With the song “Tera Kaala Chashma” from the movie Baar Baar Dekho playing everywhere till hell freezes, how can one not think of writing a piece on sunglasses? There are even challenges rounding up on Facebook and Instagram where people would give their best swag moves with the song playing in the background. 😀
Sunglasses, besides being a fashion statement piece, protecs the eyes against excessive exposure to light, especially the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Here are a few tips to remember while buying yourself a pair:
- Look for sunglasses labelled “UV 400,” which covers all of UVA and UVB rays.
- Look for polarized lens protection, they provide more clarity than the usual tinted glasses.
- Polycarbonate lenses are an ideal plastic for sunglasses, for they are shatter proof. And even if they do break, unlike glass they roll up on each other instead of cracking.
- Choose lenses that are big enough to cover all angles of the eye area.
Sunglasses as per your face type: There are different types of sunglasses available in the market today. Most of the times people blindly end up buying what they think looks good on someone else, or, they just follow a trend without giving much thought about investing in the right product, and whether or not it is meant for them.
As much as they are in trend, unfortunately, not all cat-eyes are meant for everyone, nor are over-sized glasses. So, let’s try and narrow down our search for the right pair of sunnies. Now, I do realize analyzing the shape of your face might sometimes be a tad tricky for some people. So here I have put up a chart for you to have a better understanding.
Once you determine what face type you have, it’d be easy to pick glasses and frames best suited for your face. Here is a link which might be helpful.
There are 5 basic types of face shapes:
- Oval: Oval is the most versatile shape. Having an oval face means you have perfectly balanced features and you can pretty much pull off any frame. Lucky You! (Refer to the image above)
- Square: A square face has a prominent jaw line, wide cheekbones and a wide forehead (Refer to the image above). Choose sunglasses with feminine designs and thinner frames. Over-sized ovals, round glasses and aviators work best on a square face. Avoid, square and rectangular frames.
- Round face: A round face is wide across the cheekbones and narrow at the forehead and jawline (Refer to the image above). You can opt for wayfarers, cat-eyes and rectangular frames to balance the roundness of your face. Avoid round and oval glasses.
- Heart: Anyone with a heart-shaped face would have a narrow jawline. (Refer to the image above). Glasses that are wide at the top, like cat-eye, sports, aviators and wayfarers work well since they help balancing the pointy chin.
- Oblong: An oblong face is longer than wide and has a straight cheek line (Refer to the image above). Choose aviator shaped and wide framed glasses to balance out your face, the idea is to make your face look wide and short. Avoid small frames.
Now that you know what you want. Let’s dig into what’s trending.
And here is my contribution to the post. I have created three different looks with three different kinds of sunglasses. Hope you like them 😀
1. Mirrored / Reflective
2. Cat-Eye3. Over-sized
Hope you liked the post. Also, if you have any queries, send me a message or feel free to e-mail me.
Will soon be back with another post.
Styling/Shoot Direction – Smita Roy Majumder
Photography by: Team SnT