As the sun starts rearing its head more frequently, it’s time to start carrying around some protection, and you can bet those beaten up Wayfarers you’ve been whipping out for years don’t make the cut in our books. Want our advice? Don’t squint through these Spring months and secure the perfect pair of shades as early as possible.
With endless shapes, tints, and materials already available online, shopping for the perfect pair of sunglasses is no easy task. Lucky for you, Highsnobiety is well-versed in this particular buying area, and here we bring you some of the steeziest SS19 styles for every face shape and aesthetic.
From classic square frames to the OTT models that’ll have all eyes on your eyes, plus those larger sporty and slim, chic frames you’ll be peeping in all the fashion week street style lookbooks, our selections include everyone from up-and-coming brands such as Innerraum to the best of the biggest fashion houses in the world.
Scroll on to view all of our favorite SS19 sunglasses.
Angular, square frames are a classic that will always have a place in the steezy shades game. Adding a chic touch to any fit, this shape is best loved for its suitability to a diverse range of face shapes, and fortunately enough, the more experimental, fashion-forward trends haven’t stopped some of our favorite labels from producing some four-point masterpieces.
Highlights for SS19 include more rectangular-style shapes from the likes of Sunnei and RETROSUPERFUTURE, while smarter, more timeless purchases can be made care of Gucci and Acne Studios.
Rectangular & Oval Frames
Much like last year, smaller rectangular and oval frames remain the shape of choice for some of fashion’s most in-the-know. Taking a page from ’90s and early ’00s style, these uber-slim frames may not provide as much coverage or UV protection as a pair of sporty Oakleys, but they’re guaranteed to give you that “they know’s what’s up” vibe.
Our current picks of the SS19 output include The Matrix-style eyewear of Alexander McQueen and particularly futuristic gradient sunglasses by Dior, while a decidedly more retro offering from Swedish brand Sun Buddies is also very much on our wish list.
A Little Extra
If you’re looking for eyewear to match your personality, a pair of “extra” sunglasses could be exactly what you need. Whether you’re into uber-thin, retro-style sunglasses or futuristic shades that’ll make you look like you’re living in 3019, boutique sunglasses brands are killing the statement shades game right now.
To really stand out this season, we recommend going with a pair of shield-style Gucci sunglasses, also featuring tortoiseshell and gold-colored details, though mastermind WORLD’s skull-printed option will also have you turning heads wherever you go.
Cycling and sports-optimized sunglasses emerged as a huge trend for 2018, but SS19 output shows that they were merely in first gear. Leading the trend so far are a slew of boutique, high-end cycling brands, along with luxury labels such as Prada who have included their own version of the goggles in their latest shoppable collections.
Aside from the obvious, Oakley, of whom current favorites include its M12 sunglasses in collaboration with A-COLD-WALL*’s Samuel Ross, check out the dope styles by Marine Serre x Rudy Project and Urban Outfitters for something different, featuring moon-printed and rainbow options respectively.
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