Ultimate sunglasses guide

Becca Donaldson ·
Ashley Roberts Sunglasses

We know you want to fall in love with
your next pair of sunnies! With so many different types of sunglasses to choose from though, it can be a bewildering and sometimes overwhelming choice. 

As we head into the height of the summer months and sunshine holiday season, we’ve put together the complete guide to the different types of sunglasses, including frame shape and a sunglasses tint guide. We’ll have you looking and feeling glam in no time!

Especially when buying sunglasses online, it’s important to know what you’re looking for so that you can make sense of the types of sunglasses styles – and feel confident in your choice. So read on to know whether you’d best suit aviator or oversized, or whether you should go for yellow lenses, brown or pink. 



Start by measuring your face

People tend to jump straight into a sunglasses size guide without actually understanding what size means. If you are considering what type of sunglasses you should wear, then your very first stop should be to measure your face and understand what the dimensions mean. The biggest determining factor as to which different sunglasses styles will suit you are these proportions. 

So, grab yourself a mirror, a tape measure and something to jot your dimensions onto. You need to take four measurements:

  1. Measure from the corner of your mouth up to the earlobe. Repeat on both sides and jot down the average of the two measurements.
  2. Starting at one earlobe, measure around your jaw to the other earlobe.
  3. Starting from the middle of your hairline, measure straight down your nose to your chin (don’t worry about the curve of your nose).
  4. Lastly, measure the distance across your forehead, at the widest point between your hairline on the left and the right. This should be between your eyebrows and the top of your hairline.

Now you’ve got the information to determine your face shape.



What type of sunglasses for a diamond face shape?

If you’ve got a diamond or heart-shaped face then you have a wide forehead (measurement number four) tapering to the chin. You should choose sunglasses that are curvy in order to elongate your features. Ideal styles include aviators, cat’s eyes or butterfly style. You can also often carry rimless glasses well. 

What type of sunglasses will suit a round face? 

With a round face, the widest part of your face is across your cheekbones. Angular and boxy style sunglasses frames suit a rounder face as they appear slimming. Those with a round face can also carry oversized frames exceptionally well, but generally choose a more rectangular rim. 

What type of sunglasses should I get with a square face?

If you have a strong jawline, a prominent forehead and wide cheekbones, you will find that softer curvier frames work well to balance your features. These are some of the best types of sunglasses for men. Oval or round styles work well. Women with square-shaped faces can also find they suit cat’s eye glasses.



Which type of sunglasses suits an oval face?

With an oval face, your features are symmetrical but with a slightly narrower chin. An oval face is amongst the most versatile and you can often take your pick of types of sunglasses and be happy with the look. Have fun with anything you fancy, from square or round frames to sports frames to aviators.

What type of sunglasses according to long face shapes?

If your face is longer (measurement number three) than it is wide (measurement number four) with a reasonably straight cheek line then it is likely you have a long face shape. You too can carry oversized frames. Steer clear of smaller frames.

Sunglasses lens colour guide

When it comes to types of sunglasses, it’s not just about the frame shape. Here we look at the different types of sunglasses lenses. 

While you may want to choose from the different colours and types of sunglasses lenses to suit your complexion, outfit or mood, it’s best to choose the sunglass tint by what you are using the sunglasses for. Most importantly, sunglasses should protect your eyes from harmful UV radiation. 

You can choose the following tints:

  • Grey: Good for everyday wearing and a common choice for versatility in all weather. They don’t change the colours of the things you are looking at. 
  • Brown: Another good everyday option, brown lenses are particularly good for bringing sharpness to colour and depth on both sunny and cloudy days.
  • Green: Green lenses are good if light conditions are dulled.
  • Yellow: Yellow lenses look fun but they are only really useful as sunglasses in dim conditions. However, they do help to filter out blue light so can be used to ease eye strain from using screens.
  • Red: Red lenses offer additional contrast so are good for skiing.
  • Blue: Blue lenses are also good for snow conditions, but also when there is medium light intensity. However, they should be used for driving as they reduce light glare from oncoming traffic.

In addition, you may want to know about mirrored lenses. Mirrored lenses reflect back the light that hits the lens, helping to protect your eye from damage. This is particularly useful in glare conditions, such as skiing or watersports. They are also handy for shielding your eyes from view!

As well as the different tints, many sunglasses offer gradient tints. They should be darker at the top and then lighter at the bottom. This ensures maximum protection from the sun, but also makes them good for visibility with things like reading and driving. 



Buy your new sunglasses with confidence

At Reliked, we’ve got a large range of sunglasses for men and types of sunglasses for ladies. What’s more, as many come from your favourite fashion influencers, you can see how the styles look in action before deciding to buy them for yourself. 

There are lots of different types of sunglasses for women and men, but it’s possible to confidently choose the types of sunglasses frames and tints that suit your face shape, style and wearing needs. 

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