Tips On Choosing Sunglasses For Men
Before we go into the style quotient of sunglasses, a quick reminder that they are designed for protection, which you certainly need from the sun’s harsh rays, at most times of the day. The most important benefit your sunglasses should provide is protection from ultraviolet radiation, a component of sunlight that contributes to eye disease. It is recommended that you look for sunglasses with lenses that block 99-100% of UVA and UVB radiation (100% is best). It’s best to go for a branded pair, because, although the hole-in-the-wall shop might make something that looks exactly like what Keanu Reeves wore, it may not bring you the desired protection. And after all, it’s your eyes, so do not compromise on quality. Secondly, sunglasses should be dark enough to reduce glare, but not dark enough to distort colors and effect the recognition of traffic signals. Tint is mainly a matter of personal preference.
The Style Of Sunglasses:The style is usually defined by the kind of image you want to present. Generally the larger styles are more masculine and while the John Lennon-type glasses are still available, most men today are opting for the larger, solid frames. Rimless or semi-rimmed styles are less obvious on the face and highlight your features rather than the fact that you wear glasses. For a more classic look you might want to go for tortoise-shell or horned rims, while the old-fashioned wire specs often represent seriousness and intelligence.
Shape Of Your Face: The most important factor while choosing a pair of sunglasses is the shape of your face. The shape of your glasses should blend with the shape of your face. What’s your? Round and full? Long and thin? Medium, with prominent cheekbones or chin? Your facial features will help you find a style of glasses that can balance out, minimize or maximize certain attributes to best flatter you. The following can be used as a rough guideline:
- Round Face: A round face would benefit from creating the illusion of length and cheekbones. Choose glasses that are straight across the top and that angle slightly inwards at the sides. The bottom part should also be straight. Avoid square and round shapes, as these shapes tend to emphasize the roundness of a face.
- Square Jawline: For those men whose features are a bit too square, try drawing attention away from your jawline to lengthen the look of your face. Choose glasses that are slightly rounded or curved, with height on the top of the frame.
- Long Face: For men with long or oblong faces, consider adding more width to your features. Select slightly wider frames (don’t go too wide, though, or it will look exaggerated) with rounded sides and a straight bottom rim.
- Triangular Face: If you have a broad forehead and narrow chin, consider creating balance with your sunglasses. Avoid square shapes and frames with a heavy top rim. Ideally, choose frames with a curved bottom rim that are no wider than your temples. Of course, there will always be those trendy glasses that you wish you could wear, but turn out to be less flattering to you than other, less in-at-the-moment styles.
The fact is that all trends, styles and colors don’t suit every face or body. Don’t be surprised if the latest trend in eyewear doesn’t work for you. Stick to those styles and colors that bring out the best in your facial attributes. That’s what the ladies will notice, anyway.