It’s fun to put on a pair of big sunglasses and think how you look just like Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” or Jackie O on a yacht. Then you check in the mirror, and it’s not exactly a dead ringer.
Don’t despair: Maybe the shape of your face isn’t right for that style, but there’s still hope. If you’re after the hottest look of the season, get the best version for you. “If there’s a style you like, there’s probably a variation of that style that will work for you,” says Jason Bell, co-owner of Specs Eyewear.
“There are old fashion rules about face shapes and what glasses you should wear, but fashion and trends dictate what people wear more than those rules,” he said.
True, but when a person with a small face wears oversized sunglasses, she looks like she’s hiding or it looks like her sunglasses are wearing her.
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“Well, no matter what the style, the glasses still have to look good on you,” Bell said. “In sunglasses, the trend is still the bigger shapes, but they have softened a little bit.”
He said the shape now is closer to being round than square, but a couple of years ago, it was rectangular. And a part of the big frame trend has resulted in the very popular horn-rim men’s frames becoming unisex, he said.
“It’s all retro,” Bell said. “Retro shows up in clothes, cars, hairstyles — and glasses are no exception.”
And yes, that means cat-eye shapes. Once again, the cat-eye shapes range from a gentle swoop across the top to exaggerated styles that look as much like wings as they do the eyes of a cat.
“If people are up for it, we can go totally obnoxious with the cat-eye shape,” he said.
“Obnoxious” isn’t usually the look we’re after, so here are a few tips (not hard-and-fast rules) to take into consideration when choosing new sunglasses. These tips are from fashion editor Jenny Feldman of MyHabit.com. The first step to choosing a flattering style is deciding what shape your face is: oval, round, square, diamond or heart-shaped.
You have an oval face if you have high cheekbones and your chin is narrower than your forehead. Be happy if you have an oval-shaped face because most shapes of lenses will suit you. After you try lots of different looks, check to make sure the sunglasses you choose are a size that is proportionate your face.
A round face doesn’t have much cheekbone definition and a soft jaw line. Go in search of styles that will make your face appear longer and slimmer. Avoid frames with round curves, and choose instead square or rectangle frames.
If you have a square face, you have a wide forehead and a strong jaw and cheekbones. Choose round frames to soften the jaw line and lengthen your face. You want to pull focus away from the jaw line, so make sure the top of the frame sits high on the face.
A narrow forehead, high cheekbones, narrow eyes and a narrow jaw equals a diamond-shaped face. Glasses that make the forehead appear wider and will not put emphasis on the cheekbones are the best choice for those with diamond-shaped faces. Try oval, rimless frames for starters.
A heart-shaped face means that the person has a wide forehead and a narrow chin. You want the focus to be at the top of your face, so choose frames that are the same width on the top and bottom. This will make the jaw seem broader.
Additional sunglass tips:
• Frames should cover your eyebrows because few people have the exact same arch in both brows.
• Find glasses in which the middle of the lenses is directly in front of the middle of your eyes. Check both vertically and horizontally.
• To avoid glasses that look too small, make sure the edges of the frames are slightly wider than the widest part of your face.