Ask Laurie: How to Shop for Sunglasses?
Dear Laurie, I’m ready to add a fresh pair of sunglasses to my summer repertoire, but there are so many options out there. Where should I begin? —Samantha S.
Dear Samantha, Unlike other accessories, you wear sunglasses daily, which is why choosing the right pair feels like a bigger commitment. And while knowing what works best for your face shape is half the battle, there’s more to it than that. I asked Garrett Leight (he of the eponymous eyewear brand) to weigh in. “I’ve always felt that picking out sunglasses is a very personal choice and is different for everyone. But what’s most important is feeling confident in whatever pair you choose. It should just feel right,” says Garrett. Below, a shopping guide, plus some more words of eyewear-shopping wisdom from Mr. Leight.
“I’ve been surprised by what shapes work with certain faces over the years. But generally, if you have a round shape face, a more angular, square frame adds a nice contrast to the roundness.”
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futuristic sunglasses Amazon, $29.95
cat eye acetate sunglasses with stars Gucci, $1,035
hamilton sunglasses goop, $290
grant sunglasses goop, $340
ottoman square-frame silver-tone
mirrored sunglasses Net-a-Porter, $120
“Heart-shaped faces tend to look best in aviators and larger frames.”
“A rule of thumb is that longer, square-shaped faces look great with more circular sunglasses.”
“An oval face can pretty much look good in any shape frame—I would definitely suggest experimenting to find what works best for you is.”