FASH­ION.

THE FU­TURE IS SO BRIGHT WE NEED SHADES, SO COM­BINE PRO­TEC­TION AND FASH­ION WITH THESE TIPS

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - CONTENTS - WORDS: CHAN TAY LO­GAN

The right sun­nies are an in­vest­ment with the power to trans­form your look. While nav­i­gat­ing the be­wil­der­ing ar­ray of op­tions may seem eas­ier said than done, there’s a sim­ple set of cri­te­ria that will lead you straight to the per­fect pair.

We’ll start with choos­ing a frame colour. Sun­glass Hut buy­ing direc­tor Francesca Pez­zutto says the hue of your skin, hair and eyes is the best clue.

“All peo­ple have ei­ther cool (blue-based) or warm (yel­low-based) colour­ing and every­one looks best in his or her own colour base,” she says.

“Are you warm or cool? Know­ing the an­swer will help you eas­ily se­lect frame colours.

“All com­plex­ions fall into one of two colour bases — blue (cool) or yel­low (warm).

“A cool com­plex­ion has blue or pink un­der­tones, and a warm com­plex­ion has a ‘peaches and cream’ or yel­low cast. Olive skin is con­sid­ered cool be­cause it is a mix­ture of blue and yel­low.

“Hair colours are also con­sid­ered warm or cool. Straw­berry blonde, plat­inum, blue­black, white, salt-and-pep­per are cool. Warm hair colours in­clude golden blonde, flat black and brown-gold.”

If you have warm colour­ing, Francesca says the most flat­ter­ing frames will be camel, khaki, gold, cop­per, peach, or­ange, coral, of­fwhite, fire-en­gine red, warm blue or blonde tor­toise.

“For cool colour­ing, the best eye­glass frame hues are black, rose-brown, blue-grey, plum, ma­genta, pink, jade, blue and demi­amber (darker) tor­toise,” she says.

Shape is the sec­ond de­cid­ing fac­tor. While fash­ion plays a part in the styles you’ll see on the shelves, there’s no sub­sti­tute for what suits you.

There’s a ris­ing trend in round and oval­shaped lenses, ideal for those with square­shaped fa­cial fea­tures.

“Since square-shaped faces have strong jaw­lines, rounded glasses soften and bal­ance these straight fa­cial fea­tures,” Francesca says.

If you have a round face shape, you’ll look good in square or hexag­o­nal frames.

“The straight and an­gu­lar lines in the

“OVAL FACES THAT ARE LONGER THAN THEY ARE WIDE SUIT MOST FRAMES AND THE CAT EYE IS A GREAT FIT.”

frame can min­imise full­ness in the face, as will deep colours such as black or tor­toise­shell,” Francesca tips.

“Thin metal frames are an­other flat­ter­ing op­tion be­cause they fo­cus at­ten­tion away from the sides of the face.”

Francesca says the cat eye is an im­mor­tal sil­hou­ette.

“Oval faces that are longer than they are wide suit most frames and the cat eye is a great fit,” she says.

“The frames should cover as much of the cen­tre of the face as pos­si­ble in or­der to min­imise length.”

ROUND

CAT EYE

SQUARE

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