About 75% of U.S. adults wear Rx or Plano sunglasses, making them a popular choice for just about anyone. However, it's not always easy to determine how to select the most stylish sunglasses that provide the vision protection you need. But there are several tips that can make it easy. With that in mind, here are just a few dos and don'ts to keep in mind when shopping for stylish sunglasses.
DO: CONSIDER YOUR FACE SHAPE.
First, you should educate yourself about the science surrounding how your face affects the best shades shape for you: "A great pair of sunglasses can instantly elevate your look -- even if you're just wearing jeans and a t-shirt...You want to find a pair that complements your face shape. The general rule is that the shape of your sunglasses should be opposite of your face shape. You want to invest in pair with a classic shape so that you can wear them for many years," says Business Insider.
Is your face round, oval, square, diamond or heart-shaped? The shape of your face will help you determine which frames enhance your look.
Round Face: Eyeglass frames that are square or rectangular tend to be wider than a round face. This quality can enhance your face by making it appear slimmer and longer, adding balance to your round features. Frames to Avoid: Rimless frames, round frames and small frames will accentuate the roundness, making your round face look even rounder.
Oval Face: Frames that suit an oval face have a strong bridge, are wider than the broadest part of the face and are geometric in shape. Frames to Avoid: Eyeglasses that are overlarge and cover up more than half of your face will throw off the natural balance and symmetry of the oval face.
Square Face: Eyeglasses that soften the angularity and sit high on the bridge of the nose look best on square faces. Oval or round eyeglasses will balance and add a thinner appearance to the angles of a square face. Frames to Avoid: Angular and boxy eyeglass frames will sharpen and draw attention to your angular features, making a square face appear bulky.
Diamond Face: Play up a narrow forehead and chin with eyeglass frames what sweep up or are wider than the cheekbones, such as cat eye glasses and oval frames. These frames will accentuate your cheekbones and delicate features. Frames to Avoid: Boxy and narrow frames will accentuate the width of your cheeks, drawing attention to your narrow features rather than enhancing them.
Heart-Shaped Face: Frames that balance the width of the forehead with the narrowness of the chin are ideal. Eyeglasses with low-set temples and bottom heavy frame lines will add width to that narrower part of your face. Round eyeglasses or square eyeglasses with curved edges will help draw attention away from a broad, high forehead. Frames to Avoid: Steer clear of any style or color of frames that draws attention to the forehead. This includes frames with decorative temples or embellished tops.
The key to finding the right frames is to remember that opposites attract. Select eyeglasses that contrast from your facial contours and bring symmetry and balance to your prominent features.