How To Find The Perfect Sunglasses

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The perfect pair of sunglasses can elevate any ensemble several notches. One would think that buying a pair is easy enough, right? Well, yes and no. While you may know what style you like, you might not be choosing the best style for the shape of your face. Essentially, its no different than carefully selecting which wardrobe pieces that are most flattering to our figure. The same way we mindfully assemble our wardrobe with clothes tailored for our body, we should be mindful of the type of “sunnies” we place on our face. We already covered how to pick the right frames for your face, so I decided to put together this how-to guide to answer the million-dollar question, “How do you choose the right sunglasses for your face?”

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While chatting with celebrity stylist, Stevie Wilson and fashion bloggers, Marie Legette and Luciana Padula, I was able to get their expert opinion on how they find the right pair of sunglasses for their face and how you can do the same. Luciana, a fashion blogger for girlofstyleblog.com, has a tight criteria when searching for the the perfect pair, saying:

“I actually have a hard time choosing a great pair of sunglasses because of my face shape, so I look for bigger frames to balance out my high cheekbones… but that's actually not all I look for when purchasing sunnies. I make sure the sunglasses don't cover my eyebrows, sit well on my nose and are comfortable enough that they don't leave a mark on the side of my nose when I take them off. If they fit that criteria, are in style, and a good price...they're mine!”

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Commenting on the key element of pairing style with functionality, Marie states, “Since I wear them all the time, I look for versatility, uniqueness, and the shape of the frame. I am rocking a brand new pair of clear cat eye frames and I love them. I FEEL fashion forward and these are both fashionable and functional. I have come a long way with frames!”

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Stevie addressed key factors other than the shape of the face, saying, “Color is a very important factor in picking out  frames for regular or sunglasses.  Pick out a color that works with both hair color and skin-tone. Treat it like a cosmetic accessory that will perk up your face.”

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When considering the style of the glasses, she continues,“Take a look at metal frames to see if your face can handle the style but also keep in mind the color. Metal frames are often more delicate but also bring a fashion savvy to the style that everyone seems to resonate with. Think of aviators as a style that works for both men and women - and it's often very wearable whether casual or more formal. As for non-metal frames, look at the wide variety of colors and choose the color that best suits your hair and skin-tone, you don’t want the frames to wash out your look. The interesting aspect of non-metal frames is that there are choices in the material such as glossy (very shiny), matte  and  a mid-range slightly shiny or satin finish . The matte won't reflect light so if you are frequently in photos or on video, that might be a great choice.”

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There are so many options to choose from but don’t get overwhelmed! Just how these ladies each found a system that works for them, you will find one that works for you. Remember the key tips we covered to find a pair that will:

1) Flatter your face according to your knowledge and comfortability of your face shape,

2) Serve as both a fashionable and functional accessory and,

3) Works with both your hair color and skin-tone. Keeping these tips in mind, you’ll find
your perfect pair in no time!



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  • Gwen says:

    Wow, you look exquisite with that white on blue outfit, Heidi! So lovely! Your sunglasses look great on you.

  • helgakrappf says:

    I like it when you smile on your pictures here on the ambitionista. Your face glows even when your sunglasses cover your eyes. Lovely!

  • I’ve read before about finding the right frame of sunglasses for different shapes of faces. I learned a lot from that. Thanks so much. You, however, look gorgeous in any types of sunglasses you use!

  • Kianna says:

    Wow, printed squared-pattern pants over blue blouse – that was a bold move! It looked great on you, although I couldn’t say the same if I were the one to wear that outfit. Nice, Heidi!

  • Jennifer says:

    I also want sunglasses that are functional and formal, because it exudes professionalism even when its main purpose is just to diminish the glare of the sun.

  • Marie Clare says:

    Ugh, that;s gonna be a problem for me. I’ve previously checked on your post regarding the right frame for sunglasses, I’ve got an oval face so it should be easy. But my main issue is, I don’t have that high nose to support the glasses with 🙁

  • Nikky says:

    Now that’s a pretty woman walking down the street! I love your sunglasses, pretty Heidi!

  • Kylie says:

    You always wear the trendiest and most comfortable glasses, I love them all! Now if only I would look great at them too! Thanks for the tips!

  • Isabelle says:

    You look great in blue! Beautiful and breath-taking!!

  • Marie says:

    Thanks for sharing other expert fashion bloggers’s tips and preferences. I agree with Luciana, I am not particularly fond of sunnies that leave a mark on the side of my nose. I have experienced that before, and after a long day at work, seeing deepened marks on my nose’s side isn’t really a pleasing sight.

  • Rosanna says:

    Great post about choosing the right sunglasses! Just the exact tips I need as I’m off to find the best one for me to use this summer. Gracias!

  • Angelique says:

    Wow, that’s exactly the kind of sunglasses I really like 🙂 Will take note of your tips for choosing the perfect sunnies 🙂

  • Marcia says:

    Great tips, thanks for sharing the link to finding the right shape of frames, it was very useful and helpful.

  • Girl Next Door says:

    I also always have a hard time choosing the perfect sunnies for me. My preferred color is black and size a little big. but not too big that it would cover my whole face. I like this post, thank you for shedding light to my sunglasses issue.

  • Amanda says:

    I like the tips, I will need to take note of them the next time I go looking for a pair of sunglasses to protect my eyes from the glare of the sun.

  • Thelma says:

    I love the way you carry yourself confidently and gracefully with whatever outfit you are wearing. Yes, the sunglasses does elevate one’s appearance several notches. That’s why I’ve got about seven or eight pairs at home, each worn in different occasions. And I plan to add more to my collection 🙂

  • Aaliyah Jane says:

    Thanks for the tips! I always find it really hard to find the appropriate sunglasses for my round face. A guide to everything about glasses is definitely appreciated!

  • Leigh says:

    Oh, buying the right / perfect sunglasses isn’t easy, I tell you girls, it always takes me about an hour and half to be able to find the one that looks great and feels comfortable to my eyes. There are always a lot of to factors to take note so it is never really easy to find the perfect match.

  • Susan Armstrong says:

    love your sunglasses, what a perfect fit for your face! I’m just curious about your necklace, it’s really cute! Can you share your style notes sometime?

  • Colleen says:

    I’ve always wanted those hollywood-style aviator shades, like the ones I usually see on Taylor Swift. I always wondered if I could pull that look off.

  • Delilah says:

    I didn’t know the shape of the face is a major factor for getting the perfect frames. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  • Lorelei says:

    Now I know why you look always good. Your eyeglasses and sunnies definitely add more glamour in your ensemble.

  • I really like that sunglasses you’re using. Isn’t it called the celebrity style sunnies? They look great on you!

  • Rowena says:

    I love the sunnies you wear, always look magnificent on you!

  • Airish Sofia says:

    I thought the guide for picking the right eye glass frames base on your facial shape also applies when choosing the perfect sunglasses. I am clearly mistaken then. Thanks so much for this post!

  • Kylene says:

    Thanks much for this useful post!

  • MJ says:

    Great tips coming from true glamouristas! thanks so much for sharing them!

  • Tanya Margaret says:

    You look marvelous in white and blue! perfect sunglasses by the way!

  • Valerie says:

    Why, I think whatever sunglasses you wear, it looks definitely great on you! 🙂

  • Brenda says:

    Glad to know this tips. thank you for sharing them to us. You look marvelous as always!

  • Naomi says:

    I’ve always liked wearing sun glasses, specially in the summer when the sun is high and hot and bright. Thanks for the tips!

  • Taylor S. says:

    I love wearing sun glasses, I use them whether it’s summer or not. I like the feeling of going incognito when I wear my sunglasses. A feeling of anonymity has its perks sometimes.

  • Carmencita says:

    Muchos gracias for this tips you shared. This will help me a lot the next time I look for a pair of sunnies.

  • clarence says:

    I went to the link you sent for the right frames for the face. thanks so much for that, I really needed it. Thanks for this post, too!

  • Arianne says:

    I also don’t like it when my sunglasses leave a mark on the sides of my nose after prolonged use. It discomforts me.

  • Ella says:

    Wow, you are heaven sent! Thank you so much for this tips, I’m actually a bummer when it comes to choosing the perfect sunglasses. I thought “anything goes” was the best.

  • Francesca says:

    I notice you always wear the most sophisticated and perfect pair of sunglasses in every post, here. I wish I had the same taste as you are.

  • nikkiannie says:

    I actually don’t know anything about choosing the perfect sunglasses. Oftentimes I just grab the one I think looks sensational in me. Love the tips presented and suggested by the professionals. And oh, before I forget, that white bag looks gorgeous!

  • Tamara says:

    I am not really particular with the colors of the sunglasses that I use, but I think Stevie is right, it also plays an important role as a key factor in choosing the right frame because it will even up your complexion and could also liven up your skin’s appearance.

  • Pamela Shuester says:

    How can I ever thank you for all the tips and suggestions and useful posts you share here? I’ve been an avid reader of your blog, lurking sometimes, but I’ve always been grateful for all the tips that you share to your readers. Keep it up Heidi!

  • Marcy says:

    Wow, I think I could never pull that look off – the blue blouse and square-printed pants, I mean. You are looking really good, Heidi!

  • Miss Saints says:

    I’m glad I read this article, it definitely helps me a lot especially because I love collecting and wearing glasses. You look simply gorgeous as always, Heidi!

  • Shauna says:

    I’mI also usually go for the funkiest colored sunglasses. I’m not much into black ones, but if there are pink r brown or even purple, I would love to collect them!

  • Nadya Bangs says:

    I think the perfect sunglasses should always be comfortable, fit and funky! I love the ones you always wear, too, Heidi!

  • Faye says:

    thanks for the tips to finding the perfect sunnies this summer, they’re perfect!

  • Janine says:

    Love ’em shoes you’re wearing, Heidi! Very elegant, stylish and comfy!

  • Keanna says:

    Sunglasses do accentuate one’s face. Choosing the right one based on your face’s shape is a big factor. Also choosing the right color that match your skin also helps 🙂 Just my two cents!

  • Karylle says:

    I’ve been doing the choosing the wrong way then. Actually, I always prefer to have colorful set of sunglasses. If there are neon ones, I’d go for them. I didn’t base it on my facial shape. Thanks for suggesting that.

  • Nimfa Jen says:

    Simply gorgeous!

  • Camilla says:

    I am so very happy I came upon this post a week ago. I was about to embark on a summer-send-off party somewhere warm and hot and I thought I wouldn’t be able to get the perfect sunglasses. Good thing I saw this article and it helped me a lot with my decision making. I was able to buy myself a pair of sunnies that not only complemented my facial structure, but also praised me for choosing a really classy and appropriate one for my face. Thanks so much!

  • Rachel Kaye says:

    Thanks for the tips and advice with sunglasses. I’ve found the right pair for me last summer and it’s all because of you, it was really fun choosing from a wide range of sunglasses.

  • Marielle Carlisle says:

    I’m actually looking at your ring, it’s so gorgeous! Love the blue jewel, really complements your complete outfit!

  • Hannah says:

    This post is so helpful. I was able to buy the perfect pair at the start of summer and I’m loving it until now.

  • Brandy Jelium says:

    I’m not as fashionable as most of you here, but I do wear sunglasses most of the time to avoid the glare of the sun. I’m curious though. That beautiful thing on your neck, it’s so cute. Is that a necklace or something? Would totally want to have one like that. Thanks!

  • Pamela says:

    Thanks for the tips! You always seem to find the perfect pair and look great in them!

  • Carly says:

    I also often have a hard time looking for that perfect shades for my eyes. I’ve always trusted RayBan but sometimes I prefer others because they’re affordable and have more modern frames. Thanks for your tips here!

    • Heidi says:

      It can be a struggle to find the right pair for you but it is SO worth it in the end! Sunglasses play such an important role in your signature style.

  • Louisa says:

    Now I know why you always look great! No wonder you always look beautiful when you wear glasses. Thanks for the tips!

  • Calla Lilly says:

    Nice sunnies Heidi, you look absolutely adorbs!

  • RaizaMae says:

    I think you are one of the most fashionable models and what really strikes the most is your casual clothes matched with chic and stunning accessories like your sunglasses. A beauty to behold, indeed!

  • Racquel P. says:

    Thanks for sharing your expert opinions, all of which will surely be taken into our hearts.

  • JoNash says:

    Thank you for the useful tips!

  • Betty Miller says:

    Usually, I get sunnies that fit my nose and high cheekbones. I haven’t thought about the shape of my face when choosing glasses. I should be doing that the next time I get one. Thank you!

  • Melrose Parker says:

    Wow, you just saved me from utter embarrassment. I actually have a round face and was about to get a round-shaped frame yesterday, then I stopped. I remembered reading your post about this before. Good thing I didn’t buy the pair I saw and decided to get one that’s square framed. Thank you, thank you!

  • Demi says:

    Thank you for this post, I am terrible at choosing a pair of sunglasses, even spectacles. I don’t know much about frames and all, but this post surely helped me a lot!

  • Donnalyn says:

    I can see now why you always get to wear the trendiest and gorgeous pair of sunglasses! Thanks!

  • Charlie says:

    I’m not really good in picking or choosing sunglasses, so this post is really useful.. Thank you!

  • Kandy Gurl says:

    My friend Leigh directed me to this post after she told me of the gorgeous sunglasses you wear. Thanks for this useful post, I have learned more here than any site I’ve been.

  • Beatrix' says:

    I notice that you do have the most stylish sunglasses and I love all of them!

  • Stella says:

    I actually think you find and own the best and perfect sunglasses!

  • Shanice says:

    Thank you so much for all this tips. I hope to find the perfect one for me!