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Tue, 07/09/2013 - 11:55 -- anna

The sun has got it's hat on, hurray! I adore this country when the weather is nice, in my view there really is no better place to be. With the temperatures set to stay high for the next few days I thought I'd provide a bit of a shopping guide if you're in the market for some new sunglasses. Sunglasses may not be an accessory you wear all year round, but they do an important job and form a key part of your spring/summer/holiday look. The most popular designs are the classics such as "Jackie-O" oversized, Ray-ban wayfarers and aviators. It's easy to default to the 'safe' choices but you can make your sunglasses a bit fun and a part of your look too. As well as a range of variations on the classic styles, you will find a wide choice of colours to choose from. Whatever your tastes, you want your shades to do their job AND look good on you. Here are a few tips on choosing some that will work for you... Choosing the right shape & scale Your face shape will dictate the best shape of glasses for you so take your time to work out which styles flatter your face. You also need to consider the dimensions of the frame, and this will depend on both your face shape and size. Oval face Yours is the most balanced face, so most styles of frame will suit you. Make sure the scale of the frames balances with the scale of your face, and avoid frames with extreme angles. Square face You need to give width to your face by extending the width of the frames and softening the lines. Try oval or rounded shapes. Rectangular face Wider frames with a low bridge will give the illusion of shortening the face. Avoid sharp angles on your frames. Wide arms will break up the length of the face, giving the illusion of shortening it. Inverted Triangle Keep the size of the frame within the width of your face - you don't want the top of your head to look wider. Thin frames are good for you. Round face Angled frames are good, as are those that are slightly wider than your face, but avoid heavy rounded frames, which will emphasize the roundness of your face. Coloured Frames This season, designers have produced sunglasses in an array of colours from mint to red to two-tone and white. Coloured frames won't appeal to everybody, most of us tend to stick to a neutral colour because it 'goes with everything'. Coloured frames will stand out, of course, but they can look fabulous if you choose them carefully. Ideally, the colour of your frames needs to balance with your colouring (your hair and eye colour and skin tone) so make sure you bear this in mind if you do go down the coloured route. Lenses The colour of your lense is also important. Most lenses are very dark brown or grey to black but some have a green or yellow tint and some a slight pink or purple tint. Here, as with your frames, you want the lenses to compliment your colouring as much as possible and your skin tone should be your guide. Brown will be warmer as will the deep green tinted lenses; these work best on warm skin tones. The grey and black and pink tinted colours will suit cool skin tones. Happy sunglasses shopping everyone! Anna x    


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