Choosing the Right Sunglasses

Choosing the Right Sunglasses

Sunglasses, or prescription glasses, can either complement your face or turn you into Groucho Marx.  It’s essential to pick out the right sunglasses that go well with your face shape.  The frames of your glasses need to complement your facial structure because your eyewear will be the first thing other people see when looking at your face.  Like a shitty haircut or an ugly beard, glasses have the potential to make you look like an absolute douche.  Here’s a guide to picking the right sunglasses.

What’s Your Face Shape?

The first step to choosing the correct glasses, whether you need to fix your blindness, protect your eyes from UV rays, or hide your hangover, is to figure out your face shape.  This is by far the hardest part because you’ll need to compare it to other faces after years of getting used to your own as the norm.  I still can’t quite figure out if mine is more round or oval.

There are a few basic face shapes that yours will fit into: square, round, oval, oblong, heart-shaped, heart, diamond, and triangle.  It would actually be a lot simpler if your tried to narrow it down between square, round, oval, and heart.

Look through some photos of your face or glance in the mirror and observe the outlines of your face.  Think of how long it is vs. how wide it is.  Compare the width of your forehead to that of your chin.  Is your jaw line angular or is it rounded?  These are just some features to consider about your facial shape when you need to complement them with the right sunglasses.

Choosing the Right Sunglasses

Complement, Don’t Match, Your Face Shape

You don’t want to make the mistake of wearing round frames with a round face, otherwise it’ll accentuate your ball-shaped dome and make it look larger and rounder than it really is.  The same goes for a square-shaped face: matching it with square or rectangular frames exaggerate the angular shape of your face.

What the goal here is, is to find a pair of frames that complement your facial structure just like blue complements orange on the color wheel.  A round face is going to best suit rectangular frames that break up the circular shape of the face and gives it some angular characteristics.  For this reason, wayfarers look great on a person with a round face.  On the other hand, sharp jawlines of people with square faces are complemented by the simple features of round or oval-shaped frames.  Even some square-shaped frames work with the corners are rounded and soft.

Choosing the Right SunglassesSize Definitely Matters

What’s always talked about is the shape of the frames complementing the shape of the face but what’s left out as the most important piece of information is that the sunglasses or prescription glasses must actually fit your face.  There are large glasses and small glasses.  Some have a shorter nose bridge and very wide lenses.  Some have shorter lenses that could look too small for your face and make your face look big.  Although everything in this guide can be taken with a grain of salt, it’s best to try on all types of glasses to see which ones really fit on your face well.  Thick frames just don’t work on some people but they may on others.

Consider Your Hair & Skin

Your hairstyle and the tone of your hair and skin both come into play when picking out the color of your frames and the shade of your lenses.  Longer hair covering up the face can alter your face shape and make it look smaller, while short-cropped hair or combed off of your forehead can make your forehead bigger or your head rounder.  Certain colors can also clash with your hair color or your complexion, although this is certainly subjective so you’ll need to try out several frame and lens colors in order to find some that fit your look and style.

On this subject, you should match the color of the frames or lenses to your best features.  Green lenses may bring out your green eyes.  Black frames might go well with your black hair just as tortoise frames can match your brown or blonde hair.  These are just some things to consider when choosing the right sunglasses.

Some Final Faux Pas

  1. Don’t wear “sport” sunglasses when you’re not playing a sport.  Yeah, I’m talking about your Oakleys.
  2. Kindly stay away from mirrored lenses unless you hand out traffic tickets for a living.
  3. If you wear your sunglasses on the back of your head, I expect you to also wear socks on your hands.
  4. Contrary to the song, don’t wear your sunglasses at night.  And holy hell, don’t wear them inside.

Choosing the right sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses can be a daunting but rewarding task.  You’ll want to try on several different styles with this guide in mind but don’t be afraid to go against the grain and just pick a pair that you feel your best in.  After all, you should wear they should make you look good and feel good rather than use them to hide behind.

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Zee Ehtram
Zee Ehtram
5 years ago

A useful piece of information indeed!
Wanted to know that which frame colour and frame thickness would suit best for a small round face-black eyes-black hair?