You can never go wrong with Wayfarer or aviator, but if you’re ready to start adding to your new spec collection, don’t feel as if you need to stick to one style. Just as one face shape is capable of several styles — sunglasses can take on many looks as well.
“Sunglasses are becoming an exciting purchase as designers continue to push the envelope with shape and color,” says Neil Blumenthal, co-founder of Warby Parker.
Shades can run the gamut on price-points. Choose your investment wisely — just because a frame is expensive, that doesn’t necessarily echo its quality. Before you buy, take your time and read reviews, go in-store to try them on, and research prices both in-store and online. With plenty of great brands to choose from, don’t hesitate to ask if a warranty is included in the price.
“Sunglasses are worth the investment based on the materials, craftsmanship, fit, and, overall, how they make you feel,” Lise Tyler, design director of Oliver Peoples, says.
But first, we’ll touch base on four general face shapes. Heart refers to a narrow chin and wide cheekbones and forehead. Round represents a narrow jaw and forehead with full cheekbones. Square shapes have an angular jawline and broad forehead, and an oval face shape has a balanced jaw, forehead, and cheekbones.
“The rule of thumb is juxtaposition,” Blumenthal adds. “Pick a frame shape that opposes your face shape to balance it out.”
Angular face shapes work great with most frames, whereas circular and rounded shapes look best with more angular and squared-off frames. These guides also run parallel with optic frames. If you find a perfect pair of sunglasses, have your optometrist pop out the lenses and replace them with your prescription for a unique spin on common, generic frames.
“They are not only functional, but also an accessory that can affect the way you feel about yourself and the way people perceive you,” Tyler says. “I believe men are attune to the fact that some glasses just work better for some activities.”