The pick of the shades this summer
We’ve waited and waited for the sunshine to make an appearance, so it seems only right to celebrate its arrival with a high quality pair of shades.
A genuine classic in the annals of sunglasses design, Aviators were developed by Ray-Ban in 1936, finding widespread popularity in the 1960s and remaining a vital fixture of any self-respecting summer ever since. They tend to feature slim metallic frames and arms, a distinctive top bar over the nose bridge and, of course, the eponymous egg shaped lenses.
Ray-Ban RB3025 Iconic Aviator Sunglasses
Aviators can be purchased in all sorts of colours so you can complement your complexion and hair colour to a T. The lens shape will suit most oval or square faces, providing a particularly nice contrast with features like a defined jaw line or cheekbones. However, the swooping curves of the lenses might get a bit lost in a rounder face shape.
Prada Linea Rossa PS55NS Lifestyle Rectangular Sunglasses, Black
These Prada Linea Rossa rectangular sunglasses provide a sportier, more rugged feel, with strong lines that would provide a good counterpoint to a rounder face. Squarer faces might find that the straight lines of the lenses will create a rigid and serious look that’s best avoided when going for a carefree summer vibe.
They feature polarised lenses, which are designed to reduce the glare from reflective surfaces. Particularly handy for sports or summer driving.
For full on sports performance, Oakley have long been the go-to brand for high performance eyewear. Oakley OO9096 OIH Fuel Cell Rectangular Sunglasses, Clear have clear acetate frames with stress resistant design, and highly tinted polarised lenses.
Oakley’s Three Point Fit system works to keep the lenses and frame in precise alignment, while making sure they sit securely and firmly on your face. This keeps down the kind of visual distortion that could put you at a disadvantage in a sports environment.
For those who want something a bit more light hearted, Prada Baroque rectangular sunglasses and Topaz Top Line sunglasses are well suited to a round or heart shaped face, although for these bold designs it’s as much about confidence as it is about face shape. They’re finished off with details like baroque curls on the arms, or a row of vivid orange topaz along the brow line.
Both designs feature gradiating lenses, ideal for keeping out some of the light from the sun while keeping a relatively clear vision at ground level.
The larger, bolder designs will flatter a long face by drawing attention away from the face’s narrowness. They can also provide a playful oversized look for those with more petite heads. Larger or rounder heads tend to frame the sunglasses rather than the other way round, which can have less than ideal results.
Lastly, Havana and tortoiseshell frames are always popular for a summer look, and this year is no exception.
For a bit of extra detail, these Tiffany TF4055B Key Heart Sunglasses, feature delicate little metallic heart shaped keys on the arms, with intricately set crystals adding a splash of sparkle. Little details like this can help tip the look from straightforward eyewear into the realms of jewellery, and bring an always welcome glam touch to any outfit.