Peak sunglasses season is upon us and the time is ripe to be updating your collection with the best frames of seasons past and present. Whether you're a serial sunglasses wearer à la Anna Wintour or you're simply looking for a pair to elevate days out, spent in parks and pub gardens, there's no shortage of stylish shades.
In addition to the usual stock of aviators and wayfarers, with their timeless appeal, a couple of additional noteworthy eyewear trends to be aware of right now is that for the oversized, overtly chic, and feminine, and also that for futuristic wrap-around styles (epitomized by everyone from District Vision to Balenciaga) – both very much 1990s- and 2000s-inspired.
Whatever style you choose (classic shapes are good too) it’s not always easy picking a new pair of sunglasses, especially with the opportunity to try them on in-store being sometimes limited. Pile that on top of the breadth of choice in lens strengths, colors, and polarisation (glare protection) options, and it can all become rather baffling.
As a general rule, always consider face shape. If you want to wear your glasses more than once, it would be smart to consider what actually looks good on you. Square faces, for instance, will benefit from the soft curves of rounder frames. Likewise, the angles of a triangular- or heart-shaped face will be accentuated by aviators. Rounder faces, on the other hand, might consider opting for square or rectangular styles such as wayfarers to harden their features.