Sunglasses are the perfect accessory to finish off an outfit, but how do you select a pair that is equal parts function and fashion? When it comes to buying a pair of shades, the choices for frame styles and lenses can be overwhelming. So to help you with this task, we’ve worked with the team at Great Southern Sunnies to put together this handy guide that covers all the important considerations when shopping for your new pair of shades:
A pair that suits your face
Have you ever looked at old pictures of yourself and suddenly realized that the pair of sunglasses you used to wear all the time did not quite suit your face? If you did, you're not alone. Many of us look at a pair of shades and see a stylish accessory that can work with any attire. But the reality is that there are sunglasses that will frame your face well, and there are those that will look out of place on your unique face shape. So before you go out to buy those sunglasses that you have been eyeing, consider what kind of face shape you have.
A good place to start is to buy a frame that is the opposite shape of your face.
Oval - If your face is longer than it is wide, and resembles the shape of an egg, you can basically pull of any look as every frame will look good on you.
Heart - If the narrowest part of your face is your chin, and you have a wide forehead, avoid sunglasses that accentuate your broad forehead, and go for rectangular and retro frames to balance the narrow part of your face.
Diamond - If you have a narrow chin and a narrow forehead, choose a pair of sunglasses that draws attention to your eyes, and one that has soft curves to balance your facial features.
Square - If you have a squared jaw, choose larger frames that have minimal detailing. Aviators are a great choice for men with square shape face.
Like a well-tailored suit, a pair of sunglasses has to be the right fit. Otherwise, it will look awkward on your face, especially when the frame is too small.
There are three numbers that you will see on the side of the sunglasses frame, which indicates the measurements of the sunglass in millimeters:
Eye size - the horizontal width of the lens
Bridge size - the distance between the two lenses
Temple size - arm piece length
The measurement looks something like this: 52 – 19 – 142.
Tip: To get the overall width of the shades, add the lens width and bridge length.
Measuring the size of your face
To know the right size of frame that will perfectly fit your face, use a measuring tape and a pen to write down the measurements. Get the measurement of the cheekbone, the length of the face from the top of the hairline to the bottom of the chin, the jawline from one ear to the other, and the width of the face from one side of the hairline to the other.
Once you have written down your facial measurements, and know the overall width of the sunglasses, you will have a reference point of what size to look for in a pair of shades. These measurements will help you distinguish which glasses are too small for your head, and which ones are just the right fit.
Finally, we take a look at some of the most iconic sunglasses styles for men that will further elevate your look:
The Aviator -Popularized by celebrities including Paul McCartney and Tom Cruise, the Aviator continues to be a frame of choice for many. It comes in different shapes–teardrop aviators, round aviators, and navigator aviators
The Wayfarer - an effortless frame to get is the Wayfarer. You can dress it up or dress it down depending on the style you are going for
Clear frames - These frame styles are popular among men who want to achieve a minimalist look