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The ultimate guide to...

Sunglasses

Choosing the right pair of sunglasses can be one of shopping's greatest tests. Most celebrities and rock stars look effortlessly cool when sporting their latest pair, but you can be sure that a lot of time and thought has gone into their decision. Here we offer some advice and tips to help you choose the right pair for you.

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WHY WEAR SUNGLASSES?

UV protection

The most important reason for wearing sunglasses is to protect the eyes from sun exposure.

Prevents glare and squinting

The most common symptom is due to glare which is the reflection of light on surfaces.

Aviator

Simple yet stylish, aviator sunglasses are the perfect choice for ladies who covet a laid-back, retro-inspired look.

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Round

Chunky and flamboyant, a pair of round sunglasses is just what you need to stand out from the crowd.

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Visor

Chic and sleek, a pair of uber-stylish visor sunglasses will treat you to a sexy touch of cool with every wear.

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Square

You can't go wrong with a pair of square sunglasses - choose sharp edges and slick lines for a sassy summertime look.

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Oversize

Take a tip from the celebs - bigger is better. Infused with A-list style, a pair of oversize sunglasses is a must-have accessory for fashion-savvy women.

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D-frame

Large and in charge, a pair of D-shaped sunglasses ensures you won't fade into the background this summer.

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Long face

For those with a longer face - big is beautiful. Avoid small sunglasses and opt instead for a cool pair of shades with large square frames or oversized round shapes.

Famous long face: Gwyneth Paltrow

Heart shaped face

Heart shape faces are perfect for showing off a pair of aviator sunglasses, but also suit most styles. You may want to avoid sunglasses with pointed bottoms though.

Famous heart face: Kate Moss

Round face

Wider cheeks are a feature of the round face and a cool pair of square or rectangular sunglasses will always look great on this face shape.

Famous round face: Kate Winslet

Oval face

Oval face shapes are those with high cheekbones and narrow chins. Sunglasses which are as wide as the broadest part of your face will make a smart and stylish choice.

Famous oval face: Julia Roberts

Tips for determining your face shape.

  • Go to a mirror that reflects your face fully and clearly.
  • Pull your hair back to reveal your full face from your hairline.
  • With a lipstick (not your best one, of course) follow the outline of your face from the hairline, past your cheekbones to the bottom of your chin.
  • The resulting image should give you a clearer idea of what face shape you are.
  • 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 warranty leaflet.
  • The darker the lens, the lower the amount of light that shines through. All lenses offer good UV protection.

Lens categories

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 warranty leaflet. The darker the lens the lower the amount of light let through. All lenses offer good UV protection.

Category Lens Tint Function Environment % Light
4 Dark For very bright conditions. Not recommended for driving. Mountains, Glaciers & Sea 3 - 8%
3 Dark For bright sunlight. General purpose. Sea & Mountains 8 - 18%
2 Medium tint For sunny weather. General purpose. General 18 - 43%
1 Slight tint Fashion tint for low light conditions. General 43 - 80%
0 Clear Fashion tint for low light conditions. Urban 80 - 100%