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The Weekly Dig: Shades of Style

Posted on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 11:00 am

By Kali Bolle

 

Sunglasses may be my favorite and most essential fashion accessory. For me, it allows protection from the sun’s rays while adding fun and style to my outfit.

I’m the kind of gal who enjoys sunglasses all year round and I always have four or five pairs handy just in case I misplace a pair.

While you can spend hundreds of dollars, or just a few dollars on a pair, the most important thing is finding a pair that best suits you.

Here are a few a shapes and styles to get you started. Enjoy.

 

Cat-Eye

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Best for: Square, Oval, and Heart-Shaped Faces

Good news: Not only are cat-eyes an absolute classic and always in style, they’re also one of the most universally flattering frame shapes. Look for shades that are in proportion to your face (they shouldn’t be oversized); and to avoid a dated look, steer clear of anything too costume-y, like rhinestones.

 

Aviators

 

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Best For: Oval and Heart-Shaped Faces

These frames can be ultra-modern or have a 70s-throwback appeal. But beware, because of the low-dipping triangular lens shape, this silhouette can make round or square faces look a bit unbalanced. You need a face that’s a little on the long side, or a narrow chin that echoes the lines of the lenses, to really pull off this style.

 

Square

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Best for: Oval and Heart-Shaped Faces

Square and rectangular frames look great on faces that narrow toward the bottom. The width of the lenses and their angled shape can overemphasize stronger jaws, so these are best suited to those with softer lines.

 

Round

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Best for: Oval, Heart, and Square-Shaped Faces

The curves on round frames soften the angles on square- and heart-shaped faces and oval shapes have the length to balance this style. Avoid the circle look, though, if you also have full cheeks, as the lenses will just accentuate that shape.

 

Oversized

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Best for: Round and Oval-Shaped Faces

Both round and oval faces naturally narrow at the top and bottom, so large, oversized frames actually have the effect of making your face look leaner, because they sit right over the widest point.