Finding the perfect pair of women’s sunglasses is like finding your ultimate partner in crime. Your signature shades will follow you everywhere you go, keeping you stylish while protecting your eyes from the sun.
Looking after your eyes is important all year round too, with UV rays just as harmful in the winter as they are in the summer. This means your signature pair have to be versatile enough for your cold or hot weather wardrobe, as well as every event and occasion.
Simply put, signature sunglasses are your fail-safe. Your go-to pair in every situation. But how do you find the right pair for you? Here’s a quick guide on how to choose the best women’s sunglasses to match your taste and your needs…
Face Shape / Skin Tone
The very first step in selecting eyewear is to know more about your face shape and skin tone. By understanding your facial structure and the warmth/coolness of your skin, you’ll have a better idea when it comes to lens shapes and frame colours.
There are five main face shapes to consider. These are:
Depending on which shape you are, there’ll be some women’s sunglasses that suit you better. For instance, square faces get on best with round or curved styles, while round faces look best with angular frames.
When it comes to skin tone, warm skin tones match well with warmer colours, such as warm browns, pinks and nudes…
While cool skin tones are complemented by cooler hues, like grey, teal or icy blue…
By choosing eyewear that matches your skin, you’ll have a timeless accessory that works with every event and occasion, taking your wardrobe through the seasons.
Work, Hobbies & Lifestyle
After understanding the basics of different silhouettes and colour palettes, it’s a good idea to think about where/when you’ll be wearing your sunglasses. The right pair of women’s sunglasses have to live up to your pace of life. Are you a city girl or country bumpkin? Do you commute to work? Do you go walking at weekends? Do you run/ski/cycle?
Not only must your sunglasses provide practical value, but they have to look the part. So if you’re a sporty girl at heart, opt for brands such as Oakley, Nike, Bolle, or Vuarnet…
Or if you’re a glam style queen who loves to dress to impress, you may prefer high end fashion houses like Tom Ford, Lavin Paris, or Christian Dior…
Inspiration & Trends
Our final tip when shopping for women’s sunglasses is to look around for ideas and inspiration. Your signature style could be similar to Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid or Selina Gomez. Or perhaps you prefer more timeless celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Kate Winslet or Reese Witherspoon.
Whoever your style icon is, let them be your trendsetter. You can also turn to the latest runway trends, such as catching up on footage and reports of Paris Fashion Week. Remember though, signature sunglasses have to be wearable and versatile – and they have to last a long time. So avoid going too trendy with your choices.
If you’re looking for a trend that never goes out of style, we recommend something ageless like aviators.
You can opt for high-fashion aviators if your goal is to stand out from the crowd…
Alternatively, stick with a tried-and-tested formula for years and years or wear. You simply cannot go wrong with a pair of Ray-Bans…
Looking for the latest trends in women’s sunglasses for 2023? If you need more inspiration for your signature sunglasses style, keep checking in on the SelectSpecs Fashion & Lifestyle Magazine, which is free to access online. For the hottest colours of the moment, see our recent blog post on the white sunglasses craze.