How to Find the Perfect Sunglasses

In the summer people see your shades more than they see your eyes. And if what we see on a regular basis is any indication, there are a lot of guys out there who need help choosing an appropriate pair for the shape of their face. Details teamed up with eyewear specialists Salt Optics for a fail-safe guide on how to find the perfect pair of sunglasses.

July 6, 2010

Before we get to face shapes, Salt's creative director, David Rose, offers a pre-buy checklist:

CONTEXT
"Do you need frames to wear with a suit and tie every day, or are they going to be worn mostly when you're running on the beach?" asks Rose. If the answer is the latter, stick with aviators and wrap styles. If it's the former, classic square shapes in colors like tortoiseshell and black work best.

PRICE
While it might be easy to justify buying cheaper sunglasses, Rose advises against it. Quality frames, with silicon nose pads and polarized lenses, last longer, fit better and protect against harmful elements.

COLORING
Hair and skin tone are just as important as face shape. Blondes and Redheads should stick with tortoiseshell since black is often too harsh. Salt's Rose also suggests gold or silver. If you have brown or black hair, go for rich colors like black or dark brown tortoiseshell.

SHAPE
Okay, here comes the part where a lot of guys go wrong. "People often make the mistake of choosing a frame that is just trendy," says Rose. "But an oversized wrap might not work if you have smaller features." Our fit guide is a great starting point, and remember, when in doubt, ask for help. A premium eyewear boutique with a well trained staff can guide you in your quest.

Round Face: Full cheekbones and a narrow forehead and jaw. To play down the roundness, select wider frames with straight or angular lines.

On Model:
$390, available at SaltOptics.com

From Top:
MOSCOT
Style: Zulu
Price: $189.00
Buy: moscot.com

PAUL SMITH
Style: Glover
Price: $295
Buy: Oliver Peoples South Coast, 714.557.7000

RAY-BAN
Style: Caravan
Price: $125
Buy: RayBan.com

Clockwise from top right: A/X Armani Exchange. Salt Optics. Marc Jacobs. D&G. Gucci. Ray Ban. David Yurman. Cutler and Gross of London.
Styling by Marissa Gimeno for Halley Resources.
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