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Keep your eyes wide open

fashion-and-trends Updated: Mar 26, 2010 02:07 IST

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A chic style accessory that’s meant for every occasion, sunglasses have come a long way from being just a summer essential. No wonder then, shopping for a pair of sunglasses can be a tough job. Keep this checklist in mind the next time you go buying a pair of shades.

What is your requirement?
Choose sunglasses to suit your daily needs. While a sportsman’s may be looking for durability, an office executive might seek something fancy.

Don’t go by price
A pair of sunglasses with a high price tag may necessarily not be protective. Always try to do some research on UV ratings and also a review of the different brands and models available. Also, it is better to choose with your eyes and mind open and get a style that will last through changing seasons and trends. Why waste on something that will go out of fashion very soon?

Don't go by popular trend
Sunglasses should be bought according to the personality of the individual. Just because any of your favourite filmstar or sports person sports a trendy new pair, it doesn’t mean that it will look good on you, too. The style may not even last long. It’s always better to look for a classic style that will go with your personality despite changing trends.

What suits your face
Always choose a frame that compliments your face. Pick up a frame that is slightly large for your face to go for a stylish look.

Oval face — Anything goes well with an oval face, but square-framed sunglasses with soft edges will look great.

Round face — Slightly wider sunglasses with rectangular frame suit the round face. Double-browed bars sunglasses add length and wide frame projects the face to be thinner.

Square face — Classic oval frames with soft angles suit the square face.

Triangular face — Sunglasses with angular frames or rimless ones suit the triangular face.

Pick the right lenses
Always pick sunglasses in colours that brighten your skin tone. Choose ones that look great when close to your face. The colour of the lenses affects your visibility of different objects and also the depth perception. Grey is the most popular and suitable colour of lenses as it always gives a picture similar to the real one. Also, colours such as brown, green, yellow and orange increase clarity and improve the perception depth.