Science of Sunglasses

There is a real science to figuring out the perfect glasses shape for your face. When I first shopped for glasses in the 8th grade, I had to try on every pair in the store. I finally settled on a small rectangular frame, which suited my young age and heart-shaped face. Believe it or not, that has been my only pair of glasses that I have ever owned. Sunglasses are a whole nother story. I have owned many inexpensive frames over the years, since the styles go in and out so often. I also have a great collection of vintage frames, courtesy of my dad and the 1970’s. He gave me an incredible pair of Vuarnet aviators (similar to these) with black plastic frames and gray mirrored lenses that I love to wear to the beach or sports events, and a pair of Revo aviators (similar to these) with blue mirrored lenses. They are both pretty manly, but I love to wear them anyway.

About a year and a half ago though, I decided I needed a new pair of sunglasses. Just like I did in the 8th grade, I went to the store and tried on every pair to find out what looked good. Through process of elimination (no cat-eye, no shield, no round), I narrowed it down to a couple styles. I continued to look over the next year, even searching online since I knew what to look for. When I went into a store, I knew immediately which 5-10 pairs would work, and I didn’t need to bother trying the rest. Eventually, I found the perfect pair.

Here are the steps to finding your perfect pair:

1. Know your face shape. Look online at the recommended sunglasses shapes for your face and consider which work with your facial features.

2. Try on everything. Try as many sunglasses as possible to narrow down what works for you. Remember, or even write down, what you like and don’t like.

3. Do your research. Know what’s available both online and in stores. Also know which styles are fleeting trends and which have longevity.

4. Be patient! Don’t rush to buy until it’s absolutely the right one, especially if you’re going to invest in an expensive pair.

Some of the latest styles for summer:

All Sunglasses from Shopbop: (top row) Elizabeth and James, Karen Walker, Etnia Barcelona, (middle row) Dita, Oliver Peoples, Heidi London, (bottom row) Linda Farrow Luxe, Elizabeth and James, Balmain

All Sunglasses from Shopbop: (top row) Elizabeth and James, Karen Walker, Etnia Barcelona, (middle row) Dita, Oliver Peoples, Heidi London, (bottom row) Linda Farrow Luxe, Elizabeth and James, Balmain

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