These Are the Sunglasses You Should be Collecting, According to Highsnobiety Staff
Stella Richter Art Director
Q: What do you look for when you buy a new pair of shades?
A: Mainly, that I like the shape, the colors and that it fits my face. I usually get this ‘oh yes, baby’ feeling, when a pair really suits me. Then I take it home and love it forever.
Q: How do you work a pair of sunglasses into your outfit?
A: Sometimes sunglasses are the first thing I pick and then go from there. Sometimes it’s the other way around and I need to find the perfect sunglasses to complete the look. I usually feel like an outfit is unfinished without sunglasses.
Q: Sunglasses are becoming an increasingly important and playful accessory, why do you think that is?
A: Like watches, trainers or anything to do with an expression of self and style, these things become an extension of your personal style and taste.
Q: What advice would you give to someone looking to start building a collection of shades?
A: Invest and buy what you love, not what’s trending. Your style and taste will always change so it will make for a more interesting and lasting collection if you so choose what you love.
Q: Talk us through your sunglass collection.
A: I have a pretty classic approach to sunglasses, but I do like to have a variation. We’re talking about aviation and military-inspired frames, or even frames inspired from ’50s or ’60s Americana shapes, but with a subtle twist to them.
Q: Why do you think it’s important to have a solid selection of sunglasses?
A: It’s nice to play around, you tell stories by wearing a certain shape or color. People tend to underestimate the power that accessories have in creating great outfits – they can add another layer and elevate even the most basic look.
How to Pick the Right Sunglasses for Your Face Shape
A square face is probably the easiest to spot as it means you basically have an angular face. Defining features include a chiseled brow and broad jawline that are roughly the same width. Rounded designs are always a good option. Consider aviators, oval and round frames, or, if you’ve been blessed with a particularly defined jawline, semi-rimless styles too.
If your face is roughly as long as it is wide, you fall into the “round” category. If this is the case for you, then look out for options that offset your facial contours and add sharpness. Go for angular-shaped or horizontal frames – they’ll elongate your face and make it look longer. If you’re wanting to make more of a statement with your shades, check out shield or wrapped styles.
An oval face is taller than it is wide and isn’t too angular around the brow or jaw, which means you can pull off just about any style – from tea shades to Oakley’s sport shades. Rounded frames work as do sharp-cornered ones, and styles that sweep upwards such as butterfly frames will complement high cheekbones. If you want to balance out the length of your face, then go for a heavy-framed rectangular option.
If you have a broad brow and a narrow chin, chances are you have a heart-shaped face. In this case, pick styles that balance out brow-jaw proportions and draw attention downwards. Go-to sunglasses for the heart-shape-faced among us include low profile or light-colored frames that add length to your face. Frames with thin temples or embellished bottoms can also help to elongate the face.
Sunglasses: How Americana, Hip-Hop, Rock & Rave Influenced Our Shades
When we think of Americana, we probably think of dusty roadside motels and distressed denim. From a sunglasses perspective, one can’t overlook the effortless cool some silhouettes provided. It’s easy to see why the Americana trend buoyed brands to great heights, and why some continue to be an important piece of the sartorial puzzle.
If you want to wear sunglasses inside, we suggest having a couple of gold records hanging on your wall. But in all seriousness, the small accessory played a huge role in establishing a sense of mysteriousness for the people we’ve elevated to rock royalty. Sunglasses go a long way in creating a sense of character. It’s equally about what you want the world to know about you, while simultaneously wanting to keep certain things hidden.
Whereas designations like “rock” and “hip-hop” can be used to simply indicate genres of music, the latter has become so pervasive in influencing modern fashion that it would be quite limiting to define it solely as such. From a sunglasses standpoint, hip-hop reinforced how classic silhouettes could be built upon using flashier additions that still remained core to a brand’s DNA.
Both utilitarian — and an outward statement of the willingness to push the boundaries on social etiquette — sunglasses during this movement got larger and more technicolor in design. While rave fashion has run the gamut, sunglasses have remained an integral piece of the sartorial puzzle. Tinted lenses, oversized frames, and like with everything in fashion, we’ve seen styles from the ‘90s come back to great effect.