How To Choose the Perfect Pair of Sunglasses

August 9, 2017 by  
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Sunglasses are more than just a fashion accessory. The American Optometric Association says you should always wear them during daylight hours regardless of the weather. The sun’s UV rays are harmful and can cause cataracts; moreover, sunglasses provide protection from blue light which increases macular degeneration.

That being said, it’s still important they look good and make you feel good, so here’s a detailed guide on how to get the most from your sunglasses.  

Match them to Your Wardrobe

When it comes to sunglasses, the more the merrier. You want a few pairs, so you can work them across several outfits. Don’t worry about cost, as it’s possible to find high-quality affordable designer glasses for women and men. Instead, worry about style and how that style matches what you’re already wearing. You want wear-to-work lenses, casual lenses, and a more upscale style for shopping and lunch meetings.

Keep it subtle, especially when it comes to color. Try and match the color of your shades to your shoes. For women, this could mean a pop of red if you’re sporting red heels. But, don’t overdo it. Red shoes, red sunglasses, and a red shade of lipstick should do it. For men, black and brown are always in style and likely to be the color of your shoes too, but there are instances when this could vary (blue suede shoes for example).  

Look for UV Protection

Your sunglasses should a serve a purpose beyond fashion. Choose sunglasses that limit your exposure to harmful UV rays. Health.com recommends that you seek out sunglasses that offer 100 percent UV protection from both UVA and UVB rays. And, the bigger the better. “You can further protect yourself with oversized and wraparound frames that offer more coverage to protect the soft tissue around your eyes (which can help prevent wrinkles).” Sunglasses labeled as “cosmetic” don’t provide any protection from the sun.

Choose a Contrasting Size

It’s best to choose sunglasses that offer contrast from your face shape and size. For example, rounder frames are best for square heads and angular frames are best for round heads. Larger sunglasses look glamorous on small head sizes, while larger heads require less size.

Here are the types of sunglasses and what size/shape they look best on:

  • Aviators – aviators look best on oval shaped heads, but are versatile enough to look great on most people regardless of shape/size. They got their name because they’re popular among pilots and military personnel. These distinct frames feature teardrop-shaped lenses and metal frames, and are typically medium to large in size.
  • Oversized Sunglasses – oversized sunglasses were made popular in the 50s by glamorous movie stars, and that’s the image they still present today. They are better for smaller head shapes.
  • Mirror shades – popularized by Morpheus from the film The Matrix, mirror shades are reflective. Your eyes can’t be seen beyond their reflective mirrored surface. These shades come in a variety of sizes to suit many different people’s needs.
  • Wayfarers – wayfarers are a typical frame, medium-sized with a thick plastic frame. They go by a couple different names, including “Manhattans.” Audrey Hepburn wore Manhattans in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Wayfarers are best suited for medium to large skulls.
  • Teashades – super tiny teashades aren’t designed for small heads, and probably shouldn’t be worn by anyone considering they do little to keep your eyes protected from the sun.

Choosing Lens Color

Finally, you have to choose your lens color. Different lenses have different aesthetic value, such as matching your clothing and shoes or denoting your personality. They also come with some health benefits. Traditional gray lenses reduce light. Red lenses are good for winter weather activities. And, violet lenses provide hunters with increased visibility. What you choose should factor in your needs and your style without breaking the bank. 

 

Win Ray-Ban Cats Inspired Sunglasses

November 7, 2011 by  
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Update: The winner of the Ray-Ban Cats Inspired sunglasses is Richard Peterson with the comment “Cheryl Cole” Congratulations Richard and a big thank you to all who participated!

I’ll admit it.  I’m one of those people that never take their sunglasses off. So you can imagine the pain I felt when my favorite pair broke (the Ray Ban Cats as seen here).  Lucky for me and one Fashiongrail fan, the sunglasses angels are smiling down upon us!  Pan Oceanic Group, a leading manufacturer of fashion sunglasses since 1969, recently sent me a pair IDENTICAL to my favorite Cats for review and another pair to give away!  Now when I say identical I’m not kidding.  The only thing missing is the Ray Ban label.

Worn by celebrities such as Cheryl Cole, Kate Moss, James Franco and many more.  The contest winner will receive the “Alexa”  by Loose Leaf Eye Wear.  A division of Pan Oceanic, Loose Leaf Eye Wear is dedicated to high fashion & quality sunglasses at affordable prices.  Loose Leaf Eyewear can be found at Urban Outfitters, and other select retailers.  I can honestly tell you that I do a lot of celebrity looks for less, and these sunglasses really do go above and beyond in quality and style.

How to play: Just tell us in the comment section below which celebrity rocked their sunglasses the best and why.  For an extra entry, tweet the contest.  Winner will be randomly selected on November 14, 2011.  Must be shipped to an address in the U.S.  Good luck!



 

Trend Report: Sunglasses

June 10, 2011 by  
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Trend Report: Sunglasses

The perfect pair of sunglasses can totally rock your summer. It’s the one accessory that instantly communicates style, mystery and even a great sense of humor or a certain seriousness. Take, for example, Lindsay Lohan’s eyeglass choice for a recent court appearance — an elegant modernized cat eye (Dior’s Bagatelle) that suggested Catherine Deneuve respectability rather than Paris Hilton frivolity.

Effective as they are as a fashion statement and mood booster, designer shades can also make a major dent in your budget, with high-quality lenses running $200 and up. So it makes sense to choose this season’s pair with an eye, so to speak, on fresh new shapes, great frame colors and lens tints, and most important of all, the silhouette that flatters your features and channels your personality. To find that elusive pair, you’ll need an open mind, the stamina to try on at least a dozen pairs, and a sunny afternoon.

Up-to-the-minute Sunglass Styles
Fashion this summer is bare and pared down, making it the perfect time to experiment with fashion-forward frame styles. “The season’s clothes are close to the body, so sunglasses on the other hand can be more exaggerated,” says Cheryl Rosario, a spokesperson for Marchon Eyewear, which manufactures sunglasses for such lines as Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Fendi, Pucci and Sean Jean. Even if you’re sporting a basic tank and shorts, your shades can add an on-trend spark to your look.

Shades That Kate Hudson and Rihanna Are Rocking
The sunglass mantra for this season: Everything old is new again. “Anything with a retro or vintage feel from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s is really hot right now,” says Eden Wexler, who has the title “Celebrity Shades Consultant” for Solstice Sunglass Boutiques. Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Gwen Stefani are all working retro-style, cat-eye sunglasses; Rihanna and Kristin Cavallari are sporting old-school aviators; and Robert Pattinson and Marion Cotillard have made funky Ray-Ban Clubmasters look fresh again.

Search out a retro style with accents that keep it looking modern. For example, choose a classic shape (such as cat eyes or aviators) that combines materials (say, a plastic frame and metal arms) or has subtle details (like racing stripes or enamel inlays). Or opt for an old-school silhouette in a fresh, unexpected color. “Cobalt blue, champagne and ivory look more innovative this season,” says David Gonzales, the owner of Fred Segal Eyes in Santa Monica, Calif., who’s known in Hollywood circles as the “Sunglass Whisperer” for his savvy ability to match faces with the right frames. Neon-bright frames make 1980s-style aviators look contemporary, while black and tortoise shell finishes remain perennial favorites.

What’s out
Frames studded with crystals, shields (glasses with one continuous lens instead of two separate ones), big splashy logos and super-oversized styles. “In general, ostentation is out,” says Solstice’s Wexler, a point that Gonzales echoes. “My celebrity customers now look for subtle details that suggest personal style,” he says.

Choose the Shape That’s Right for Your Face
There’s no hard-and-fast rule for choosing frames for face shapes, but the experts suggest these guidelines for finding a flattering pair.

  • For round faces: Metal frames with adjustable nose pads will keep lenses from resting on fuller cheeks, says Solstice’s Wexler, who adds that excessively round or square styles will exaggerate facial roundness
  • For square faces: Avoid frames that are flat on the bottom, as this will mirror the face shape. Instead, suggests Wexler, “Look for a frame that has some curve or uplift — that’ll draw attention away from the jawline.”
  • For narrow faces: Choose a frame shape that’s rounded or curved to add a touch of width to your face.
  • For every face: In general, frames should be wider than the widest part of the face. When trying on sunglasses, do the “smile test.” “If the glasses rise up off your nose bridge when you smile, they’re not for you,” says Wexler. Eliminate pairs that press against your brows, touch your eyelashes, or squeeze your temples or your nose bridge.

Build a Sunglass Wardrobe
“Think of your sunglasses as you do your earrings,” says Gonzales. “They’re like hoops and studs. You wear different things for different situations.” To that end, he suggests at least two pairs: an updated aviator for sporty outings, and frames with a classic Jackie O vibe for dressier affairs. Beyond that — if it’s in your budget — the boutique owner recommends picking up a pair that’s just for fun. “Experiment with color,” suggests Gonzales. “Try a champagne frame with a bottle-green lens or a soft-gold frame with a plum lens.”

Check out some of my favorite’s below!

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