A great pair of sunglasses is as essential to your wardrobe as a good shirt and a classic pair of white sneakers. Versatile, practical and guaranteed to take your look to the next level, if there was ever an accessory worth investing real money in, it’s sunglasses. But finding the right frames for your face shape can be a tricky task. Like haircuts and beard styles, not every frame will suit every face but, get it right, and you’ll never look back.
The best place to start is with a few tried and tested iconic shapes. After all, there’s a reason the aviator has been a firm favourite for decades. Here’s our guide to the iconic sunglass shapes guaranteed to suit practically anyone…
The Rounded Aviator
Like we said, the aviator has been around for generations - but it’s come a long way since its military origins. If you find the over-sized, D-shaped lenses of traditional aviators a bit much, opting for a more rounded lens is a great way of retaining the glamorous wire frames and tinted lenses of the original, in a package more suited to narrow faces. These Vicuna sunglasses from The Bespoke Dudes are finished with 24k gold frames for utmost luxury.
Vicuna Sunglasses – Gold / Tobacco
The Square Aviator
Round or oval-shaped face? Lucky you. You can get away with pretty much any sunglass shape that takes your fancy but, with so much on offer, we’d be tempted to suggest you make the most of it and go for something bold. Cubitts’ Collier sunglasses also feature aviator-style wire frames but with darker, square lenses and an unusual bridge-less design that will really make you stand out from the pack.
If you’re really struggling, a square lens with slightly softened corners is by far the most flattering lens style for the widest variety of faces. Because of this, they’re also a great option if you want to experiment with a bolder frame or lens colour, but we’re also rather fond of these all-black Monc Principe sunglasses. Named for the Portuguese neighbourhood, they have a slightly retro feel and will look at home on a beach, ski slope or in the city.
Príncipe Sunglasses – Dark Havana
Round sunglasses can be difficult to pull off without veering into John Lennon territory. We recommend only those with strong jawlines and angular bone structures attempt a pair - but, find the right ones, and we guarantee you’ll love them. Keep it classic with lightly detailed black frames and matching lenses. Monc’s Swedish-inspired Løkka designs are ideal.
Løkka Sunglasses – Blue Marble
Best reserved for wider faces, rectangular sunglasses look classic but have the tendency to swamp oval and heart-shaped bone structures. Their larger stature, however, does lend them to military-inspired styles in traditional colour combinations, meaning a good pair will last you for years to come. The Nelson from Oscar Deen is as classic as rectangle sunglasses come - opt for the olive colour way with black lenses and forget about needing to buy a new pair for the next few years.
Nelson - Olive
So named for its straight, solid eyebrow-level frame from which the lenses ‘hang’, the browline was popularised in the 1980s and has been a mainstay of many sunglass collections ever since. These vintage beginnings are also a good place to start when looking for a good pair. Suitable for round, heart-shaped, oval and rectangle faces, Oscar Deen’s Otis sunglasses feature fun Havana frames which have beach party written all over them.
Otis - Havana
Originated by Ray-Ban, the Wayfarer style - acetate fames connected by a wire bridge - has been universally adopted thanks to its hugely flattering shape which suits most faces. Again, it’s a brilliant option if you’re looking to go beyond a plain black or brown frame. They look great with solid frames in bright colours while we’re also rather taken with this Dark Havana mottled design from Monc.
Monti Sunglasses – Dark Havana
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