Summer is in full swing and so is the hunt for that perfect pair of new shades. After all, sunglasses are the wardrobe staple that'll take you from pool to polo to party and back again.
A word of warning though; not all faces and not all shades are a perfect match. There are few things more dispiriting than splashing out on a new pair sunglasses only to be told you look more like SpongeBob than Bob Dylan.
There's a few sneaky rules to keep in mind when shade-shopping. Primarily, being aware of your face shape and choosing styles that flatter your best bits.
Just for the record, oversized frames for gents are generally a no-go zone. Sorry, not sorry!
You better shape up
Rectangle face shapes should keep it simple and streamlined with pair of shades that accentuate the browline. You can't go wrong with Ray Bans Clubmaster oversized sunglasses in the brown gradient for effortless cool.
Rounded-rectangle faces (yep, there's a difference) need to balance out a slimmer jawline with a classic wayframe for more impact around the upper face area. Remix the classic wayframe with a pair of CLDL X Pared Eyewear's latest Pools & Palms offering. You'll turn heads all summer long.
Those with a round face, get excited. You get to experiment with wrap or shield styles that span the width of your face. That means high drama. Go bold with a pair of Emporio Armani's ultra-modern semi-rimless shield shades that'll have you looking like Tom Cruise reinvented.
Broad and square
Square faced gents will be pleased to hear that the much-loved aviators are your best pal. With no shortage of brands to choose from, where does one begin? Why not invest in a sleek pair of Thom Browne or Grey Ant aviators and make a statement from the street to the beach, and far beyond.
If you've got a wider forehead and narrow jawline like most diamond faces, it's best to opt for square shaped frames. These will create the illusion of more balanced facial proportions. Prada's black metal frames are the perfect mix of a classic silhouette and modern materials.
Wear them with a casual shirt, wear them with a suit; you won't be caught without them.
Heart shaped faces should consider rectangle style frames that won't dominate their typically smaller features.
When it comes to choosing the perfect pair, remember that less is more. Go for subtle sophistication with a pair of Olivier Peoples titanium frames that are ideal for everyday wear.
If your face is more of a rhombus shape you're likely to have a narrower chin and forehead. You should be looking at oval style sunglasses to elongate your eye area. Revisit the iconic '90s oval style with a twist via a pair of Cubitts grey shades with lux gold detailing. 'Cool guy' status guaranteed.
The right angles
Triangle faces can be a tricky fit given the narrowest part is the eye and forehead area. Geometric shape sunglasses are the go for you. This means choosing styles with pronounced lines and angles to enhance the upper face region.
Add a sports-luxe edge to your everyday look with Pawaka's orange and black racer-inspired shades. Handmade in Italy, these are like works of art in themselves.
Attention oval faces! You should think about adding a pair (or three) of round shaped sunglasses to your repertoire.
Instead of opting for a traditional black pair, try a dash of texture with Polo Ralph Lauren's tortoise and gold offering. These are a great option for summer, giving your face a subtle touch of colour.
Ultimately, one can never have too much summer, or too many sunglasses. Time to get that shade game on.
Check out the gallery above to see some of the hottest eyewear to look cool in this summer.