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Just as summer is in, its time to look fashionable with sexy sunglasses. Sunglasses are definitely the most sought accessories this summer, with people all over the city sporting various models. But at the same time you should know which model suits your face and hairstyle. There are many factors, which one has to consider while choosing the perfect piece.

First and foremost thing to consider is whether the particular sunglasses that you spotted the other day suits your face or not. Find out which style suits you best.

  • People with rounder faces should wear glasses with slightly more angular and narrower frames to accentuate the forehead, cheeks and chin. Go for colours that are dark like black or deep brown.

  • Those with squarer faces should wear glasses with wide, oval frames because they can lessen the angular look and create a softer image.

  • Those with oval faces tend to look good in almost any style or shape sunglasses, yet the best choices are probably the glasses that have a similar width as one's cheeks.

  • If you have a triangular face, then you have a broad forehead and a narrow mouth and chin. Always choose a thin rim with vertical lines. Make sure the frames don't sit high on the face, as that will emphasize the triangular look.

  • Those with heart-shaped faces should wear frames that are oval, round or aviator styles.

  • If your nose is wide, avoid plastic frames that have a narrow bridge.

  • For a long nose, try a straight, horizontal frame with a low bridge.

  • If your eyes are close-set, go for smaller frames, making sure that you're eyes are centered in the lenses.
  • For wide-set eyes wear large, opt for rimless frames.

The next step is to see whether the sunglasses you choose suits your hairstyle. If you have hair with light wavy curls, then go for delicate shapes. If your hair is very curly then choose sunglasses that follow your brow line. Straight hair people are recommended to pick up round sunglasses. Very shorthaired and longhaired people should go in for bold designs.

Nowadays more than the shape of the frame, the colour of the glasses is what defines style and fashion. Pastel coloured lenses are ultra-chic, and flatter all face shapes and complexions. Choose from rimless to delicate silver metal framed varieties. Neutral coloured lenses of grey or grey-green are the most versatile and also provide maximum comfort. Brown and coloured lenses are great for day driving, allowing for the best colour definition. Yellow and amber lenses work best for activities where depth perception is especially important. Go wild with fashion tints like light blue, lavender, peach or pink.

While you are choosing your sunglasses you should always check whether your glasses provide you protection against UV-rays. There are innumerable fashionable models of sunglasses in the market, which not only look chic but also give you 100 % protection against the damaging sun rays.

Quick Tips for choosing sunglasses:

  • Check the label for 99 or 100 per cent UV protection since there are two types of UV rays, A and B.

  • Look for sunglasses that are close fitting. These will prevent UV rays from filtering in.

  • Don't be misguided by price -- higher priced sunglasses usually reflect fashion or durability, not UV protection.

  • Dark-coloured sunglasses don't necessarily provide better protection. A chemical coating applied to the lens is responsible for UV protection, not the lens colour.

  • UV-absorbing contact lenses should not be used as substitutes for sunglasses.

  • Children are more prone to sun damage to the eyes because their lenses are clearer.

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