Top Cool Sunglasses Styles For Summer 2020
When it comes to choosing cool sunglasses, you can go two ways. You can choose the classics-models, or see what’s trending in terms of shapes, color, and time.
Get it right, though, and you’ll gift a face-based upgrade like no other: a seemingly simple piece of molded plastic or metal that can block harmful UV rays, preventing crow’s feet and instantly to be able to erase the hangover face, all while giving 100% extra added swag.
With that in mind, here are the six styles trending hot, and the essential tips from leading brands to ensure your eye up the right ones for your face shape.
How To Choose A Sunglasses Style
Before delving into this season’s slickest shades, you’ll need a grasp of which frames your mug will show off well.
Sunglasses For A Round Face
The main features of a circular face are similar length and width, soft features, and round jawline. Angular sunglasses will enhance the definition of this face shape, while darker colors will minimize fullness, and the gradient lens will help to elongate the face. Tortoiseshell and warm caramels are good colors.
Thicker frames with wide temples also suit round faces because they add width, but this face shape should always stay clear of round sunglasses.
Sunglasses For Heart-Shaped Face
Heart-shaped faces have broad foreheads and cheekbones with a tapered chin. To counteract this, look for thin, thin, light metal or clear plastic sunglasses that have broader bottom halves such as angular or aviator shapes to balance the width of the chin. Avoid dark colors like black, as they cut the line of the face.
Sunglasses For Oval-Shaped Face
Although the shape of the oval face is well balanced overall, it’s longer than it is wide which should be kept in mind. Slightly square, teardrop glasses look great on this type of face along with oversized lenses such as aviators Avoid rectangular sunglasses such as angular styles, as they may narrow the face.
Sunglasses For Square-Shaped Face
The defining features of a square-shaped face are a strong jaw-line with an equally broad forehead. The aim here is to soften the defined lines: this can be achieved by selecting circular styles and teardrop-shaped lenses. Metal frames will make the face appear softer; black or single-color frames are flattering too. Avoid square or rectangular shapes as they draw attention to the angles and may give the appearance of a shorter head.
You Need To Know Sunglasses Trends
Round sunglasses are a must for this season, with the best examples combining acetate arms and metal fronts, says Marie Wilkinson, design director at Cutler and Gross. Those with square- and diamond-shaped faces would best suit these frames, as circular designs work best on those with natural angles.
If your head is lacking lines, these sunnies aren’t entirely off-limits. Round lenses that have a horizontal brow-bar offer a less unforgiving way to go round in circles this season.
Guys with round profiles who thought they’d drawn the short straw in the face shape lottery can take solace in that fact that this year’s geometric sunglasses are practically designed specifically for them. Alongside an ability to add structure to orbicular bonces, these overtly angular shades are far from standard-issue, so there’s little chance of seeing every other Tom, Dick, and Harry wearing them when the sun’s out.
Geometric-shape shades – whether they are square or hexagonal – offer an easy way to differentiate yourself from the crowd,” says Reiss brand stylist Paul Higgins. “Because of their shape, subtlety is key, so be sure to choose thin frames and classic colors.
You’ll need to keep the size of your geometric sunglasses in check: erring on the smaller side is always a safer bet unless looking like an Elton John impersonator is your ultimate aim.
As a rule of thumb when buying sunglasses, being consistently wearable should be one of your most important buying considerations. But, for those who have already got themselves a few pairs of well-behaved classics, colorful and even sports sunglasses can make for a welcome addition to your anti-UV arsenal.
The colors of current styles are bright and popping, and the best examples use the same color on the entire design,” says Lauren van der Kolk, head of product design at Ace & Tate “With lenses tinted in the same colors as the frames, they’re perfect for seeing life in yellow, red and blue.
Okay, colorful sunglasses may not be the kind of thing you want to throw on with a suit at a summer wedding, but if you’re wedded to simple shorts and T-shirts combinations, they offer an easy way to instantly level-up your look.
Aviator Sunglasses aren’t so much a trend as a staple that waxes and wanes in popularity. One year they’re the toast of the town (think vintage Robert Redford), the next they’re an optical pariah worn exclusively at fancy dress parties in the spirit of Top Gun. Right now aviators are having one of their frequent moments in the sun.
Popular for decades and known as the original pilot’s sunglasses, aviators are making a big comeback,” says Wilkinson. “This time, the main update is that they are predominantly made in acetate, with a single brow bridge for extra fashion nous.
In a crushing blow to anyone who qualifies as millennial, the Britpop era is already back. Along with parka jackets and fringe haircuts, sunglasses are the latest installment of the decade’s triumphant return to menswear. Often minuscule and invariably wacky, it goes without saying that the period that gave the world odious wraparounds should be approached with extreme caution.
Nailing this look relies on being able to separate the sunnies to save from the ones that should never be resurrected. “Those looking to channel the best of the decade should seek out colorful lenses in orange and blue mixed with titanium frames which will riff on the era when Hunter S. Thompson was re-discovered by the new nineties generation.
Top Bar Sunglasses
Let’s get one thing out of the way: top bar sunglasses aren’t subtle or pared-back, they’re sunglasses designed to be seen. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Essentially a bolder version of the very first aviator design, top (or ‘brow’) bar sunglasses have taken on a flight path of their own and now come in an array of guises, so it’s hard not to find a pair you like.
For those wary of going OTT with their eyewear, there’s good news because this season has ushered in a new crop of designs that take down the frame width for a look that’s more polarised than polarising.
That’s not to say that acetate frames are complete no-nos: when combined with a thin metal top bar, acetate frames land bang in the middle of the sensible/statement-making divide.