The Essential Guide to Fall’s Best Sunglasses

The Essential Guide to Fall’s Best Sunglasses

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The Essential Guide to Fall’s Best Sunglasses
Words by Mirabella Shahidullah
September 23, 2021

After months of heat, wrapping up in a warm sweater and taking an afternoon stroll under changing leaves with a gentle breeze can feel like a welcome retreat. Reflecting our surrounding environment, we start opting for earthier, warmer colors in deep browns, honey yellows and midnight blacks.

As the days become shorter, this guide is here to make that style transition easy. From retro silhouettes to modern, geometric frames, discover your next seasonal essentials here.

Cinematically Legendary

Some actors become so legendary that even decades after their last films, their personal style becomes a permanent fixture in fashion’s history. The least can be said about classic Hollywood’s stars Gregory Peck and Steve McQueen. For both men, it was their sheer charisma alone that empowered their style, making them instantly recognizable no matter what kind of role they played.

Drawing upon the frame Peck wore as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, California label Oliver Peoples worked with the late actor’s estate to produce their Gregory Peck 1962 Sun shades. Crafted in rich shades of amaretto and honey acetate, the foldable model features a lightweight design with retro characteristics, making it an ideal choice for lovers of vintage style.

Steve Mcqueen’s emblematic magnetism and aviator sunglasses seemed to go hand in hand. His fondness for aviators was even captured on film when he wore them in the Thomas Crown Affair in 1968. McQueen’s favored pair were actually the same ones in the movie; initially called Persol’s 0714 folding glasses, the frames were since renamed after the King of Cool. Now a timeless classic, these shades maintain their traditional folding design with modern, crafted accents in a variety of luminous acetates.

Geometrically Dramatic

Statement oversized frames will always be in style thanks to the eternal elegance of the likes of Jackie O and Joan Didion. This season, the perennial favorite gets a modern revamp with two-toned tints and combinations of refined and raw acetate edges.


A limited edition frame by the brand, Ahlem’s Pont Marie sunglasses* blend luxury acetate with rich metal accents. Structured beveled temples and acetate rims highlight a technical mastery created with hand-polished techniques. Its golden accents and temple embellishments give this look a decorated finish, perfect for uplifting your look during darker fall days.

*This style is no longer available in our shop.

Cutting a strong profile, Bottega Veneta BV1092S sunglasses are highly characteristic of the heritage house. Defined Havana acetate angles mix a rich brown and gold color palette for a perfect pop of luxury that remains highly flattering  thanks to the brand’s elevated craftsmanship.

With its elegant, square-shaped design, the Ray-Ban State Street sunglasses highlight a two-toned frame with warm, Havana and purple acetate hues. A carved top makes this style boldly confident, while beveled edges and an expertly curved bridge complement this frame for a perfect fit.

Playfully Curved

Fall welcomes a chance to revive your style flair: if you’re searching to add an unconventional accent to your wardrobe, these bold looks might be just your thing. With Julius Tart Optical’s crafted, circular frames or Bottega Veneta’s angular silhouette, these are designs you definitely won’t tire of.

Julius Tart Optical T-Round shades are defined by an oversized circular frame with chunky black acetate rims. Minimalist in decoration but distinct in design, these are the perfect choice for a classic touch.

Bottega Veneta BV1099S sunglasses combine a mix of aesthetics, resulting in a statement-making cat-eye frame with a thick, browline bar that extends to the curved temple arms. The house’s new logo, the gold double ribbon, is embellished on the temples for a stylized modern feel, while their black acetate makes them instant essentials.

Creative Direction: Daniela Vutera
Photography: Ignazio Marsolo

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