Fab Fridays – The Right Sunglasses for You

April 2nd, 2010

Eden Wexler & Debra Messing

Short of taping them to her head…shhh…I tried that once…don’t tell…there has never been a time where my daughter would keep sunglasses on. Until Elmo.

In a Sesame Street sun book, he told her not to look at the sun and to wear glasses to protect your eyes. Armed with this red flag from the red monster, I got her the cutest little aviators (thank you, Old Navy). Hooray! It works.

My own glasses…that’s another story. I wear them all the time. I also lose them all the time. My favorite loss: my Prada glasses at a wedding shower. The waitress had no idea what I was talking about. Sure you didn’t, honey.

I dread the hours I spend trying to find the perfect frame…again. But with these tips from stylist to the stars and spokeswoman for Solstice Sunglass Boutique Eden Wexler, I can head straight to the right shape. First off, Wexler suggests doing the smile test when trying on. If the glasses rise off of your nose bridge when you smile, they’re not for you!

Here is how to choose the right frame for your face shape:

Marc Jacobs

Round

For a round face shape, Wexler says your goal is to make the face appear longer and thinner. Frames should be wider than they are deep. She suggests choosing lightly angular frames (think: it’s hip to be square) to narrow a round face. Metal frames with adjustable nose pads keep lenses from resting on fuller cheeks.  It’s also best to avoid excessively rounded styles, which will exaggerate facial roundness.

Gucci

Heart

“With heart-shaped faces, the trick is to find frames that minimize the width of the top of the face and add width below the eye line to offset the narrow chin,” she says. Try frames that are wider at the bottom or styles with low temples to add balance.  Also, rimless frames and frames with rounded tops – such as this spring’s trendy aviators and butterfly shapes – as well as squared bottoms work well.

Balenciaga

Oval

Lucky is the lady with this shape face. You can wear virtually any style because of your balanced proportions. Frames should keep the oval’s natural balance.  Wexler suggests selecting frames that are as wide or wider than the broadest part of your face such as wraps and shields. She also notes that   people who have a classic oval face tend to have small features, so they should make sure the frame is in proportion and doesn’t overwhelm the features.

Dior Bon Voyage

Square

You have a strong jaw line and a broad forehead with a wide chin and cheekbones, so your goal is to find a frame that makes the face look longer.   Avoid a frame that is flat on the bottom, as this will mirror the face shape, according to Wexler. Look for a frame that has some curve or uplift to draw attention away from the jawline. Gently curved narrow styles will minimize squareness and lengthen the face. Round and oval frames compliment this face shape.

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2 Responses to “Fab Fridays – The Right Sunglasses for You”

  1. Erica says:

    Ooooh, I love those Balenciaga sunglasses. Super cute!!

  2. I thought that was very informative. Thanks for the great post. I’ll keep checking back on this.

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