Sunglasses are not only eye protection, but also an accessory to enhance your look. To look your best with glasses, in general, you need to find the right, great timeless designs for you. Because the right style balances your facial features. Read how you can identify which sunglass frames are best for you.
- Stop Your Vision Aid’s Sabotage of Your Look
- How Do You Determine Your Face Type?
- Square and Rectangular Faces Need Soft Shaped Designs
- Which Sunglass Frames Are Best for You when Having a Heart-Shaped Face?
- Best Frames for Round Faces
- Oval Features – Your Free Choice
- What’s Trending in Sunglasses?
- Sunglasses that Match my Style
- Wrapping Up Which Sunglass Frames Are Best for You
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Stop Your Vision Aid’s Sabotage of Your Look
As a teenager, I really hated my glasses. Selecting eyeglasses was a real pain in the b…! I was too short-sighted to judge whether the pair was flattering on my face color- and style wise. Moreover, they also were a long-term (at that time 3 years), limiting commitment for my looks. As if that weren’t enough! Since my parents payed for them, they had the last word in the choice! The result: Mine were sporty, while my style wasn’t casual at all!
Don’t get me wrong: My parents made a good choice at the pair looking flattering on my face. However, these frames failed to match my style and color preferences! The pairs would have been perfect with jeans, a T-shirt, sneakers and parka sort of look. But I wasn’t allowed to wear this “uniform” that everyone in my class was wearing. The result, I didn’t wear my glasses because they screwed up my outfits!
I called my glasses “prostheses” back then!
How Do You Determine Your Face Type?
Stylists distinguish five major face features: Square, rectangular, oval, heart-shape, and round. There are three – more or less easy – ways to determine your face shape (from the most difficult to easiest one):
- using dry-erase marker
- using a dry-erase marker or
- taking this quiz.
In all cases, you need a mirror. The first step is to get your hair out of your face. Next relax your face and look directly with both eyes at the mirror. Now either take a front selfie of your face or the dry-erase marker to outline your reflection. Note doing the marking yourself is hard as you have to avoid to move while tracing your face. Therefore, it is best to get help from a second person.
When taking the quiz look into the mirror before answering each questions.
On your phone overlay your face with a non-filled square, rectangular, oval, heart, and round-shape of the size of your face. The shape that is the best match is your face type.
In the case of the non-digital method, tape transparent paper over your drawing and copy the lines. Determine which geometric figure your drawing looks like.
Square and Rectangular Faces Need Soft Shaped Designs
Try horizontal oval or round glasses to balance your angles. Try a cat-eye, a semi-rimless or rimless style like the pieces shown in the collage.
Which Sunglass Frames Are Best for You when Having a Heart-Shaped Face?
You are lucky because of the fine symmetry of your face. Feature it with playful models that are wider than your forehead and have a thin temple. Try frames with details on the bottom. Try aviators or rectangular sunnies with slightly squared edges on the bottom and slightly rounded tops.
Best Frames for Round Faces
Feature your beautiful soft features with angular lines to look your best. Try square wayfarer. When your goal is to give the illusion of a more oval face try square frames that are wider than high. Do you want to widen your eyes? Try sunnies with a wide bridge or a bridge in another color.
Oval Features – Your Free Choice
An oval face is like a blank canvas as it is very balanced. This means you don’t have to worry about which sunglass frames are best for you. You can pull off any style with great confidence. Try frames wider than your face, choose frames that cover your eyebrows, and experiment with cool looks that match your personal style.
The photos below show me with huge cat eye frames.
Frame Color Is Important too
Recall the 1980s, when we all got our colors done, as we called it. When picking a frame, be sure to choose a flattering color. While statement colors are perfectly fine with sunglasses, they may be a problem for everyday glasses. Neutrals are best as the go with everything.
Unfortunately, it’s not only that the color and frame must be flattering, the frame also can change the character of your look. Just compare the two outfit photos above as an example for how the color of the frame can change the vibe of your outfit. The grateful golden tortoise frame yields a soft, grateful look vs. the self-confident sapphire blue frame that gives the same look a tougher, more intellectual vibe.
Sunglasses that Match my Style
Wrapping Up Which Sunglass Frames Are Best for You
When you wear your eyewear also as a style statement create an eyeglass collection to match the color of the frame or glasses with your look as seen in the photos above. Of course, the above findings also apply for your reading, computer, and prescription glasses. Before buying a new pair read these tips how to buy eyeglasses and sunglasses to pay less and get more. Learn why you should wear computer glasses.
Stylist tip: Do you know that your face shape also determines which earrings look best on you? Check it out.
Photos of me: G. Kramm
Graphics: N. Mölders
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