Sunglass trends to keep you looking stylish

July 1, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Looking to stay cool this summer? All you need is the right pair of shades. Audrey Mansfield and stylist Eden Wexler of Solstice Sunglass Boutique share the top five trends in summer sunglasses.

TIPS ON SUNGLASS SELECTIONS BASED ON FACE SHAPE

Round- For a round face shape, the goal is to make the face appear longer and thinner. Frames should be wider then they are deep. Slightly angular frames will narrow a round face. Metal frames with adjustable nose pads will keep lenses from resting on fuller cheeks. Best to avoid excessively rounded styles which will exaggerate facial roundness

Heart- With heart-shaped faces, the trick is to find frames that minimize the width of the top of the face and add width below the eye line to offset the narrow chin. Try frames that are wider at the bottom or styles with low temples to add balance. Also, rimless frames and frames with rounded tops - such as aviators and butterfly shapes - as well as squared bottoms work well.

Oval- The oval face can wear virtually any style because of its balanced proportions. The chin is slightly narrower than the forehead, and the cheekbones are typically high. Frames should keep the oval's natural balance. Select frames that are as wide or wider than the broadest part of the face such as wraps and shields work well. (NOTE: It is common for people who have a classic oval face to have small features. The goal Is to keep the face in balance. Make sure the frame is in proportion and doesn't overwhelm the features.)

Square- A square face has a strong jaw line and a broad forehead with a wide chin and cheekbones. The goal is to find a frame that makes the face look longer. Avoid a frame that is flat on the bottom, as this will mirror the face shape. Look for a frame that has some curve or uplift to draw attention away from the jawline. Gently curved narrow styles will minimize squareness and lengthen the face. Round and oval frames compliment this face shape.

When trying on sunglasses -- be sure to do the "smile test" -- If the glasses rise up off of your nose bridge when you smile -- they are not for you! Try something else.

Featured Sunglasses

"Bohemian Chic" Trend
High-Gucci 3077s ($295)
Low-Kate Spade Kelly ($175)

"Boys are Back" Trend
High-Giorgio Armani 574s ($250)
Low-Banana Republic Pierre ($98)

"Geometric" Trend
High-Gucci 2598s ($245)
Low-Banana Republic Etta ($98)

"All About Me" Trend
High-Christian Dior Air Speed ($370)
Low-Juicy Couture Exotic ($165)

"Color Theory" Trend
High: Marc Jacobs 016s ($290)
Low-Carrera Gypsy ($140)

All of the glasses, except for the Banana Republic brand, are available at Solstice (www.solsticestores.com).


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