Shades Made Simple: A Few Rules For Wearing Sunglasses

Even though the leaves are falling and temperatures are cooling down, it’s never the wrong season for sunglasses. I say this as an admitted eyewear addict: the other day a friend of mine shifted slightly in the backseat of my car and was buried in a mini avalanche of sunglasses I’d been hoarding behind her headrest.

“Do you really need to keep mirrored Lolita shades with you at all times?” she asked, picking a hot pink pair out of the pile.

“You never know,” I said. “You just never know.”

Here are my top three rules for the responsible and enjoyable wearing of sunglasses …1. Don’t wear your sunglasses at night (or indoors).

The only situations where this is acceptable is if you’re experiencing a severe migraine or attending a Corey Hart-themed party (or maybe both — God help you.).

2. When choosing frames, use the rule of opposites.

If you have a round face, look for angular frame shapes. Those with square faces should check out rounder styles. As a general rule, larger sunglasses are more flattering than smaller ones, and can also better disguise a hangover.

3. Have fun with your shades.

Sunglasses are an easy and inexpensive way to change up your look. A simple black dress paired with round Jackie O shades makes a much different statement than the same dress worn with sleek aviators or blue plaid wayfarers. Don’t be afraid to try on bolder frames than you think you can pull off: you might surprise yourself.

[Pictured: White Vintage Sunglasses, $9.99]