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What Are The Best Men’s Sunglasses Under $200?
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You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get high-quality sunglasses that protect your eyes and also kick up a T-shirt and jeans. In fact, buying affordable, good-looking sunglasses may be the better move — especially if you’re prone to dropping pairs in the ocean or leaving them behind at brunch.
When it comes to finding the perfect pair, style blogger and menswear influencer Parker Smith says to “buy based on feeling. If you put a pair on and you instantly feel more confident, those are the ones.” To help narrow down your search, we asked Smith and other stylish men to recommend the best sunglasses under $200 (and then added a few pairs we like based on their suggestions). Below, 15 $200-or-less pairs you can buy right now, from classic black Wayfarers to trendy tinted styles.
Best classic black sunglasses
Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses$154 now 21% off$122
“My first pair of sunglasses were Ray-Ban Wayfarers and I wore them all the time,” says Smith, who remembers his pair costing less than $100. Today, they go for just more than $150 — which is still a very good deal for this classic style with an angular yet rounded shape that’s universally flattering (and probably one reason why Ray-Ban Wayfarers have been seen on about every cool guy we can think of, including JFK, Muhammad Ali, and Ryan Gosling).$122 AT AMAZONBolle Frank Sunglasses$99 now 31% off$68
To ensure you’re buying quality lenses, look for styles from legacy brands or companies known for making performance sunglasses, like Bolle, which got its start making safety, skiing, and cycling goggles in the 1960s (and still specializes in this type of gear). This pair of matte-black frames with green lenses is a bit wider and more rectangular than classic Wayfarers, making it good for guys with rounder faces.$68 AT AMAZONIzipizi Sunglasses #C$45
Stylist Joel Moore, who also blogs about menswear, recommends these simple matte-black shades from French brand Izipizi, which he wears almost daily. “They’re nothing too crazy, and they go with everything I own.” He particularly likes that they cost less than $50, especially after losing his last pair of black shades when “they fell into the ocean in Puerto Rico.”$45 AT GARMENTORY
Best aviator sunglasses
Donnell Baldwin styles men for a living, and has sourced sunglasses for private clients as well as for male models on photo shoots. His hands-down favorite shades are aviators, a shape he says look good on most men. “I’ve worn my Ray-Ban aviators for more than seven years,” he says.$154 AT AMAZONCubitts Collier Aviator-Style Silver-Tone Sunglasses$165
Stylist and image consultant Patrick Kenger, who mostly works with clients in the tech world, loves aviators — specifically this squared off pair that fictional menswear icon Don Draper swore by. “After finally binge-watching a few seasons of Mad Men last year, I was really inspired by some of the menswear in the show. Specifically, I was a huge fan of Don Draper’s shades.” The actual pair worn by Jon Hamm in the show are by Randolph Engineering and will cost you over $250, but this very legit dupe has a much lower price tag.$165 AT MR PORTERKenzo 61mm Aviator Sunglasses$150
Moore likes Kenzo’s angular twist on the classic aviator, which he notes costs far, far less than other designer shades. “I bought my Kenzo pair on a trip to Italy last summer and thought they would be much more expensive. I like that they’re a little bit different than the classic shape.”$150 AT NORDSTROM
Best Clubmaster sunglasses
Baldwin loves the vintage look of Clubmaster frames, which have wire on the bottom and thicker plastic on the top. “I love that style! They make me think of Buddy Holly and Malcom X.” He likes to get frames from Warby Parker because of the company’s affordable and easy-to-shop styles (which he notes can be ordered as prescription shades).$145 AT WARBY PARKERRay-Ban Clubmaster Acetate and Gold-Tone Sunglasses$150
Ray-Ban is also famous for its Clubmaster sunglasses, which it offers in several color combinations.$150 AT MR PORTER
Best square plastic sunglasses
Raen Optics Men’s Pierce 55$140 now 25% off$105
Smith likes this clear pair with green lenses from California-based Raen Optics, which specializes in trendy-but-wearable frames outfitted with Carl Zeiss lenses. “Having sunglasses for different occasions is ideal,” according to Smith. “For instance, the pair you wear while driving needs good coverage but also won’t create blind spots.” Transparent frames mean you can see through every part of your glasses, so no blind spots ever.$105 AT AMAZONSun Buddies + Carhartt WIP Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses$170
For a more under-the-radar brand that’s still affordable, Baldwin suggests Sun Buddies. “They’re really good for the price, make a wide range of styles, and collaborate with other cool brands.” For instance, this pair the company made with Carhartt, which are a tiny bit oversize (for more visual impact), but still classic-looking thanks to the tortoiseshell frames.$170 AT MR PORTERSunski Manresa Polarized Sunglasses$68
This slightly rounded, square pair from Sunski fade from classic black to tortoiseshell, making them a great choice for someone who can’t decide between the two looks.$68 AT REI
Best round plastic sunglasses
For a fully round pair, Smith recommends these sunglasses from Australian brand Quay (pronounced key). “In my opinion, it’s way cooler to have something from a smaller brand that a lot of people might not know, versus having the recognizable pair from the mainstream brand everybody and their brother is wearing.”BUY AT AMAZONSpitfire Utopia sunglasses$45
Smith also likes this warm-brown-tone pair (which, like the Sunski shades, feature a frame with contrasting top and bottom tones). He says they’re a great way to pull off the look of designer shades at a fraction of the price. “Paying hundreds of dollars for a designer pair is silly. Not only because they’ll probably go out of style in a year but also because the quality really isn’t any better than something you can get for under $200.”$45 AT SPITFIRE
Best tinted sunglasses
If you don’t want to look like every other guy wearing traditionally dark-tint lenses, Kenger suggests this blue-tint pair from Carrera. “I like sunglasses that have just a bit of uniqueness to them, whether that be color or frame shape. Since sunglasses are only on your face for short periods of time, I like to encourage clients to go a bit bolder with their sunglasses and have some fun. These are polarized too, so that’s a huge plus.”$169 AT NORDSTROMCrap Eyewear Bikini Vision Sunglasses$99
When Moore wants to punch things up, he’ll pull out this mustard-tint pair from Crap Eyewear — a brand he’s “obsessed with.” The bold color may seem hard to pair with other clothes, but he assures these sunglasses will go with most outfits because they’re transparent. “They work like a neutral, and even though they’re kind of funky, the fact that they’re translucent makes them easier to wear.”
The 19 best cheap men’s sunglasses under $100
Sunglasses are the most important accessory a person can have when summer rolls around. They also serve the necessary position of protecting your eyes from the sun and harmful UV rays.
There is a huge range of sunglasses available, from dirt cheap to real expensive. You get what you pay for though, and it’s important to consider the product before purchasing it.
While it’s good to have expensive pairs for when you want to look your best, having a good pair of cheaper sunglasses that won’t break the bank if you leave them behind at the beach is also important.
We’ve checked out and compiled a list of the best cheap sunglasses under $100.
These New Depp acetate sunglasses are handmade by MessyWeekend and offer you UV400 protective lenses. You can order these stylish unisex sunglasses in champagne gold, tortoise, or horn. When you do, you’ll enjoy free shipping direct from Copenhagen, Denmark to anywhere in the US.
Plus, when you order your New Depp shades, you can feel good about contributing to the removal of trash from the Pacific Ocean. Not only is MessyWeekend a modern, fashion-forward brand for your eyewear, but they’re also looking to the planet’s future by donating a portion of every sale to trawling plastic back out of international waters.PURCHASE
Warby Parker might not be the first name you think of when you imagine sunglasses, but the brand does much more than prescription eyewear. This company is fun because they allow you to try the frames on for free, without even having to pay shipping. If you don’t like what you get, you don’t have to buy it.
Even though the sunglasses are under $100, they also offer a payment plan to break it into thirds if you’re looking to budget a bit. These glasses are flatbrow, and can work for looks ranging from retro to futuristic with the right pairings. If you’re lenses get scratched in the first year, they will also replace them for you for free.PURCHASE
This company started in the early 90s, originally known for their easy-going skate and surfwear. Now the brand has stepped away from that molding, and embraced the street style trends of millennials and Generation Z-ers. The square-style black shades will make you look cool and sophisticated, at a reasonable price.PURCHASE
This brand has been around since the 70s, and nails the attractive, reasonably-priced stylish sunglasses look. If you have a wider face, these would be a great choice as they run a little large and are known to fit well on wide faces. They are tortoise-shell lenses, and UV protected to keep your eyes safe from the sun.PURCHASE
These sunglasses are all polarized, and available in a number of fun bright colors. The aviators fit extra large, so they’re best for someone with a bigger face. They’re designed to be comfortable, durable, and sit well-balanced on your face. You get a sleek and sophisticated carrying case for your sunnies with purchase as well.PURCHASE
These glasses are the ultimate summer look, with polarized pink gradient lenses in a trendy, geometric design. The glasses are partially handmade, so each one is unique compared to others in the same line. These are the perfect watercolor shades for wearing at the poolside, or enjoying an ice cream cone on the beach.PURCHASE
These sunglasses are straight from Giorgio Armani’s fashion house, which designs many luxury items. They’re vibrant and utilitarian, and at only $75, you can feel good about your purchase. The unique style of translucent orange frames paired with grey-green lenses will have you standing out from the crowd with class.PURCHASE
Not only are these sunglasses stylish and affordable, they also offer a huge bang for your buck. They come in a variety of colors, allowing you to customize your look to your liking. You can go for black, brown, silver, you name it.
They’re polarized to prevent glare from reflective water, snow, and other bright surfaces. The frames and nose pad can be adjusted for maximum comfort, while remaining stylish and flattering.PURCHASE
These fashionable and classy sunglasses are a great deal at just over $20. The frames are made up of corrosion-resistant metal, so they’ll last a long time. These glasses are perfect for driving, as they are polarized without darkening or reflecting glares.
They’re attractive and sleek, and come with a nice case. The shape is universally flattering, and would look good on a range of face-shapes. And if you end up sitting on them or leaving them behind, or find they don’t flatter your face, the $20 won’t be a huge loss.PURCHASE
Shady Rays is a company you can feel good about buying from. With every purchase, they provide 11 meals through Feeding America, a US-based non-profit that feeds millions of people each year. They also give you a microfiber cleansing pouch for your sunglasses, and a lifetime warranty. And not to mention how unique and attractive the matte wood design is on theses glasses. You’ll be looking good flaunting these Shady Rays. If you’re taking them out a lot and something does happen to them, you won’t have to give up your favorite pair thanks to the lifetime warranty.PURCHASE
Foster Grant has been around for a hundred years, so you can bet they know what they’re doing when it comes to eyewear. These aviators are scratch and impact-resistant, and have an attractive matte bronze design. They follow the classic aviator style, while offering a more broad temple design.
They’re polarized and great for driving, and at $30, they’re a great deal.PURCHASE
These fashionable sunglasses are available in black grey and tortoise brown, and would look best on an oval or round face. You can select a wider size if you feel it would fit your face better than the classic size. They’re designed for maximum comfort, and if you you have sensitive or irritable skin, you’ll be happy to know these sunglasses are hypoallergenic. These are sturdy, rectangular, and a great deal for the price.PURCHASE
Quay Australia has been around for over a decade, honing in on the fashion of festival-goers and free spirits all over the world. They’ve got a huge collection of fashionable accessories, and these sunglasses are just part of it.
You can go for the classic black, or go for the tortoise and gold frame to switch it up. Either way you will stand out while looking stylish in these sunnies.PURCHASE
These polarized sunglasses are comfortable, lightweight and perfect for many different activities. The clear frames and matte blue lenses will make you stand out while looking stylish and protecting your eyes.
Sunski offers a lifetime warranty, and even has a “Virtual Try-On” function to see how they look in a selfie. Play around with the function and see how different shapes look on your face. You might be surprised. You can have a little fun with these fashionable glasses without breaking the bank.PURCHASE
Most of us know Polaroid for their previous line of cameras, but the brand has branched out so much more. They’ve got television sets, headphones, and you guessed it, amazing sunglasses.
These come in a very on-trend octangular shape, and look sophisticated and classy. You can get them in black, red, or blue. The nose pads and metal are adjustable, so you will be able to get the right fit even if they’re not perfect right away.PURCHASE
Hand-crafted, polarized, scratch-resistant and anti-glare coating, what more could you want from a pair of sunglasses? At under $30, The Blake sunglasses are a major deal for the quality. These are stylish and would look great for dozens of activities, from biking to driving, to sitting beside the beach. At such a reasonable price, you won’t have to worry about your every move when you take these glasses with you. They come in black and brown, which is surprisingly difficult choice when you see how good they both look.PURCHASE
If you’re the athletic type, you might find yourself drawn to these amazing Nike Legend sunglasses, which are unbelievably affordable and attractive. They offer a pretty realistic “virtual try-on” which allows you to see how you’d look with the glasses on at all angles. The glasses are lightweight, and perfect for many activities.PURCHASE
These sunglasses will make you stand out from the rest with their glossy plastic and mirror-tinted lenses. You can rest assured these were designed for comfort and style, without feeling nervous about breaking or leaving them behind at only $20. They have comfortable nose grips to ensure the right fit, and the plastic and metal is durable if you do end up beating up on them.PURCHASE
For the adventurous type, Oakley’s sunglasses are a perfect match. The brand is known for their pieces of sportswear and lifestyle accessories, including sunglasses, goggles, and other apparel.
These are trendy but timeless, and your love of the outdoors and adventure will shine through with these on. The sunglasses come with a nice microfiber pouch to store them in when not in use.PURCHASE
Another pick from Armani Exchange, these sunglasses are must-have classic style at an affordable price. This line of sunglasses is more fast fashion to keep up with the young and contemporary styles, while also maintaining a high level of quality in the product. You’re sure to look sophisticated and classy with these sunnies on.PURCHASE
How to pick a pair
With so many options for affordable men’s sunglasses, it could be a challenge narrowing down which style is perfect for you.
If you can, try virtual try-on methods to see what looks good on your face, and compare styles to previous sunglasses you’ve enjoyed or thought looked good. Pay careful attention to the face shapes recommended for each style, as some glasses look better on specific shaped faces.
Think about how you plan to use the sunglasses too. If you just want a backup pair to take on trips risk-free, you can probably go for a cheaper pair that won’t break the bank if you accidentally leave them behind. If you want more every day attire, you might want to splurge a little extra money to get the best, most long-lasting pair for you.