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Shady Lady

So, Summer is here, the birds are singing and the sun has finally got his hat on- time to invest in a new pair of shades...

Published on June 23rd 2006.

Shady Lady

So, summer is here, the birds are singing and the sun has finally got his hat on- time to pop the umbrella back in the cupboard and invest in a new pair of shades. But with so many styles to choose from haw do you know what to go for? Fear not - this week I bring you my quick and easy guide to finding your perfect pair.

First things first, sunglass size should be in proportion with the face size. This means that smaller sunglasses are best for smaller faces; larger sunglasses for larger faces- see easy isn’t it? The frame shape should contrast with, that is, be the opposite of, the shape of the face. Don’t take these tips as hard and fast rules, just as a guideline to help you choose the style that’s right for you.

Oval face

Almost any style works for oval faces. Experiment with the latest looks, such as wraparounds or shields. Square shaped frames with gently rounded edges and higher temples also look good on an oval face.

Frame suggestions: Any frame shape Try these classy Tortoise Shell Wrap sunglasses from Dorothy Perkins- Only £ 15 and a classic style which won’t date.

Round face

Frames should make the face appear longer and thinner. In general, look for frames equal to or slightly wider than the broadest part of the face. Minimise the curves and add definition with soft, angular, or rectangular styles.

Frame suggestions: Wider frames with angular / rectangular styles. Try this funky pair from Guess, and they are reduced to £59 from D&A the opticians.

Square face

This face shape consists of a strong jaw line, a broad forehead and wide cheekbones. Reduce the angles with soft, curvy styles that will give the face some definition such as cat-eye styles. The classic ovals also works well for this face shape.

Frame suggestions: Oval, Round, Cat Eyes. Try this brown tinted, rimless pair from Blue Gem eyewear at Debenams- a snip at £13

Oblong face

Widen and shorten the face with sunglass styles that do not extend beyond the widest part of the face. Round or square shapes will look great on this face. Frames with short horizontal and long vertical lines also work. Decorative or contrasting temples add width to the face.

Frame suggestions: Round, Square. Try this sleek rounded pair from Prada- £149, and check out the rest of their collection in Selfridges.

Heart shape

This face shape has wide or high cheekbones with a narrow chin. Oval sunglasses will soften the contour of the face, although softly curved square frames will work as well. Make sure the styles are no wider than the top of the cheekbones.

Frame suggestions: Oval, Square, Rimless. Try this pink, rimless pair from Dior, £149.

So there you go- something for everyone and it doesn’t have to cost the earth to be stylish, with styles ranging fro £13 to £149 there should be something there to suit all budgets. Just a quick word to the wise- remember to check that your sunglasses are actually UV protective, speaking from experience I know that some of the cheaper ‘fashion’ options are just for show and not for sitting in the sun so just check before you buy and practice safe specs! Enjoy the sun..

Kathryn Whittaker

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