IN THE SHADE

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When it comes to sunglasses, I have always chosen mine by the rule “The bigger the better.” I have never subscribed to the notion that they should be chosen according to the shape of my face. For me if I like the way they look then I just buy them.

My shades do not have to be designer and I have sunnies all along the spectrum ranging from a couple of hundred to a few pounds. In fact one of my favourite pairs of sunglasses cost only £8.00!! This is because I love a bargain and a few of my shades have been bought from TK Maxx or Century 21 in NYC. Both stores have a wide range on offer and get restocked on a regular basis. They sell many main stream designers at a fraction of the original or recommended retail price.

Apparently there is a science to choosing the right pair of shades with the perfect frame to suit your face. ‘You’ve got to consider the contouring of the frame against the cheekbone and the way the outside edge sits on the face.’ - Marie Wilkinson, Creative Director of Cutler & Gross (Grazia UK)

Below is a brief guide to help you navigate the tricky path of choosing the best sunnies for your face shape.

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Frames that are squared off at the bottom and have lowered temples, suit this shape as they help to balance high and wide cheekbones.

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Angular frames help to create contrast to wide cheekbones, forehead and jaw, as it expands your face vertically so it appears longer.

1 / Thick Black, TOM FORD. 2 / Sepia Square, NUWE BOUTIQUE. 3 / Pink, GUCCI.  4 / Black Square, STELLA McCARTNEY. 5 / Tortoiseshell, PRETTY LITTLE THING

1 / Thick Black, TOM FORD. 2 / Sepia Square, NUWE BOUTIQUE. 3 / Pink, GUCCI.

4 / Black Square, STELLA McCARTNEY. 5 / Tortoiseshell, PRETTY LITTLE THING

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This face shape is the most versatile as most style of frames suit this shape so long as they are not wider than the widest part of the face.

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To soften a square jawline and broad forehead it is best to opt for rounded frames that are wider than the widest part of the face and have a high bridge.

How do you choose your sunglasses? Do you employ a science when choosing them? Do you only wear designer frames? Let me know in the comments below.