As the summer wanes on and the temperature continues to rise, keeping cool is a big concern, yet it’s just as important to keep an eye on the trending styles. A look at this year’s sunglasses trends reveals a preference for function over style, yet many designers recognize a need to look cool, while protecting our greatest organs – the eyes.
A Quick Word About Men’s Shades
Summer is the perfect time to evaluate sunglasses new to the market and, as Best Reviews suggests with their recent look at this year’s trends, there’s a preference for sports sunglasses over traditional shades. As might be expected, Oakley leads the line-up of other popular sunnies in the areas of durability, quality, and eye protection with their Men’s GasCan model.
The new Oakley model offers premium UV protection and clear visibility in all ranges of lighting with glare reduction. The downside to these polarized lenses is that the cost is as high as one might expect, though the hefty price tag may be worth it for the level of protection.
Additionally, Oakley Men’s GasCan sunglasses are designed to fit larger heads, so more petite users may have difficulty in getting them to fit.
JiMarti also topped the list with their shatterproof lenses, offered up as a less expensive pair of sunglasses for summer sportsman. Specifically, these sunglasses are ideal for golfing, fishing, and bicycling.
Eye Love offers their Polarized Wayfarer sunglasses as a light and durable alternative. These glasses, styled after the black Ray-Ban glasses made popular by The Blues Brothers (1980), are further down the list in the way of cost, making them the more affordable option.
Torege also enters into the top 5 with their Polarized Sports Sunglasses with Interchangeable Lenses. While users have been attracted to this brand for equivalent durability and eye protection, there have been problems reported with this model. Common complaints include nose guards falling off, difficulty in changing the lenses, and frames that don’t fit larger heads.
Finally, Rivbos ranks lower on this list for their 801 Polarized sunglasses with Interchangeable Lenses. While these are the most inexpensive of the bunch, there’s a larger concern with durability. The frames have a reputation for cracking under pressure. On the upside, UV400 lenses protect against the full range of UV rays.
Women’s Sunglasses Blend Fashion With Eye Protection
For women, Elle suggests that not all sunglasses are created equal and neither are suitable for all faces. By this, the women’s magazine suggests that the shape of an individual’s face dictates which style of sunglasses will best suit her.
For triangular faces, Sunglass Hut’s Jill Walter recommends choosing a bottom heavy frame to broaden a delicate jawline and elongate facial features. Some suggestions offered that fall in line with this recommendation are:
- Victoria Beckham’s Classic Victoria
- Tom Ford’s Sean Sunglasses
- Aviator Sunglasses
- Loewe Sandra Sunglasses
- Krewe Iris Sunglasses
- Etnia Barcelona Freemont Sun
For faces with more of a square shape, it’s suggested that sunglasses color may be more important than shape, or, at the very least, equally vital to a cool look. Neutral colors, such as tortoise, are recommended for the frames, combined with a softer colored lens, like amber. The square face is perfect for curvy shapes like cat eyes, oval frames, or butterfly shapes, all of which add much needed contours to the rigid square jawline.
Suggested brands for the square face:
- Miu Miu Butterfly-Frame
- Sunday Somewhere Vito
- Urban Outfitters’ Slim Butterfly Sunglasses
- Louis Vuitton Light Tortoise Shell
- Linda Farrow 566 Cat Eye Sunglasses
- H&M Sunglasses
- Acne Studios Mustang
As might be suggested by the previous recommendations, round faces are enhanced by more rigid lines in sunglass frames, calling upon rectangular designs. Again Ms. Walter offers up a suggestion of retro styles, opting for styles that incorporate a brow bar to help elongate the face’s features. Additionally, she warns that oversized sunglasses will cause the circular shape of the face to become overpowering.
The best options here are:
- Quay Australia Midnight Runner
- Westward Leaning Vanguard
- Oliver Peoples x The Row Bother Me
- Sun Buddies Type 04
- Shantell Martin x Max Mara
- Tory Burch Sunglasses
Whatever one’s preference, there’s a trendy style to fit at a cost within every price range from a shoestring budget to that of an extravagant trendsetter. Protecting our eyes has never been easier or more fun with plenty of fashionable shades at our disposal.