Whether you are looking to make a big fashion statement, or you want to protect your peepers from the harsh rays of the sun, choosing the perfect pair of sunglasses is far from a straightforward procedure.
There are a number of aspects you need to consider before you had over your credit card details – as such, before you start shopping for glasses online, make sure you account for the following factors so you’ll pick a pair which compliments your face perfectly.
Got a square face? Go round.
The glasses you choose can either enhance your look or draw attention to less flattering aspects of it. If you have a square face, which is the case if you have well-defined angles at your jawline, cheeks, and forehead, you’ll want to choose rounded frames.
Doing so will add contrast by softening up your look by drawing attention to the smooth curves your frames possess.
Round face? Get rectangular frames.
Have a face which has rounded edges which are virtually equal to each other in proportion? In this case, get frames which are rectangular in shape.
This will add definition on your face where none presently exists; provided your frames boast a style which you are all about, this will help create a look which will make choosing the perfect pair of sunglasses look like an effortless task.
Pick frame colours which compliment your skin/hair
Now that you know which frame shape to go with, find a color that will work with your skin and hair. Got dark skin and/or black hair? Go ahead and get those midnight black frames you’ve had your eye on since you came across them online.
However, if you have lighter skin and/or blonde hair, you’ll want to go with frames which match your eye, skin, or hair color – in this case, brown, tan, blue, etc will work well.
If you aren’t constrained by a conservative workplace, though, feel free to use contrasting colors in your frames if you feel you can pull off the style.
For example, crimson frames over blue eyes, or black frames with brown eyes are common picks but feel free to experiment in ‘the field’ (aka real world stores) before ordering online.
Choose quality lenses
Next, consider the lenses. First and foremost, they should be certified to protect your eyes against at least 95% of UVA rays and 99% of UVB rays. Virtually all reputable brands offer this protection, but if you are opting for a cheaper pair of sunglasses, it pays to double check, as guarding your visual health is of paramount importance as you get older.
Secondly, they should be scratch and shatter resistant. Old school shades may be made of glass which etches or gets covered in the dreaded spider shatter pattern when dropped – more recent models are made of a material which is tougher and resists this type of damage.
Finally, the color of the lenses is more than a fashion-based decision. Different coatings work better in different scenarios, especially if you engage in certain sports. For instance, skiers and snowboarders do well with glasses that are red or amber in color, while tennis players prefer a blue or green pair.
Not into athletics, but want a pair of shades which reduce the intensity of light without sacrificing clarity? Get a model with grey lenses, and you’ll be satisfied with your purchase.
Measure your face, then compare to glasses you like
While all the factors discussed above are important in their own way, choosing the perfect pair of sunglasses comes down to getting the dimensions of your face right before purchasing anything.
Do this by getting a metric ruler which measures millimeters, and figure out the width of your face from temple to temple. Once you have your number, compare it against the total width of the glasses (the width of the lenses plus the bridge) you are considering – if they come within two millimeters of your face measurement, they should fit perfectly.