Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sunglass Mishmash: What's Right For Your Face?

I don’t know about you, but I always dread shopping for sunglasses. I try on every pair possible and still cannot decide which ones look the best on me. Then, when I do find a pair, it seems to disappear the next summer so I have to repeat the whole process again. It is exhausting. I’ve decided to break the vicious cycle this year for those who also have sunglasses "issues", and write up a short guide for what type you should wear based on your face shape, because a great pair of sunglasses can perfectly finish off a look. At I Heart Accessories we carry a variety of styles all with UV 400 protection to make sure you look good while staying safe.  

Generally, the most flattering frame shape is one that contrasts the shape of your face. Keeping that in mind, I’m going to break it down further. 

Square Face

 For those of you with a more angular, square shaped face, you should try oval and round frames. Find a pair that sit higher on the face, to minimize the jaw line. You could also try a narrow, longer frame to widen the eye area. Avoid square shaped frames, low set temples, or a colour accent along the bottom of the frame.

Oval Face

Oval faces have got it easy, the balanced proportions ensure that almost any frame shape will suit you, but try to find some frames that are wider or the same length as the widest part of your face. To add some angles to your curves, you could try geometric, rectangular shapes. Even though you can work almost anything, try not to go too big with the frame as it can overwhelm your features. 

Oblong Face

Oblong faces are long and narrow. Choose a deep frame which covers the center of your face to shorten it. Broader sunglasses with some decorative elements around the top rim or temple can help to add width to your face shape. Avoid small and shorter frames. 

Round Face

For round faces, the best way to compliment your shape is with contrasting straight or angular frames, like this season's popular cat-eye style. If you want to make your face appear narrower, choose a clear bridge over the nose and a rectangular or horizontal style that will work to widen your eye area. To lengthen the face, go with a slimmer frame or an upswept frame which will work to draw attention to the top of your face. You need to avoid small and short frames. 

Heart Shaped Face

Heart shaped faces should be complimented with bottom-heavy frames that will work to add width to your lower face. Styles with a low set temple and narrow, round frames will work to draw attention down and soften your face. Avoid decorative temples and frames with heavy tops. Aviators work well for heart shapes.

Now that you know what styles look best and what to avoid, stop by I Heart Accessories to pick out the best pair to compliment your gorgeous face. They are all priced at $12, or 2 pairs for $20.

Happy Summer!

With Heart, 

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