Thursday, 5 June 2014

Choosing Sunglasses

Now that the sun is upon us everyone's mind shifts to summer fashion and sunglasses.
The ultimate summer accessory that is necessary in both form and function.

I've done a bit of research on the subject and have compiled a few hints to help you choose the right sunglasses for you.

1.  Fashion is important, but eye protection is paramount.  If you look up or to the side is your view still through the sunglass lens?  Those John Lennon minis are uber-cute, but they offer no protection from harmful UV rays that stream in above and around the sides of the frame.
Be fashionable, but be safe.  Choose lenses that cover the entire eye and offer some level of UVA and UVB protection.

2.  Know your face shape.  Choosing eyewear that is flattering really does depend on lenses that accentuate the features you want to highlight - not those you don't.

There are variations on these basic face shapes, but there are also innumerable variations on frames.  Use this as a jumping off point to select the frames that bring out the best you.

3.  Work with your hair colour and skin tone when selecting frame colour.  
The colour of the frames should complement your colour tone, which consists of your hair and skin colour.  Most people have either a cool or warm skin tone.  Cool skin tones have pink or blue undertones, while warm skin tones have a yellow cast.  Blonde, blue-black, white and light brown are considered cool hair tones, while warm tones are golden blonde, flat black, brown-gold, red and grey.  Warm coloured people look best in frames that come in camel, khaki, gold, copper, peach, off-white or bright red.  Cool tones look best in black, rosy brown, plum, magenta, blue and darker tortoise shade frames.