Why Square Sunglasses Deserve Space In Your Suitcase

Just as shades became easy game, geriatric style has redrawn the playing field.

Just this week, Chris Hemsworth suited up to promote a big summer blockbuster: Men In Black: International. So far, so Hollywood. Except, in addition to the classic two-piece and a perma-smoulder to rival the Gods, the Thor star mixed up his sunglasses game to full effect. He’s on something of a roll. 

But so too is your grandad. For after a decade of Wayfarer and softer, circular dominance, Hemsworth took point from the resurgence of vintage shades: the squarer, sometimes thinner sort, pulled from the photos of your grandparents depicting their genuine joy at suffering sunstroke for the first time ever on their big debut abroad. 

It’s a welcome change of pace, and one you too can embrace. So, this summer, look to good old pops in Marbella circa 1989 as opposed to everyone else in the nearest public park. Do so below. 

1| Gucci Aviator Sunglasses

Photo by Mr Porter .

Aviators: preferred by '70s film directors with a lax attitude to secondhand smoke, and now you. Look to to Gucci’s square, gold-tone frames for an award-winning finish. mrporter.com 

2| Brioni 

Photo by Mr Porter.

Known for meticulous made-to-measure tailoring, Brioni is just as deft a hand in the old accessories department. That extends to these square-framed, angular sunglasses: quite possibly the only thing close to bespoke suiting for your eyeballs. 

3| Versace Black Medusa Sunglasses

Photo by VERSACE.
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It’s unlikely that grandfather dearest is a Notorious B.I.G fan. But Versace is, and so are we, with the Italian house re-issuing Biggie Smalls’ favorite shades to add juice to a once conservative square frame. versace.com

4| Rag & Bone Kafka Sunglasses

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Rag & Bone is a modern brand through and through. Still, the New York label has cast its eye to the past, creating the Kafka shades as an homage to vintage sunglasses of yore with a gold design and rounded trapezium lenses. rag-bone.com 

5| Saint Laurent Aviator Gunmetal Sunglasses 

Photo by Mr Porter.

Under creative director Anthony Vaccarello, Saint Laurent’s strain of luxury louche rockstar has amped up. That means you can expect more stuff like this: angular, androgynous aviators that places the frontman of an eighties synth band poolside in Cannes. mrporter.com 

6| Balenciaga Aviator-Style Sunglasses

Photo by Matches Fashion.

Decidedly on the left-field of the sunglasses game, Balenciaga’s thin lens trend shows no sign of slowing down. On the contrary, the cooler take on grandad’s wraparounds have been cross-bred with an aviator, resulting in something a touch different, and very Balenciaga. matchesfashion.com

This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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