It’s sunglasses season. Only joking, sunglasses are for all seasons. Whenever the sun is out, be that winter or summer, you should be wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes. Sunglasses not only look good, but they protect your eyes and the skin around your eyes. Both of which are sensitive to sunlight. At the moment, you may have noticed it’s all about the square and rectangular frames. Be that skinny '90s-inspired rave shades or chunky geometric silhouettes. With that in mind, here’s our pick of the best square and rectangular sunglasses for men in 2023.
What face shapes work best with square and rectangular sunglasses?
Certain sunglasses suit certain face shapes. If you have an oval-shaped face, it’s likely that your face mixes soft and angular lines. This means your face is likely to suit most styles of sunglasses, be that round or square and rectangular-shaped frames. Congratulations, you’re a winner. The same goes for the so-called heart-shaped face.
Round faces lend themselves to round styles, it’s about complimenting the lines. Thus, a pair of square or rectangular frames are probably not best suited. In contrast, the same glasses work great for so-called rectangular and square faces. Matching angular shaped faces to angular shaped glasses is a good rule of thumb.
Best square and rectangular sunglasses
Johann Wolff Konrad Sunglasses
Miami eyewear brand Johann Wolff describes its Konrad sunglasses as a ‘dominant’ silhouette. We like that. A silhouette that is powerful or influential, that’s the Konrad. Inspired by the iconic eyewear styles of inventor Konrad Zuse (often referred to as the father of the modern computer), the Konrad merges vintage style cues with contemporary proportions. A notably wide pair of shades, these fit a medium or large face best.
Meller Dotia Sunglasses
These Dotia sunglasses in beige and olive from Meller are from the brand’s new handmade bio acetate sunglasses collection. The brand uses renewable energy and organic additives in the acetate-producing process, contributing to a cleaner atmosphere, soil and water environment. The Dotia, with its rounded square frames, make for a comfortable and robust style that works well for splitting up larger faces. The lens and frame contrast is also a welcome change from darker frame styles.
Bold London Eyewear Norton Sunglasses
You can always rely on Clutch Cafe for the classics. These square-shaped Norton sunglasses from Bold London Eyewear fit the bill. It’s the classic Wayfarer silhouette, but bolder and chunkier in light tortoiseshell acetate and Zeiss dark brown lenses. The Wayfarer style silhouette means that they are a versatile option that will work for a variety of face shapes, with the 7 barrel rivet hinge, black clamshell hard case and a handmade in England seal-of-approval making for a quality package.
Neutrale Numero Trece
These are fun from Mediterranean-inspired, Madrid brand Neutrale. The Project Lobster 13 is wider, square wayfarer style unisex design made from premium Italian acetate. A slightly curved design is complimented by contemporary arm shapes and a Project Lobster engraved logo on the temple. Available in Havana tortoise if you prefer a lighter frame or Space black if you’re after a bold standout style.
The Resort Co Riviera Walnut Sunglasses
We’re talking clean and classic, but with enough intrigue and shapely adventurism for a contemporary pair of sunglasses. The Resort Co have nailed it with the Riviera Walnut. This pair of tinted numbers, handcrafted in Italy, come with ribbed temple tips (a nice touch), anti-reflective lenses with UV protection and comfortable keyhole bridge nose pads. A handsome pair that will suit regular face shapes.
Balenciaga Rectangular-Frame Tortoiseshell Sunglasses
It’s high fashion, baby. Channel your inner fashion goth on a date with Neo in these rectangular frame tortoiseshell acetate sunglasses from Balenciaga. Like many on the list, these thin rectangular silhouette sunglasses are inspired by styles popular in the '90s, but feature slightly chunkier, square sides with round lenses and wide arms. Don’t worry, the sleek look is backed up with 100% UV protection. Better for square faces.
A-COLD-WALL x Retrosuperfuture Caro Sunglasses
Cult streetwear brands make cult sunglasses. It’s as simple as that. These chunky numbers come courtesy of A-COLD-WALL collaborating with Italian eyewear brand Retrosuperfuture, and, well, just look at them. Statement eyewear. Industrial heritage meets futuristic design ethos. Modern, square geometric-shaped frames pack tinted lenses and arms that run straight to the ear from the temple.
Ace & Tate Curtis Sunglasses
Not feeling the chunkier acetate frames on this list? Don’t worry, the Curtis in satin gold from Ace & Tate is a welcome change with a metal frame also channeling a '90s aesthetic, but in a different way. The squared frames are also slightly larger but still remain curved which gives a medium-sized silhouette that will compliment regular faces. Versatile, and cut from sleek, stainless steel, they’re a classy option of square sunglasses.
Monokel Apollo Sunglasses
The Apollo sunglasses from Swedish brand Monokel are very much a less is more proposition. Something we’ve come to expect from Scandi brands. An ever so slightly chunky frame gives the frames a presence, while the chocolate colourway acetate frames are a welcome way to set up the face without the all-or-nothing boldness of a black frame. The lenses pack UV protection and anti-scratch into a dashing pair of shades.