With summer approaching with big steps, you might be looking for a new pair of sunglasses to complete your beach look. But which style of sunglasses is actually the right one for your face shape? Optician Andrea Caputi from Ottica Caputi in Rome, Italy, is sharing his advice with you to make sure that you find the perfect eyewear.
Andrea, what is your advice on finding the perfect pair of sunglasses?

Finding the perfect eyewear for you is easier than you think. First of all, because there is no perfect pair of glasses that always works for every occasion. While the shape of our face will remain the same, our taste will change because of current fashion trends. Probably your hair length or colour will change. Depending on the occasion, you will choose a more aggressive or more neutral model. Let’s start with the assumption that we do not marry another person here, we choose an accessory and we will decide on when and how to use it. When we need a pair of glasses for our everyday life in the city, it will not be necessary to have technical lenses like the ones for sports glasses. Therefore, the colour of the lenses will be chosen solely on the basis of our personal taste. My tip when you buy glasses: take them and go outside of the shop. Look at them in an outdoor lighting and then decide if this colour will allow you to make the world around you more pleasant. 🙂

What do we need to consider in terms of our face shape?

Regarding the different shapes, there are some very simple guidelines I would recommend:

Do you have a round face? Avoid round shapes and look for something a bit more elongated, maybe a little raised to the outside, like the cat-eye shape, to find the right proportions.

Do you have a square-shaped face? Look for softer shapes and avoid square shapes as wide as your face itself. In this case, avoid the classic Aviator model by Ray Ban. This Aviator shape with its vertical sides does not work well with the vertical lines of your face.

It is an easy game for those with an oval-shaped face: you can wear the majority of shapes without any problems: elongated, cat-eye, round. It can also vary in size. However, do not choose glasses whose temple side is nearer to the eye than the nasal part.

Oralgami by Chrome Hearts (Picture credit: Chrome Hearts)

If you have a thin face with a pronounced chin, look for soft and less edgy shapes, like pantoscopic angles, such as the model Gregory Peck by Oliver Peoples. Try not to choose glasses that are wider than your face, rather go with a different and more balanced form.

What do I need to know about UV protection?

The UV rays are much more dangerous than many years ago, because the ozone layer filters them much less. Therefore, sunglasses have become very important in preventing actual damages to the eye. The past couple of years, there has been a worrying increase in youth cataracts which can, without any doubt, be traced back to the increase in UV rays reaching the lowest layers of the atmosphere. Sunglasses are what protects our eyes from these dangerous rays, just like sun crème protects your skin.

Are more expensive glasses automatically better than cheaper ones?

Sunglasses of lower quality and which are cheaper risk worsening the situation. Let’s think that we were born with a natural “double protection”: our pupils get smaller as a consequence of strong light. Then, if the light is still too strong, we close the eyes to protect them. When we wear sunglasses with lower quality lenses, without UV filters, we actually deceive our natural protection resulting in our eyes opening up and allowing the damaging rays to enter your pupil. Therefore, rather than buying the “cool” sunglasses for 20$ at the bazaar, please do not buy anything, that is better.

You do not need to spend a lot of money to have the right protection. If a pair of glasses is expensive, there can be other factors influencing the price other than the quality of the lenses. But with a more expensive pair of glasses we can be sure that the quality will be high. You decide what you would like to buy: if you spend 100$, you do something good for your health. If you decide to spend much more, let’s say $1000, because you can afford that, you not only invest in good health but you will also get some exclusive sunglasses, which will not be recognized by many people because not many others apart from you will wear them. So, you might stroke your ego with that. 🙂 But the choice is entirely yours. The most important thing is to protect your eyes and therefore your health!

Andrea Caputi is the owner of Ottica Caputi in Rome, Italy. His choice to become an optician was a very natural one: his grandfather became an optician more than 90 years ago, in 1924. Later, Andrea’s father also entered this profession. Now, Andrea himself has more than 20 years of experience as an optician. According to him, eyewear is part of his life and he loves how it can be useful and beautiful at the same time. Ottica Caputi has many customers also from outside of Italy who appreciate the quality and Italian sense of style. Ottica Caputi also ships internationally. 🙂

Ottica Caputi, Viale Regina Margherita, 48, 00198 Rome, Italy

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9.30 am-7.30 pm 


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