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The Sunglasses To See You Through Summer 2019

Find the frames to suit your face shape this season

At MR PORTER, we acknowledge that style can’t be whittled down to a universal formula. Nor does a one-size-fits-all approach fly. Not everyone, for instance, is suddenly transformed into a rock star when they pull on a pair of skinny jeans. That principle applies to sunglasses as much as it does the rest of your wardrobe. Summery shades come in all shapes and sizes and, as it happens, so do faces: what suits one man’s visage may not work for another’s. And while most men know instinctively what does and doesn’t flatter them when it comes to clothing, in our experience, choosing the most becoming lenses is much more fraught. Don’t fret, though. We’ve put together a handy guide to help you find your perfect fit. Ready? Let’s play the frame game… 

Round frames can help balance out a wider forehead and broaden out your chops. Harness the sartorial nous of Mr John Lennon with this 1940s-inspired gold-tone circular pair by Garrett Leight California Optical, an eyewear expert straight out of Venice Beach.

Retro square frames will work well for those blessed with chiselled chins and abundant cheekbones. Try this understated pair by seasoned spectacle makers Cutler and Gross. The mirrored lenses are very on trend, too.

Thick black or tortoiseshell frames can help add depth to those with less busy faces. Boldly go with this robustly angular acetate pair by Cubitts, with a strong brow bar, squared bridge and heaps of timeless appeal. What’s not to like?

Why the long face? These slim, rectangular sunglasses by Balenciaga come in timeless tortoiseshell but are inspired by 1990s wraparound styles. They’ll balance out those with narrow proportions. Or, at the very least, divert the eye.

The D-frame style endures for a reason: it is compatible with most face shapes, but especially those as perfectly proportioned as yours, dear reader. Try these by Persol, as seen in the 1961 film Divorce Italian Style.

Buying vintage sunglasses can be a shady business, not least because UV filters (the things that ensure your eyes are actually protected from the sun) have only recently been regulated. Instead, play it safe, with this rounded retro pair from FLATLIST.

Naturally endowed in the nasal department? Eyevan 7285’s frames are for you. With a slim, high metal bridge, these will rest right at the top of your nose while allowing the lenses to descend to an appropriate mid-cheek level, helpfully minimising sizeable features.

Similar to aviator-style sunglasses, this egg-shaped pair from The RowOliver Peoples is almost universally flattering. Broader frames have the opposite effect on your face shape, making them a great choice for those not graced with jutting bone structure. 

The starkly angular shape of Acne Studios’ Ingridh sunglasses – an acetate pair with elongated temples – will add more than enough definition to those a little circular in the face. Bonus points go to the green lenses, which look great with a tan.

Square-jawed guys should lean towards oval-shaped frames as they’ll soften stronger features. This is especially happy news if you’re currently riding the wave of 1990s nostalgia – in which case, all eyes should be on Balenciaga’s bold blue pair.

If you’re variously described as “handsome”, “imposing”, or even “craggy”, then you should not only put on a brave face, but brave sunglasses, too. Because you can get away with it. This Reed pair from Kirk Originals is inspired by a time when sunglasses were sunglasses.

Sitting somewhere between The Matrix and Chamonix, this angular frame – inspired by cycling and ski goggles – is the result of a cooler-than-thou collaboration between CMMN SWDN and spectacle-specialist Ace & Tate. A bold choice that will help fill out thin faces.

Can’t work out which face shape you have? Phone a friend or, better still, grab Fendi’s lightweight Hexagon frames – the design cleverly marries the circular with the angular to fit with most heads, but especially those that are already a step ahead.