Top tips for choosing the best sunglasses this summer

Published on June 06, 2023

When it comes to choosing sunglasses, it is not just about fashion, but also about protection. A high-quality pair of sunglasses is a powerful ally, shielding your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation, reducing glare, and protecting the sensitive skin around your eyes. Here’s how to pick the best women’s sunglasses and men’s sunglasses based on face shape and other factors to consider.

Which sunglasses will suit your face?

One of the primary factors to consider when choosing sunglasses is the shape of your face. With the following rules of thumb, you’ll be able to balance your facial features with the appropriate frames.

For those with a round face, opt for sunglasses with angular designs to help add definition. The goal here is to create a sense of balance by adding some sharpness, which rectangular or square frames do perfectly. On the other hand, those with square faces might want to choose round or oval-shaped sunglasses to soften the defined lines of their face. The harmonious juxtaposition can work wonders for your look. 

Men and women with oval faces are lucky as their balanced proportions pair well with nearly all sunglass shapes. However, be wary not to choose frames that are too small or too large for your face; maintaining proportionality is key. People with heart-shaped faces, characterized by a broad forehead and a narrow chin, often find cat-eye or aviator frames to be a flattering choice. These styles add balance by accentuating the lower part of their faces.

If you have an oblong face, characterized by it being longer than it is wide, rectangular frames or those with thicker bottoms can help add width to your face, balancing its length. Choose frames that are as wide as, or wider than, the broadest part of your face.

For diamond face shapes, recognized by wide cheekbones and narrow forehead and jawline, rimless glasses or cat-eye styles will accentuate your cheekbones and lend a soft, balanced look to your facial features. These frame styles help minimize the broadness of your cheekbones and draw attention to your eyes.

Finally, if you have a triangular face shape, where your face is widest at the jawline and narrows towards the forehead, choosing frames that widen at the top, such as D-frames, aviators, or cat-eye styles can add width to your forehead and balance out your jawline.

Think about lens colour

Beyond shape, the colour of your sunglasses is another integral aspect of finding the best sunglasses this season. When choosing lens colour, consider your skin tone as well as your personal style. People with warm skin tones usually look great in shades of brown, gold, honey, or olive. Those with cool skin tones tend to rock frames in black, silver, blue, or pink. A crucial aspect to remember is that your sunglasses are also an accessory; they should harmoniously blend with your summer clothes and overall style.

Your hair colour can also influence your decision. Black or brown hair pairs well with most colours but especially stands out with frames in vibrant shades. Blonde hair contrasts well with dark, black, or brown frames, while red hair is complemented by green, gold, or brown frames. Remember, choosing the right colour is as much about personal preference as these guidelines.

UVA and UVB protection is key

Now that we’ve discussed aesthetics, let’s delve into the most crucial aspect of sunglasses: UV protection. It’s important to ensure that your sunglasses offer 100% protection against UVA and UVB radiation. Over time, prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause various eye health issues, including cataracts and macular degeneration. Even on cloudy days, up to 80% of the sun’s harmful UV rays can reach your eyes. This is why, regardless of the climate, your sunglasses should always offer broad-spectrum UV protection.

The difference between UVA and UVB rays does not affect your choice of sunglasses since a high-quality pair should protect against both. This is typically indicated by a sticker or tag on the glasses, stating that they block 100% of UV rays.

Take your time to find the right fit

Finding the best pair of sunglasses for women or sunglasses for men is also about proper fit. The frame of your shades should rest comfortably, providing a firm grip on both your nose and ears without causing discomfort through tightness or rubbing. They should never slide down your nose. Talk to one of our opticians, as they have been trained to help clients find the right fit for both glasses and sunglasses.

Consider the weight distribution of the sunglasses. Ideally, the sunglasses you choose should be lightweight enough to prevent undue strain on the points of contact: your nose and ears. An imbalance could lead to discomfort and reduced UV protection. Concerned about finding the right fit for your sunglasses? At KARIR our opticians will be able to guide you in finding the perfect pair—and fit!

Keep in mind that buying the best sunglasses for your face shape and style is an investment. Make sure you choose a pair that is durable and made from quality materials. Book an appointment with a Karir optician today for sunglasses that combine fashion and function.