Here for our Mens Sunglasses Uk review? Sunglasses might be a seasonless essential, but with warmer weather on the way, there’s even more reason to get a slick new pair of shades in your armoury. Look sharp and stay focused with our pick of the season’s best sunglasses for men…
In addition to the usual stock of aviators and wayfarers you’d expect to be filling the shops at this time of year, there are three additional noteworthy eyewear trends you should be aware of right now: namely that for oversized and overtly chic and feminine, and also that for futuristic wrap-around styles (epitomised by both Balenciaga and Prada’s recently released, hype-soaked range) – both very much 1990s- and 2000s-inspired.
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Whatever style you choose – classic shapes are good too – it’s not always easy picking a new pair of sunglasses, primarily due to the sheer amount of choice on the market. Pile that on top of the breadth of choice in lens strengths, colours and polarisation (glare protection) options and it can all become quite baffling.
Another important thing to consider is face shape. If you want to wear your glasses more than once, it would be smart to consider what actually looks good on you. If you have a square face, for instance, you’ll benefit from the soft curves of rounder frames. Likewise, the angles of a triangular- or heart-shaped face will be accentuated by aviators. Rounder faces? Opt for square or rectangular styles (wayfarers are a good option).
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Here, to guide you through the jungle of competing eyewear brands is GQ‘s best sunglasses roundup. Credit cards at the ready.
As collaborations go, few brands work quite so well as the Kanye West-adored Parisian purveyor of minimalist menswear APC or the shades beloved by Steve McQueen, Ryan Gosling and Jay-Z, Persol. Reworking the iconic 649 silhouette, this line comes in a neutral colour palette that’s exactly as chic as one would expect. £219. At End. endclothing.com
Though his knitwear took the bulk of the praise in Knives Out, Chris Evans’ round-framed gold Ray-Bans take the gong for best accessory in a supporting role. Evans proved that as well as being good value for all seasons, they’re just as well suited to a brown overcoat and paisley scarf as your summer getup. £131. At Sunglass Hut. sunglasshut.com
Under the creative eye of Kyle NG, Brain Dead’s reputation in streetwear is ever-growing. The debut eyewear collection from the brand known for its out-there graphics was a sight to behold and these oversized, retro-futuristic sunglasses are a perfectly playful addition to your summer accessories. £198. At Slam Jam. slamjam.com
Transparent frames have firmly cemented their place in the eyeglasses world, but are notably less often adopted with the tinted kind. It’s something we think we’ll be seeing plenty more of this summer, though, and we’ll be putting our money where our eyes are in these slick Ralph Lauren wayfarers. £118. At Asos. asos.com
If you’re after an uber-chic pair of frames ahead of the summer, Ace & Tate’s unisex options err on a more feminine style of eyewear which, we must admit, we’re quite enjoying. Done out in a light tortoiseshell, their wide wing and slight slant are just the nod you need to the current wave of gender-fluid fashion, without rocking the boat. £98. aceandtate.com
Thick, round and powder pink, these Gucci shades sure make a statement. Call it wishful thinking given the current state of 2020, but we’re picturing these worn with a pastel polo shirt, white chinos and loafers on the deck of a superyacht, aperitif in hand. £355. At Browns. brownsfashion.com
Simon Porte Jacquemus’ incomparably chic output suggests he’s a designer who sees the world through rose-tinted glasses. Now, you can too. These square frames look pixelated enough for Pacman with their rigid squareness. Note the subtle branding atop the bridge. Magnifique. £295. At Farfetch. farfetch.com
Jacques Marie Mage is an LA-based specialist in the micro-production of artisanal eyewear and its pieces are always quality, provocative and beautiful. These sunnies go by the name of Beauregard, which urbandictionary.com defines as a “designation of male of the human species – generally rich, white, conservative, preppy and well-dressed”. Focus on the “well-dressed” bit, which these help to amplify, and hope people think the rest is ironic. £755. At matchesfashion.com
Perhaps Betty White isn’t the first celebrity style icon you think of when you’re looking for shopping inspiration, but these Saint Laurent frames are a nod to the 98-year-old. In fact, this year, there’s a bit of a trend for sunglasses that wouldn’t look out of place on the peepers of old Hollywood’s most iconic women. We’re very much here for it. £230. At Browns. brownsfashion.com
Bigger isn’t always better, but these Burberry sunglasses are pretty damn great. The futuristic frames by Riccardo Tisci are a bold choice, with Burberry branding not only scrawled across the temples but embedded in the lens. On the Burberry scale of stately to modern, these fall further on the latter. £185. At Sunglass Hut. sunglasshut.com
These #Sun Nautic shades have category-three polarised lens and 100 per cent UV protection, making them perfect for water sports and driving, two of the most integral activities of a summer road trip. If you do legitimately use #Sun when on holiday, fear not: the sunglasses’ classic frame in tortoiseshell will redeem your Instagram sins. £45. At Selfridges. selfridges.com
Consistently the most reliable and stylish sunglasses on offer, Ray-Ban is a household brand for good reason. Though the Wayfarer tends to get the best press, the label’s Blaze Meteor style is no exception. The one-piece lens give them a uniformity of design that’s neither overwrought nor boring: a well-balanced pair of holiday shades. £136. At Sunglass Hut. sunglasshut.com
Like the imagined curvature on a smooth, mahogany drinks cabinet, these Persol sunglasses look as if they’d been whittled out of a single block of wood and polished with a rare resin for a very specific amount of time. Such is the craft and beauty of these sunnies, they will be difficult to take off. £146. persol.com
Being both old-world masculine and new-world stylish is a challenge. For example, is camouflage still trendy or just a “battle reenactment” prop for sad old men? We’re out here trying to meld the two and, in doing so, present to you the Bulgari Octo sunglasses in gunmetal steel. The Rolls-Royce of shades, they have an irresistible masculine beauty about them. £479. At Sunglass Hut. sunglasshut.com
What do you get when you cross one of the most revered fashion designers of the past 20 years with one of the most famous eyewear manufacturers? You get some of the coolest sunglasses money can buy: not just this particular pair of sunglasses, but the whole of Linda Farrow and Dries Van Noten’s collaboration. We urge you to check it out. £294. At farfetch.com
Looking to get in on the aviator trend this summer? Hackett has you covered. Available in navy and two shades of tortoiseshell, these frames will ensure you’re the most stylish man at your next barbecue. Crafted from ultra-thin acetate, they have an open double bridge and they’re finished with hidden Hackett trims within the hinge. £195. hackett.com
The thick rim and reverse cherry gradient combination make this Cutler And Gross style impeccable to look at. The frame has been designed using interior “televisioni” milling to reduce weight and create a grill effect. The nose bridge is sculpted for comfort and the reverse-gradient lens makes them the natural choice for switching between indoors and outdoors seamlessly. £315. cutlerandgross.com
Founded in 2012, Cubitts makes frames the traditional way and goes through 50 crafted stages of production over a period of six weeks, including four separate stages of polishing to ensure a glorious lustre. Opt for the Collier frames with an angular lens shape to complement both an oval or round face shape, while the bridgeless style will add length to shorter noses. £125. cubitts.co.uk
If you’re looking to play around with some more experimental frame shapes this season (we actively encourage it), Saint Laurent is a brand that’s plenty more innovative than most. Sleek and stylish, these unisex sunnies are just one such example of the “new wave” designs that are just as cool as they are attention grabbing. £295. ysl.com
The Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classics are the most recognisable in the history of sunglasses. After its initial design in 1952, the Wayfarer quickly endeared itself to Hollywood filmmakers, musicians and artists, solidifying its iconic style status for years to come. You really can’t go wrong £131. ray-ban.com
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These sophisticated shades are a good staple for your accessories collection. Intricately crafted and marked with the iconic signature, the “C De” frames will carry through to all seasons, adding a finishing touch to any ensemble. £645. cartier.co.uk
Introduced in the 1960s as a folding version of the 649 model, the 714 were the first ever folding glasses. These found fame thanks to Steve McQueen n The Thomas Crown Affair and have been a timeless men’s classic ever since. £189. At Sunglass Hut. sunglasshut.com
Balenciaga often sits at the forefront of eyewear trends. This intriguing pair of “hybrid” sunglasses is unlike anything we’ve seen before: instead of subtly blending two different style tangents, they are almost diametrically opposed and forced to coexist. It creates an awkward and strange beauty that is hard to deny. £295. At End. endclothing.com
These rectangular, acetate lenses will add a seriously cool Cali vibe to your spring wardrobe, even if the most you’re likely to see of spring is from your back garden/roof terrace/living room window. £290. celine.com
The soft frame and light lens make these square aviator sunglasses look almost like reading glasses. They are crafted from metal and feature BPA- and phthalate-free acrylic acetate accents and temple tips, coming with UV 400-certified nylon lenses. We just love these 1970s-referencing sunnies. £40. arket.com
These sunglasses are wraparound, a shape that tends to lend itself best to the slopes. They definitely have their place on the street, though, and will be particularly well suited to round face shapes thanks to their size and angles. £210. prada.com
Handcrafted in Italy, The Brompton sunglasses epitomise Paul Smith’s love of colour. The octagonal shape has just the right amount of hippy appeal without being hackysack overkill. Perfect for a spring jaunt in the park… or not. £265. paulsmith.com
The third drop in the collaboration with Sam Ross, the man behind A-Cold-Wall*, these oversized goggles are sure to take your street credibility up a notch. Worn with an in-demand face mask, a pretty practical accessory for a pop to the shops right now, too. £156. oakley.com
These ever-so-slightly tinted sunglasses are for the minimalist. With a subtle engraving of the Alexander McQueen logo at the temples, they look best on square and angular faces to soften the features. £265. At matchesfashion.com
If you have a square face you should be opting for a softer, rounded frame and these sunglasses from Ted Baker are the perfect fit. Plus, with filter-category-three lenses, these shades are dark enough to protect from the sun while also making them suitable for driving. £125. tedbaker.com
Thanks to their slim profile and slightly squared frame, these keyhole bridge sunglasses with blue lenses are an easy way to make a stylish statement. Finished with the signature “Polo” printed on the temples and etched in the corner of the left lens, they’re a good match for your summer suit. £130. ralphlauren.co.uk
For a timeless pair of shades, look no further than these Coach beauties. With their oversized geometric shape, classic tortoiseshell frame and stylish blue lenses, these frames will take you from office to festival and everywhere in between. £148. coach.com
Looking to modernise your sunglasses style this summer? Opt for these Louis Vuitton flat-front frames with a two-tone design, square acetate lenses and their signature stamp, of course. £275. louisvuitton.com
If you’re looking for a pair of aviator-style frames to re-create your best Top Gun fantasy, Plein has you covered with these black metal shades. Worn with a sharp suit, they’re about as masculine as sunglasses get. £475. plein.com
Hot off the press, these newly released sunglasses are part of Thomas Sabo’s first expedition into the world of eyewear. Sticking to the cool, slightly Gothic aesthetic of the brand, these “Johnny” sunglasses have a very dark mood about them – no bad thing. £129. thomassabo.com
Who says that prescription sunglasses can’t be on trend? These double-bridged, round-shaped polarised lenses are perfect for a square- or heart-shaped face. The tortoiseshell frame and acetate and gold details detract from the fact these glasses won’t break the bank. Go to the website to virtually try them on. £75. eyedoo.co.uk
Finlay & Co shot to attention when Meghan Markle wore a pair of the brand’s sunglasses at her debut appearance with Prince Harry. It also does stylish frames for men, as visitors to its newly opened store will attest. Located on London’s Broadwick Street, it offers eye tests using the latest optometric technologies and showcases its full range, from specs to shades, all handmade in Italy. Our pick of the frames? These Bowery beauties. Grab a pair and set yourself up for summer. £120. finlayandco.com
The iconic Clubmaster sits at the forefront of Ray-Ban’s catalogue of sunglasses, along with the other classics that have made our edit. This one should be the centrepiece of any smart look that warrants the addition of a slick pair of shades. £127. ray-ban.com
Versace doesn’t do things by halves and these shades epitomise that. Donatella’s work at its finest, if we might say so. £211. versace.com
The mature man’s guide to sunglasses
Variable tint glasses can be good for driving, with a lighter lower section to view the dashboard
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Sunglasses are a staple accessory that many of us get slightly wrong. We know how important they are in protecting our eyes from the sun’s rays. And they come in jolly handy for driving, golfing, walking or just getting out and about on a sunny day. But when we’re faced with umpteen styles and shapes of sunglasses, we tend to panic and grab the first pair that catches our eye.
It takes more than a spot of luck to find the perfect shades. Here’s how to look stylish all summer long by choosing the best sunglasses for your face shape.
Choose the right lenses
More than a style statement, good quality sunglasses protect your eyes
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When it comes to buying sunglasses, always start with the lenses. Get these wrong and your sunglasses will be worse than useless. Here are some of the most useful types of lens for the mature gent.
Polarised lenses – Polarised lenses reduce glare, making them excellent eyewear if you’re an angler or boating type. As long as they’re not too dark, they’re good for driving too, particularly on wet roads.
Photochromic lenses – If you need prescription lenses and are sick of having to chop and change between sunglasses and spectacles all day long, photochromic (or transition) lenses could be the answer. These clever lenses adjust to sunlight, getting darker in bright light and reverting to look and act like normal spectacles in the absence of strong UV.
All of this makes photochromic lenses convenient and cost-efficient. However, they make terrible driving sunglasses – as UV doesn’t adequately penetrate your windscreen to activate them. Also, some brands are slower to adjust than others and cold weather can also affect the adjustment process.
Interchangeable lenses– A solution to the shortcomings of polarised and photochromic lenses is to invest in an interchangeable lens system. These frames come with easily changeable lenses to match every occasion – whether that’s driving, golfing or fishing. The downside is that your extra lenses are yet another thing to go missing.
Go for quality
Aviator style glasses suit many face shapes, but particularly hearts and diamonds.
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We’ve all done it – bought cheap sunglasses and lived to regret it. When it comes to eye protection, bargain-basement sunglasses just don’t cut it. You get what you pay for – and quality shades from a reputable manufacturer will give you the best lenses, the most stylish frames and the peace of mind that your new sunglasses won’t fall apart when you need them most.
Match sunglasses to your face shape
We don’t all suit all styles of sunglasses. And yet so many of us choose frame styles based on an imagined idea of how we’d like to look, rather than on what will actually flatter our faces. The secret is to choose the best sunglasses for your face shape. Read the descriptions below to find your face shape and perfect sunglasses style.
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If have a round face, your best option is to go for a pair of sunglasses that gives you angles. This is good news, because there are plenty of styles that will work for your face.
Wayfarers, club masters, and square aviators will all look great on you. Avoid small, round sunglasses. Any shades with corners that are big enough to span the middle (and widest) part of your face, will suit and flatter
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If you have a square face – a wide forehead, square jaw line and the width across your cheekbones is roughly the same as the length of your face – you’re looking for curves to soften it up a bit. The best shape for you is round.
Round frames are difficult for most gents to pull off, but they suit your face shape perfectly. A great option is the Gregory Peck from Oliver Peoples. These stylish sunglasses were designed in collaboration with the family of the eponymous star of Spellbound, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the Guns of Navarone.
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With a longish face and a balanced forehead and chin, rectangular-faced chaps like you look best in wide sunglasses with subtle curves to offset the sharper angles of your features.
Clint Eastwood has such a face, so let’s turn to Dirty Harry for inspiration. As the epitome of 1970s cool, Eastwood wore shades so stylish they’ve never gone out of fashion. Emulate his look with a pair of Ray-Ban 4089 Baloramas – you lucky punk.
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Take a look in the mirror. If your forehead is wider than your cheeks and your chin is of the pointy variety, you have a heart-shaped face.
A great style for you is that perennial classic – the aviator. Its strong two-bar bridge and tapering, teardrop lenses will give your features plenty of strength without knocking them out of balance. Just don’t go too big.
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Wide jaw, narrower cheekbones and an even narrower forehead? Choose a square frame that is heavier at the top to balance out your strong jaw line.
With its excellent geometry and streamlined look, the Ray-Ban Caravan is just right for you. A great alternative to aviators, this frame was launched in 1957. Like you, it’s stood the test of time with its understated elegance.
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A diamond face is similar to an oval face but with a pointy chin. It’s quite a long face and, because it tapers, you need a pair of sunglasses that won’t draw attention downwards.
Our pick for the diamond geezers among you is the wonderful Clubmaster. You get a nice accented eyebrow line and a slightly tapering D-frame which draws the attention up rather than down. Malcolm X was famous for wearing this style – it’s a retro frame which looks great on mature men.
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With your oval face, a last-minute career as a TV panel-show host could be yours! Quiz shows aside, you’re fortunate to have just the right proportions to wear almost any classic sunglasses.
Our pick for you is the Ray Ban Wayfarer which, when it was introduced in 1952, was a trailblazer in terms of masculine styling. Cool, classic and debonair, the Wayfarer shape is unmistakable. And lucky you can pull it off perfectly.
Put it all together
You’ve considered which lenses suit your lifestyle, thought about quality and matched frame styles to your face shape. Now you have all the knowledge you need to get your perfect pair of shades. Heading off on a summer holiday? Don’t forget to pack a foldable Panama hat and some linen shirts.
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