Back To Basics: Sunglasses

Image: Stella McCartney

As part of our weekly Back to Basics series, we are shining a spotlight on great wardrobe staples that are made to last. Because timeless basics are the most sustainable pieces you can buy.

A great pair of classic sunglasses can often be the perfect finishing touch to an outfit. Especially when they compliment your face shape. This is always a great place to invest as sunglasses are hard wearing and very often a timeless accessory. Selecting a shape is easy. Simply make note of your face shape and choose a pair that makes you feel a million bucks. By selecting a classic style and colour, you ensure that your sunglasses will look great whichever season you wear them. Tones such as black, gold, silver and tortoiseshell rarely go out of fashion. When it comes to lenses, neutral tones are a safe bet. Unfortunately that cute pink pair may look a little outdated next season.

Taking Care of your Sunglasses

Make sure to always keep them in their case or pouch to avoid scratches and dust. Keep a glasses cleaning cloth to hand for on the go touch ups. A little squirt of glasses cleaner every now and again will remove smears and make your lenses sparkle. Try Pure Organics Cleaner and Cloth, £6.85. A glasses repair kit is also an invaluable buy to enable you to perform simple maintenance like tightening screws.

Choosing Sunglasses To Suit Your Face Shape


Add angles to your features with a squared frame. Avoid anything too small or round that may over emphasise your face shape.


To soften your face shape, look for round and oval shaped frames. They will help elongate your face. Thin frames or semi rimless styles will balance your jaw area nicely.


Rounded lenses and cat eye frames suit you, but then so do most frames. Styles with a thin bar across the nose give your face structure.


Avoid square or angular shapes and instead go for round or oval shapes to balance your features. Try top heavy frames to balance the length of your face.


You can flatter your heart shaped face with squared frames or classic wayfarer styles. Avoid frames that are thicker at the top as they will make your chin look more narrow.

Best Timeless Sunglasses

Designed in Britain, these custom made frames don’t just look good, they do good. Thats because Pala give a pair of glasses to someone in need when you purchase your pair. They also come in a beautiful woven pouch, handmade in the very communities they help.

We love these classic aviator style frames from Mimco. The rose gold toned metal rims are flattering on most skin tones. And when we heard that they are top rated for providing a fair and ethical supply chain we loved them even more. 

Stella McCartney brings the same amazing attention to detail to her eyewear range too. Created from bio acetate, the collection is made from over 50% natural and renewable resourses. This cat eye style adds a touch of 50’s glamour to any outfit. 

Antonio Verde’s frames are all created from recycled materials with bamboo arms. This makes them super hard wearing as well as from sustainable sources. The contrasting arms make these a quirky style choice for those that look for subtle design touches.

Monc London are passionate about well crafted essentials that are made to last. They are transparent about how and where they source their materials. This even extends to the cases which are made from vegetable tanned, sustainably sourced leather.

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