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April 9, 2017
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Getting the look

Getting the look

Shopping for sunglasses can be a bit of a minefield for some, with many people thinking that you either suit sunglasses or you don’t. Falling into that latter category can be a little tough to take, especially when your sunglass-wearing friends look infinitely better in theirs. But the simple truth is, there are sunglasses to suit everyone, it is just a case of knowing what to choose.

Different shapes of sunglasses suit different shapes of face, and we need to understand a little bit of the science here. We can’t let you go around squinting your unshielded eyes into the glare of the sun, nor can we have you ending up on a worst-dressed list either (or looking like a fool by the pool if you aren’t a Kardashian!) so we have compiled a guide to help you out when choosing those perfect shades.

 

Square Face

Okay, so what have we got here…

A powerful forehead and a prominent jawline characterise your distinctive look, making you the focus of everyone’s attention. You can go stronger still by sticking a pair of square frames such as a Wayfarer style on you face – be our guest, but we’re all about trying to bring a better balance.

You can soften a strong face shape by choosing frames with curved or rounded corners – just make sure they’re the right proportion. The larger your face then it goes that the larger the frames should be. Ideally you want the frame to extend beyond the widest part of your face thereby giving you an overall rounder silhouette.

Your ‘frame friends’ are shapes that are round, oval, cat eye butterfly and semi-rimless. These will draw focus to your eyes and stylishly balance your strong jawline.

LET’S TALK HAIR

Not to be overlooked, your hair should certainly be ‘ruled in’ to your decision-making process. For example, long wavy hair will already be helping to soften your features which may well suggest the need for a more angular frame, whilst on the flip-side short hairstyles will tend to lead you in the direction of sunnies that soften and therefore counterbalance your more defined features.

LET’S SQUARE WITH YOU…

You’ve got some decent choice here. If you want round then head over and check out our Lich, Darya, Asha and Thoko – our Asha and Thoko styles suit a slightly smaller face shape, so help is on hand for those that struggle with proportions when it comes to their frames.  For women, if you want something with a little more ‘oversize’ appeal then our Nkiru frame could be your thing.

Round Face

Characterised by softly contoured, gentle features, round faces have a width and height that are pretty much the same. So, what you need is edge… literally. That round face of yours needs to be broken up with some tasty angles so anything that is square, rectangular, hexagonal, octagonal (you get the idea), is going to be good for you. They will accentuate your features to give you a longer, more elegant look.

Conversely round frames, small or even oversize frames will work to make you face look rounder. You might like that, who are we to say otherwise? However, our recommendation would be angles all the way.

LET’S TALK HAIR

Not to be overlooked, your hair should certainly be ‘ruled in’ to your decision-making process. For example, long wavy hair will already be helping to soften your features which may well suggest the need for a more angular frame, whilst on the flip-side short hairstyles will tend to lead you in the direction of sunnies that soften and therefore counterbalance your more defined features.

PALA’S ANGLE…

We’ve got several angled shapes for you face to party with. It just comes down to preferences after that. If you style is to blend in with the crowd, then our Nyota, Riuha and Neo frames provide those clean lines you’re looking for. If you have a wider head (and let’s be honest some of us do) then the Vrede will be comfortable fit there. Old skool retro? Then our Itri style has that 70’s appeal. More of a statement? Then steer yourself over in the direction of our popular Farai styles and see if Flamingo Pink and Berry colours are up your street.

 

Heart-shaped face

High cheek bones? Check.
A jawline that tapers to a defined chin? Check.
Welcome to the heart-shaped face. You goal here is to minimise the width of your forehead and broaden the appearance of the chin; which means you should go for sunnies that are wider on your forehead or have prominent end points.

A heart-shaped face will positively purr over a pair of cat eye frames that will bring you wonderful symmetry. However, don’t feel your life is to only ever be full of ‘cats’ (unless you do actually live in a home full of cats), and for the male species too, perhaps a sigh relief.

Avoid very round or oversized styles, and remember that cat-eye doesn’t only mean Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn; Clubmaster and aviator styles will also be an excellent companion.

 

LET’S TALK HAIR

Not to be overlooked, your hair should certainly be ‘ruled in’ to your decision-making process. For example, long wavy hair will already be helping to soften your features which may well suggest the need for a more angular frame, whilst on the flip-side short hairstyles will tend to lead you in the direction of sunnies that soften and therefore counterbalance your more defined features.

 

PALA’S HAND-ON-HEART RECOMMEDNATIONS

If you’re after a cat eye, then we’ve got plenty of choices. Our vintage Meria style or glamorous Zuri style could be your calling or if you want something in the middle then our Makena style could fit the bill.

Otherwise check out our Rudo frame for a classic aviator (with a touch of Pala twist).

Oval Face

If you’re one of the lucky ones to be genetically blessed with an oval-shaped face, we’ve got good news: THE WORLD OF SUNGLASSES IS YOUR OYSTER!

Any frame is going to look good on you – because basically your symmetrical bone structure is what people are generally striving to emulate when they’re choosing their sunnies.

However, we said we would give you advice, not just tell you how beautiful you are – and we have a few suggestions to ensure that the frames on your face feel as natural as a cup of tea and a biscuit.

We would suggest a frame that is slightly more on the wide side. Rectangle shaped frames often look fantastic on oval shaped faces, the horizontal style complementing the vertical nature of an oval face.

Conversely, a narrow frame can draw attention to a narrow eye line, so perhaps something to steer away from. However, let’s be honest, we’re being pretty picky here. Pretty much anything goes style-wise, so perhaps get playful with the lenses and colours if you want to stand out from the crowds.

LET’S TALK HAIR

Not to be overlooked, your hair should certainly be ‘ruled in’ to your decision-making process. For example, long wavy hair will already be helping to soften your features which may well suggest the need for a more angular frame, whilst on the flip-side short hairstyles will tend to lead you in the direction of sunnies that soften and therefore counterbalance your more defined features.

OUR RECOMMENDATION FOR THE GENETICALLY BLESSED

To be honest, we’ll throw the you the keys to the shop and let you browse at will – there aren’t any styles that in truth wouldn’t work (although we’ve yet to see any male customers carry away a pair of sleek cats… yet!). So, think about your preferences for colour and style to suit your personality and see if we have the flavours to suit your taste.

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