Style Expert Catherine Dunwoody talks 'Shades of Summer'!

Shades of Summer
I’ve taken to wearing dark sunglasses even on cloudy days, in hopes to ‘will’ the sun to come out and stay put this summer. Whatever it takes. Forgive me if I step on your freshly pedicured toes – but I can’t see them, or you, for that matter – and desperate times call for desperate measures. That retro Sunbeam sun lamp I spotted at a recent yard sale was lookin’ pretty good to me…..see what vitamin D depravation will do?
Sunglasses are the quintessential summer accessory, but since not all face shapes suit all frames and styles, here’s a few tips on choosing what’s best for you.
Small head? That’d be me. Not excited about looking like a bug when most oversized frames overwhelm your tiny face? Me again. Doesn’t mean you can’t wear Jackie O’s – just dial it back a bit and choose a slightly smaller style than what your average sized best friend might choose. It’s all about petite proportion when it comes to a delicate featured face. Wayfarer and aviator styles often come in smaller-scale versions too, like these from Ray Ban at Watch It! just make sure they fit snug behind the ears and that the arms aren’t so long they reach down from your ears onto your neck. Seen that. Not so pretty.

Have a large head? Hats always too small? Many sunglasses likely dig into your temples and the arms fall short of wrapping around your ears properly too. Look for wide frames and spring hinges that allow the arms to flex a bit. Even some inexpensive sunglasses have these genius stretchy hinges now. Just make sure the arms don’t bow out too much, you’ll know they fit well when they lie nice and sleek to your temple.
Round face? Common complaint is frames that squish your cheeks when you smile – test ‘em out in the store. Yes, you’ll be grinning like a mad woman as you pop on numerous pairs, but crucial to finding the right comfy pair.  Choose shallower frames, like cat eyes that tilt upward rather than actually rest on your cheeks, like these from Old Navy. Square frames are smart too, playing opposite of your face shape. Gradient lenses (dark at top, blending to lighter at bottom) create the illusion of a narrower face too.

Have a wide bridge? Sunglasses can look strange, like you’ve pushed them too high up on your nose, plus can feel pinching and painful. Adjustable nose pads on wire frames do the job well here, as do plastic frames with wider opening at the bridge to accommodate a wider nose.
Just like jeans and bras, sunglasses need to be tried on, can be tricky to fit, and shopping for them can take time. But – as soon as you find that perfect pair – slap down your plastic, and hit the deck. It’s officially patio season.