Finding the Ideal Pair of Sunglasses for Your Face

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Every fashionable mom knows no outfit is complete without a few accessories. Often a diaper bag is in the rotation, but sunglasses are one of my favorite accessories and have been for years. They don’t just add an immediate cool factor to your outfit, they also protect your eyes from harmful, wrinkle-inducing UV rays.

There are so many styles of women’s celebrity sunglasses for sale that by the time you got through them all the trends would already be changing for the next season. Besides, not every pair of sunglasses is the right fit for your face and personal style. Here are a few things to consider if you want to find the ideal pair of sunglasses for your face.

Face Shape

The first, and arguably most important, consideration is the shape of your face. The shape and size of your sunglasses can either play up your best angles or make things look worse if they fight against your face shape.

There are five common face shapes:

Round – This face shape has softer features and a rounded jawline. Face shape twin: Selena Gomez

Oval – An oval face shape is very balanced. The cheekbones are slightly wider, but the forehead and jaws are roughly the same width. Face shape twin: Tina Fey

Heart – Notable for a pointed chin and a forehead that’s wider than the jaws. Face shape twin: Reese Witherspoon

Square – This is the most angular face shape. Typically the forehead, cheekbones and jaws are all the same width. Face shape twin: Natalie Portman

Diamond – The defining features of the diamond shape are a narrow forehead, broadness at the cheeks and a slim chin. Face shape twin: Olivia Munn

Realistically, almost no one fits perfectly into one face shape. However, most people have a face shape that belongs in one category more than the others.

Bridge of Your Nose

The bridge of your nose can affect how sunglasses sit on your face and whether they stay in place. No one wants to continuously reposition their sunglasses because they keep moving around. It’s distracting, not flattering.

Depending on the shape of your bridge you may need to look for a particular design. Typically, the frames of sunglasses are molded to fit around the bridge of the nose or there’s a small pad on either side that can be adjusted. Sunglasses with adjustable pads are usually the better option if you have asymmetry or want the ability to tweak the fit.
The width and position of the bridge piece on the sunglasses are two other things to watch out for. The bridge is the small piece of the frame located between the two lenses. The width and position help determine how the sunglasses sit on your nose as well as how comfortable they are. If you have a prominent hump on your nose a low bridge could create a strange fit.

Head Width

This consideration is one that few people think about until they try a pair of sunglasses on. You’ll immediately be able to tell if the sunglasses are going to be too loose and slip around. On the flip side, you may also find that the sunglasses fit tightly and the arms press into the side of your head uncomfortably.

Frame size is the measurements that can tell you whether or not a pair of sunglasses is going to be the right fit for your face. Sometimes the actual measurements are listed in millimeters on the inside of one of the arms. There should be three numbers in a row: lens diameter, bridge width and temple/arm length (in that order). To find the best frame size measure the width of your face from temple to temple at the eye line.

Sometimes the manufacturer will also give a pair of sunglasses a designation to indicate the frame size based on lens diameter. Common sizes include narrow, medium and wide. Generally speaking, if your head width is 4.5 inches or less narrow frames fit best. Head width of 4.5-5.5 inches should work well with medium frames and widths over 5.5 inches require a wide frame.

Coloration

Finally, you want your sunglasses to compliment your coloration. Today, sunglasses come in every color in the rainbow, including prints. There are also a variety of metal finishes that are incorporated. Consider your hair and skin color to find the color combo that’s most complementary.

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