Your online guide to choosing 2012’s most on-trend sunglasses
Nothing says ‘fashionista’ quite like a pair of designer sunglasses. Even a pair of cheap sunglasses can have your friends suffering from a serious case of wardrobe-envy. What we love most about our ladies sunglasses is that they can cover a multitude of sins: from hangovers to eye bags and (shocker!) no make-up.
So whether you’re jetting off for some overseas sun or you’re looking for an everyday pair of sunglassses, we’re here to help you choose your perfect pair to keep you looking cool and chic when the temperature’s up. Take a look at our online style guide before heading over to our shopping pages where we do all the hard work for you. Our comparison tables and filters compare the latest buys and new styles so you’re guaranteed to find the hottest sunglasses for sale online, whether it's cheap designer sunglasses or an investment pair that’ll last you for seasons to come.
2012’s hottest styles
Aviator Aviator glasses are oversized and feature teardrop lenses and a thin metal frame. The style was introduced to American military aviators (hence the name) in the thirties and became adopted into mainstream fashion in the sixties. They continue to be a popular choice in 2012.
Oversized Oversized sunglasses are a huge hit with fashionistas and style icons and have the added bonus of making your face look slimmer! We love that you can still look on-trend even if you’ve just rolled out of bed, shoved on some glasses and run out the door.
Wayfarers The wayfarer was created by Ray Ban in 1952 and are wider at the top of the lens than at the bottom. The style was made famous by actors such as James Dean and is often cited as the best-selling designer sunglasses style of all time.
Teashades Teashades are often referred to as ‘John Lennon sunglasses’ because they became an iconic part of the Beatle’s clothing. Teashade sunglasses were a huge hit with sixties pop icons and were originally made up of medium-sized, round lenses and a thin wire frame.
Finding the perfect sunglasses to fit your face shape
Square You have an angular face with a strong jawline, broad forehead and square chin. Stick to sunglasses with oval and round frames and temples that connect at the top of the frame. Avoid geometric and square shaped frames since they accentuate the angles of your face.
Oval You lucky thing – you have the most options when it comes to choosing ladies sunglasses because your proportions are so balanced. Your chin is slightly narrower than your forehead and you have high cheekbones. Most frame shapes work for you but avoid any that are too big for your face.
Oblong A narrow shape that’s longer than it is wide, the oblong face has angular features and high cheekbones, a long nose and tall forehead. Shop for frames that create a shorter face and avoid any that accentuate the length of your face. Details around the temples look great on you.
Round Round faces are characteristic of full cheeks, a rounded chin and few angles. When online shopping for sunglasses look for angular and geometric frames that sharpen your features and elongate your face. Rectangular or horizontal styles make faces appear longer and thinner whereas rounded or narrow sunglasses should be avoided.
Diamond You are narrow at the eyeline and jaw line with a small forehead and chin. Delicate frames will soften wide cheekbones while sunglasses that angle towards the upper corners will add width to your forehead.
Heart Heart-shaped faces have a broad forehead and wide cheekbones that narrow to a small chin. Which sunglasses to shop for? Frames that are wider on top and narrower at the bottom, such as aviators, are perfect for you.
Triangle You have a narrow forehead and eye line that widens at the cheeks. Use your sunglasses to balance out the lower half of your face with brow bars and details on the upper rim. Shop for sunglasses that angle outwards at the top corners like cat eyes.
What color sunglasses will flatter my complexion?
If you have a warm complexion warm colors look fantastic against your skin: browns, cream, red and gold.
If you have cooler toned skin black, blue, white and silver will be your most flattering options.
Be sure your sunglasses have at least 60% UVA protection and 95-99% UVB protection. This shouldn’t be a problem when shopping for designer sunglasses, and even cheap sunglassesshould have full protection against the sun.
Brown, grey and green lenses are colour-neutral, meaning they cut down on overall brightness without distorting colors.
Yellow, gold or amber lenses give less protection against brightness but are brilliant in low-level light conditions.
Delivery and returns
It is always best to check online independent retailers’ delivery and returns policy before buying sunglasses. Especially if you are not positive that your new glasses are going to be the perfect fit, you may want to exchange them until you find the most flattering pair. Make sure the site you are buying from will allow you to make free returns or exchanges.