Sunglasses occupy a unique space in the realm of accessories. On the one level, they are purely functional and peak utilitarianism, shielding your eyes from the sun and harmful UV rays. On another level, they can be luxury status symbols, and above all, a strong indicator of the wearer’s sense of personal style.

Finally, let’s not forget that sunglasses also provide a bit of anonymity and privacy in public. And who doesn’t want that?

If you’ve ever shopped for sunglasses IRL, you’ll have realized it’s problematic at best. Due to simple physics, it’s tough to see how you really look in sunglasses. In-store, tiny mirrors aren’t much help, and checking a look online is an impossibility. The key to overcoming this is identifying what style suits you and what’s going to vibe with your wardrobe rotation. Once you know that, the rest is easy.

Currently, “Matrix-style” shades reign supreme, in part thanks to The Matrix becoming retroactively fashionable again in general. Besides, for anyone who read about Kim Kardashian meeting Donald Trump at the White House to talk prison reform, the idea that we’re all living in a simulation doesn’t seem so farfetched these days.

Along with the small-shades trend, we’ve also looked at other, more timeless styles, such as colored lenses, athletic-performance wear, OTT frames, acetate frames, and classic aviator styles. We’ve shot them below with some garms that complement the frame, lens, and design of the shades, and demonstrate how sunglasses are a key accessory in elevating your look.

Take a peep below, and let us know in the comments what styles you like or if you have any questions about how to buy.

Check out our favorite pairs of sunglasses to buy right now here.

Suit: 3.PARADIS. Sneakers: HI-TEC. Sunglasses: GENTLE MONSTER.
Highsnobiety / Charlie Cummings
Dress: 1017 ALYX 9SM. Sunglasses: ACE + TATE.
Highsnobiety / Charlie Cummings
Suit: STEVO O' SMITH. Sunglasses GENTLE MONSTER.
Highsnobiety / Charlie Cummings
Suit: JOHN LAWRENCE SULLIVAN. Heels: SOPHIA WEBSTER. Sunglasses VIU.
Highsnobiety / Charlie Cummings
Left Image - Knit SHUSHU/TONG. Sunglasses ACE+TATE + CMMN. Right Image - Denim Jacket: Calvin Klein 205W39NYC. Sunglasses: LAVAPRISMS designed in collaboration with painter Kerstin Bratsch and United Brothers, Ei Arakawa and Tomoo Arakawa.
Highsnobiety / Charlie Cummings
Sweater: McQ. Sweatpants: MCM. Sneakers. HI-TEC. Sunglasses: MOSCOT.
Highsnobiety / Charlie Cummings
Vest: UNIQLO. Trouser: JOHN LAWRENCE SULLIVAN. Sneakers: ADIDAS YEEZY DESERT RAT 500 BLUSH. Sunglasses: BELSTAFF Aviators.
Highsnobiety / Charlie Cummings
Vest: WEEKDAY. Trouser: STEVE O'SMITH. Sneakers: CONVERSE x J.W. ANDERSON. Sunglasses: MYKITA STUDIO.
Highsnobiety / Charlie Cummings
  • Photography: Charlie Cummings
  • Styling: Sophie Casha
  • Makeup: Lindsay Low
  • Hair: Ryan MacGregor
  • Model: Piers @IMG Models
  • Model: Cecily @M+P
Words by Max Grobe
Associate Fashion Editor
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