When shopping for new sunglasses, it is easy to become overwhelmed by all the different choices available. You might automatically reach for the latest styles, which is not necessarily the best thing to do when trying to find the perfect pair. Instead, your first consideration for choosing the most flattering sunglasses is finding pairs that best suit your face shape.
Choosing Flattering Sunglasses to Compliment Facial Structure
If you don’t know what your face shape is, then there is a simple test to determine it. All that is required is analyzing the widest part of your face, jaw shape and overall length of the face.
For example, if your features seem balanced in their portion, this indicates an oval, round or a square face shape. To further narrow this category down, you need to examine the lines of the jaw area for shape.
Those with more roundness at the jaw and the most cheek width are likely a round face shape. In order to properly keep your features accented to their advantage, you want to shop for pairs of sunglasses that are more square shaped. This is especially important to have a squared-off bottom to best balance your face.
A stronger, boxy jaw is typical of the square shape face. The best way to counteract the strength of the jaw area is through sunglasses with rounded frames.
The most fortunate face shape of all is the oval with perfect dimensions and balance without soft or harder lines to worry about. Those with an oval face shape can wear any sunglass style without a problem.
Still, faces with width that diminishes the more you get toward the chin hints at a heart-shaped face. The ideal solution is an aviator shape of sunglasses or a pair with subdued round edges at the bottom.
Sunglass Frame Sizes Matters Just As Much as Face Structure
Though you want to be fashionable and protected from the sun, you don’t want to buy the right shape, only to overcompensate with a pair that has too much width. You want a secure fit that rests on the bridge of your nose without slipping. The same rule applies if you move or jerk your head and the glasses shift means the size is wrong. Otherwise, you could be buying a wider frame for your head than you need.
How Much Sun Protection Should Be in Your Sunglasses
Your best bet when checking sunglasses for their UVA and UVB protection is to look for pairs that can block 99% or 100%. Some sunglasses will be labeled UV400, but this includes both the UVA and UVB. This distinction blocks all the damaging rays up to 400 nanometers.