We all know and love that Horatio Caine signature move with his Silhouette shades, but would this iconic meme-worthy moment be so beloved around the world if he had chosen a different pair of glasses? Unlikely. With that in mind, there’s a unique charisma and sass in each and every one of us, waiting patiently to be brought to the surface with the right accessories, because nothing can accent your best features quite like a well-chosen detail.
To find your own Horatio-worthy pair of eyewear, it’s essential to know your face and use your most prominent features to find the perfect frame, color, and style that will complement your entire look.
Determine your face shape
No need to bring out the measuring tape, although some perfectionists among you might feel the need to do just that. It’s more than enough to determine with your own fingers as a point of reference, if your forehead is wider than the rest of your face, and your chin is sharp and narrow, which makes it heart-shaped, or if your forehead and jawline are prominent and strong, meaning that you’re in the “square face” team.
Oval-shaped faces are lengthy and predominantly narrow, although your chin may be slightly narrower than your forehead, but the difference is not as obvious as with your heart-shaped folks. Finally, if your face width and length are almost the same, you have a round face. A general rule of thumb is to choose the opposite for your eyewear, to give your features some balance, but now that you know your shape, let’s delve into details!
The lucky ovals
This is a particularly eyewear-friendly shape that gives you plenty of room for playful choices for any occasion. From the classic aviators, the timeless John Lennon shades, all the way to a sharp pair of cat eye shades, you can take your pick as long as you keep the width within the boundaries of your face.
Another feature to keep in mind is to go for lighter frames, and avoid overly chunky, heavy ones that will look too “heavy” for your facial anatomy.
The queen of hearts
Beauties such as Scarlett Johansson and Naomi Campbell boast this tricky facial shape, and they rock classic eyewear the best, although other options can come in handy and emphasize your lovely cheekbones just as well. However, for those among you with a petite, soft face, it’s wise to stick to lighter frames (or no frames at all) and never for oversized.
But generally speaking, if your features are sharp and prominent, some size cannot do any harm, on the contrary! Even a bulkier, decorated frame can do wonders for such a look, and wearing aviator-shaped Quay sunglasses in any color can mimic your facial structure. This is a rare opportunity, since the previously-mentioned rule doesn’t restrict your options when you have heart-shaped features.
Square for rounds
Now to turn to those that attract their opposites, for those that have a round, relatively proportionate face in terms of length and width, you will best complement your style with sharp, square frames. This is a simple trick to create an “optical illusion” of more prominent cheekbones.
Another great option that will especially work well with shorter haircuts are the wayfarers, whose geometry lends a few fun angles to your appearance. That said, avoid round and small eyewear as much as possible, as they will only give extra fullness to your look.
Round for squares
An edgy profile needs some softening from your accessory ensemble, hence the need to find a curvy pair of sunglasses to even out those sharp angles. Some added width is also a good idea, to create the illusion of more delicate lines on the sides. However, don’t shy away from playing with texture and color when choosing the right frame, as these qualities can go a long way in shifting the focus from the edges to the details, and they can lend your outline a rounder look.
If you have a preference for quirky and eccentric, then the Miu Miu butterfly frame glasses may be your go-to pair. There are other butterfly varieties you can opt for, and this playful shape allows you to mix it with a pastel tone and a lightweight frame, to elevate your entire look and give you a note of elegance and subtlety.
W| By Claire Hastings Via #FashionINspired