Most men consider accessories as an optional addition to any look, but there is an accessory that remains a staple in men’s wardrobe: a pair of stylish sunglasses.
Sunglasses are a favorite accessory among men because a great pair can be equal parts fashion and function. But since a lot of men just throw in whatever bargain shades they can get, or worse, wear sunglasses without ensuring that they are getting the best eye protection, we decided to make a quick and easy fool-proof guide to help you find frames that look good on you, and provide a high level of protection for the eyes:
Choose the right pair for your face shape
Sounds simple, right? But where a lot of men go wrong when choosing sunnies is not even considering their face shape, and how the frames will complement the shape of their face.
There are multiple sunglass shapes that will look great on a particular face shape. If you are unsure what your face shape is, simply take a picture of yourself with your hair pulled away from he face, and your eyes looking straight into the camera.
Examine the photo, and ask yourself a series of questions:
● Is my face wider than it is long?
● What shape is my jawline?
● Do my jawline and forehead have the same width?
Based on your answers, you should be able to determine your face shape.
Some common face shape types include:
Oval – Your face is longer than it is wide, with a forehead that is slightly wider than your chin.
Your jawline is a bit curved and narrow, like the shape of an egg placed upside down
Heart -You have a pointed jawline, and a wide forehead. The chin is the smallest point on your
Diamond – You have a strong jaw, wide cheekbones, and a tapered hairline
Square – Your face has lots of sharp angles and you have an overall masculine look. Your face
is as wide as it is long.
Now, here’s how to work with your face shape:
● If you have a rounded face, the aim is to create definition by wearing sunglasses that
contrast your soft features. Choose a frame that is wider than the broadest part of your
face to make your cheeks look slimmer.
● The proportions of an oval face shape allow you to experiment with any frame shape you
want, as most sunglass styles will suit an oval face. However, you want to avoid wearing
a pair of sunglass that is too wide as they can overwhelm your face.
● A square face shape already has strong features, so it is best to stay away from
sunglasses that are too sharp or boxy. Go for a slightly curved or rounded pair that will
complement your strong facial features.
Another important thing to remember when you are on the market for a new pair of sunglasses
is to get one that is of the right size. Men’s sunglasses come in heaps of different sizes and are measured in millimeters. Typically, the measurements are given in three numbers:
● The first number indicating the horizontal width of the frame’s lenses.
● The second number provides the bridge width or DBL measurement, which is the
distance in millimeters between the two closest points of the lenses.
● Lastly, the third number you will see in sunglass measurements indicates the overall
length of one arm.
Finally, let’s look at some of the common iconic sunglasses styles for men that you can choose
from when selecting a pair that will elevate your look. These styles are all classics and will never
go out of fashion, so you can’t go wrong with any of these looks:
The Wayfarer – Classic and iconic sunglass style that makes you think of John F. Kennedy and
Bob Dylan, the Wayfarer will look great on any guy. You can wear it with any outfit and it will
give you an effortlessly cool look.
The Aviator – As iconic as the Wayfarer, the Aviator was popularized by celebrities including
Tom Cruise and Paul McCartney. The Aviator is characterized by a double bridge. There are
lots of variations with Aviator shades: round aviators, teardrop aviators, and navigator aviators
that are a little more square in shape. Again, the Aviator style you should get should be based
on your face shape and personal style.
Clear frames – Several brand offer sunglasses with clear frames as they are popular among
men who want to add a touch of minimalist edge to any outfit.
Getting the right bridge measurement is crucial to capping off any look. Consider it as wearing a shirt that is tailored to your body size. You want to buy a frame that fits you perfectly, not too high and not too low on the face. A frame that sits too high on the face will let more light in, and will pull your face up, while a small frame will squeeze your nose and will not look comfortable. When it comes to bridge fit, even a millimeter can make or break a look, so make sure you get it right!
When the sun is high overhead, many of us are prompted to wear sunglasses. But eye experts advice wearing a pair of sunglasses that provide maximum protection against harmful UV rays even when it’s cloudy. Go for a pair that blocks more than 95% of UVA and UVB rays, and one that has a polarized lens which blocks reflected light that causes glare. There you have it, an easy to follow guide that will help you nail it when deciding on which
sunnies will best suit your face and style this summer. If you need to speak with a sunglasses expert, get in touch with the friendly crew at Great Southern Sunnies
who can offer great advice at the best prices.