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The Best Sunglasses for 2019

Traditional wisdom on choosing glasses to suit your face should be largely ignored, and that applies to sunglasses as well. In fact, you can make most styles of eyewear suit your face, as long as their proportions are correct. Look for a pair that sits right on your brow line to best compliment your features and then decide on a colour and style that you like.

To help illuminate the shade, MH’s style editor has selected seven of the best pairs of sunglasses from classic, independent and up and coming brands. Now all you need to do is remember to take them off as soon as you’re inside.

Ray Ban

The Clubmaster, Aviator and Wayfarer will be all over the faces of men come summer (and rightly so- they’re all classic styles). For a more individual approach, though, these round-framed, foldable shades tick the stylish and practical boxes. Wear them all day and then when you’re done with them, simply fold them up and slide them into your top pocket.

Max Pittion

The problem with really good sunglasses is that so many other people will be wearing them. Unless that is, you settle on a pair from a niche brand. Sold in the UK from the excellent Eyeconomy club- a brilliant resource for unusual eyewear- French brand Max Pittion’s glasses are made in Japan, look the business and it’s extremely unlikely you’ll see anyone else wearing them.

Cubitts

The premise of this independent eyewear firm is so simple you wonder why no one did it sooner: hand make the best spectacles at affordable prices and give people credible alternatives to high street opticians. Their sunglasses follow the same rules and these ‘Whidborne’ frames are a classy alternative to a classic wayfarer.

Topman

If you have a wide face, a flat browed pair of sunglasses like these from Topman will balance out its shape. The black on black colour scheme is understated and the sizeable lenses will give you good light protection. Coming in at under £20, they’re the sort of shades you can wear to a festival and not worry about losing.

Tom Davies

Doing for spectacles what Savile Row did for suits, Tom Davies’ bespoke glasses will fit you like nothing else. Buy them ‘off the shelf’ though and you’ll still be getting a handmade pair of sunglasses that will put most others in the shade. Just try not to leave them on the beach.

Oakley

If you need a robust, well-engineered pair of shades that are aesthetically pleasing too, it’s hard to see past these from Oakley. The Prizm lenses result in outstanding colour clarity and the lightweight, ergonomic arms will prevent them from falling off every time you look at your shoes.

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