Jackie O, Victoria Beckham. Some superstar women have just done sunglasses right over the years and turned them into an ultimate accessory in the process. But when you walk into a boutique to try on shades, you don’t feel anything like a chic, mysterious woman of style. Don’t worry, you are one. You just need to choose the right sunglasses for your face.
“Face shape and choosing the right shape are important [when picking out sunglasses] because it pulls the whole look together,” said NYC celebrity stylist Brittney Ward.
Find your perfect pair and get ready to stop traffic everywhere from Times Square to your grocery store parking lot.
Your Profile: Long and thin
Your Strategy: “The main focus is giving the face shape,” Ward said. “You want to bring dimension as far as width is concerned.”
Your Best Bets: Oversized, retro square and aviators
Your Profile: Similar to oval but instead of being thin, the face is a full circle. “You can tell you have a round face because the width and length are the same,” Ward said. Use your fingers to test.
Your Strategy: “You want to give dimension. You don’t want to do oversize because the face already has the width but just needs some shape.”
Your Best Bets: Square, retro square and cat eye
Your Profile: A wide forehead that gets narrow towards the chin area and prominent cheekbones.
Your Strategy: Find sunglasses that have more dimension at the top. “If you put a skinny frame with a wide forehead it’s going to look unbalanced. You want to balance out the face with thicker frames at the top and keep it narrow towards the bottom.”
Your Best Bets: Square, retro square and sport
Your Profile: A strong, prominent chin and jawline and broad forehead
Your Strategy: “We don’t want to put any angles on that face, it already has enough angles. We want to calm them down.”
Your Best Bets: Round, aviators and shield