Choosing the Right Sunglasses for Your Face–It’s Science!
Updated: Jul 12
Finding the right frames for your face is not a simple task. While the fashionista makes it look easy and breezy, the reality is that it can be a stressful experience for the average man or woman. The wrong sunglasses can drown out your beautiful facial features instead of accentuating them or they can make you look like a bug. Before you give up searching and settle for the common aviators, here are a few helpful tricks to assist you in finding the right sunglasses for your face.
Start with Your Face
Even before you walk into a store there is some important research that you must do. You need to determine what kind of face shape you have. Standard shapes are heart, oval, square, and narrow. Find a mirror and observe your overall bone structure as well as your chin, jaw, forehead, and hairline. If you are unsure of what shape you are then look up some photos online to compare. When choosing sunglasses, you will typically want to find a frame that contrasts with the shape of your face. For example, if you have an oval face you may want to choose a rectangular frame. If you have a square face you may want around the frame. No one normally has a face that is perfectly round or square, so play around with each shape to find the one that contrasts best.
Add a Dash of Color
The next important step to finding your frames is picking out the appropriate color. Since sunglasses are only worn occasionally, you have a variety of color options to choose from. If you are seeking to make a statement then consider pairing your sunglasses with a clothing color that you wear often. If you wish for them to blend in more than try to match your sunglasses with the color of your hair. Another nice rule that gives a slightly classier look is to contrast the color of your frames with your hair. For someone with blonde hair, a black frame will make a strong statement. Red hair with white or gold frames is very complimentary. Black hair pairs well with white or red frames. There are almost endless options for brown hair. With these ideas in mind, start experimenting to find the right color for you.
Set the Scene
Sunglasses are worn for recreational and outdoor purposes so it is important to factor in where you will be wearing them the most so that you can choose the right size. For a beach day, having wider frames may help to prevent sunlight from burning your eyes and also look good when paired with a really big hat. For playing sports, you may need a frame that wraps around your face and hugs your cheeks so that they do not fall off. Larger lenses typically compliment people who have strong and dark facial features. Whereas for people with light or small features typically look more appropriate with smaller frames.
Find Your Fashion Trend
Sunglasses started to become popular in the early 1900s mainly due to television and movie appearances. By the 1930’s they were becoming more affordable and accessible. Initially, aviators and round lenses appeared and were the sunglasses of choice. By the ’40s and ’50s, the style had evolved to the cat-eye frames. The ’60s and ’70s saw bigger and rounder frames with bold colors and drastic contrasts. The style became less bold in the ’80s and ’90s, and then at the turn of the century, there were clear and frameless sunglasses. Over time we have seen the development of very distinct styles, but today vintage glasses have also seen a reemergence. The style has evolved to include the trends of the old incorporated in the styles of the new. Now more than ever you have a variety to choose from. If you are someone who finds that overwhelming then understanding the history of fashion trends can help you appreciate the accessory that you decide to wear. With how fast trends change and how expensive designers are, it can be difficult to decide when to splurge or save on designer items - so make sure to do your research first! Find a pair of sunglasses that compliment your personal style and make a statement beyond the color or the shape.
What's Your Frame Style?
I hope that these tips are a helpful resource for you as you continue your search for the perfect frames. The most important part is to find sunglasses that you love and feel the most comfortable in. Taking a friend along with you to the store may be a great idea if you are seeking out a second opinion, but at the end of the day if you enjoy them then you have found the right sunglasses for your face.