UPDATED 3 May 2022 • 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, 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 facial features and style.
It's important to know what to look for when buying the right pair of women's sunglasses or men's sunglasses. Some of the primary considerations are your face shape, skin tone and hair colour, as well as the shape, size and colour of the sunglasses themselves.
In this guide, we'll explore all the points below:
- How to choose the right sunglasses for your face shape
- How to choose the right sunglasses for your skin tone
- How to choose the right sunglasses for your hair colour
- How to choose the best lens colour for your sunglasses
- How to match your sunglasses with your outfits
With so many criteria around, some things can get lost in translation or even be hard to remember! However, when going on your eyewear shopping spree, it's vital to have a part of your lifestyle and personality shown in your stylish sunglasses. You'll be wearing them for long hours and they will surely have you standout from the crowd. So, to keep things short, we want you to keep these two things in mind when finding the perfect pair of polarized sunglasses:
- Find a pair of glasses frames that matches your face shape. The general rule states that your stylish sunglasses need to have the opposite shape of your face shape.
- Invest in a timeless design of glasses shapes that will will elevate your style in the years to come.
How To Choose The Right Sunglasses For Your Face Shape
1. Determine 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 an oval face, heart face, square face, or round face? If you're still not sure what is your face shape, you can find your face shape in our detailed guide: 3 Easy Steps To Determine Your Face Shape.
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2. Best Sunglasses for Round Faces
A round face shape is kind of like a square face shape but with softer angles. The side of your face are not straight, your chin is rounded and your cheekbones are wide. If you have a round face shape, your objective when choosing the right pair of stylish sunglasses is to give a lengthening effect to the face.
To do so, dark glasses frames would be ideal. The darkness narrows the face and gives an illusion of an oval shape. If you have an uneven face shape, choose basic glasses frames where the height is less than the width. Oversized sunglasses, square sunglasses, rectangular sunglasses, cat-eye sunglasses and aviator sunglasses offset the roundness. To find out more about the best sunglasses for round faces, check out our guide: 10 best glasses for round faces.
Recommended Sunglasses: If you have a round face, choose glasses 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 sunglasses and narrow frames; they will only emphasize the roundness of the face and won't be as flattering. You can shop sunglasses for round face shapes here!
3. Best Sunglasses for Oval Faces
An oval face shape is all about the wide forehead and the curved chin. It's like having a shape of an egg but it's upside down. Your oval face shape is long and your cheekbones are the widest part of them all. If you have an oval face shape, your objective when picking the right trendy sunglasses is to emphasize the harmonious proportions of your face.
You should avoid choosing stylish 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. To find out more about the best polarized sunglasses for oval faces, check out our guide: 8 best sunglasses for oval faces
Recommended Sunglasses: An oval face shape is the most versatile when choosing a flattering pair of sunglasses. Don't pick cool trendy 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 cat-eye sunglasses, rectangle sunglasses, square sunglasses, clubmaster sunglasses, aviator sunglasses, wayfarer and geometric sunglasses like stars. You can shop sunglasses for oval face shapes here!
4. Best Sunglasses for Square Faces
Do you think you happen to have a square face? It's all about equal lengths. In other words, having a square face shape is all about the wide hairline and an angular jawline. Therefore, the forehead, cheekbones and jaw are all about the same length and width.
So, round sunglasses are perfect for square face shapes. Choosing round or oval glasses frames will help you achieve the perfect balance with your features and soften your overall facial proportions. These glasses shapes will look very flattering and make for a bold and alluring look. To find out more about the best sunglasses for a square face, check out our guide: 7 Best Sunglasses For Square Face Shapes.
Recommended Sunglasses: If you have a square face, choose large glasses with a frame width that is proportionate to the width of your face. In your case, it is recommended to avoid sunglasses with frames that are wider than your face. For a flattering look, you can opt for round sunglasses, cat-eye sunglasses, browline sunglasses, aviator sunglasses, oval sunglasses or wayfarer sunglasses. You can shop sunglasses for square face shapes here!
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. Generally, your heart shaped face is similar to the round face shape but have a wider forehead. Then, the heart shaped face gets more angular as your reach your jawline then finally having a pointed chin.
Ideally, you want your basic glasses frames to balance out the apparent width of the top of the face. Angled and bold coloured frames are excellent choices for heart-shaped faces. To find out more about the best sunglasses for a heart shaped face, check out our guide: 10 Best Sunglasses for Heart Shaped Faces.
Recommended Sunglasses: Any glasses frames that are wider on the top than they are on the bottom will be flattering on a heart face . For a heart shaped face, cat-eye sunglasses , rectangle sunglasses, square sunglasses, aviator sunglasses, wayfarer sunglasses and geometric shaped sunglasses are very flattering. You'll be sure to look like a real fashionista while rocking these shades! You can shop sunglasses for heart shaped faces here!
6. Combination Face Shapes
How To Choose The Right Sunglasses For Your Skin Tone & Hair Colour
Have you ever wondered if your cool trendy 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 trendy 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 frames for you.
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.
Having a medium skin colour means that you can vary between dark or light shades of glasses frames, 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.
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 glasses frames for cooler skin tones, which will add an instant pop of colour to your look.
3. How To Choose The Right Sunglasses For Your Hair Colour
Your hair colour can make or break the overall aesthetic of your glasses frames. 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.
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 Racer green mirror sunglasses or Tom & Cat bamboo sunglasses.
If you're sporting brown to amber hair with cool undertones, you can rock purple, white or silver mirror Groove sunglasses like a star. On the other hand, warmer hair colours will match beautifully with blue, green, or black sunglasses.
Black hair is the most versatile when of choosing the best fitting colour of trendy 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 Choose The Best Lens Colour For Your Sunglasses
When looking for the perfect pair of cool trendy sunglasses, one aspect you might find yourself stuck on when making your choice is the lens colour. While most people would just base the choice on their own personal preferences, there’s actually more to lens colour than just the look.
Did you know that different lens colours can affect the way the sunlight is filtered through your sunglasses, as well as the visual effects through the lens? Because of how light works, each colour is able to filter out certain wavelengths, which makes each colour best suited for different occasions and settings. Let's take a look at different sunglasses lens colours and see what is best for you!
Grey tinted lenses can range from having a faint silvery finish to appearing almost black. Because of their neutral colour, these lenses allow you to view the outside world without much alteration to real-life colour, or at least as close as possible with tinted glasses. Therefore, you will find that the most common basic glasses frames lens colour is grey.
2. Rose and Red Coloured Lenses
Rose or reddish coloured lenses filter out blue light which is known to strain the eyes. They can also increase contrast and provide clear and crisp vision, which is ideal for the outdoors. Rose and red colour lenses are also great for driving as they filter out the natural blue light rays emitted by the sun. They’re also great to use for driving.
3. Yellow to Orange Lenses
Lenses that have yellow and orange tones can also serve to increase contrast, especially in foggy and low-light conditions—making them great for indoor and outdoor use. They can also be great for night driving since they cut all glare and reflections emanating from light sources.
Green lenses have a soothing effect on the eyes, and they can also enhance visual sharpness and colour contrast. This lens colour is great to use in outdoor settings, especially for certain sports like tennis and golf.
Blue and purple coloured lenses can filter out the infrared spectrum of light which makes them ideal for people who suffer from conditions such as dryness and ocular fatigue.
6. Brown and Amber Lenses
These warmer tints also block blue light, similar to rose and red coloured lenses. They also offer brighter vision especially on overcast days, which can dramatically increase sharpness and clarity in outdoor settings.
Melanin-tinted lenses usually appear yellowish or close to amber. They are believed to protect the eyes from the damaging effects of sun exposure and have proven to be beneficial for people with macular degeneration.
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 to follow in 2022 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 basic glasses frames with your outfit, so here's our guide!
Let's find out how to match your stylish sunglasses with your outfit depending on the style, shape and colour.
One of the key aspects you must consider when matching any accessory with your outfit is colour! Make sure that the colour of your cool trendy sunglasses compliments the 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 trendy sunglasses with your outfit is great, matching them with the accessories you are wearing, such as scarves, headbands, or jewellery liked beaded bracelets, can also be an effective way to create a better look. Choose glasses 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.
Before making sure that your trendy sunglasses match what you're wearing, evaluate how well they suit you. Are these stylish 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 glasses 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 cool trendy 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, trendy 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 stylish 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 trendy 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!
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 sunglasses or tiny sunglasses will instantly give you that trendy and chic look in a second!
Our bold Ava oversized geometric sunglasses will also give you that vogue glam look, all while looking effortlessly fashionable! On the other hand, our Magnolia tiny round sunglasses will instantly add that trendy flair to any casual outfit!
3. The Professional and Sophisticated Look
You may love your stylish cat-eye sunglasses 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 cool trendy sunglasses is one of the easiest ways to transform your look fun and casual to classic and sophisticated.
When you want your stylish sunglasses to compliment your classic outfit and add that sophisticated touch, opt for dark coloured sunglasses in classic square, rectangular or aviator shapes.
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 frame size guide when shopping for your next pair of eyewear to ensure the best fit!