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. so we have compiled a guide to help you out when choosing looking to buy those perfect shades. But first…
Not to be overlooked, your hair needs to be very much ‘ruled in’ to your decision-making process… it can make a significant difference. For example, long wavy hair will already be helping to soften your features which may well suggest the need for a more angular frame. On the flip-side short hairstyles tend to accentuate the more defined features of your face and to counterbalance that would perhaps push you in the direction of more rounded frames that will soften the final look.
Of course , it does mean that when you have chosen your desired frame, you must never change your hairstyle again. It’s quite some commitment, but we reckon you can do it. Anyway, let’s move on…
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. Now you can go stronger still by sticking a pair of square frames on you face if that’s your thing – 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.
We’ve some decent choice here. If you want round shape sunglasses then head over and check out our Lich and Asha frames, ‘easy frames that will suit and soften any square shaped face. Our Asha style suits 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 touch more more ‘oversize’ appeal then our Nkiru frame could be your thing.
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 only work to make you face look rounder (yes, you can look like the moon). You might like that or course and who are we to say otherwise? However, our recommendation would be angles all the way.
We’ve got several angled shapes for you face to party with and you can find our range of square frames here. It just comes down to preferences after that, a more subtle, fine frame such as Nyota or a thicker frame such as Pendo to give them a little more presence on your face. You could go classic with our Sulwe frame or perhaps something a little more sporty with our slightly more curved frame? It would be remiss of us not to mention our latest edition, one designed more for the female face beautiful square, just a little larger and in some stunning colourways. You can find our collection of round frames here.
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.
If you’re after a cat eye, then we’ve got some lovely choices to take a look at. If you want 50’s vintage style then our ever popular Meria frame will give you plenty of that. More glamour still? Then take a look out our striking Zuri frame – in all its oversize glory. If you’re looking for something a little more subtle then we recommend taking a look at our Malaika frame (square cat) and Nkiru frame (round cat) as two very wearable choices. You can find all our cateye styles here
We did also reference the Clubmaster style being a good fit too and if that’s your thing then our Sulwe frame could be the perfect partner to take you on your next adventure.
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 sunglasses.
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 wider 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.
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. Have a think about your preferences for colour against your skin tone and how that may reflect your personality. Which takes us nicely into our final point…
Hopefully we’ve given you some pointers here, but ultimately we don’t know you. You’re probably the best at knowing that part. Introvert? Extrovert? Wherever you fit on the scale, you’ll instinctively be drawn to certain styles that may well throw our conventional wisdom out the window. There is no right or wrong answer with choosing a frame, simply that when you wear them, you feel good in them. it’s that simple!
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