ARTICLE WRITTEN FOR WINQ MAGAZINE ONLINE.
Despite the northern hemisphere’s dropping temperatures and shorter days, we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to summer yet, so are on the lookout to upgrade our eyewear – of the tinted variety.
Stylist and fashion blogger Michael Parker, AKA “Boy In Breton“, is here to offer his tips on what shape frame you should opt for to best accentuate your favourite facial features, and picks out a few of his best buys.
Generally, when it comes to choosing a frame shape, it’s best to try off-setting the geometry of your face. If you have a round face, try angular glasses, and vice versa if you’ve a square face. Having said that, if you’re particularly fond of your face shape, exaggerate it by matching frame styles.
Square face shape: If you’re blessed with distinctive features such as high cheekbones and a strong jawline, try a curved frame and avoid too-sharp corners. Remember – aviators are your friend.
Oval face shape: If your face is taller than it is wide, you’re likely to be able to pull off pretty much any look (where sunglasses are concerned – all-white denim is still a no-no). But still, figure out a frame that looks great, not just OK – take your individual quirks into consideration and balance them with the right sunnies.
Round face shape: Give yourself a distinguished look by offsetting the curvature of your face with frames that are of an angular persuasion. Choose the right pair and you’ll see your reflection in a whole different light. Wayfarers are the way to go.
Heart face shape: If you’re broader at the brow than the chin, it tends to be a good idea to draw attention downwards – so don’t go for too heavy a profile when it comes to your shades. Opt for light-coloured frames and thin temples to even out your features.
Michael’s Top Picks
NEYMAR JR 1 BY POLICE £150
These sleek, stylish frames from Italian brand Police make the ultimate statement for those who lead a fashionable and active lifestyle.
FRANKLIN TORTOISESHELL AVIATOR-STYLE SUNGLASSES BY TOM FORD £235
Tom Ford is renowned for luxury, and these classic aviators radiate sophistication, making them perfect for a gentleman of any age.
SQUARE-FRAME ACETATE SUNGLASSES BY THOM BROWNE £340
These square sunglasses from American designer Thom Browne mix preppy accents with classic design. The brand’s signature red, white and blue stripes adorn the arms.
GREGORY PECK 47 SUN MATTE BLACK BY OLIVER PEOPLES £435
These beautifully-crafted sunglasses are named after the actor who starred in To Kill a Mockingbird. Oliver Peoples are the brand of choice for vintage-inspired shades with modern sophistication.
CLOUD WHITE UNISEX AVIATOR BY CUTLER AND GROSS £310
An enduring, universally flattering unisex Cutler and Gross aviator frame with intricate masculine details and an understated edge.