Get some cool shades

Get some cool shades

A guide to choose the right pair of sunglasses

Accessories have always formed an integral part of one’s wardrobe. Out of all, sunglasses are an essential add-on to enhance your style statement. When done right, they can add a hint of suavity to any outfit, but on the other hand, they can even ruin the entire look if not chosen wisely. Which is why you cannot afford to go wrong with it. You should invest in the right pair of eyewear that can highlight your best facial features.

While most styles suit European face types, you have to fiddle to fit into the most fashionable designs taking into consideration shapes, sizes, nose width and eyebrows. Depending on your face cut — round, oval or rectangular — you can choose from a range of sunglasses from wayfarers to club masters. However, the basic rule of thumb is that the shape of your eyewear should be the opposite of the shape of your face.

Sharp squares

People who have a square face, i.e. a strong jawline, wide forehead and wide cheekbones, should opt for rounded frames like aviators instead of angular designs with sharp lines. To soften these features, one should only go for shades with soft lines or rimless edges.

Rocking rounds

People with a round face should go for something that can make their cheeks appear slimmer. Their ideal eyewear should emphasise sharp angular lines that will help elongate the face and make it look thinner and sharper. In this case, it is best to opt for styles with a strong browline that is slightly wider than the head. Sunglasses like wayfarers, club masters and angular designs like square frames are ideal for those with a round face, as this will help elongate the temples and lengthen the outline of their face, giving them a leaner look.

Awesome ovals

It is often said that people with an oval face are lucky, as this is the most versatile face type of all. They have the advantage of pulling off any type of sunglasses in style. However, those with an oval face can still find it confusing to choose a pair of glasses, after all, they do not want to make their face look elongated. Keeping this in mind, people with an oval face should sidestep frames with arms that hang too low.

Retro rectangles

Another type of face cut is the long or rectangular shape. Round or square frames work the best here, as they impart the perfect balance to a long face. Wayfarers are also a good option, as they let you flaunt your chic style while maintaining the classic shape. People with a rectangular face can also choose from D-frames and club masters, as both these styles complement this face type with equal flair as the wayfarers.

Smart hearts

Coming to heart-shaped face, well this is the most difficult face type to select an eyewear for. Since narrow chin is countered by a wider forehead, it becomes important to avoid adding extra weight to the top half of the face. Sunglasses that are wider at the top than they are at the bottom work well for those with a heart-shaped face.

So now that you know these simple tricks to choose sunglasses, make the most of your cool shades to elevate your style quotient. 

(The author is designer & CEO, The Monk)

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