Round Sunglasses for Women

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Why Round Sunglasses for Women?

Members of the fairer sex have their work cut out for them when it comes to defining their style. The market is so saturated with clothing and accessory choices, season-must-have listicles and styling trends for women (not to mention the emotional rollercoaster that is finding clothes that physically fit your body), it’s a dizzying pursuit. Here at GLCO, we believe that simplicity is freedom. And when it comes to glasses, there are few shapes as simple and timeless as the round frame.

Round Sunglasses for Women

Round sunglasses have been around ever since people started wearing modern eyewear. It was as early as the 1930s that the Hollywood elite began wearing round sunglasses. This guaranteed the style’s popularity throughout the 40s. Advancements in design and materials led to new styles like the Wayfarer and cat eye styles through the 50s, which is around the time that our beloved round style took a back seat. Round sunglasses saw a huge resurgence in the 60s and 70s and were worn by some of the most iconic figures of that era – onstage, onscreen and at the front of the picket lines. Today round sunglasses are seeing a huge comeback and we’re calling it now: It’s time to take back the round shape.

Round Sunglass Styles: Popular Colorways and Materials

When it comes to picking out a round sunglass you have two basic types: metal or plastic. If you are more conservative in your style check out an acetate frame like the Hampton. A frame like Hampton is not totally round but definitely gives you the styling of a round. For the iconic round styling similar to what Lennon wore, grab our classic Wilson, or its all-metal sister, Wilson M. For a Wilson look with a fashion-forward edge, our Wilson Sun Shield will guarantee you stand out from the crowd.

If you’re leaning towards an oversized frame, our Paloma and Valencia will bring you right back to the freewheelin’ 70s. For a round frame with a sweet filigree detail, check out our Seville or our Cloy, which can easily be made into a custom sunglass at any GLCO lab. Frames like this are always attention grabbing and make a great addition to any collection.

Choosing Round Sunglasses for Women: Things to Look Out For

When buying a round sunglass, the usual fit issues still apply. Make sure the temples (or arms) of the frame rest comfortably behind your ear. If they’re too short you will experience discomfort and your frame may slip often. Pay attention to where your eye sits in the lens; your eye should rest comfortably in the middle to upper third of the lens. Last, a personal style note: as long as your frame fits comfortably, don’t shy away from playing with proportions. While leaning on the smaller side gives a vintage badass vibe, women have a long history of playing with their eyewear proportions. Some of the best and most fashionable women have rocked an oversize frame: Janis Joplin, Edie Sedgwick, and the Olsen twins. Just make sure your round frame isn’t digging into your (gorgeous, high) cheekbones.

What to Wear with Round Sunglasses

The beauty of round sunglasses is that you can really wear them with anything. Wearing a round sunglass with something simple and clean like denim and a vintage tee will set you up with a classic, cool look. You can also dress them up and throw a pair on while wearing your most fashion-forward outfit or dopest power suit. You really can’t go wrong with such a timeless look.