Photographed by Stephen Mark Sullivan

In fashion, much is written about wardrobe staples—timeless basics that are the foundation of a woman’s personal style. Eyewear too has its classics, whether it’s a favorite shape such as the CatEye or aviator, or a traditional but ever timeless color such as tortoise or black. With so many styles to choose from, how do you make a classic your own? Choose a strong shape or look for interesting details that make the frame unique, but above all, choose a frame that fits your face. You’ll turn an eyewear basic into a classic style statement.

–Iris Johnson