There are two methods for buying sunglasses: stocking up on inexpensive sunnies (for when you inevitably lose them) and investing in one really nice pair.
When you’re ready for the latter, knowing what style of shades flatters your face shape is key. Here are some guidelines:
If you’ve got a broad forehead and a square jawline, choose round frames to soften the lines of your face and embrace the retro vibe. Wildfox Malibu 56mm round sunglasses, $179, Nordstrom.
A wide forehead, narrow jawline and high cheekbones are the hallmarks of a heart-shaped face. To go with your features, don a pair of aviators. (Humming the “Top Gun” theme is optional). Aviator Classic, Ray-Ban, $200.
With a narrow forehead and jawline but full cheekbones, choose square frames or classic Wayfarers. The angular lines of these shades will help balance out the roundness while looking totally chic. Ray-Ban RB2140-50 Wayfarer, $154.95, Macy’s.
If you’re rocking narrow cheeks and a narrow chin, choose oversize or wrap sunglasses to avoid making your face look too long. Bonus? You’ll look like a celeb artfully dodging the paparazzi. Guess 7309/S, $68, Solstice Sunglasses.
And finally, if you’ve got an oval face with balanced features, it’s your lucky day. You can sport any style of sunnies and still look fab. Try a trendy cat-eye just because you can … meow! Chelsea Storm, $138, House of Harlow 1960.
A sunglasses trend: Lighter shades of pale
The sun – and new shades – are never so hotly anticipated as after a color-draining winter.
If you’re picking up some sunglasses to lighten your mood, pale and pastel shades are outshining brights this year.
▪ Warby Parker introduces its “Daydream” collection with frame shapes in new lighter colors such as Petal Tortoise, Crystal and English Oak. The frames start at $95 at warbyparker.com and in stores.
Wendy Donahue, Chicago Tribune