How to wear round sunglasses
Round sunglasses have been around for about 100 years, and they are once again enjoying their time in the sun. This is your guide to wearing the trend with class.
Be a dapper 1920s gentleman
Round framed sunglasses first became prominent in the 1920s and 1930s. Think of a suave looking guy in a grey suit, complete with a pocket square, and metal rimmed round sunglasses. This vintage look is the style you want to go for- rather than the John Lennon or hippie look which later became associated with round sunglasses. Get the vintage look by dressing in nothing less than smart casual attire. Take care of small but crucial details, such as polished dress shoes and a tucked in shirt. Blazers and round glasses go together excellently, and a blazer is also a quick way to make your outfit that little bit more formal.
Pick the right size
Sizing is always important when it comes to glasses, especially with round sunglasses. Frames that are too small can make your face look fat, while frames that are too large for your face will make you look like you have a small, childlike head. Pay attention to how the arms of the glasses sit. Ideally, you want the edges of the frames, where the arms begin, to be perfectly flush with your ears. This makes the sunglasses exactly the width of your face.
In regards to the lens size in the vertical direction, pay attention to your eyebrows. Your eyebrows should be entirely covered by the lenses, but the lenses should not extend any further up your forehead.
Can you wear round sunglasses if you have a round face?
The quick trick for choosing the best frame shape for your face is to pick opposite shapes. Square or rectangle frames are best suited to a round face, while a strong jawline can benefit from round sunglasses to give a softer look. In short, if you have been cursed with a moon-face, round sunglasses are not for you. Forget following trends- your top priority is to look good. Small round lenses look particularly ridiculous on men with large, fleshy cheeks. Note that you do not have to be overweight to have a round face; it is possible to be built like a lollipop with a slim body but a circular face. Round faced guys often look best in wayfarer style frames.
When in doubt, go for Ray-Bans
The Ray-Ban brand remains king in the sunglasses world. Many sunglasses are actually blatant rip-offs of original Ray-Ban designs. The beauty of the Ray-Ban brand is not their trend-setter status, but that their frames are well-designed and durable. The proportions they create are flawless, and they also make many different versions of the same style so you can keep tweaking until you find something that suits you. The big downside to Ray-Bans is, of course, their price. I say it’s worth it- good sunglasses are an investment (particularly if you require prescription sunglasses). While particular frame shapes become fashionable at times, the mainstays of the Ray-Ban brand, including their round sunglasses, will never go out of style.
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