Our Affordable Alternatives series aims to bring our readers reasonably-priced versions of normally high-priced fashion items, saving you money in your ongoing pursuit of style. As the sun starts to show its face again, we’re on the search for stylish sunglasses. Rather than trawl the depths of e-commerce for cheap, throwaway frames, we’ve found a selection of well-crafted, classically-styled shades that you can rely on to look stylish day in, day out. We’ve stuck to a few classic silhouettes, so you know that your investment will suit all occasions, and broken them down into three core shapes to help find the right frame for you.

Wayfarers – slides 1-5 above – have angular silhouettes, typically rendered in a chunky acetate. While the wayfarer is instantly recognizable and considered the de facto classic sunglasses silhouette, it is particularly suited for rounder faces as they add definition.

Rounded frames – like the ones in slides 6-10 – that have softer, less angular silhouettes without being fully circular – such as the classic aviator frame – will suit almost anyone, although they’ll be particularly at home on those with sharper-shaped faces.

Circular frames – seen in slide 11-15 – are ideal for those with square, rectangular and diamond-shaped faces, as their rounded silhouettes help to balance out a sharp face structure.

Check out the pieces above and head over to our Affordable Alternatives series for more reasonably-priced high fashion pieces – including all-white sneakersclassically-styled watchesbomber jacketselongated tees and selvedge denim, amongst others.

Words by Alec Leach
Freelance Writer/Editor/Consultant

Alec Leach grew up in Brighton, England, but now lives in Berlin