Every year I pick up some subtle variation on the same sunglasses I already own. It's a comfortable routine—if not entirely dull (and I'm guessing I'm not alone). Usually it's some extra-curvy cousin of the Wayfarer— sometimes in a color. Last time around, it was the summer of medium-blue—some real progress compared to the standard black, but no one in their right mind would call it adventurous. Baby steps, people.
In the spirit of spring (if you shop for it, it will come, right?), here are five sunglasses that push the boundaries of your standard frames in interesting, updated, and often exaggerated shapes. Have other suggestions? Leave them in the comments. We can change our ways together.
Le Specs Rapture Cat Eye Acetate Sunglasses: The (faux) double-decker cat eye features a substantial and sleek frame, but the notches in the outer corners gives these a stacked look—perfect for those with foreheads on the broader side.
Warby Parker Quentin Sunglasses: A brow bar adds some intensity to this classic shape that will flatter most, but especially smaller and squarer, faces.
Gentle Monster Bongo OR1 Sunglasses: The inverted arch on this brow bar (the most subtle part of these sunglasses) tones down super round lenses just a little bit. The sunny yellow will work with more than you expect, looking particularly good worn with springtime whites and light neutrals.
Miu Miu Pentagon-Frame Acetate Sunglasses: These dreamy, five-sided sunglasses are big but delicate, thanks in part to the golden accents. They're pretty universally flattering too—worth a try for anyone who likes over-sized shapes.
Sun Buddies Type 01 Sunglasses in Cloudy Mint: An extra compact rectangular style in minty, icy tones—to go with the snow that's still on the ground in NYC.
Martha Graeff wearing ASOS sunglasses, photo via Getty.