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Round Sunglasses
Six pairs of shades that give round frames the reboot
by Roman Espejo
on 06 May 2011

Call it simple geometry. Round sunglasses have come full circle and are officially back in style. From intellectually modern to transparently flirtatious, these six pairs of shades, however, are more than elementary.

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19.6g

France's Waiting for the Sun chooses wood not only for its sustainability over plastic, but how it beautifully ages with wear. These circular frames, the 19.6g, are hand-carved Australian tea wood and available from Waiting for the Sun's online store for €130 ($190 USD).

Joel

Formerly of Ksubi, Graz Mulcahy is becoming known on a first-name basis for his eponymous line of sunglasses. The Joel comes in matte black, antiqued bronze and gunmetal, remaking Ozzy's tea shades in heavier metal. They'll be restocked soon on Eyegoodies for $300.

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Foster

Stylish deadstock sunglasses from the '80s and '90s see the light of day courtesy of American Apparel, including this Gatsby-channeling vintage find. Get them for $40 through the AA webstore.

Swell Well Well

Fabric is an unlikely choice for eyewear, but English newcomer Janz & Cooper sets a silk floral print in clear acetate for a light touch. The Swell Well Well is available for £237 ($388 USD) from the Janz & Cooper website.

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Barton Perreira Candy

Barton Perreira and Chloë Sevigny designed these sweetheart shades in reverence of Warhol Superstar Candy Darling. Order the pair from Opening Ceremony for $455.

Board Stiff

From reading-glasses maker Eyebobs, the Board Stiff is basic and practical. But it's definitely not boring, with handmade Italian acetate frames and polarized lenses. At $100 a pop, it's also a bargain. It's in stock at Eyebobs.

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