How to choose sunglasses
Sunglasses are so much more than a tool to shade your eyes from the sun. They have worked to define the looks of many great names that have gone down in history for trailblazing style. Think Jackie Onassis as America’s first lady in her bold oversized frames or Kurt Cobain with his cupcake Christian Roth’s, and you begin to see the picture with crystal clarity. Get your glasses choice right and you will stand out above the crowd with a style that demands attention and admiration in equal measure.
But achieving a coveted signature look is far from easy, which perhaps explains why only a scattering of names have stood out for their style-defining eyeware. Innumerable people try to emulate timeless eyeware looks without understanding the mechanics of how to choose sunglasses, making them instantly missable and mundane. But it doesn’t have to be like this if you get to know your face shape. By understanding the contours of your visage, you can quickly decide what style of shades will work to flatter your facial features, and this is where Farfetch can help with its sunglasses face shape style guide.
A useful video has been forged to help everyone understand which face shape they have, and what frames would suit their particular face formation. If you’re lucky enough to possess a face like Jackie O’ for example, with an eye-catching jawline and smooth oblong shape then you will notice from the video that strong, bold shapes will accentuate your features well, which is why her curvaceous frames have become so iconic. Other women in this face shape category have also stood out like Audrey Hepburn with her quintessentially chic aesthetic that was captured most beautifully in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s.’ The image of her gazing at diamonds through the window of the jewellery store in pearls and cat-eye wayfarers is one of 20th Century cinema’s most mesmerising moments, which made her a global idol for elegance, aspiration and ageless beauty. Her thick-rimmed wayfarer sunglasses helped perfect this iconic look by softening angular lines and framing her captivating eyes, which goes to prove why bold frames are best when trying to tame a boxy jawline.
But let’s not forget about the guys with strong jawlines, like fresh-faced Robert Pattinson or the debonair Brad Pitt. They frequently follow the shape face rule book to perfection by selecting thick frames with wide, upswept rims to mellow their square jawlines. Robert is regularly seen in pointed wayfarers or his favourite Dior Homme reflectors, which he has worn with panache at the Cannes Film Festival, while Brad Pitt typically goes for wide tortoiseshell frames which taper to a rounded curve to balance the lines of his jaw; great men to look to if you’re part of the chiselled jaw set.
Then there are those people with the opposite aesthetic who possess rounded face shapes with a smooth circular appearance. Kirsten Dunst, Cameron Diaz and Kate Moss are the women to think of here with face shapes that are similar in width and length. As the Farfetch video denotes, angular aviator styles are the most flattering choice in this situation to provide a sharp contrast that will work to lengthen the face and provide definition. For men, think of Leonardo Di Caprio in Martin Scorsese’s appropriately named film ‘The Aviator’ and you have a good starting point for how to choose sunglasses when your face is more rounded like these guys.
The oval face shape is a balance between this more rounded type and the sculpted jawlines of Depp and Hepburn. Shape is defined by high cheekbones and a slightly rounded jaw line in this instance, giving thicker-rimmed frames the edge to add great definition and focus to the face. Think of oval faces as a blank canvas to show off interestingly textured or detailed lenses, like the flip-up tortoiseshell styles favoured by ‘rebel without a cause’ James Dean. For women, style siren Anne Hathaway springs to mind, with her thick coloured Karen Walker frames that create a stunning visual focus to her look when she’s out and about promoting her films. Perhaps this explains why she looked so good wearing a fearsome feline cat mask in ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’
With these fine examples in mind, you can start from a well-informed place when picking your next pair of sunglasses to ensure that you craft a memorable look. Simply watch the Farfetch video to understand the ‘do’s and don’ts’ and you may just end up as iconic as Jackie Onassis or the inimitable James Dean. Just wait for the sunshine and see.