The power of a great accessory should never be underestimated – a standout pair of shoes add a statement to a dowdy outfit, while jewellery turns your look into something sparkly. But really, when outdoors, it’s sunglasses that hold immense transformative powers.
As an integral part of any fashion aficionado’s wardrobe (case in point: Anna Wintour’s large, round designs and Karl Lagerfeld’s dark black glasses), shades have become a sartorial staple. But finding the right pair for you is no mean feat, particularly when you consider different face shapes.
Toby Attdrige, head of product at sunglasses brand Taylor Morris, recommends that if you have a square face you should look for a “larger, rounded frame”, which will soften the strong lines of the face. And if you have an oval face, it’s “best to accentuate the natural elongated curve of the face by contrasting it with a completely round, wider frame.”
However, “if you have a rounded brow and a softer jawline,” Attdrige recommends that “you should always opt for a rectangular frame” because the “acute lines of the frames will give a balancing contrast and keep your face beautifully in proportion”.
Last but not least, if you have a heart-shaped head – a face that is thinner at the bottom than it is at the top – Attdrige recommends that to fully accentuate this, you should “go for something which is wider at the top of the frame and thinner on the lower lip”.
In terms of designs to look out for, we think anything goes, and we’d always recommend opting for sunglasses that are timeless. But if trends are your main focus, rectangular silhouettes are seemingly everywhere, so too are bright and bold colours and futuristic designs.
Consider your search for the perfect pair of shades over because we think we’ve found the crème de la crème from the eyewear world. From high street picks to designer sunglasses, angular to round, there’s something for every face shape.
How we tested
Saving these for sunny days, we kept an eye out for trends, but also noted the need for each pair to be timeless, as we’re all about investing in classics that will stand the test of time. Of course, it was important that they also provided the necessary protection to our eyes. These are the ones that shone brightest.
The best sunglasses for 2022 are:
- Best overall – James Ay mirage: £135, Jamesay.com
- Best for classic design – Bloobloom pal: £95, Bloobloom.com
- Best for a pop of colour – Sun Buddies Ethan in pink: £125, Sunbuddieseyewear.com
- Best for giving back – Bottletop x Togetherband eyewear the rae: £40, Togetherband.org
- Best retro design sunglasses – Jimmy Fairly Scarlett: £129, Jimmyfairly.co.uk
- Best cat eye sunglasses – Asos Design recycled frame chunky flare cat eye sunglasses: £12, Asos.com
- Best white sunglasses – Sunday Somewhere calypso: £191, Sundaysomewhere.com
- Best Prada sunglasses dupes – & Other Stories squared thick frame sunglasses: £27, Asos.com
- Best circular sunglasses – Taylor Morris bonchurch sunglasses: £160, Taylormorris.com
- Best rectangular sunglasses – Finlay & Co Kendall: £150, Finlayandco.com
- Best designer sunglasses – Prada PR 23YS sunglasses: £345, Sunglasshut.com
- Best Seventies-inspired sunglasses – Quay total vibe sunglasses: £49, Quayaustralia.co.uk
- Best unisex sunglasses – Ray-Ban 0RB2180: £128, Ray-ban.com