sueby Sue Randhawa

Spring in the air, and the long-awaited summer season is just around the corner. If there’s one ultimate sunny-day accessory that is worth investing in, it’s a great pair of sunglasses. If you’re looking to buy, why not get a pair that’s bang on trend?

The good news? This year, the runways were full of looks that included sunglasses; catwalks overflowed with a multitude of styles. We saw a re-emergence of the 50’s and 60’s cat-eyes frames, as well as the oversized look of the 70’s and 80’s.

So how do we make sense of all of this?

Just like finding the perfect pair of jeans, the right pair of sunglasses should show off your best features. When choosing the right pair, always keep proportion and balance in mind.

What do I mean? Not only is the shape important but also the size of the shape. As a general rule, choose sunglasses that are the opposite of your face shape.

olsen1The three basic and most common face shapes are square, round and oval.

I say basic because some people have a combination of these shapes, which results in the less-common face shapes like heart, triangle or diamond.

The Olsen twins are a perfect example of the square face shape. For this shape, the goal is to soften the angles of the face. The rounder the shape, the nicer it’s going to look. The twins wear this shape the best and are most often photographed in their round sunnies.

fergie1For a round face, do the exact opposite: choose frames that add definition and structure to your features. Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas is a great example of this. A round face usually means fuller cheeks. The aim here is to make the face look longer and thinner, so any sunglasses that are angular will work really well. A square shape or an upswept cat eye always look stunning on this face shape.

If you have an oval-shaped face, lucky you! The oval face shape is often the most desired because of its balanced proportions, which wears any shape or style well. With so many sunglasses to choose from, the oval has endless possibilities. Kim Kardashian illustrates this so well with her endless wardrobe of sunglasses. She’s photographed wearing everything from cat eyes and oversized Jackie O’s to classic aviators.

kim1With all of the possibilities available, always remember to protect your eyes from UV radiation. Excessive exposure to UV rays can cause eye issues like cataracts, burns and even cancer. You want to be sure that not just the eye is protected, but the very delicate skin around the eye as well. Speak to a licensed optician about important features like polarization and anti-reflective coatings. Always make sure that your sunglasses have been properly fitted; a proper fit should be where the sunglasses sit on the bridge of your nose and not on your cheeks.

With summer on its way, let’s get going. Happy sunglasses hunting!

SUE RANDHAWA is a licensed optician and owner of The Optical Boutique. She loves to generate a buzz by incorporating fashion into everything she does. Since 1979, The Optical Boutique has been Vancouver’s premier optical destination for luxury eyewear. Located in the heart of Kerrisdale, The Optical Boutique has brought high-end eyewear to the forefront and introduced Vancouver to independently designed brands like Lafont, Anne et Valentin, Theo, l. a. Eyeworks and Thierry Lasry. Online at www.theopticalboutique.com  and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theopticalboutique


This article is a special excerpt from the digital edition of NICHE magazine’s Spring Colour issue… you can read the magazine version of Sue’s article here


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