How to look good in sunglasses, and the best to buy this summer

Whatever your face shape and whatever your style, we've got you covered with the pick of this season's best shades

Call to mind whichever gentleman you consider to be your greatest style inspiration. Got it? Now, answer a second simple question: Is he wearing sunglasses?

From James Dean to Daniel Craig, we’re betting he is. It’s the worst kept secret in fashion that a pair of shades can take your summer street style from the everyday to the extraordinary, from mundane to mysterious — from commonplace to cool.

"Get to know the shape of the face you see back in the mirror, and learn how to craft him into a leading man.."

All of this means that your sunglasses are powerful tools, and an important investment. However, choosing the right frames can prove something of a minefield, requiring you to get to know the shape of the face you see back in the mirror, and learning how to craft him into a leading man.

As ever, GJ are on hand to help you navigate the complexities of stylish optometry with a guide to shape, colour and style of frames you should be investing in this summer.

For a square-shaped face, opt for round frames

If you have been blessed with a chiseled brow and strong jawline, you are in the happy company of some of the world’s most famous men, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Brad Pitt.

However, with great cheekbones comes great responsibility, and a higher risk of getting your frames wrong. Opt for curved and round shapes, like oval frames and pilots. Semi-rimless styles will also help balance a prominent jaw.

How to look good in sunglasses, and the best to buy this summer

Berluti + Oliver Peoples Rue Marbeuf Round-Frame Acetate Photochromic Sunglasses

£305

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How to look good in sunglasses, and the best to buy this summer

Cubitts Cartwright Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses

£125

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How to look good in sunglasses, and the best to buy this summer

Cutler and Gross Round-Frame Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses

£300

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For an oval-shaped face, go for a wider style

Congratulations, with your balanced proportions and rounded chin, your oval-shaped face will lend itself perfectly to a much wider selection of frame styles than any other.

To maintain this natural balance, frames that are as wide as or slightly wider than the broadest part of the face are the best choice. Alternatively, ‘walnut’ shaped frames that are not too deep or narrow also suit an oval face.

How to look good in sunglasses, and the best to buy this summer

Saint Laurent D-Frame Acetate Sunglasses

£230

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How to look good in sunglasses, and the best to buy this summer

Gucci Aviator-Style Tortoiseshell Acetate And Gold-Tone Sunglasses

£560

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For a round-shaped face, be edgy

Round faces possess a height and width that are roughly equivalent — think Kanye West and Leonardo DiCaprio.

If you are looking for frames to give yourself a more distinguished look, try offsetting your facial contours with geometric shapes like horizontal frames, Wayfarers and rectangle shapes — as these will give your face a longer, edgier appearance.

How to look good in sunglasses, and the best to buy this summer

Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Acetate Sunglasses

£120

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How to look good in sunglasses, and the best to buy this summer

Oliver Peoples Heaton D-Frame Two-Tone Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses

£315

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For a heart-shaped face, go long

A gentleman with a heart-shaped face has a broader brow and a narrower chin, which will often lend itself naturally to prominent, striking eyes.

Seek out frames that elongate your look, even out proportions, or direct attention downward. If you’re wanting to make more of a statement, coloured frames and frames with thin temples or embellished bottoms can take your look to the next level.

How to look good in sunglasses, and the best to buy this summer

Gucci Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses

£240

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How to look good in sunglasses, and the best to buy this summer

Moncler Round-Frame Gold-Tone And Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses

£235

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How to look good in sunglasses, and the best to buy this summer

Cutler and Gross Aviator-Style Silver-Tone Sunglasses

£280

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