When we’re shopping for a new pair of shades, we like to think the world is our oyster. Wayfarers? Sure. Cat eye? Easy. Round oversized wire frames with reflector lenses? Why not. We like to think we can make any pair work for us, rather than being told what we can and can’t wear.

Of course, face shape definitely plays a part – a ‘heart’ or ‘square’ shape may lend itself to certain styles, but we don’t like being put in a box, so we went looking for a plan B. Turns out, ‘cheating’ is actually pretty easy if you know how to work-in all the other elements.

The way you wear your hair and how you do your make-up counts, guys. If you’re going to wear something on your face, make it count. You need to pay attention to the total package. It’s all about working with what you’ve got, to make your shades work for you.

And if you need a bit of encouragement to step outside your comfort zone, #inspo is everywhere.

We take our eyewear cues from girls like Poppy Delevigne or Gigi Hadid at Coachella because looking cool is kind of their MO. Think Poppy Delevingne, pre-fall, Miu Miu front row, denim flares, shaggy fur, oversized round Miu Miu shades and loose waves – it was a match made in heaven, and we didn’t need any further convincing to whip-out our credit cards. If there was ever a case of single white female, it was us. Those shades and those waves we had to have.

But knowing whether to do the flick, a strong brow, a bit of subtle colour on the cheeks or a statement lip isn’t always intuitive. There’s kind of an art to it, so we’re going to show you how it’s done.

With spring just around the corner, we’ve chosen eight of the best shades (and opticals) and we’re going to show you how to pull them off.

Pictured: Giorgio Armani round framesAll frames pictured available at OPSM

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