How to Choose The Right Sunglasses

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A chic pair of sunglasses are to summer what the perfect pair of boots are to fall– a singular accessory that you can wear all season long and accept countless compliments on their behalf. They can complete a look and make a great first impression. What they’re not, though, is one size fits all. Since faces come in a variety of shapes, shades, and sizes, it makes sense that sunglasses do too! We decided to partner with Lafont, one of the most trusted names in Parisian eyewear, to bring you all of the tips and tricks you will need to choose the right pair of sunnies for you this summer. Lafont has been making beautiful, well-crafted glasses for nearly a century and they continue to make chic Parisian eyewear accessible! Naturally, Kat and I were more than happy to take them for a test drive and their simple styling and lightweight nature won us over immediately. Keep reading because I want to know which pairs you liked on us best…!

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Things to Consider When Choosing Your Next Pair:

1. Classic, Retro, or Trendy?  Each makes a completely different statement and, while all are seasonally appropriate, one may pair better with a particular look, so consider which category your outfit falls into when choosing a shade to complement. Kat and I both chose the Lafont Somerset in different colors.  It feels really classic to me with a hint of that retro teardrop shape.

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2. Your Face Size: You want to achieve a balanced look when choosing a frame for your face.  If your face is on the smaller side, think Reese Witherspoon or Ellen DeGeneres, go for sunnies that are equally as slight so as not to overpower your other features like the Lafont People style that Kat wears in black.  If your face is on the fuller side, think Angelina Jolie or Kate Hudson, go big!  Fun, oversized frames like the printed Lafont Soho are perfect for you!

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3. Your Coloring: What’s your hair color? Skin tone? Both of these differing shades can make a big difference when it comes to choosing the color of your shades.  Black frames on a blonde are strikingly more dramatic than black shades on someone with dark hair, as you can see on Kat.  Also, people with lighter eye colors tend to be more sensitive to sunlight and may want to choose darker lenses.  The best advice I can give is to try on a bunch of different pairs before committing.  Sunnies you love on your friend may look completely different on you.  I loved Kat in the tortoise shell Lafont Somerset, but preferred the navy blue for myself.

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4. The Fit:  The two most important features when it comes to fit are, number one, that you can look down at your feet without the glasses sliding down the bridge of your nose and, number two, that they aren’t too snug fitting behind your ears which can lead to pressure headaches.

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Kat and I each had our favorites, but I’m curious to hear which pair YOU think suits each of us best??!

ON JEN: FIRST || SECOND || THIRD

ON KAT: FIRST || SECOND || THIRD

Photography by Amanda Gallant

This post was sponsored by Lafont Eyewear.  Thanks for supporting the brands that support this blog and most of all, thanks for reading!

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  2. Hi Jen,

    Where did you get your jeans from? They are pretty awesome!

    • Jen Pinkston

      05/09/2016

      They’re Alexa Chung for AG from Anthropologie! I love them!

  3. Katie H.

    05/11/2016

    I’m really drawn to the classic Lafont Somerset, but those printed Soho frames are pretty darn cute!