For some, sunglasses are just there to help shield our eyes from harmful UV rays. For others, sunglasses don’t just protect our eyes, they’re also a fashion accessory that can make or break an outfit. Which means, to be the most fashionable of all your friends, it’s time to turn yourself into your own sunglasses connoisseur with our top tips:

Sunglasses Frame

When it comes to sunglasses, many of us think that we can just pick our favourite style of frames – especially ones we’ve seen on our favourite celebrities – and they’ll look wonderful on our face. In reality though, when it comes to sunglass frames, we need to pick frames that suit the shape of our face.

As a general rule, when it comes to frames, opposites attract. This means that if you have a round face, you should opt for frames that are squarer, and if you have a square face, choose round frames. If you’re not sure on the shape of your face, either ask a friend or take a photograph of your face straight-on.

Sunglasses Colour

As well as focusing on the shape of your face, you should also take into account you skin tone as well as eye and hair colour. For those with light hair, such as blondes, you should look for dark lenses, as these will contrast well with your hair. Whereas redheads, who have bright and eye-catching hair, can work well with most lens colours.

Your skin tone is also important, so it’s a good idea to know whether your skin is warm or cool toned. If you are blonde with cool tones, black lenses are ideal. However, a blonde with warm tones would suit brown lenses better. Certain tints can even affect how well you see in certain situations.

Your outfit and lipstick colour are also an important consideration when choosing what sunglasses you wear. So, you might want to have a few sunglass options to tailor to your outfit.

Size and Fit

While we all know that we need to buy clothes and shoes that fit us correctly, many of us fail to choose sunglasses that fit correctly on our face. A well-fitted pair of sunglasses will not leave markings on you face, nor should they feel uncomfortable on your ears or nose.

To make sure your sunglasses fit right, you should try on different frames to see what feels right. If you want to shop online, measure your face first and always check the measurements of your chosen sunglasses in the specifications.

Fashion, Darling!

To truly be a sunglass connoisseur, you also need to be on top of all the latest fashion trends. This means studying all the fashion magazines and blogs to see what the hottest frames are. This year, Cat Eye, Wayfarer and round metal styles are big favourites with the most stylish amongst us. You can take it to the next level by customising every aspect of these styles. With brands like Ray-Ban, you can customise the lenses and the frames, ensuring you create a style that suits you.