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Sunglasses Buying Guide

Sunglasses Buying Guide

Sunglasses for your face shape
Sunglasses for your face shape

SQUARE

A square face is normally wider with a broad forehead and a strong jawline. Curved frames work best with a square shape face, choose round, oval, cat eye, butterfly or semi-rimless styles to perfectly complement and

OVAL

An oval face shape is evenly proportioned and will suit the majority of sunglasses shapes. Cat eye sunglasses will complement high cheekbones, while more angular styles will also flatter this shape.

ROUND

Round face shapes have a height and width which are roughly equivalent and have softer features. This face shape best suits more angular geometric shapes like rectangular or square frames which will give your face a longer appearance.

HEART

Heart shaped faces are wider at the forehead and gently narrow at the jawline. Choose lighter coloured frames, frames with thin temples or with details on the lower half to direct attention downward and even out the proportions of your face.

Frame fit
Frame fit

Combine the eye and bridge measurements to find your perfect fit.

Petite: 63mm or less in width

Standard fit: 64mm to 72mm

Extended fit: 72mm or more in width

EYE SIZE

Measure horizontally from the outermost edges of the lenses.
Approx. 40mm - 62mm

BRIDGE SIZE

Measure the distance
between the lenses.
Approx. 14mm - 24mm

TEMPLE LENGTH

The length of the temple piece, also known as the arm of the sunglasses.
Approx. 120mm - 150mm

Know your UV
Know your UV

Filter categories are a good guide for choosing the correct lens. The correct filter category for each pair of sunglasses can be found in the lens sticker, inside the temple or on the warranty leaflet. The darker the lens, the lower the amount of light let through.
All lenses offer good UV protection.

LENS CATEGORY - 0

  • Lens Tint: Clear
  • Function: Fashion tint for low light conditions.
  • Environment: Urban
  • Light percentage: 80 - 100%

LENS CATEGORY - 1

  • Lens Tint: Slight tint
  • Function: Fashion tint for low light conditions.
  • Environment: General
  • Light percentage: 43 - 80%

LENS CATEGORY - 2

  • Lens Tint: Medium tint
  • Function: For sunny weather. General purpose.
  • Environment: General
  • Light percentage: 18 - 43%

LENS CATEGORY - 3

  • Lens Tint: Dark
  • Function: For bright sunlight. General purpose.
  • Environment: Sea & Mountains
  • Light percentage: 8 - 18%

LENS CATEGORY - 4

  • Lens Tint: Dark
  • Function: For very bright conditions. Not recommended for driving.
  • Environment: Glaciers & Sea
  • Light percentage: 3 - 8%
Sunglasses frame material
Sunglasses frame material

The material of the frames affects the fit and weight of your sunglasses, as well as the types of hinges and adjustments which are used to hold your sunglasses together. You'll want to consider the size and weight of the sunglasses you want, before deciding on the type of material which will best suit your needs.

METAL

Metal is commonly used in sunglasses design due to its malleability and adjustability. Metal frames are usually thin and provide a small edge around the perimeter of your sunglasses, meaning your field of vision is less obstructed by the frames. Metal frames tend to be more expensive and less durable than plastic frames.

PLASTIC

Plastic frame sunglasses are lightweight and comfortable to wear. Plastic frame sunglasses are usually crafted from acrylic or polyurethane materials which provide good value for money and work particularly well on sports styles due to their durability.

ACETATE

Acetate is a type of plastic which stronger, more flexible and generally lighter than other materials. Acetate has the widest range of transparency and can be designed with rich colours and exquisite finishes for fashion-forward looks.