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From Debbie Harry and Ray Charles in classic Wayfarers, to Kurt Cobain in those iconic white Christian Roth frames, nothing channels rockstar cool quite like a great pair of shades. Long synonymous with effortless cool (or masking bloodshot eyes), sunglasses are a surefire way to channel your favorite chart-topping style icons while protecting your precious peepers.
If you’re seeking the best sunglasses for summer, look no further — we’ve rounded up a handful of fashionable frames, as well as how to find the best-fitting specs for your face shape.
How to Find the Right Sunglasses For You
Unless you’re going for the Jackie O look, it’s a good idea to find eyewear that’s proportional to your face. For those who wear prescription lenses, improperly-fitted frames can cause dizziness, headaches, and other vision issues. When shopping for the best sunglasses for your face, here’s what to keep in mind:
- Oval: If you have high cheekbones and a jawline that is a little more narrow than your forehead, you have an oval face. While essentially any frame style looks great on your face shape, rectangle and cat-eye frames tend to look the most proportional.
- Square: Round or oval frames look best on square-shaped faces, which are usually defined by a broad forehead and a rigid jawline.
- Heart: Facial features include a broad forehead, wide cheekbones, and a small chin. Cat-eye, oval, or rimless sunglasses complement heart-shaped faces the best.
- Round: Got a wide forehead, full cheeks, a rounded chin, and a short face? You’ve got a round visage, which looks great in square, rectangle, and narrow sunglasses.
- Oblong: Square frames and wide aviators complement oblong face shapes, which are defined by long and thin cheek lines and tend to be on the longer side rather than wide.
- Diamond: If you have high, broad cheekbones and a narrow eye line and jaw, then you have a diamond-shaped face. Go for sunglasses that have strong browlines, semi-rimless frames, or cat-eye glasses with round or curvier silhouettes.
- Asian Fit: If you find that the bottom of your glasses frames hit your cheekbones or that they’re always sliding off of your nose, consider “Asian fit” styles. Also called universal fit or low bridge fit, this type of frame is great for people with high cheekbones and minimal nose bridges. They’re typically designed with thicker nose pads to allow the frames to rest higher and comfortably on the nose, shorter and wider lenses, and reduced curvature on the frames so that they’re not touching your temples.
Frame Measurements: Eyewear measurements usually look something like “50-20-150.” Those numbers represent the size of the lenses, the frame bridge (the distance between the lenses), and the temple (the length of the arms), respectively — but note that they don’t include the entire frame’s width. To get your face’s measurements, place a ruler straight across your face from temple to temple and note the length in millimeters. A general rule of thumb is to go with optical or sun frames that are about two millimeters bigger or smaller than your face width.
Frame Size and Fit: One of the easiest ways to find sunglasses that are proportional to your face is by using a credit card to measure your eyes. Place the card’s long edge on your nose so that the short edge of the card is along your eye line. If the other edge of the card reaches the end of your eye, then go for standard-sized frames. If the edge hits beyond your eye, then smaller sunglasses will fit best. And if the card edge doesn’t reach the other end of your eye at all, then go for large-sized glasses.
Lens Types: There are several different types of sunglasses tints. The most common lens types are polarized (which help to reduce glare), anti-reflective, mirror-coated, gradient, and double gradient lenses. If you need prescription lenses, it’s best to ask your optometrist about the best type of lens for your needs.
UVA/UVB Protection: Always opt for 100% UVA or UVB lenses, which protect harmful ultraviolet rays from damaging your eyes.
What Are the Best Sunglasses for Summer?
We’ve rounded up ten of the best summer-ready sunglasses for men and women (though they’re all really unisex depending on your style). Read on below for our top picks, ranging from classic shapes and statement-making sunnies, to high-fashion frames and more.
1. Ray-Ban Clubmaster 51mm Sunglasses
From Beyoncé to Madonna, you’d be hard-pressed to find a superstar who hasn’t hidden behind a pair of Ray-Bans. Known for its classic Wayfarer and aviators, the rocker-beloved brand has plenty of other summer-ready frames, including the Clubmaster. The partial-rim acetate frame has a 51mm lens width, 21mm bridge width, and 145 temple length as well as 100% UV protection and adjustable nose pads for comfort.
2. Garrett Leight Beaumont Rimless Round Sunglasses
Channel John Lennon with these modern rimless round sunglasses by Los Angeles-based eyewear designer Garrett Leight. The lens measure 53mm wide and offer 100% UV protection, while the frame bridge is 20mm and the temples measure 145mm. They’re finished with a minimalist brow bar that adds a vintage-inspired touch.
3. Toms Beckett Marvel Shiny Black Sunglasses
Marvel super-fans can channel their inner Tony Stark with these limited-edition aviators from TOMS. Inspired by Iron Man’s black and red suit, these sunglasses feature a glossy handmade acetate metal frame and polarized amber lenses, 100% UVA/UVB protection, and custom temple tips. The frame measures 54-17-147, and the glasses also come with a collectible metallic red case and a comic book-inspired microfiber pouch.
4. Krewe St. Louis 24k Round Sunglasses
These bold acetate frames feature blue polarized lenses and 24K gold-plated hardware that make quite the stylish statement. Designed by New Orleans-based brand Krewe, these round sunglasses have a partial-rim look and a bold metal bridge inspired by the cast-iron balconies in the French Quarter.
These vintage-meeds-modern frames feature gradient lenses that offer 100% UVA/UVB protection. They’re also available in a range of colorways if tortoiseshell isn’t your style.
5. Warby Parker Durand Sunglasses
6. Gucci Aviator Sunglasses
A classic silhouette gets a Gucci makeover with these luxury aviators. These metal and acetate frames feature the Italian fashion house’s signature green and red palette, unmistakable interlocking G logo, and iconic bee motif. They also block 100% of UV rays and have comfy adjustable nose pads.
7. Privé Revaux The Victoria Sunglasses
These bold Lady Gaga-esque glasses are a decidedly geometric take on the classic cat-eye. They feature a vibrant red acetate frame and polarized anti-glare lenses that are scratch-proof and offer 100% UVA/UVB and blue light protection. It’s available in other frame and lens colorways, too.
8. Gentle Monster Jennie – Kuku 01 Sunglasses
Speaking of Gaga, her collaborator BLACKPINK’s Jennie Kim teamed with Korean luxury eyewear brand Gentle Monster on Jentle Home, a collection of sunnies, optical frames, and glasses chains. These oversized acetate sunglasses channel the K-pop superstar’s aesthetic (not to mention a modern Holly Golightly) with rounded square lenses and luxe gold hardware. The frame is 145.4mm wide, and the lenses measure 54.7mm wide by 50.22mm tall.
9. Crap Eyewear The Shake Appeal Sunglasses
These medium-width round frames boast a keyhole bridge that adds extra style to any beach look. They’re made from handcrafted acetate and feature polarized 100% UVA/UVB blocking lenses.
10. Versace Medusa Cat-Eye Sunglasses
These luxe cat-eye frames by Versace will bring a high-end finish to any summer ensemble. They’re made of sturdy black acetate and acrylic lenses, while the temples are accentuated with the Italian luxury label’s Medusa logo.
11. Post Malone + Arnette Lars Sunglasses
Part of the latest drop in Post Malone’s eyewear collaboration with Arnette, these Nineties-inspired oval sunglasses feature UV protection and a brushed or matte metal frame. Colorways include gunmetal, gold, or black metal with red, blue, or green lenses to suit your style.