Sunglasses are the best way to protect your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun, while simultaneously being the number one thing you can do to prevent fine lines and wrinkles from developing around your eyes. The more you squint your eyes, the more wrinkles will appear around your eyes.
This is where sunglasses come in. To prevent your eyes from sun's UV radiation and, of course, improve your style and looks. However, the latter only occurs if you have selected a pair that complements your face. So, let's go on and see how to pick the best pair of sunglasses for your face shape.
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Focus on size and fit rather than face shape
Most of the articles you can find on this topic will tell you to figure out the shape of your face. Don't. All of us possess a unique facial shape that might resemble slightly a triangular, oval or similar shape. Regardless of the shape, some sunglasses that fit you might not fit your friend even if you have the same face shape.
Furthermore, there are two main elements you should pay attention to:
- Face size (width & length)
- Facial features
There are two key factors that define the size of your face, the width & length of your face.
The width of your face is the distance across your face from temple to temple and this is the most important thing to consider when choosing your sunglasses. Most common mistakes are when your sunglasses are either too wide or too narrow for your face. Symmetry and proportions have been highly valued throughout the ages among people, so they should be your number one priority when finding sunglasses for your face.
There are three types of face width categories; narrow, medium and wide. It doesn't matter which of these types you are, they just help you select a more suitable size in sunglasses for your face. You should try to find sunglasses that are approximately the size of your face when it comes to width. Measure your face from temple to temple for exact face width.
Use this chart to define if you have a narrow, medium or wide face.
Face length is measured by the distance from your hairline to the bottom of your chin.If your face is about as long as it is wide you have a short face. If you face is longer than it is wide, you have a long face. So, if
Length > Width x 1.5 = Long face
Length < Width x 1.5 = Short face
Just like with width, the key is to choose the sunglasses that match your, you guessed it, face length. You want to balance out your face length by choosing longer frames for longer face shapes. To figure out if sunglasses are long or short, look at the lens height.
Use this chart to see the industry average on short, medium and tall lenses.
Everyone's face has lines and curves unique from each other. These lines are determined by things like bone structure and body fat percentage. They make up the overall feel of a persons face and they are also the reason why most articles describe people as having different facial shapes such as a triangular or an oval face.
Most people have a mixture of curvy and straight features. If this is the case with you, then focus on the size and fit of the sunglasses rather than the shape.
The bottom line is, if you have a very round face, stay away from extremely round frames. If you have very angular features, avoid extremely angular frames. Just like with size, you want to choose glasses that balance out your features rather than emphasizing them. Balance is the key to success!
- Balance is key
- Focus on symmetry
- Choose sunglasses that fit your style