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FLANNELS Five: The Best New Shades For Summer

FLANNELS Five: The Best New Shades For Summer

Few accessories are as transformative as a pair of shades, both in terms of aesthetics and attitude. Watch a man walk out of the office on a Friday evening in the sunshine, don his shades, and metamorphose in front of your very eyes. From beleaguered city worker to man-about-town in one swift movement – and all he did was put on a pair of sunglasses. Now, he’s giving it the big one at the pub or wining and dining a prospective lover with all the swagger of James Bond three martinis deep. To celebrate the return of the sun and in the hope that we can all be a little bit more like Bond, here are the best new shades for summer.

Tortoiseshell Saint Laurent wayfarers

THE TORTOISESHELL WAYFARERS

A classic style for an easy summer look. We’ll be taking these wayfarers on our Mediterranean holidays, to pair with Bermuda shorts and a Tee at lunch or a blazer and camp collar shirt for sundowners by the sea.

Alexander McQueen large square sunglasses with ghost skull detail on the arm

THE OVERSIZED SHADES

The bigger, the better for SS19. See the world in a new light with Alexander McQueen’s large D frame sunglasses. Finished with the fashion powerhouse’s signature skull motif, they’ve got some hard-core rock ‘n’ roll appeal for the rebels among us.

Gucci GG0335s square metal gold rimmed sunglasses

THE GOLD RIMMED FRAMES

Retro styles are having a moment for SS19, and these metal-rimmed Gucci shades have got that ‘70s thing down – think Starsky and Hutch with better fashion credentials. Wear with floral or stripe printed shirts by Fendi and Prada for old-school vacation vibes.

 Saint Laurent 108 clubmaster sunglasses in black with silver metal details

THE SLICK CLUBMASTER

Saint Laurent’s all-black sunglasses come with understated chrome-colour hardware. The Clubmaster has a storied past and the Hollywood A-list’s seal of approval, so channel the nostalgic silver-screen aesthetic and wear them with a white Tee (sleeves rolled up), jeans, and a devil-may-care attitude.

Tom Ford Dimitry vintage aviator sunglasses

THE STATEMENT AVIATORS

Make your shades the focal point of your look with these vintage-inspired Tom Ford aviators. Heavy night? A strong frame and gold hardware finished with the brand’s signature T arm detailing means you can hide a multitude of sins beneath their black-out lenses.