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Just because summer has come to an end doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to sunglasses. The only difference in shopping for a new pair now is that you’d be best off sticking to classic shapes and styles in seasonal hues and accents, like speckled brown and deep burgundy.
To help find the best pairs, we asked Le Specs creative director Hamish Tame to help weigh in on this season’s five biggest styles.
If you’re looking to make a big statement, an oversized pair is literally the way to go. Designs for this style of frame can be particularly playful, making them a great way to liven up a simple outfit and are an easy way to nail that ‘70s look. Tame suggests going for “lighter tinted lens for a more glamorous option.”
The round lens has been a popular choice in recent seasons, offering a cool feel without getting too dramatic. “For a more feminine look, go for an oversized round,” says Tame. “Or for something a little edgier, try a smaller profile round.”
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There’s a good chance your first pair of sunglasses were wayfarers. This classic style is such an easy shape to pull off, and as Tame suggests, is particularly great for those with a round or oval face. “It’s cool and understated, and always a must in black,” he adds.
Good news! Aviators are great for all face shapes. Opt for a more matte lens as opposed to the mirrored options for a fall vibe.
These timeless frames have been worn by some of the most iconic women over the years — from Marilyn Monroe to Rihanna. If the style feels too intense for you, you’re in luck: “The classic cats eye has taken a twist this season,” says Tame, “with smaller and flatter versions coming through.”