unglasses are a summertime staple, because let’s face it, squinting will never be en vogue – no matter how golden the hour.
An easy way to update your look or add personality to an outfit, finding the perfect pair of sunnies can be as tough as searching for the ultimate jeans or superlative white tee.
We’ve gone through a round of sunnies trends, from the ludicrously teeny to the face-obscuring frames that you can successfully hide a hangover behind.
Whether you’re a collector of the weird and wonderful, or an appreciator of a classic, a great pair of sunglasses can complete your BST outfit. The choice is often overwhelmingly huge, but if you’re looking for a set that can go the distance, the first thing to consider is which shape suits your features best.
Luckily Perry Moore, MD at sunglasses brand Silhouette UK is on hand with sunglass shopping tips for your face shape. The key, as you’ll read below, is all about balance:
- Oval Faces: An oval face shape is the most versatile when choosing eyewear, suiting daring shapes, oversized frames and bold colours. To emphasise your strongest features, opt for a model that’s as wide as the broadest part of your face to add angles and balance the gentle curves of the oval face shape.
- Heart-Shaped Faces: If you have a heart-shaped face, choose frames that are as wide or slightly wider than the forehead to balance out a narrower chin. Rounded or oval-shaped frames and those with decorative details along the top line are an excellent choice. If you’re not sure about rounded panto-shaped lenses, try a square frame for a striking look.
- Round Faces: Angular, squared frames are the best choice if you have a round face, giving it a longer, narrower appearance as their sharp angles balance out the face’s roundness. For the most flattering look, try a pair that are wider than they are tall.
- Triangular Faces: A triangular face is narrower at the top and has a broader chin. To add width to the narrower top half of your face, choose frames with a strong brow-line, such as a full-rim cat-eye shape.
- Square Faces: Just as square frames suit round faces, round or oval frames balance out and add softness to a square face. Opt for frames that are narrower than they are wide to soften strong, angular features. Neutral colours will also help to elongate the face.
Whether you’re looking for a party pair to see you through summer’s celebrations or an everyday set of frames that go with everything in your wardrobe, we’ve rounded up the nicest styles for the summer in the widest variety of shapes below.
From cool Aviator glam to effortlessly chic cat-eyes, here are the best sunglasses to spend your money on.
Oval face – oversized
ALAÏA Oversized square-frame tortoiseshell acetate sunglasses
Take your cues from US Vogue chief Anna Wintour with oversized sunnies that will leave you inscrutable and ready for the FROW. Made in Italy with tortoiseshell acetate, Alaia’s square frames bring a literal edginess to oval (and round) face shapes.
Silhouette Accent Shades
The unofficial colour of the season, lavender, is the perfect hue for these specs which are framed in a slightly darker, complementary colour. Not sure if they’ll suit? Check out the try on tool before you buy.
Dior Eyewear Brown 30 Montaigne 2 Square Sunglasses
With a tortoiseshell frame, burgundy lenses and a gold-tone edge, Dior’s Montaigne specs ooze unapologetic glamour. Best accessorised with a high volume Hollywood-style blow-out.
Heart-shaped face – decorative details on the forehead
Quay X Saweetie Harper Studded womens cat eye sunglasses in hot coral red
Some hide behind sunnies, others wear them to be seen. Guess which camp this Quay design is in.
VERSACE Black D-frame sunglasses
For a trusty pair of trend-led shades, it doesn’t get much cooler than Versace’s acetate style, complemented with charcoal-hued lenses and gold-tone hardware. Comes with a branded box and cleaning cloth to keep them gleaming.
Bottega Veneta Cat-eye acetate and gold-tone sunglasses
If you like a little quirk in your accessories, make a beeline for these Bottega sunnies, which feature square lens, a contemporary cat eye and chunky arched brows.
Round face – angular, square frames
Linda Farrow Lola Rectangular Sunglasses in Black
Can’t/ won’t get over tiny glasses? Get a designer take on the trend with Linda Farrow’s rectangular shades which come with 22ct gold hardware and ZEISS lenses finished with UV protection. Pretty and protective; our fave combo.
Celine Hexagon-frame acetate sunglasses
The unusual shape of this hexagonal frame paired with glossy acetate and inky lenses makes it a glamorous flourish for smart outfits.
Oliver Bonas Japan Blue Ombre Acetate Square Sunglasses
Bold in blue, these oversized square sunnies will help you make a real statement.
Ray-Ban womens benji square sunglasses in brown
First made for the US Air Force, Ray-Bans are synonymous with sunglasses. The iconic brand stays on top of its game with fresh drops – take these 70s-esque gradient-tinted pair, for example. The square-shaped design comes complete with a branded case to keep them safe when they’re not in use.
Victoria Beckham Wide Flat Square in Black
VB strikes gold on the accessory front with these angular, oversized sunnies with just the right amount of softness to work for a range of face shapes. Made with thin black acetate frames, they’ll feel super light on. Hot stuff.
Triangular face – cat eyes
Hot Futures Boogie Love cat-eye metal and acetate sunglasses
The future is bright, but don’t worry: these shades can help ease the glare. The East London brand’s 90s-style Boogie sunnies are a splurge-worthy spend for anyone looking for a fresh take on the classic cat-eye.
TOL Eyewear Blue Icon Cat Eye Sunglasses
Looking for a way to toughen up pastel? Pair a pale blue with the sharp edges of TOL’s chunky cat-eye frames, et voila! Feeling blue? You’d better believe it.
GUCCI Havana cat-eye tortoiseshell acetate sunglasses
With a subtle cat-eye and a timeless tortoiseshell frame, Gucci’s oversized sunglasses offer real cost-per-wear. Don them for work, play and everything in-between.
Square face – round or oval frames
Spitfire Post Punk unisex sunglasses with tonal lens in olive green
These Spitfire sunglasses make a very persuasive argument to go green. The round frames and olive-hued lenses offer a nice alternative to the normal brown and black.
Ralph Lauren Rounded Sunglasses
Simple, chic and effortlessly preppy – a little like the label itself.
The Kooples Brown Tortoiseshell Sunglasses
These Italian-made sunnies are classic enough to be unisex, with the only embellishment: the brand name on the arm. Also available with a transparent frame as well as classic black.
GUCCI Gold-tone aviator-style sunglasses
Bring a new meaning to golden hour with these gilded specs from Gucci. With gold UV protected lenses, black logo detail on the arm and black acetate tips, they tie in nicely to the brand’s DNA.