Sunglasses season is in full swing - it seems like everyone is heading away for week abroad or just enjoying the (very!) few evenings of sun here at home.
I know we may not always have the strongest sunshine in Ireland, but I for one hate any kind of glare - which is why on an overcast day, or even during the Winter months, you'll find me with my sunglasses on. *Here comes the science bit!*The lighter in colour your iris is, the more photo-sensitive you are! This is why it is essential to have a really good pair of sunglasses (or four!). Squinting in bright light can give you eyestrain, headaches and *gasp* - wrinkles. No fun – especially when the solution is so fun to wear!
A good pair of sunglasses are an investment and should last you for years, and it’s probably why the biggest question we get asked in the practice about sunglasses is “What shape best suits my face?” There are no rules exactly, but there are some guidelines for your faceshape that you can stick to if you want a starting point.
The old adage of ‘opposites attract’ are the name of the game with face shapes - the idea is that if you have a round face, you choose a square style; a square face should choose a round style and so on.
Features: Face is wider than it is long, with a prominent jawline.
Square-Faced Celebs: Angelina Jolie and Gwenyth Paltrow
Try: Round/oval styles soften an angular jaw & soft curved or cat eye shapes work well.
Our Picks (Top-Bottom): Etnia Barcelona 'Wild Africa 6', WOOW 'Super Chic 1'
Features: Prominent forehead, wider cheeks tapering into a pointy chin.
Heart-Shaped Celebs: Reese Witherspoon and Naomi Campbell
Try: Draw attention away from the forehead with low set/keyhole bridge & graduated tints. Stick to curved shapes.
Our Picks: Maui Jim 'Honomanu', Etnia Barcelona 'Paris/Tokyo'
Features: Elongated features from forehead to prominent chin.
Long-Faced Celebs: Sarah Jessica Parker and Tyra Banks.
Try: Chunky and oversized styles, long aviators and bold colours. Most shapes work.
Our Picks: WOOW 'Super Duper 1', Orla Kiely
Features: Face is roughly the same length as width, with full cheeks.
Round-Faced Celebs: Mila Kunis & Emma Stone
Try: Angular shapes work best with a round face and will give definition.
Our Picks: Maui Jim 'Kawika', Elle
Features: Face gently tapers towards chin, with prominent cheekbones & forehead.
Oval-Faced Celebs: Jessica Alba & Alexa Chung.
Try: Everything!Oval faces are the most versatile. Just be mindful of size - smaller oval faces should choose petite styles.
Our Picks: Etnia Barcelona 'Wild Africa', Lacoste
With all that said, it's fun to break the rules! If you find a style you love, don't worry if it doesn't fit the criteria of the face shapes. If you love it, work it!
Once you have found the perfect pair, look after them! Keep them in their case, clean them regularly with a good lens spray and microfibre cloth, don't leave them on the dashboard of your car to warp in the heat....and try not to sit on them! If you mind them they will reward you with years or service and you will feel like a million bucks everytime you pop them on!
See more of our sunglasses range here.
We are running a prescription sunglasses offer until July 31st, check it out here.