Choosing the Perfect Sunglasses for your Summer Holiday


The summer is well and truly upon us and many people will be excitedly making holiday arrangements and shopping for their holiday wardrobe. The perfect wardrobe can absolutely make your holiday a success, helping you to feel confident, show off your tan and be ready to enjoy your holiday no matter where you are.

To this end, you have to make sure you choose clothes and accessories that not only suit each and every activity but that also keep you comfortable and cool in all senses of the word. And although your clothes, shoes, cover-ups, and bags form the mainstay of your essential holiday wardrobe don’t overlook the importance of sunglasses. Having the right sunglasses, apart from providing vital protection for your eyes from the sun whether you are holidaying at the beach or on the ski slopes, can be the perfect enhancement to your wardrobe. Whether you love designer sunglasses or cheap and cheerful, chop and change sunglasses, here’s a guide to help you choose the perfect pair:

Find Your Style

As much as you may love the full ‘Jackie O’ style, over-sized shades don’t suit everyone. We all have different face shapes and even the style and cut of your hair, as well as your coloring, can determine which style of sunglasses looks best on you. As well as this you need to consider whether you want black lenses, colored lenses or graduated or even transitional lenses. If you plan to ski, sunbathe or participate in water sports there are specialty lenses to suit all these activities and more.

Find Your Face Shape

So the first thing you need to do is find out what face shape you have in order to decide which kind of frame to go for. You may be surprised to learn that there are seven basic face shapes – oval, oblong, round, square, diamond, base-up triangle and base-down triangle. There are three main points to consider when matching sunglasses frames to your face. The shape of the frame should contrast with your face shape; the size of the frame should be just right, not too large and not too small; the glasses should ideally compliment your coloring.

For an oval face – look for a frame that is as wide as the broadest part of the face.

For an oblong face – look for a frame that has greater depth than the width in order to shorten and balance your face.

For a round face – look for a frame that will help to lengthen the face such as a narrow, angular frame.

For a square face – look for a frame that will lengthen the face and soften the angular shape of the face.

For a diamond face – these often have a sharp cheekbone line so look for a frame that highlights the eyes and softens the cheekbones such as rimless or decorative frames.

For a triangular face – look for frames that will balance out the widest part of the face.

If you are not sure what face shape you have or lack confidence in choosing the right type of frame for your sunglasses your optician is only too happy to assist you in this; it always helps to get a professional opinion.

Protect Your Eyes

Once you have found the style and shape that is perfect for you the next and most important consideration is the type of lenses you choose. The most vital job a pair of quality sunglasses can do is to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays so make sure you buy those that guarantee to protect your eyes from 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

For prescription sunglasses, designer sunglasses or simply the best advice, always choose an independent optician like Camden Opticians.



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