“The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.” - Audrey Hepburn
There are few silver screen leading ladies that are still as recognised and remembered as Audrey Hepburn. Her timeless fashion sense and effortless beauty is both admired and recreated to this day. Who could forget the elegant black Givenchy dress she wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or her vintage wedding dress ball gown in Sabrina? Although striking, these items pale in comparison to the famous cat eye Manhattan sunglasses which are as much a part of her memory as her big beautiful eyes.
But why have these frames become so very much a part of Hepburn’s image? What is it about them that has solidified their place within her legacy? The answer is simply the way in which they complement the shape of her face. Although slim, Audrey’s face was square in nature which one can see when admiring her jawline. The contours were accentuated by the manner in which she chose to style her hair. It was almost always tied up or scrapped back, emphasising the angles of her face.
When selecting sunglasses for a ‘square face’, it is important to avoid sharp edges and to opt for frames which are circular in design. This helps to soften the outline of ones’ facial appearance. The cat like curves present in Hepburn’s selection, emphasise the brow line, which in turn takes the emphasis away from the jawline. In this way, a complimentary balance of appearance can be achieved.
Another aspect to consider is the colour of the frames. As with Hepburn, dark or bold coloured frames best suite her facial shape as they emphasise the roundness of the frames, thereby adding to the softening effect they provide. They also compliment both her eye and hair colour.
As with any face shape, there are dos and don’ts when it comes to selecting the right frames, which when adhered to, can ensure a flattering look for anyone. Audrey Hepburn understood this simple concept and used it to her full advantage. A true fashion icon.