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.
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Angular, squate 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 Koboraum and Super, while smarter, more timeless purchases can be made care of Saint Laurent and Our Legacy.
Long & Tiny
Much like last year, tiny 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 “He know’s what’s up” vibes.
Our current picks of the SS19 output include the Matrix-style eyewear of Andy Wolf and particularly futuristic gradient sunglasses by Prada, while a decidedly more retro offering from Georgian designer George Keburia 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 thin, Matrix-style sunglasses that pay homage to the ’90s, 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.
Particularly post-apocalyptic styles come from a new brand on the scene – Innerraum, who already grabbed our attention in a big way last year with its insane bags collection. To really stand out, however, Walter Van Beirendonck’s cartoonish thunder and lightning frames are sure to get you noticed, while Gucci’s diamond shades are perfect for living out your asymmetric Cruella Deville fantasy.
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 their mirrored M2 shades and Radar EV Path model, check out the dope styles by 100%is for something different, or see how one of our favorite everyday eyewear labels, Ace & Tate, is doing the trend.
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- Curated by: Rhianna Matthews