Choosing the perfect pair of sunglasses

May 5, 2011 – Given the scorching weather we have been experiencing lately, sunglasses are a staple of everyone’s wardrobe. It would be unbearable to survive without them.  I love the fact that they instantly raise your Glam percentage and I’m sure you can agree with me that choosing the perfect pair is nothing short of a treasure hunt.

Where to start? Well first the basics, your face shape has everything to do with finding the perfect pair. It’s also the reason why your girl will look like a diva with a pair that will make you look frumpy. 

mapambo_glasses2_511641399.jpgSquare shaped face -Wear an oval or round pair, reduce the angles on the frame.  

Oblong shaped face – wear geometric and angular designs.

Heart shaped face – Wear oval and aviator designs.

Diamond shaped face – choose softly curved frames and oval shaped sunglasses.  

Oval shaped face – the lucky ones since they can wear all shapes and designs.  

Triangular shaped face – cat eyes or metallic frames that are rimless.  


When it comes to choosing the material for your sunglasses a few things to note are the pros and cons of each.

Glass – It has very good optical clarity but is expensive and heavier than others.  

Polyurethane – has the best impact resistance but is also expensive.  

Polycarbonate – it is affordable, lightweight and has good impact resistance.


Too many times while shopping for sunglasses you are never quite sure about the look. Take a friend along so that you can have a second opinion. When buying, also think about your Jewelry collection and wether if you love bold and detailed pieces.  Make sure your frames have little or no detail so that your side view doesn’t look too busy.  

Your hairstyle matters too, very short hair works with bold, creative frame designs whilst short hair geometric and round shapes.  

As you choose your sunglasses don’t let fashion be the only criterion.  Take a look at the UVA and UVB protection.  Sunglasses are to protect your eyes from damage from the sun’s rays. Your sunglasses should block 99%-100% of the UVB and UVA rays. They should also cover the delicate eye area.

Happy shopping and all the best in finding the perfect pair. 

Article by Saiton Tameno 


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