Do you know which sunglasses are best for you?

#fashionover50 midlife woman looking posh with sunglasses
  1. Sunglasses are more than eye protection
  2. How to determine your face type
  3. Square and rectangular faces need soft shaped glasses
  4. Heart-shape faces
  5. Best frames for round faces
  6. Oval features – your free choice
  7. Wrapping up

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Sunglasses are more than eye protection

This month featured accessory are glasses. For looking your best with sunglasses, you need not only to find great timeless designs, but also choose the right design for you. In other words, it is important to know which type of frames suits you the best. Like with dressing for your body shape, you want to choose the style that balances your facial features.

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midlife blogger looking posh in quilted jacket, floral skirt and Ed Hardy glasses
Hinge quilted nude cropped leather jacket, Talbot silk floral print skirt (all own), silk shirt c/o Lilysilk, and orange green tinted Steger Ed Hardy glasses

How to 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):

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 or take the quiz. Note doing the marking yourself is hard as you have to avoid to move while tracing your face.

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 glasses

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.

sunglasses frames for rectangular and square face type

Heart-shape faces

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.

sunglasses that may look great on heart-shaped faces

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.

 frames for round faces

Oval features – your free choice

An oval face is like a blank canvas as it is very balanced. 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 cateye frames.

midlife blogger in floral skirt, leather jacket and large sunglasses

fashion blogger with oval face with cateye sunnies

stylist in posh spring look with sunglasses, jacket, skirt, shirt, and pumps
Outfit details: Hinge quilted blush leather jacket, Talbot silk full skirt, Calvin Klein pumps, pendant necklace, Celine tote (all own), silk shirt c/o Lilysilk, and Steger Ed Hardy sunglasses

Wrapping up

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 glasses and prescription glasses. Before buying a new pair read these tips how to buy eyeglasses and sunglasses to pay less and get more.

Do you know that your face shape also determines which earrings look best on you? Check it out.

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Photos of me: G. Kramm

Graphics: N. Mölders

Photos of single sunglasses: Addicted Brands

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