Lens ahoy! We give you the lo’down on sunglasses
by Yemi Olowu
Shades always make a statement, and they are needed especially in our sunny weather. From the bold colorful trends to the oversized seventies frames; whether shopping or strolling on the beach, a trendy fashionista must not be seen without a pair.
Premium sunglasses are cut out and assembled by hand. They are strong and not easily damaged. Most of them come with optical lenses and can always be replaced if something goes wrong. However for a cheap trendy hit, for those on a tight budget, the high street is key.
Choosing the right lens
Polarized: Coated with iodine crystals, these block unwanted glare and reflections from other surfaces like water.
Photochromic: These darken or lighten depending on the amount of light.
Inter-changeable: Frames with more than one set of lenses, which can be swapped according to weather conditions.
Anti-reflective: These reduce “back glare” from the inner side of the sunglasses.
Choosing the right frames
Your face is oval: You have a slightly narrower jaw than temples and your jaw tapers evenly to your chin.
Best frames? Any shape works for you.
Your face is square: You have a strong jaw line; with the same width face at the forehead as it is across your cheekbones.
Best frames? Round, oval and cat’s eye shapes suit you best.
Your face is heart shaped: You have wide cheek bones that taper down to a small chin.
Best frames? Cat’s eye or round frames.
Your face is long: You have a long and slender face with a narrow chin or high forehead.
Best frames? Oversize or wrap styles.
Your face is round: You have a full face with a rounded chin.
Best frames? Wide & rectangular frames.
When cleaning your lenses, do not use just any piece of clothing, as you might scratch them. Always clean them with a microfibre cloth and keep your sunglasses in a hard case when not in use.