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FUN MAGAZINE, August 2002. VOL.2 ISSUE 8
Shades of Summer
By Ann Tai Translated by Vanessa
Wu Illustrated by Linda Cheng
Recently, as the temperature
continues to soar rapidly and the sun seems to be blazing down on
us harder than ever, it is crucial that everyone own a pair of comfortable
and maybe even stylish sunglasses.
Sometimes we spot other people wearing sunglasses
that look very good on them, yet it just does not look right
when we try them on. This is probably because of the variations
in shapes and sizes of our faces. People with rounder faces
should wear glasses with slightly more angular and narrower
frames to accentuate the forehead, cheeks and chin. Those
with squarer faces should wear glasses with wide, oval frames
because they can lessen the angular look and create a softer
image. Those with oval faces tend to look good in almost any
style or shape sunglasses, yet the best choices are probably
the glasses that have similar width as one¡¦s cheeks. Finally,
those with heart-shaped faces should wear frames might want
to wear oval or round framed sunglasses.
However, there are other
factors to be considered when shopping for the perfect pair of sunglasses.
Not only should they suit the shape of your face, they should also
provide 100 percent UV protection. What's the use of shades when
they cannot protect your eyes from the damaging sun? Many eye problems
can accumulate from childhood due to the lack of proper eye care.
On the other hand, one should be careful in selecting sunglasses
from street vendors due to their common failures to meet UV protection
standards. Therefore, it is probably safest to buy sunglasses from
proper glasses shops.
Of course, fashion is also a big factor in the process of picking
out sunglasses. There are innumerable different styles of fashionable
sunglasses in the market these days. Various name brands now
offer a huge selection for customers to choose from. On one
hand, DKNY has an innovative approach to color and styles both
in lenses and frames. While Nike, on the other hand, focuses
more on the durablity and utility of their sunglasses. Yet,
if you do not plan on immediatly investing in a pair of expensive
sunglasses, there are always similiar styles out there.
If I had to name specific sunglasses trends today, they would
tend toward rimless shades and colored lenses, providing the
coolest way to effectively block UV lights this summer. When
in doubt, just look at the new styles the stars are wearing!