With sunglasses, as with everything else, there’s a reason why something becomes a classic. A flattering standard that fulfils all childhood Top Gun fantasies, the aviator style almost always gives its wearer extra cool points. More so if they are this sleek pair by Tom Ford. The designer’s style hallmarks are out in full force in the vintage-inflected gold metal rims, gradient lenses and subtle Ts on the temple.
02: Giorgio Armani
For Lennon-esque elegance, circular frames are coming back in the big roundabout that is fashion. With slightly angular edges, these pale gold Giorgio Armani frames are easier to wear than two perfect circles. (Note: Best for square face shapes with strong jawlines.)
For those with active lifestyles or aspire to one, sporty eyewear completes the look. Among the new releases following the recent relaunch of Linea Rossa, Prada’s sports-inspired line recognisable by its iconic “red stripe” logo, single-lens gunmetal frames are a functional way to dive into the athluxury trend.
04: Gentle Monsters
Prefer a look that’s more off-the-wall? Try one of the irregular-shaped styles making the rounds right now. The classic-with-a-twist aviators from Gentle Monster in a gold finish aren’t an easy shape to pull off, but, then again, no one has ever accused the innovative South Korean eyewear label of being an everyman brand. With flat apricot-coloured mirrored lenses and a unique brow-bridge, they’re a surefire notice-me choice.