New research shows that sunglasses may make people look more attractive. In a book explaining the history and psychology of sunglasses, Vanessa Brown explores how our shades relate to the idea of “cool.” Part of improving your look with a pair of sunglasses has to do with facial symmetry — the dark lenses hide imperfections around your eyes. Another element contributing to the “hottness” factor is scaffolding. Sunglasses create an illusion of a chiseled bone structure, adding layers to softer features.
Do sunglasses make people more attractive? Does it change people’s behavior?
Vanessa Brown, senior lecturer in the College of Art & Design at Nottingham Trent University, author of Cool Shades: The History and Meaning of Sunglasses, December 2014, Bloomsbury Academic
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