With the approach of summer comes that perennial old pressure—the drive to find a pair of sunglasses that manages to offer something new without becoming a fashion farce and speaks to tradition without getting stuck in the same old wayfarer or aviator mold. Thanks to Selectism, we've found a likely candidate, Maison Martin Mergiela 8 Wrong Size line. As you can see, the fashion-forward house has appropriated the familiar shapes of those two classic frame types but managed to tweak them with subtle warps to the old geometry and daring sections of missing lens (hence the "Wrong Size" moniker). Available from the smart Portuguese e-comm site, Por Vocaçã and other brick-and-mortar retailers and hand-assembled by British eyewear experts Cutler and Gross, these numbers demand double and triple takes all season long.
Maison Martin Margiela 8 Wrong Size Sunglasses by Cutler and Gross, in metal ($525) and acetate ($560) at www.porvocacao.com.