Sunglasses Trends for 2011

This season’s eyewear trends have really returned to classic shapes, saturated colours and subdued bling, it’s really important to invest in a pair you really like that look good on your face. Follow our guide below to find a flattering, and fashion forward, pair of specs.

Remember to always try to find shades with both 100% UVA and UVB protection. They should sit comfortably on the bridge of the nose without pinching and not press into your face anywhere. If they feel comfy and aren’t sliding down your nose they should be okay!

Oval Face

Oval faces have balanced features with narrow jaw lines and foreheads. Lucky oval faces pretty much look good in everything so feel free to go for any trend. Try out a daring retro inspired pair of shades, such as cat eye glasses or Ray Bans. A fun update on these old classics is to get a pair in a daring bright neon shade or in fun, colourful floral patterns. You can also work with rectangle or butterfly shaped frames. People with oval shaped faces usually have smaller features so make sure your frames are proportionate, which shouldn’t be a problem since huge over-sized frames are on the way out.

Try these 80’s-inspired Forever 21 F7371 Wayfarer Sunglasses, available at Forever 21 for $6.80.

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Round Face

Round faces are pretty much equal in width and length, like a perfect circle, and have smooth, round features. To balance out your soft curves try angular or geometric frames. Frames that are more horizontal will also slim out your face. Big, thick arms are out. This spring they’re coming in interesting shapes or at the bottom of frames. Daring coloured lenses are in as well. Flat top shades will create a much-needed sharp edge for your face.

Check out these Urban Outfitters Betsey Johnson Brow Square Flat Top Sunglasses, available at Urban Outfitters for $55.

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Square Face

If you have a wide forehead and strong jawline and your face shape is proportionate length and width wise, you have a square face. The best way to contrast your features is with oval or circular lenses, which soften up your angles. Cat-eye vintage shades or semi-rimless shades will look really good, as well as the shape of a classic pair of aviators. This season they come in a variety of colours and added details across the top of the lenses (like extra bars near the bridge). Lennon-like round glasses are also making a comeback.

Make a statement with these Victoria Beckham Metal-Framed Aviators, available at for $430.

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Heart-Shaped Face

Heart-shaped faces have wider foreheads and narrower jawlines. The best way to balance out your face is to look for shades that are wider at the bottom and don’t have too much going on at the top (which shouldn’t be too hard to find since tons of arm bling is on the way out). Cat-eye, butterfly or round shades can all work for you. Lighter colours will help balance a larger forehead or you could even try going with transparent frames.

Try these Ray Ban Transparent Faded Brown Shades for a balanced look, available at Sunglass Hut for $129.95.

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