If you’re in and out of lockdown, isolating yourself, or just hate shopping, it can be difficult to find the perfect sunglasses.
By now we all know the saying “Buy better, buy once”, but it can seem a little intimidating to buy a good pair of long-lasting sunglasses when you are not sure they are right for you. will agree.
This is where we come in. The Euronews Travel team scoured top to bottom for the best tips for finding your perfect pair and used digital fitting tools to judge their beauty in person.
Coral Glasses – The sustainable start-up
Price range: € 177.95 – € 201.95
Coral Glasses is the brainchild of 21-year-old British student George Bailey and we love the story behind the brand. George was worried about the ill effects of discarded fishing nets and therefore came up with the idea of using them to make glasses and sunglasses. He now runs the business with his father, a consultant in the eyewear industry.
Made with the Earth in mind
Coral products are made from reclaimed nylon, mostly recycled from old fishing nets and rugs. It makes them really flexible, so it feels like you can bend them, drop them, sit on them (it can’t just be me doing this) and they wouldn’t break.
Coral has built sustainability into every part of the business. All of their packaging is plastic free, mine arrives in a cute cardboard tube with a soft sunglasses case. They have the virtual try-on feature to reduce the waste created by returns and refunds.
How to find the perfect pair
Founder George Bailey says face shape is the most important factor when choosing the right sunglasses for you, as well as thinking about where and when you’ll wear them. If you want them for sport, you’ll want to choose a different fit if you want them for everyday wear. The company has a handy blog post (https://www.coraleyewear.com/blogs/news/which-sunglasses-will-suit-me) to help you choose the sunglasses that are right for you.
The verdict of Ruth Wright, Head of Lifestyle Verticals:
The online trial was quick and easy as there was no need to take a photo like other websites do. He just accessed your camera in the website window and imposed the glasses on your face.
I tried a pair of the Ocean Blue Ocean Edition. I opted for a bright color because I always only buy standard brown or black frames. They’re perfect for the beach with a brightly colored bikini, but I probably wouldn’t wear them with a more formal outfit.
Karun – Support local communities
Price range: 59 € – 199 €
Karun is a Patagonia-based B-Corp that links nature conservation with rural empowerment through product innovation.
The brand creates high quality eyewear in a very different way; use recovered, natural and / or noble materials and work alongside local communities in Patagonia to empower them to protect their wild lands.
Different types of waste, such as fishing nets, ropes and metals, and naturally fallen trees are collected by local contractors. These materials are then recycled and transformed into durable sunglasses, ensuring the highest standards of quality and performance.
Plus, when your Karün sunglasses are at the end of their life, you can send them back for recycling and get a discount on your next pair.
Choose your face shape
There is a general rule that in order to give face balance and proportion, the shape of the frame should contrast with the shape of the face.
With this theory in mind, Karün suggests angular sunglasses for those with round or oval faces and rounder glasses for those with square or triangular faces.
While it can be fun to try virtually all of the Karun, they have a filter search system that helps you narrow your search to find the right frames for your face and needs.
You can choose to filter by frame shape (cat eye, square, round, rectangle, aviator or athletic), use (urban, athletic or outdoor) or by face type (narrow, standard or wide).
And if you still don’t like what you order, Karün offers a 30-day return policy with free shipping.
The verdict of Hannah Brown, digital producer:
I ordered the Pinguino Havana Brown sunglasses and I’m really happy with it. I love that they are made from recycled marine plastics.
I was a little skeptical about the virtual try-on feature and worried that the size and scale might not be right for my face. But when the glasses arrived, they looked the same on my face as they did on the virtual try-on feature. The glasses arrived in a cardboard box with a practical glasses case also made of recycled leather.
The virtual trial was really easy to use. You can choose to upload a photo or use your live camera and watch the glasses on your face from all angles. I practically tried almost everything Karün had to offer and only found one style on the website that the trial feature didn’t work with.
The sunglasses are really light but look good quality. I opted for a fairly classic shape but with a slight twist that made them much better suited to my face than previous sunglasses I tried in this style.
Silhouette – Super stylish
Price range: 155 € – 597 €
Since 1964, Silhouette produced eyewear in Linz, Austria, guaranteeing high quality and exquisite workmanship using the best materials.
Is it worth the money?
We’ve all bought inexpensive sunglasses in the past that often break quickly, but better quality glasses always come at a higher price. The big fear with an expensive pair, however, is losing them. So, is it worth investing in a good quality pair?
“While it’s tempting to repurchase cheaper sunglasses every summer to keep up with fast fashion trends, investing in a quality pair will ensure they will last year after year,” says Perry Moore, Managing Director of Silhouette.
“High quality frames, such as those made from SPX like our Sun Lite line, are built to last due to their flexible and durable nature. Proud of a classic design, Silhouette frames are also engineered to stand the test of time and stay on trend every summer, helping to contribute to the slow fashion movement and avoid throwaway trends.
Which frame is right for you?
Here are some of Silhouette’s top tips for finding the right frame for your face:
A oval face the shape is the most versatile when choosing glasses. Look for frames as wide as the widest part of your face to add angles and balance the soft curves of the oval shape.
If you have a heart shaped face, choose frames as wide or slightly wider than your forehead. This will add balance to a narrower chin.
Angular and square frames are the best choice if you have a round face. Their crisp, crisp angles balance the soft, round shape of your face and make your face appear longer and narrower.
A triangular or trapezoidal face is narrower at the top, with a wider chin. Add width to the narrowest part of your face by choosing frames with a marked brow line. Full brim or half rim frames, especially cat eye shapes, are a perfect choice for adding definition to your face shape.
Round or oval frames add softness to square faces. Thin frames will soften strong features, and softer, neutral colors will also help lengthen your face shape.
You can read Silhouette’s face shape guide in more depth. here.
Silhouette’s virtual trial feature was easy to use. It slipped the first time I tried it, but refreshing the website fixed the issue. I tried virtually 4 or 5 pairs, before opting for the Sun Lite model, in Vintage Havanna / black frame.
They are very beautiful sunglasses. Very light and they look and feel premium. Unfortunately, I didn’t think they suited me “in person”. My own sunglasses are square in shape and I think that’s what fits my face, rather than this round design. But don’t be put off by my experience as these are wonderful sunglasses.