Whatever the optician says, sunglasses are about so much more than keeping UV rays out of your eyes. Think about John Lennon and his round lenses or Audrey Hepburn's oversized shades in Breakfast At Tiffany's. And what self-respecting rock star would be seen dead without a pair of hangover-disguising Ray Bans? A good pair of sunglasses is a fashion statement in itself – and of course an important tool in the fight against Ugly Squinting Face.
Luckily it doesn't take a musician's ego or a movie star's budget to find the perfect pair of shades. Matching sunglasses to your face shape means your new frames will flatter your features and have a more comfortable fit. Whether you're a square, round, oval or long-faced girl, here's our guide to finding the perfect pair of sunnies for summer.
For all the squares out there, try softening the angles of your face with a pair of circular frames and don't be afraid to experiment with pattern. The Hardie Amie Elgin sunglasses at One Point Seven Four have a great oval shape and the tortoiseshell detail will compliment your summer glow.
Elgin, Hardie Amies at OnePointSevenFour. $599
Long face and strong jawline? Square or rectangular shaped frames are your friend. You could go for a pair of trusty aviators but we say it's best to mix things up with some very cool Thierry Lasry Lively frames. Check out James Street eyewear specialists, Optiko for a range of specs from the label.
Thierry Lasry, Lively Frames.
Oval faced girls, you were born to wear cat-eye frames! Embrace your birth-given right by getting a little zany with your choice of specs. Why not go for a pair of zany Karen Walker specs. Go on, we dare you.
If your face is round, opt for wide frames and arms that stem from the top when choosing your sunglasses; it'll balance out some of that cute-as-a-button vibe and lets you experiment with a whole range of vintage-inspired styles. We're big fans of the super sharp Lucia Gold sunglasses by Retrosuperfuture's at One Point Seven Four.