If have you ever been to the optometrist's, sunglass section of a department store or even online, you know the choices when it comes to sunglasses are truly endless. The amount of different lens shapes and colors as well as style of frames to consider will make your head spin.
Try this fun sunglass design challenge! It not only helps focus in on a perfect pair, either for you or as a gift for someone special, but also teaches fashion terminology and elements of design. And glasses gifted with a beautifully framed custom created portrait are even better.
I hope you enjoy playing around with this fashion challenge and create something beautiful that makes your life sparkle.
Check out this absolutely fascinating TED talk on the history and function of eyeglasses! I think you will find it very inspiring and informative.
Materials & Supplies:
Art Supplies: Glue, watercolor paint, paint brushes, chalk or pastels, markers, coloring pencils, pencil and eraser, beads, stickers, sparkles, stick-on gems
X-acto Knife and foil (optional - to create reflective sunglass design)
Photograph of the person you are designing for (optional)
-Printout of face shape(s) - preferably on good quality watercolor paper
-Sunglass Detail cubes –print and assemble
Alternatively you can gift your collection of portraits and allow your friend to purchase the kind of sunglasses they want based on what you designed. Fill in the blanks of the template letter to show them your design thought process.
A few interesting style facts and tips to consider!
-Sporty People will find sunglasses with curved lenses and UV protection useful
-Playful people will like sunglasses in unique shapes like fruit, heart and star and funky frames that are in print or bedazzled with jewels
-Classic shapes of sunglasses that are always in style are cat eye, round, tear drop (or aviator) and rectangular
-Cat eye sunglasses and sunglasses with large lenses and frames exude a quality of mystery. Are you or your friend mysterious?
-The basic styling rule to choosing the perfect sunglasses is the shape of the sunglasses should be the OPPOSITE of the shape of the face. If the face shape is round, to create balance, design sunglasses with sharp angled frames like on cat-eye shaped sunglasses.
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You might also enjoy reading "How to Find the Perfect Sunglasses to Suit your Face Shape". It was written by Pala Eyewear founder, John Pritchard and featured on Eco-Age, our go-to source for information on how to be ethically and environmentally fashionable.