There are numerous things we can learn about fashion just by taking a peek into the lives of supermodels. The runway is definitely one of the places to look for inspiration, but when it comes to real-life style, the off-duty looks are the ones to keep an eye on. After all, supermodels are among the first people who get to see the latest trends, and they proudly rock them afterwards.
Now, among all these things, there is one lesson that couldn’t possibly escape us – the importance of a great choice of sunglasses. Just by looking at some of the most casual and even sporty outfit choices of the likes of Bella and Gigi, we can’t help but instantly notice that aside from a great bag, the specs are the ones that complete the circle and seal the deal.
So, how does one go about choosing the kind of eyewear that will elevate their style in an instant and make them look ultra-chic? That’s what we’ll find out today.
It’s all about the face
The first factor to take into consideration when shopping for sunglasses is your face shape. For instance, the geometrical narrow ‘Le Skinny’ sunglasses are probably the hottest shape at this moment, but if they don’t flatter your face shape, there’s no point in blindly following the trend. Your face shape is crucial, so let’s break it down and see what fits best.
The heart shape
Let’s begin with the girls whose faces are the embodiment of love. Kidding aside, heart-shaped faces are the ones with delicate jawlines, and therefore, they need the kind of frame that will visually broaden this feature and elongate the face overall. The type of sunglasses best suited for this face shape are the highly trendy heavy-bottom frame ones, as well as the timeless aviators whose sloping silhouette makes for a great contrast to your jawline.
If you have a strong jawline like, for instance, Keira Knightley does, your goal is to soften this feature and this is best achieved if you opt for curvy frames. Round specs, as well as rectangular ones with rounded edges, are great options, and even the super trendy cat-eye frames that curve downwards will do a great job at balancing your angels.
Round it up
We simply love Chrissy Teigen – her humor and her lovely round face. Many women have this exact face shape, so if you are one of them, the rectangular-framed sunglasses are the way to go. They will provide the illusion of a longer face and essentially all eyes will be on your eyes. Just make sure you don’t go with a pair that is oversized as you don’t want to overpower your lovely features. One of the most solid choices out there come from Australia’s own brand Quay, and it’s the Midnight Runner model.
The oval gal
Girls with oval faces are probably the luckiest of them all. Their face allows them to wear almost all types of frames. The only ones that they should probably steer clear of are the completely round ones, such as the Lennon’s, as they won’t do justice to your features. Therefore, if you’re totally in love with the tiny Le Specs, feel free to go for them.
Just like her song, Rihanna has that perfect diamond-shaped face which again, allows for plenty of room to play with different frames. Even the iconic Lennon’s aren’t off limits to you, along with any kind of oversized specs, even the ones with heavy bottom frames. You can even take a futuristic route, like Riri did in her collaboration with Dior, and still pull them off (even if you’re not Rihanna).
The paramount issue
Did you know that Australia is one of the few countries which actually has a standard for sunglasses? Well, given the number of sunny days and understanding just how important it is to protect everything, including eyes from harmful UVA and UVB rays, this probably comes as no surprise. This is why you won’t only find chic sunglasses in Sydney and all across Australia, but also the ones with protective lenses. Take a cue from Aussie girls, and be sure to get category three or four lenses, as these are guaranteed to protect your eyes fully.
What about the trends?
Well, by giving you a tour of the perfect frames for your face shape, we also presented some of the chicest frames at the moment. However, there is one issue that was left untouched, and that is the chicest color for the lenses. Reflective color lenses were popular last year, however, things have changed and now the transparent frames in numerous pastel hues are all the rage, along with timeless black frames which are the definition of chic.
When it comes to color choices, our advice is to pick the ones that are flattering for your skin tone, and if you don’t plan on investing in more than one or two pairs of really great sunglasses, you should probably go with something that meshes well with your clothes in terms of the color palette. Bright hues and pastels may be hot, but you should probably stick to classic black if they’re the only ones you plan on purchasing.
About the author:
Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and style blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends and graphic design projects. Sophia writes mostly in fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: LA Fashion, Viva Glam Magazine, Just Haves, How to Simplify and Carousel.