Dating back as far as 60 A.D. sunglasses have been an integral part in everyday life. In 1300 Chinese judges wore smoke-colored quartz lenses to conceal their eye expressions in court. It wasn’t until 1929 that Sam Foster, founder of the Foster Grant company, sold the first pair of Foster Grant sunglasses on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ to the general public. By 1930, sunglasses were all the rage. Since then we have seen the production of the Aviator, the Wayfarer (cited as the best selling sunglasses design in history), the Oversized, the Cat Eye, and so many more. As summer approaches, it is a necessity to find your perfect pair. With the help of LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut and Cosmopolitan magazine, I have compiled a list of face type descriptions and styles best suited for you.
Oval face: An oval face shape has balanced proportions, a narrow forehead and jaw line, a chin that is slightly narrower than the forehead, and typically high cheekbones. You hold the ability to really rock any shape so try every style and pick your favorite. Take risks! Go-to: Everything and anything.
Square-shaped face: If you feature a broad forehead and jawline, this is your face shape. Your face is also most likely proportional in length and width. Counteract your face’s angular lines with curvier frames. Round or oval styles can help soften your look and highlight your best features. Also, styles like cat eye, butterfly or semi-rimless draw the eye up and away from a prominent jaw. Go-to: Retro round sunnies or the Cat Eye.
Round face: Pretty self explanatory shape. Your face shape is an equal width and length, and is characterized by soft curves with few angles according to the pros at LensCrafters. Since you have few angles your sunglasses should. Geometric shapes like rectangle or wayfarer will help give your look an elegant edge, offsetting its softer contour. Go-to: Square shaped or the classic Wayfarer.
Heart-shaped face: This face shape is widest at the temples, with high cheekbones, a narrower jaw line and is narrowest at the chin. Stay proportional with frames that direct attention downward and elongate your look. Go-to: The Cat Eye.
Since the weather in my home town is finally warming up, my friends and I decided to have a photo shoot featuring our favorite styles of sunnies! Shout out of thanks to my two besties Jules and Meg.
*originally published on May 19, 2014*