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THE SUNGLASS STYLE GUIDE

So shopping day’s here, you can’t believe you have time in the day to clock in some solid browsing hours. Yes you’ve gone through all the sections, tops, shorts, even the jewellery stand? CHECK! You’ve even given the socks aisle a once over and grabbed a comical number with a character you want to start […]

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So shopping day’s here, you can’t believe you have time in the day to clock in some solid browsing hours. Yes you’ve gone through all the sections, tops, shorts, even the jewellery stand? CHECK! You’ve even given the socks aisle a once over and grabbed a comical number with a character you want to start getting into, embroidered all over it.
You start walking towards the back; because of course, not many judge their size measurements by plastering the clothes to themselves anymore…, that’s what changing rooms are for.
You look ahead and your face falls in dismay, a slight agitation rises in your chest as you see the queue of people with the same fire in your eyes that compels them to leave this particular shop with the right garment sizes, so help them.
This is the only damper on a good day out shopping, not the walking, not the browsing, not even the fast food in between (we put that under “Guilty Pleasure”). It’s even worse online where unless you are an astute shopper, of which there are few, you find yourself in a minefield of guessing games whether or not you know your trouser or top size. When you DO get the wrong size, you start a life changing journey of receipt hunting and email threads…with some packing and shipping on the side. The horrors of the fashion Industry.

 

UNFORTUNATELY WE CAN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT THAT

WHAT WE CAN DO HOWEVER is give you pointers on what Bambooka frames suit you best by helping you figure out the shape of your face and voila no more guessing games or size-manic attacks. Here are some general ‘rules of thumb’ for the type of face you have that can single handedly shape the course of your ‘eyewearing’ lifespan.
Note: pretty much all our frames are ‘one size fits all’, thanks to a clever little spring-design hinge, which makes the frame sit firmly on heads of pretty much any size. We do make an exception with our Sahara design, where in addition to the various colours we offer in regular size (confusingly called ‘Large’), we offer one smaller frame in black.

NOT SURE ON THE SHAPE OF YOUR FACE?
Stand in front of a mirror and trace the outline of your face using some sort of marker – a lipstick or white board pen (double check it is not a permanent marker!!) Then look at the shape drawn on the mirror – roughly speaking it should fall into at least one of the groups below:

 

HEART
carleen
chloemoretz_heart
Face features – you have a wide forehead, high cheekbones, and a tapered chin
Which frame shapes suit you best – cat-eye shaped sunglasses accentuate your face shape the best. You can also pull off Wayfarer styles and slightly rounded shapes
Shapes to avoid – shapes which are too top heavy
Bambooka recommendations – Carleen Anderson Special Edition, Sahara, Amasame, Zambezi.

 

ROUND

jackblack_round
Face features – you have a wide forehead with full cheekbones and a rounded chin
Which frame shapes suit you best – rectangular sunglasses are the frame shape for you as they add angles to your look
Shapes to avoid – round or oversized frames
Bambooka recommendations –Sahara, Touareg, Amasame.

 

OVAL

rihanna_oval
Face features – you have a narrow forehead, with high cheekbones and a narrow chin.
Which frame shapes suit you best – you can pull off both round and square frames, but just keep proportions in mind and try not to go too big or too small for your face
Shapes to avoid – oversized frames
Bambooka recommendations – Sahara, Touareg, Sisonke, Zambezi.

 

SQUARE

oliviawilde_square
joshhutcherson square
Face features – you’ve got a broad forehead and a strong jaw
Which frames suit you best – round and aviator shaped with softer lines to balance out the angular shape of your face
Shapes to avoid – boxy or frames with a heavy brow
Bambooka recommendations – Ubuntu, Zambezi

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