The Circular Shades Spectrum

Styling Tip

Got a round face? Look for more square shapes like these from Ray-Ban or Raen. The contrasting angles will make you look thinner.

Classic sunglasses like aviators and wayfarers have long since made a comeback. The latest silhouette to come back with a vengeance? Circular shades. While not exactly going full-on rounded like John Lennon in the '60s, a more rounded shape at the bottom of the lens evokes that rocker vibe but on a set of frames that'll fit a wider variety of faces. The perfect compromise between thick frames and smooth lines, consider these shades the perfect way to turn up the heat this summer. Here are a few of our favorites:

ASOS, $25 / $10

Made from a translucent plastic with tortoiseshell temples, it's a cool contrast for summer.

Warby Parker, $95

Gradient frames get a nautical makeover in the Marine Slate color, and Rx lenses will only set you back $150.

Persol, $185

Persol's rounded take recalls some of their more popular silhouettes, with a nod towards timeless design.


Brooks Brothers, $85 / $64

Italian-made eyewear in an attention-grabbing tortoiseshell with green lenses and riveted temples.

Han Kjobenhavn, $134

Handcrafted in Denmark, these artisan frames are kitted out with Carl Zeiss lenses.

Michael Bastian for Randolph Engineering, $240

Michael Bastian combines Italian craftsmanship with classic inspirations and Mazzucchelli acetate.


Published on

July 3, 2012

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