The internet is awash with articles explaining, sometimes in agonizingly great detail, the finer points of choosing a new pair of designer sunglasses. Most of these articles talk about everything from the size and shape of your face to how well a particular pair complements your general wardrobe. All of that is good advice. But let us take it to the next level.
An April 2019 article from Esquire magazine’s Charlie Teasdale discusses sunglasses from the Hollywood perspective. Teasdale looked at a number of well-known films to talk about the kinds of sunglasses you should consider as opposed to those you should avoid.
This article continues Teasdale’s line of thinking with five rules for buying sunglasses the Hollywood way. Some of what you read here has been developed from the Esquire piece, while additional information comes from a Utah company known as Olympic Eyewear. They are a wholesale supplier of fashion sunglasses from dozens of different brands they design themselves.
1. Go for the Other Shape
Fashion designers typically tell you to buy sunglasses that complement the shape of your face. That is apparently not the Hollywood way. According to Teasdale, it’s better to purchase sunglasses that are the antithesis of the shape of your own face. He cited the character Leo from the 1994 film The Professional as an example.
Olympic explains that this sort of strategy really makes your sunglasses stand out. Because they contrast the shape of your face rather than complementing it, people are drawn to your shades without reservation.
2. More is Not Better
The second rule on our list says that more is not better. Despite what you may have heard, there can be too much of a good thing when you’re talking about eyewear. Teasdale’s example here is Brad Pitt’s character in Fight Club. Pitt’s sunglasses were so large they just about swallowed his face. The fact that they were bright red didn’t help either.
3. Let the Future Stay There
If Brad Pitt’s oversized, red sunglasses weren’t bad enough, Neo’s shades from The Matrix show the dangers of dabbling in futurism. The futuristic sunglasses obviously don’t look like anything in the modern world, and not in a good way. They certainly did not complement Keanu Reeves’ face anywhere near the futuristic shades worn by LeVar Burton’s Geordi La Forge from Star Trek: the Next Generation. In short, let the future stay there.
4. Say ‘No’ to the Aviator
The aviator style has been around since the 1930s, according to Olympic Eyewear. It is surprising to learn that Teasdale isn’t a big fan of it. In fact, he’s so dead set against aviators that he says that you should never wear them. That is, of course, unless you’re flying a fighter jet during the day and driving a hot sports car at night.
5. Say ‘Yes’ to the Wayfarer
The wayfarer design hasn’t been around as long as the aviator, but it is apparently the antidote to those sunglasses Teasdale hates. As such, you can always fall back on basic black wayfarers in the absence of something better. They look good on anyone at any time.
Another fallback option is the tortoiseshell, but those sunglasses don’t have the same kind of universal appeal. You need the right kind of personality to pull off the tortoiseshell look without resembling a geek.
And now you know how to choose sunglasses the Hollywood way. Thanks to some helpful advice from Esquire magazine and Olympic Eyewear, you too can look like your favorite star just by donning the right pair of sunglasses.