Sunglasses are an excellent accessory to add to almost any outfit. They create a somewhat secretive aura, enhancing your look and adding some serious class. Naturally, you’ve got hundreds of different sunglasses to choose from. So, how do you pick the right ones for your outfit? It’s a tough decision, but one that will be made much easier after reading this guide. I’ll cover all the main talking points to help you pinpoint the shades that will make heads turn!
Step 1: Determine Your Face Shape
Before you look at your outfit, you have to figure out which sunglasses will suit your face best. There are many different face shapes, some of which are geared towards specific styles. You’ll see a breakdown of which face shapes suit which styles in the next point, this step is all about determining your face shape.
It’s a simple process, you need to make an outline of your face. The video below will show some easy steps to do just that. All you need is a pen, some paper, and a camera. Alternatively, some people do this in the mirror. You outline your face with some lipstick or a pen that easily rubs off. Whichever way you do it, you’ll have to take your face outline and compare it to the specific face shapes. From here, you will figure out which shape resembles your face the closest. Now, it’s time to find some sunglasses that suit this shape.
Step 2: Match The Shape With The Style
The four main face shapes are as follows:
By now, you will know which one of these shapes you fit into. So, let’s take a look at the different sunglasses for your face shape.
1. Round Faces
Typically, the best styles for this face are wayfarers, rounded bottoms, and rectangular sunglasses. No matter what outfit you’re wearing, the sunglasses on your face should be in one of these three styles. Obviously, as with all the styles, you can find different variants between them.
2. Oval Faces
If you have an oval face, you should move towards rectangle, aviator, and round sunglasses. These styles will complement your face better than any of the others.
3. Heart Faces
For heart-shaped faces, your three styles are cat-eye, aviator, and chunky with high angles. As you can see, some styles will crossover between the different face types. If you feel like your face is a cross between two different shapes, it’s best to pick a pair of sunglasses that fits into both categories.
4. Square Faces
Finally, we have square faces. Here, you should opt for cat-eye, round, and aviator sunglasses.
It was touched upon briefly, but remember that you can have a pair of aviators that look perfect with one outfit and terrible for another. So, it’s not just about finding which styles suit your face. This is a huge part of choosing the right pair of sunglasses, but you still need to consider the clothes that you’re wearing.
Step 3: Consider The Purpose of Your Outfit
In this step, you have to think about why you’re wearing an outfit. What is the reason behind it? You might think this sounds like a trick question, but the answer is obvious. Consider where you’re going, and you’ll find the reason for the outfit!
For example, you’re wearing this suit because you’re going to work. Or, you’re in joggers and a hoody because you’re popping out to the shops. The purpose matters because it determines what type of glasses will align with the outfit. Let’s look at work outfits as an example, purely because it’s the easiest to explain.
In a work setting, you want to appear professional. This is why you’re wearing a suit or a blouse with a skirt and tights, etc. You need to give the impression that you are a professional person that knows what they’re doing. So, would it make sense to wear colourful sunglasses to the office? If you have a round face, should you walk in with a pair of bright pink wayfarers? You’d certainly turn heads, but for the wrong reasons! Instead, it makes sense to go for some designer black shades that enhance the professional look. Now, you seem like a boss woman who’s on her way to kick some ass.
The same applies to all other outfits – think about the occasion or the reason you’re dressed as you are. Then, pair this outfit with a specific style or colour scheme that aligns with it.
Step 4: Think About The Colours
I’ve just mentioned colours, so it makes sense to go over them in more detail. Essentially, you have to match your sunglasses with the colours in your outfit. Going back to the previous example, I suggested black sunglasses because you’re likely wearing an outfit that’s mainly black, white, and possibly grey. All of these colours go together, so your outfit has the right synergy.
The good news is that this isn’t difficult at all. I’m going to assume that you’re all good at choosing your personal style and figuring out what colours look the best on you. So, you just have to treat the sunglasses like another item of clothing. Think about it this way, would you put on a pair of shoes that clashed with the rest of your outfit? You wouldn’t, so keep this same energy with your sunglasses.
I think we could also throw other accessories in with this point. Ensure that your sunglasses match their colours as well. Of course, this shouldn’t be hard as the other accessories are chosen thanks to how well they suit the main outfit.
Step 5: Don’t Settle For One Pair
The final step is to realize that one pair of sunglasses won’t be enough. Even if you wear similar colours all the time, you’re bound to have outfits for different situations. I’ve mentioned work, going to the shops, but what about socializing with friends, going to a wedding, going to the beach, etc. If you have one pair for every situation, you will always see clashes. It’s impossible to find a perfect pair of sunglasses that goes with every outfit.
My advice is to get a selection of shades that can be used in different situations. Get some professional ones, some relaxed ones, and so on. You don’t need a massive collection, just enough to give you options when choosing what to wear. Also, you don’t have to spend a fortune on the sunglasses. There are plenty of cheap ones available, so get them and maybe one designer brand if you want. Like all aspects of fashion, you can make cheap sunglasses look expensive if you wear them correctly!
After following these steps, you will definitely have some sunglasses that turn heads – for the right reasons! It’s a good idea to apply these steps to every outfit you have – if you want to wear sunglasses with them. Remember, sunglasses don’t just have to come out when it’s sunny. Sure, that’s the main reason, but they are a stunning fashion accessory that shouldn’t be overlooked. Hopefully, this guide has helped you get the most out of this gorgeous access.