Your personal taste and style are extremely important when choosing your frame – but there are other factors to consider. Discover some guiding principles to help you select the most suitable sunglasses for your face.
When you choose a frame, you’re choosing a look. The frame is what defines the style of your sunglasses and therefore allows you to express your personality. And while personal preference may be the biggest factor in selecting a frame, it is not the only one. A good frame should answer a number of criteria.
Let’s take a look at the different parts of a frame
To understand the diverse functions of a frame, you first need to be familiar with its different components:
• The temples are the ‘arms’ or sides of your sunglasses. Their length varies and can be adjusted to ensure your glasses sit comfortably on your face. Their width is not just a style statement, as thicker temples offer better protection from lateral UV exposure.
• The temple tip protects the end of the temples and is the part of your sunglasses that rests on your ears. It can be adjusted to ensure your glasses are stable and comfortable.
• The nose piece is mainly found on metallic frames and helps your sunglasses sit securely on your nose. It can be adjusted to suit your face. Plastic frames don’t normally have an adjustable nose piece, as the frame itself is shaped to fit around your nose.
• The bridge determines the space between the two lenses. Most of the time, its length is fixed and cannot be customised.
• The pins allow you to fold the temples for easy storage. Your sunglasses will have a longer life if you choose high-quality pins.
• The rim is what holds the lenses in the frame, although not all glasses have a rim.
How can I find the most comfortable frame?
Choosing comfortable sunglasses is essential, as it means you’ll wear them more often – and therefore be better protected. So, what affects the comfort of your sunglasses?
• The frame size, the distance between the two pins, should closely match the width of your face. If the frame is too small, you’ll feel pressure on either side of your forehead, and if it is too large, you’ll feel it moving around or slipping off your face.
• The weight of your sunglasses depends on the material used to make the frame and the lens. If your glasses are too heavy, they will be less stable.
• The contact points between your face and the frame have a big impact on your comfort. The length of the temples and the support around your nose must be perfectly adapted to the form of your head. The bottom of the frame should not touch your cheek; otherwise you will lift your glasses whenever you smile.
How can I choose a frame that suits my face?
Sunglasses come in a much wider variety of shapes and forms than optical glasses, which are limited by certain constraints. However, every frame does not suit every face.
Knowing the form of your face can help you choose the right pair. The trick is to find a frame that works with your face while also allowing you to express your personality. If you’re looking for a more harmonious look, choose a frame that complements your features. If, on the other hand, you want to assert your individuality, choose a frame that contracts with your features.
There are four main types of faces. Which one are you?
• Oval face
• Square or rectangular face
• Round face
• Triangular face
For more about selecting the right sunglasses for your face type, check out our online consultation tool.
What other factors do I need to consider?
Your outdoor lifestyle should also be taken into account when selecting a frame. If you play sports or have a physical job, your frame needs to be more sturdy and robust, and your children’s needs will not be the same as yours. Make sure your frame is adapted to your daily activities.
If you are particularly sensitive to light, you should be aware that not all frames may be suitable. And if you wear prescription glasses, make sure your frame can be customised for your corrective lens. It’s best to check with your eye care professional before making a final decision.
To measure up the all different criteria and get personalised advice on your sunglasses frame, take a look at our online consultation tool in the section “Me and my sunglasses”.
• For sports activities, the frame should be light, flexible and extremely resistant. You’ll need a close fit, but enough air should pass to stop the lens fogging over through condensation; alternatively, you can choose an anti-fog treatment for the lens.
• For children, the frame should be flexible with protected pins – and made from a near-unbreakable material (metal frames are not appropriate for children under 6). The rim needs to be relatively high above the eyes (level with the eyebrows) and the temples long enough to ensure the glasses stay in place even when there is vigorous movement.
• For babies and toddlers, the frame is often equipped with a special strap around the temples in order to keep their sunglasses attached at all times.