Posted at 9:30 am • 19 June 2020 • Chloe from Kraywoods
Are you struggling to find to best sunglasses for your small face? There's no disappointment like falling in love with a pair of glasses and then trying them on, only to find out that they don't fit well. The good news is that this doesn't need to happen again! We're here to give you tips on how to choose the right pair of glasses for your face shape and feature the best type of sunglasses for small faces. So without further ado, let's get started!
What To Look For When Buying Sunglasses
- Size and Fit
If the frames are great but are still a little bit big, the size and fit can be the conclusive issue while purchasing sunglasses. If the frame has modifiable nose pads, then these can be adjusted for the glasses to fit better if you have a small nose. However, if the frame is too wide, you will be concerned about your sunglasses falling off every time you look down. Frame temples can sometimes be slightly tightened for a better fit, but it is not the best route to take as they will tend to loosen up again with time. We strongly recommend choosing a pair of frames that have an optimal width for your face. In order to make sure the width of the frame is optimal, you can look at the sizes indicated inside the frame or do a mirror test. For the mirror test, wear the glasses in front of a mirror and see where your eyes are situated through the lenses. For an ideal sunglasses frame size and width, your eyes should be centred behind the lenses of the frame.
No matter if you have a smaller face or a wider face, you will always want a pair of sunglasses that matches your style. There are many different types of frame materials to choose from and it comes down to a personal preference when choosing the material of your sunglasses. You need to select the type of materials that are comfortable, lightweight, flexible, and able to withstand in any climate situation. You can find acetate sunglasses, metal sunglasses and wooden sunglasses. You can find out more about the difference between wood and plastic sunglasses on our blog!
When you finish settling on the right frames, you will also need to think about the lenses. Your desired lens material will depend upon the type of frame you choose, as ell as your optician's recommendations. Here are a few lens properties below that you can consider.
Polycarbonate is a popular choice for sports and semi-rimless sunglasses due to the impact resistance of this material. Polycarbonate lenses are very popular, you can find them easily and they will not break or chip. This material is also very lightweight, so if comfort is a priority for you, then these are a good choice!
Plastic lenses, also known as organic lenses, are the most used for optical glasses and sunglasses nowadays. They are best for sports sunglasses as well as kids sunglasses as they are very lightweight and comfortable to wear. Unlike glass lenses, plastic lenses have a great impact resistance and do not break shatter easily. Most sunglasses you will find will be equipped with plastic or polycarbonate lenses.
Glass is considered a traditional lens material that is not commonly used anymore. Although glass lenses don't scratch easily and can give the most excellent clarity, they are much heavier compared to polycarbonate and plastic lenses. Glass lenses are also not recommended for someone who has a high prescription. If you use thick glass lenses, they can add a lot of weight to your frame and are prone to shattering compared to polycarbonate. This material is rarely used for sunglasses.
UV protection & Polarization
UV protection is another thing to consider while choosing lenses. Both polycarbonate and plastic lenses can be treated with UV-blocking coatings, and contain an added polarized filter. There are different degrees of UV protection, so make sure your sunglasses are equipped with UV400 lenses which block 100% of the UVA and UVB rays. If you're looking for added protection and superior visual clarity and comfort, then opt for sunglasses with polarized lenses as these will cut out all the glare and eliminate the reflections of the sunlight, as well as enhance the contrast of the images.
Vision Through Groove - Polarized Sunglasses
How to Choose the Right Sunglasses For Yourself
When choosing a pair of sunglasses that best match your face, features and style, there are few things you can consider. Let's check out how to best match your sunglasses with your skin tone, hair colour and eye colour for an overall appealing look:
- Skin Tone
With soft pastels, cool blues or bold purple will match great cooler skin tones. Black and tortoise coloured frames would also be nice and a good option as well. On the other hand, for warmer skin tones, you can go for earthy colours like brown, gold, orange, or olive green. You can even add a pop of fun with some bold red or yellow frames.
- Hair Colour
Hair colour is another determining factor while choosing sunglasses. So look for frames that will match with your hair colour.
- Eye Colour
People do have different eye colours. If you want to pop your eyes, then go for a pair of frames that will match with your eye colour nicely. Frame thickness, frame colour, and lens colour would play a vital role in this regard.
Best Sunglass Types For Small Faces
Bold sunglasses could be a good option for you if you have a small shaped face. They allow to draw the attention more on the style of the frame rather than its size or the size of your face. A thicker frame can make for a great look on small faces. You can find a wide variety of bold frames available in all kinds of styles, shapes and colours for you to choose from. You can try going for cat-eye wooden sunglasses for a fashionable bold look.
Round sunglasses are very trendy nowadays and they come in many different vintage inspired styles and sizes. You can find very small round sunglasses and big round sunglasses. If you have a small face, you want to be careful when choosing round sunglasses because if they are not the right size, they can look too big on your face. You also have to make sure that the frame you choose sits below or just on the eyebrow, and doesn't fall too long down on your cheekbone. Make sure to try different sizes of round shaped frames to see which ones suit you best. After finding the right size of round sunglasses for your face, you can choose a style that will match your face shape and structure.
Wayfarer & Clubmaster
If you have a rectangular or oval-shaped small type of face, then you can also go for wayfarer wooden sunglasses or clubmaster wooden sunglasses. These ever so classic styles will suit you well, as long as you make sure to opt for a pair of frames with a smaller width to not overshadow your small face shape.
We know that choosing the perfect pair of sunglasses for your face shape might seem like a daunting task, but if you make sure to follow all the tips we've mentioned in this guide and the other guides we've published on the Kraywoods blog, you will find that it's not so difficult after all. All you need to know is the hair colour, skin tone, eye colour, structure, and shape of your face and follow the tips to find what style and shape will look most flattering on you. Our last tip for you when shopping for a pair of sunglasses is to not be shy to try on different styles of sunglasses and get out of your comfort zone! You can try wooden sunglasses if you're looking for something eco-friendly and lightweight. If you love the look of the sunglasses you're trying on and they have a lightweight and comfortable feel, then follow your heart and go for it!