If you squint hard enough, the summer of 2019 is already in view. That said, you can bet that having the right pair of sunglasses in your arsenal when the sun takes on a more permanent position in your life will bring on those warm weather festivities that bit earlier. Here at Highsnob HQ, sunglasses season is about more than just UV protection, offering one more opportunity to accessorize and put an elevate tint on our ’fits.
That being said, sunglasses are a particularly difficult purchase to get right. From frame style and shape to lens color, the options are seemingly endless, which is why – having already brought you a comprehensive buyer’s guide for SS19 Sunglasses – we’ve now called on HS staff to share the shades that have really stood out on a personal level in recent times.
The Highsnobiety staff’s picks span from the ’90s-influenced tiny frames beloved by the fashion week crowds to timeless aviators styles and all-out over the top options to really make a statement.
So, without further ado, scroll on to peep all our picks. Your new favorite pair awaits.
Carhartt WIP x Sun Buddies Jean
“I don’t usually do gold frames, but the rose gold on this collaborative pair from Sun Buddies and Carhartt WIP absolutely slaps. The eye shape is modern without being too trendy, and the contrasting canary yellow tips on the arms add a luxe touch. It’s super hard for me to find frames that suit my face, and anything with bridge pads generally helps keep them from sliding off my nose. At under $200, the Swedes at Sun Buddies continue to offer great value of design and quality with their products.” Jian DeLeon, editorial director
Ace & Tate Grace
“I’ve really been feeling those oversized, slightly garish, kinda feminine ’70s shapes for summer ’19. I’ve peeped a few nice acetate styles by the likes of Gucci and Acne Studios, but this retro pair by Ace & Tate are the ones I just can’t keep my eyes off/off my eyes.” Aaron Toumazou, e-commerce editor
Marine Serre x Rudy Project Tralyx Slim Moon
“These sunglasses are a part of Marine Serre’s collaboration with Rudy Project, which totally makes sense as sports sunglasses have been so on trend in recent seasons. I love the low-key moon print on the lenses, as well as the sleek cut-out details. You’ll have to pay extra attention to what you’re wearing these with, though.” Yulia Pankova, commerce content curator
Jembere Meskel II
“I used to own a pair of square-framed Jembere’s Meskel sunglasses, but I dropped them while dancing my ass off at last year’s carnival and haven’t seen them since. It was actually the second time I’d lost them, but they’re so unique, I can’t help but buy a new pair each time. All of Jembere’s sunglasses come with meskel details — a traditional Ethiopian Orthodox cross — as well as a beautiful lens cloth handmade in Ethiopia. This summer, I’ll be going for the new and improved round version, the Meskel II.” Feleg Tesema, shopping writer
Lewis Fredericks LF01
“Not a brand you’ve probably heard of, but Lewis Fredericks should be on your radar. The frames are made sustainably from ‘waste horn’ which is discarded Buffalo, Ox and Ram horn found in nature. As a material, horn will outlast any synthetic material by a long shot. The silhouettes are timeless, plus you can customize them with your initials.” Chris Danforth, footwear editor
“When it comes to choosing the right shades, my go-to option is always a pair of aviators, mostly due to the shape of my head. An oversized option doesn’t always look good, but smaller frames can be somewhat impractical, as they won’t fully shelter my eyes from the sun rays. For me, picking the right option always requires a lot of time, and I sometimes deal with second thoughts after the purchase. Unless, of course, it so happens that the sunglasses found me, and not the other way around, which was the case with these ultra-light FERDL shades by Mykita.” Sanzhar Toxanbayev, editorial assistant
AKILA x Pleasures Nemesis
“Usually, I’d never go for tiny frames. I’m into more coverage, plus I never thought I could actually pull the look off. This year, I decided to give it a go with this red pair from AKILA and Pleasures. To my surprise, I don’t feel silly in them; I actually feel like a badass bitch (or YG, depending on the day). This pair is now one of my favorites.” Feleg Tesema, shopping writer
Oliver Peoples Sun
“There’s no better pair of shades than those of Oliver Peoples. The brand’s ongoing partnership with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s luxury brand The Row adds some chicness to them. It’s rare to see me without sunglasses, and these BA CC square-frame acetate ones, with gold-tone linear detailing at the arms, are well worth the money. It’s your classic Ray-Ban Wayfarer made fashion.” Christopher Morency, editor-at-large
Jacques Marie Mage Lou Lou
“I happen to actually need glasses to see, so sunglasses shopping has become a serious task for me. Jacques Marie Mage is a brand from LA that makes limited pairs of frames with premium materials. Their sunglasses feel and look so substantial, which is what I look for. Your glasses can say so much about you without any words, so picking a pair of frames that work is so important. Optical glasses are usually pretty conservative design-wise, so I take sunglasses and make them into prescription. This particular model by JMM is so bold and chic. The white and gold balance well, and the goggle-like eyes add so much to the side of the glasses, which should be just as exciting as the front.” Noah Thomas, editorial assistant
Acne Studios Cat Eye
“Acne is coming in clean as usual. These slim ‘cat-eye’ sunglasses add classic vibes to your look, without being too basic – a look that rappers such as YG have established in recent years.” Viktor Kaćunić, affiliate partnerships executive
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