The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Sunglasses

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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Sunglasses

Choosing the right pair of sunglasses doesn’t have to be too tricky, as long as you know what to look for! A great pair of sunglasses can make driving easier, improve your sporting performance or protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, but they can also elevate your appearance in an instant, taking you from drab to fab.

Although sunglasses used to be more about being stylish, these days the harsh sun dictates that you should protect your eyes at all times. There’s increasing evidence that ultraviolet rays can significantly increase your chances of macular degeneration and cataracts, so a good pair of sunglasses not only protects your eyes, it also future proofs them. At EyeQ we feature a wide range of shades that are both practical and good looking.

Weigh Up Your Options

Before you buy a pair of sunglasses, there are a few things you should consider:

  • Polarised lenses block glare more efficiently
  • The bigger the glasses, the larger the coverage
  • Grey, green and brown lenses are the most commonly chosen colours

If you wear prescription glasses you could also opt to have photochromatic lenses fitted, as these turn dark when you go into the sun, or, you can have prescription lenses fitted to sunglasses frames. EyeQ can assist with both options, so you can opt for multi-purpose glasses if that’s what suits you.

If you wear contact lenses, you can purchase sunglasses off the shelf, as your eye care needs are already being met, and all you need is the protection of shades.

Sunglasses To Suit Your Face Shape

Selecting a pair of sunglasses that complements your face is essential, and there’s one easy to remember rule that we’ll share with you to make doing so simple.

The Shape Of Your Sunglasses Should Be The Opposite To The Shape Of Your Face.

This rule is the secret to finding your perfect match, and it’s a trick that’s used by every fashion fundi.

Square Face: You have a strong jaw that’s about the same width as your forehead, and your chin is not too defined.

Your perfect match will be sunglasses that have round frames, such as those from Oliver Peoples, and the classic Ray Ban Aviator style.

Round Face: The widest part of your face is your cheeks, and your features are not very angular.

Look for sunglasses that are rectangular, as these will create the illusion that your face has sharper angles, and is longer. Maui Jims signature frames and Ray Ban Wayfarers are a great option for round faces.

Long Face: Your face is longer than it is wide, and your jaw is less defined.

Choose sunglasses that don’t extend past the widest point of your face, and avoid slim line, thinner frames. Larger frames from brands such as Chanel or Prada, or wraparound Oakley’s will suit you best.

Triangular Face: Your chin is well defined or pointed, and your forehead is far wider than your chin.

Rectangular sunglasses will flatter your forehead-to-chin ratio. Serengeti and Persol both have a great selection of rectangular sunglasses that will look great.

Now that you have an idea what sort of sunglasses are going to look good on you, check out what EyeQ has to offer and find a pair, or two that fit your face, your lifestyle and your budget!

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