How To Choose The Best Sunglasses: The Ultimate Guide 2020

Posted at 5:30 pm • 17 June 2020 • Chloe from Kraywoods


While wearing sunglasses primarily protects the eyes from the sun's harmful rays and other particles that can enter the eyes, they can also transform your look and make for a great fashion statement on a bright, sunny day. Choosing stylish eyewear may look effortless, but it's not always easy to choose the right pair of sunglasses for your face shape, hair colour, and skin tone and match it with your outfit! It can be easy to go with the wrong shape, colour, or design and end up with a pair that doesn't perfectly complement your features and clothes.


This is why it's important to know what to look for when buying the right pair of sunglasses for you, and one of the primary considerations is your face shape, skin tone and hair colour, and shape, size and colour of the sunglasses themselves. Let's take a look at how to find out your face shape; how to choose the right sunglasses for your face shape, skin tone and hair colour, and how to match your sunglasses with different outfits.

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How To Choose The Right Sunglasses For Your Face Shape

1. Determining Your Face Shape

The first step is to identify your face shape and that's an easy thing to do! Take a lipstick or an erasable marker. If you have neither, you can use a bar of soap. Stand in front of the mirror and, on its surface, trace the outline of your face. Try to keep your hand from straying. Take a step back and look at the shape. Is it oval, heart, square, or round? If you're still not sure what is your face shape, you can find out more in this guide about how to determine your face shape.

How To Choose The Right Sunglasses For Your Face Shape - Determining Your Face Shape

2. Best Sunglasses for Round Faces

Your objective when choosing the right pair of sunglasses is to give a lengthening effect to your face. To do so, dark frames would be ideal. The darkness narrows the face and gives an illusion of an oval shape. If you have an uneven facial shape, choose a frame where the height is less than the width. Oversized, square, rectangular and cat-eye sunglasses offset the roundness.

How To Choose The Right Sunglasses For Your Face Shape - Round Face Shape

Recommended Sunglasses: The ideal shape for round faces are our Willow cat-eye bamboo sunglasses, Oxford square ebony wood sunglasses, Challenger wayfarer wood sunglasses, and Leo aviator wood sunglasses. Choose frames that are wider than your face or are slightly oversized, so that they will add balance to your soft features and balance your face to make it look longer or thinner. Avoid round glasses and narrow frames; they will only emphasize the roundness of the face and won't be as flattering. You can read our blog on the 10 best glasses for round faces to find out more!

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3. Best Sunglasses for Oval Faces

If you have an oval-shaped face, your objective when picking the right sunglasses is to emphasize the harmonious proportions of your face. You should avoid choosing sunglasses that look larger or oversized; the frames should only be as wide as your face. Also, make sure that the upper frame does not go beyond your eyebrows.

How To Choose The Right Sunglasses For Your Face Shape - Oval Face Shape

Recommended Sunglasses: An oval face shape is the most versatile when choosing a flattering pair of sunglasses. Don't pick sunglasses that have prominent edges or that appear too big and wide. The frames that best match your facial shape are smooth-lined. People with this face shape can rock our Ash aviator wood sunglasses, Sienna winged bamboo sunglasses and vintage round Lennon sunglasses like stars. You can read our blog about the 8 best sunglasses for oval faces to find out more!

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4. Best Sunglasses for Square Faces

Round sunglasses are perfect for square face shapes. Choosing round or oval frames will help you achieve the perfect balance with your features and soften your overall facial proportions. These sunglasses shapes will look very flattering and make for a bold and alluring look.

How To Choose The Right Sunglasses For Your Face Shape - Square Face Shape

Recommended Sunglasses: Choose large glasses with a frame width that is proportionate to the width of your face. For an even more flattering and bold look, you can choose our Groove round mirror sunglasses or Aspen Gold retro-round wood sunglasses. And last but not least, avoid sunglasses with frames that are wider than your face.

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5. Best Sunglasses for Heart Shaped Faces

The narrowest point of a heart-shaped face is at the jawline, with a wide top third and a narrow bottom third. Ideally, you want your sunglasses to balance out the apparent width of the top of the face. Angled and bold coloured frames are excellent choices for heart-shaped faces.

How To Choose The Right Sunglasses For Your Face Shape - Heart Face Shape

Recommended Sunglasses: Any frames that are wider on the top than they are on the bottom will be flattering on a heart faced shape. From our collection, you can choose the Stella tortoise cat-eye sunglasses with high pointed edges, the Leo aviator sunglasses, and Rover mirror wood sunglasses. These sunglasses are very flattering for the heart face shape. You'll be sure to look like a real fashionista while rocking these shades!

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How To Choose The Right Sunglasses For Your Skin Tone & Hair Colour

Have you ever wondered if your sunglasses match your skin tone or hair colour? It might not be everyone's first thought, but it's something that can make a difference with your overall look! When choosing the best sunglasses for your skin tone and hair colour, you have the choice between finding a complementing or contrasting frame against your hair, eyes, and complexion, both of which depend on your taste.

Determining the Right Frame Colour For Your Skin Tone

Your skin tone works similarly to your hair colour, though contrast is the name of the game when it comes to finding the best shades of sunglasses for you.

1. Light Skin

If you have light coloured skin with warm undertones, it's best to strike a balance by going for darker shades of brown, gold, or green. On the other hand, cool undertones will most beautifully be paired with dark blues or rich pinks.

2. Medium Skin

Having a medium skin colour means that you can vary between dark or light shades of sunglasses, plus you have more room to play around with striking hues. For those with warm skin tones, going for a vibrant orange or red will look most flattering. Cool mediums will also look as compelling when paired with blues and lighter greens.

3. Dark Skin

Going for bright gold, brown or neutral shades would perfect for dark-skinned beauties with a warm undertone. It's best to match pink or blue shades of sunglasses for cooler skin tones, which will add an instant pop of colour to your look.

Determining the Right Frame Color For Your Hair

Your hair colour can make or break the overall aesthetic of your sunglasses. Depending on your sense of style, you can go for an understated, elegant look or make a striking statement using bold and contrasting colours. Keep in mind that tones and hues also vary in hair colour, which differs in warm or cold categories.

1. Light Coloured Hair

Choosing darker shades for light hair will make for an appealing pop of colour due to the contrast. For instance, you can complement blonde locks with cool undertones by choosing wooden sunglasses with dark greys or dark browns. Meanwhile, a light hair colour with warm undertones would look fantastic with our green mirror Racer wood sunglasses or Tom & Catrown bamboo cat-eye sunglasses.

2. Medium Coloured Hair

If you're sporting brown to amber hair with cool undertones, you can rock purple, white or silver mirror sunglasses like a star. On the other hand, warmer hair colours will match beautifully with blue, green, or black sunglasses.

3. Dark Coloured Hair

Black hair is the most versatile when of choosing the best fitting colour of sunglasses. Pairing your dark locks with light or pastel hues may be underwhelming, but blacks, bright whites, primary, and vibrant secondary colours will instantly enhance your look.


How To Match Your Sunglasses With Your Outfit

When accessorizing your look, a pair of trendy sunglasses to complement your style is a must, and we made sure to cover the top eyewear trends in 2020 for you on our blog! Whether you want to rock a bold and trendy pair of sunglasses to elevate a basic outfit or want a pair of casual wooden sunglasses that will blend perfectly with your laid-back weekend look! There are many different ways to match your sunglasses with your outfit, so here's our guide!

Let's find out how to match your sunglasses with your outfit depending on the style, shape and colour.

1. Match Your Colours

One of the key aspects you must consider when matching any accessory with your outfit is colour! Make sure that the colour of your sunglasses compliments outfit. It does not necessarily need to be an exact match, but it should be of a complementary pairing, meaning that the colours need to blend in together. If you are wearing grey or black coloured clothes, you can match your outfit with dark coloured sunglasses. If you are wearing an emerald green dress, you can match it with various shades of green hues. That being said, don't be shy to play around with different colours and let your fashion sense guide you!

2. Match Your Accessories

While matching your sunglasses with your outfit is great, matching them with the accessories you are wearing, such as scarves, headbands, or jewellery, can also be an effective way to create a better look. Choose sunglasses frames of the same colour as the accessory you are wearing to create a fun and attractive look. Brightly coloured lenses and frames that complement your gemstone jewellery can also make a striking fashion statement.

3. Evaluate Your Look

Before making sure that your sunglasses match what you're wearing, evaluate how well they suit you. Are these sunglasses right for your face shape? Do they look good with your skin tone and hair colour? If the sunglasses are a good fit for you and their shape and size complement your facial features, you'll be sure to look attractive with them on no matter what you wear!

4. One or Multiple Pairs of Sunglasses

If you like to play around with style and colours when creating an outfit, then the more sunglasses you have, the easier it is to find something that will always match perfectly! On the other hand, if you prefer to own one pair at a time, then make sure to have a classic pair of dark, neutral coloured sunglasses, since it's easy to match with any colour palette. You can also spice it up with a little bit of beige, navy, or powder blue frames during spring and summer.


How Can Sunglasses Transform Your Look?

When sunglasses were introduced in the 1920s, they were worn by regular people like you and me as a simple fashion accessory. Back then, sunglasses were used only for extreme water adventures and snow sports. They were also mostly associated with people who worked in the travel industry, such as pilots and aviators.

Between the '50s and the '60s, Hollywood stars started wearing sunglasses to conceal their identities from the intrusive paparazzi and their exploding light bulbs. Since Hollywood stars adapted sunglasses, they have been associated with fashion and glamour. From then on, sunglasses have become a fashion staple on the runways and a trendy accessory that can transform your look!

The shape and colour of the frames can have a big impact on your overall look and feel, and the image you project. With the right pair of sunglasses, a basic outfit can go from giving out a casual to an edgy and sophisticated one! Let's see all the ways you can transform your look with sunglasses and our best recommendations from Kraywoods wooden sunglasses collection!

1. The Attractive & Colourful Look

If you're someone who owns a wardrobe that mainly consists of classic colours and likes to stay away from flashy and bright colours, you may find yourself blending into the background and wishing for a little colour to accentuate your look from time to time. A pair of sunglasses with coloured frames or bright reflective mirrored lenses can really make your outfit pop and add that vibrant touch to a dark-coloured ensemble. Bright coloured sunglasses will add that touch of colour to your classic outfit, giving a unique edge to your look and making an effortless fashion statement. Here are a few coloured and mirror sunglasses that would be perfect to add a pop of colour to any outfit!

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2. The Trendy & Glamorous Look

Do you find yourself always opting for a comfy-feel look with a laid back casual wear on the go!? No worries, you're not alone! Minimalist and casual sporty looks are so on-trend right now, and aiming for that street-style look is definitely the way to go for everyday style.

If you're into this simple and stylish image, we're all for it, but casual doesn't have to be all that casual. If you think you can't look glam in your streetwear, think again. Any simple pair of oversized or tiny sunglasses will instantly give you that trendy and chic look in a second!

Our bold Birch oversized round sunglasses will also give you that vogue glam look, all while looking effortlessly fashionable! On the other hand, our Magnolia small retro-round sunglasses will instantly add that trendy flair to any casual outfit!

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3. The Professional and Sophisticated Look

You may love your stylish cat-eye frames or retro-round sunglasses for day-to-day wear, but there are certain occasions when you need to project a more professional and sophisticated look. While donning a smart blazer, adding a tie, wearing a pair of heels or accessorizing with a chic purse are great ideas, choosing the right sunglasses is one of the easiest ways to transform your look fun and casual to classic and sophisticated.

When you want your sunglasses to compliment your classic outfit and add that sophisticated touch, opt for dark coloured sunglasses in classic square, rectangular or aviator shapes.

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Sunglasses are practical as well as fashionable. Sun or cloud, sunglasses can be worn as a simple and effortless fashion accessory to add flair to any look. If you know how to choose the right pair of sunglasses for your face shape, complexion and hair colour; and match it with your outfits, you will be sure to turn heads wherever you go!

Keep in mind that the perfect pair of sunglasses can vary in style, shape, and colour, depending on your fashion sense and personal taste. There's never only one style that's right for you. With that in mind, the guide above should help narrow down your choices, but the ultimate choice for a pair of sunglasses that will make you feel most glamorous is for you to make!

Don't forget to refer to our sunglasses size guide when shopping for your next pair of eyewear to ensure the best fit!

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