasses can be tricky at times as it is important to be aware and keep up with the ongoing trends as well as picking the finding the ones that suit our face shape and complexion.
The choice is huge, aiming to suit everyone in every occasion. I have divided them in five main categories from the most extravagant to the classic styles that come back every year.
Cat eye sunshades, popular during the 50’s and 60’s among the fashionistas could be the main trend this summer. Very classy and feminine we can find them in flashy playful styles as well as in classic versions.
Oversized shades, often in quirky shapes these styles are taking over the streets, loved by the fashionistas can be found in retro styles or new styles. Oval or diamond shapes, square or even heart shaped, anything goes this season. They usually suit square, oval and rectangle faces, however be ready to attract attention, you will definitely be turning heads.
Teashade Sunglasses, these are classics that have been worn by Elton John or Lady Gaga. They are not particularly easy to wear, as they do not suit every face shapes, although once spotted the right ones they can look elegant and sophisticated. One of a kind accessory that will make you stand out.
Sporty sunglases, you do not need to be an athlete to find an occasion to wear these sunglasses, they are the perfect accessory for a day out in the park playing sports with the kids or to wear when you go for a walk on a sunny Sunday morning, no eye make up, no problem, still looking fabulous. Classics worth having in our collection of sunglasses.
Aviator sunglasses, the well known Ray Ban’s par excellence, probably the best selling and most popular sunglasses in the world. Great for most face shapes and sizes. There are three sizes available and they never go out of fashion. Look good when creating a casual look, easy to wear and their classic shape suits everyone.
A few tips:
- Rounded frames are great with a square face; rectangular frames are great with a heart shaped face, and square frames are great with a round face.
- Make sure they fit well or they will fall off your face. Be aware of your surroundings if you are playing sports, they might fly off accidentally.
- Make sure they look and feel good on your face. You don’t want sunglasses that are too small/big or just look good and don’t feel good.
Face shape guide
Oval face -Mostly balanced proportions. chin is slightly narrower than forehead and cheekbones are high.
Frames to try: most frame shapes work with oval faces.Square, rectangular and geometric shapes which add angles to soft curves. Frames to Avoid: frames that are too large for your features.
Square face- Angular face with a strong jaw line, broad forehead and square chin. Proportional length and width.
Frames to try: Oval and round frames; Glasses with temples that are center set or that connect at the top of the frame; and Butterfly shaped glasses. Frames to avoid: Geometric and square shaped frames that accentuate angles of the face; and low-set temples or color accents on the bottom of the frames that draw emphasis to the chin
Rectangle -Narrow shape that’s longer than it is wide. Angular features with high cheekbones, a longer nose and tall forehead.
Frames to try: Tall frames that help create a shorter face; and broad glasses with an accented top rim or decorative temple that adds width. Frames to avoid: small frames that are out of proportion; and short frames that accentuate face length.
Inverted triangle -Broad forehead and wide cheek bones that narrow to a small chin.
Frames to Try- Bottom-heavy frames that add width to lower face; styles with low-set temples to draw attention downward; and narrow, round frames that soften the forehead. Frames to avoid: Top-heavy styles that draw attention upward; Decorative temples that accentuate the broad upper face.
Round - Full cheeks, rounded chin with few angles. Width and length are in same proportions.
Frames to Try- Angular and geometric frames that sharpen facial features; Rectangular and horizontal styles make faces appear longer and thinner; and Upswept frames that draw attention to top of face. Frames to avoid: small frames that are out of proportion; and short frames that accentuate face length.