One of the easiest and most effective pampapogi tools around is a pair of sunglasses, especially during the summer. It hides your katas-ng-puyat eyebags and bloodshot peepers nicely, and is the ultimate pangontra against the sun’s relentless rays when you hit the beach or drive off on a road trip.
When worn right, it makes everyone (read: chicks) give you an artista-ba-yun double take, and it dresses up any outfit, from your ratty board shorts to your smooth tailored beach wedding suit. Operative words in the prior sentence: when worn right.
Here now is a list of dos and donts before you plunk down a few grand on an "investment piece" sunnies!
DO: FIGURE OUT WHAT YOUR FACE SHAPE IS, AND PICK THE RIGHT KIND OF FRAME ACCORDINGLY
Stare at yourself in front of a mirror—but not too hard if you’re not the selfie-taking type. Now divest yourself of any pretensions that you look like Piolo Pascual, because as you can see, “Piolo” is not an option in the list below:
High forehead? Medyo mapanga? You’re a square. Pick oval, round, or pilot-style (aviator) frames to soften your rugged good looks.
Long-ish face, like an oblong? You’re an oval. Lucky you, you can pick any style that suits your fancy. But that doesn’t mean you can rock your mom’s vintage bubuyog frames. Unless you’re into that kinda thing...
Full-cheeked, short face? You’re a round. To counteract your baby-faced cuteness, choose frames that are ma-anggulo, like square frames, wayfarers (hipsters unite!), and wrap-around styles.
Wide at the temple but kinda tapering off at the chin? You’re a heart. Balance off your face with rimless and round-shaped frames. Now, we’re not saying John Lennon-round, but if you’re into it, go ahead.
DO: THINK OF YOUR LIFESTYLE (A.K.A. WHAT YOU'RE WEARING YOUR SHADES FOR)
Plus points if you're actually a badass detective
Shiny, polarized aviator frames are not your best friend when you decide to climb Mt. Pulag this summer, sporty, sturdy wraparounds that won't fall off your face are. Here’s our rule of thumb: the more papogi the occasion, the more proportionally expensive and classy-looking your frames should be. Which is why you do not wear cheap plastic knock-offs to your brother’s garden wedding and why you pack throwaway shades when you’re planning to make walwal at the beach.