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Choosing the Right Sunglasses for Your Face

Getting the Right Fit

The sunglass size should be in proportion with the face size. This means that smaller sunglasses are best for smaller faces; larger sunglasses for larger faces.
The frame shape should contrast with, that is, be the opposite of, the shape of the face.

These tips must not be taken as rules but they can help you to choose your right frame.


faces oval Oval face
Almost any style works for oval face. Experiment with the latest looks, such as wraparounds or shields. Square shaped frames with gently rounded edges
Frame suggestions : Any frame shape
faces round Round face
Frames should make the face appear longer and thinner. In general, look for frames equal to or slightly wider than the broadest part of the face. Minimize the curves and add definition with soft, angular, rectangular styles or double brow styles. Higher temples will create a longer profile. Sunglasses with brow bars also pull the eye upward, making the face appear longer.
Frame suggestions : Wider frames with angular / rectangular styles
faces diamond Diamond face
This face shape has wide or high cheekbones with a narrow forehead and chin. Oval sunglasses will soften the contour of the face, although softly curved square frames will work as well. Make sure the styles are no wider than the top of the cheekbones.
Frame suggestions : Oval, Square
faces square Squared face
This face shape consists of a strong jawline, a broad forehead and wide cheekbones. Reduce the angles with soft, curvy styles that will give the face some definition such as cat-eye styles. The classic ovals also works well for this face shape.
Frame suggestions : Oval or Round, Oval, Cat Eyes
faces rectangle Oblong face
Widen and shorten the face with sunglass styles that do not extend beyond the widest part of the face. Round or square shapes will look great on this face. Frames with short horizontal and long vertical lines also work. Decorative or contrasting temples add width to the face.
Frame suggestions : Round, Square
faces triangle Triangle-shaped face
This face has a narrow jaw and a wide forehead. Soften the lower portion of the face by accenting the eye area. Styles such as cat-eyes should angle outward at the top corner and be wide enough to balance the jawline. You can also try metal frames with rimless bottom.
Frame suggestions : Frames with a traight top line, Cat-eyes


Pale complexions
Try lightweight frames or those with a touch of colour such as rose or amber. Tortoiseshell frames suit fair complexions (avoid darker versions) but clear, blue or green tinged frames tend to drain colour from cheeks.

Dark complexions
Olive, Mediterranean, Golden or Asian skin and dark hair can look stunning in silver, gold or clear frames – but avoid black which can be too heavy.

Dark/Black complexions
All metallic frames suit black skins and amber often works well – be very careful with black frames, which can look spectacular or awful!


Soft & curly
Enhanced by delicate shapes, rimless frames and translucent colours.

Very curly
Choose a frame that follows your hairline. Classic small frames are advisable.

Geometric frames, or rounder frames look best.

Very short
Bold colours and designs, as well as decorative styles.

Long hair
Try the frames with both your hair up and down, as the change in style may alter the look of the frames.

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Graphic Design: Decorating With Geometrics

Whether you passed geometry class or not, decorating with geometric shapes is an easy A. Here’s how interior designers do it, and how you can incorporate them into your home.

Geometry 101

Not all geometrics are created equal, and designers have found that some are easier to incorporate into your decor, as well as more transitional over time. Their go-to prints include, hexagons, diamonds, stripes and the Greek key pattern. Photo courtesy of Mary McGee.


Start Small

Little flourishes go a long way when it comes to geometric shapes. Use bold prints in small doses, such as throw pillows for your sofa, a geometric carpet, which also hides wear and tear, or on the cushion of a side chair. But if you do one, don’t do the other, says Los Angeles designer Mary McGee, who kept this all-white living room refined and calm, while adding visual interest in the form of zebra- and lattice-print pillows.

Keep Your Balance

A common trick of the trade is to juxtapose modern shapes with more classic ones — which is what Dallas-based designer Elaine Williamson did when she chose these mod, Jonathan Adler fixtures to counterbalance the elegant sophistication of a bathroom’s carrera marble countertops. The mirror works as a mix between the two styles — mod with sophisticated lines.

Color Coordinate

Designers agree that color is critical when incorporating geometric prints into your decor. Their best advice: choose one that weaves through all of the patterns in a room. “The reason that these geometrics work well together is due in part to the fact that they’re kept in the same subtle color family, so as not to compete with one another,” designer Julie Massucco says of the rug and woodworking her firm Massucco Warner Miller chose for this master dressing room. Design by Melissa Warner.

Show Your Soft Side

“To ensure your patterns don’t become too harsh or rigid, remember to add patterns with curves, such as concentric circles or waves, to patterns that are more structured, such as chevrons,” Elaine Williamson says. She does it in this small living room by using a curvy zebra rug and circle-like honeycomb pillow to offset the sharp diamond pattern on the wall.

Size Things Up

“Scale is the most important part to keep in mind when introducing a geometric, or really any pattern, into a room,” says New York designer Elizabeth Bauer. If you pair, say, a large pillow pattern with a small one, the larger pattern will certainly overshadow the small. An easy rule of thumb: pair geometric shapes with the next largest or smallest pattern, like Bauer does here, matching the large stripes in a vintage print with slightly smaller ones in a pair of chevron stools.

Stay Neutral

This tiny powder room, designed by San Francisco-based Niche Interiors, is a study in bold design. Principle designer Jennifer Jones used a slightly metallic ogee trellis wallpaper to give the space an element of surprise. When working with this much pattern, however, you’ll want the palette and other elements to remain neutral. “It works because we kept the rest of the bathroom neutral — white moldings, wood floor and a mirror to tie it all together,” she says.

Ground Your Graphics

Bold prints may win your attention when you enter a room, but your eyes inevitably need a place to rest. Create a few spots in between using solid color. They’ll help ground the geometric patterns and keep it from feeling overly busy, like in this tiled kid’s room created by Miami designer Deborah Wecselman.

Advanced Geometry

Ready to take your geometric game to another level? Layer it on with other patterns, says Chicago designer Summer Thornton. “I’m a huge fan of layering patterns, but it does take some practice,” she says. Blending and layering adds depth, as in the case of this floral window treatment and graphic pillow combo Thornton used in her own home. Plus, it’s much softer and easier on the eyes than two geometric patterns paired together, she says. Thornton’s trick for making sure two patterns are complementary, “Imagine the pattern in black and white. How much contrast would the pattern have? Is it entirely mid-range or lots of very deep saturated colors contrasted against bright white? When layering, look for some of each.”


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