Photographed by Stephen Mark Sullivan

If you had any doubt that frame shape is key in choosing eyewear, take a look at our featured styles. All are black plastic, but the shape of the frame provides each with a specific personality. It’s no wonder that people get attached to a particular shape or even an individual frame and want to purchase it over and over again. For a subtle update on a classic shape, look for interesting details like an unusual bridge or small shifts in proportion.

–Iris Johnson