Best Sunglasses For Men 2023
The best sunglasses for men are the ones you actually wear: a great pair will protect your eyes from UV light, have a comfortable, lightweight design for on the go, and be durable enough to withstand an accidental drop. And if the frames look good on your face too, that’s an added bonus.
The hardest thing about buying sunglasses is the limitation of options. If you’re planning on wearing your sunglasses while running, lounging by the pool, or just driving, there are a number of criteria you should prioritize – particularly size, weight, and lens quality. With that in mind, we spoke to experts and evaluated the different options on the market to find the best men’s sunglasses from a variety of top brands. Here are nine pairs that we highly recommend for every price point and style preference.
What you should consider when buying men’s sunglasses
- Online versus in person: When shopping online, you have the widest choice; The downside is that it can be difficult to gauge how each pair will suit you. If you’re not sure, rely on brands that offer easy-to-navigate virtual try-on technology, like Raen and Warby Parker. Los Angeles-based fashion stylist Vanessa Powell also recommends measuring your face, just to be sure. “A lot of people make the mistake of wearing sunglasses that are too big or too small for their face. It doesn’t look natural and feels uncomfortable, almost like wearing a pair of shoes that don’t fit well.” Another option: Measure a pair of glasses you already own and like and use that as a guide while shopping.
- Materials and hardware: Beyond style, “always pay attention to construction details,” says celebrity stylist and creative curator Avon Dorsey. Quality pairs are often made from acetate, which is lightweight and considered sturdier than plastic, and polarized lenses to minimize sun glare and reduce eye strain. “The goggle hardware is also a key component of design and durability,” adds Dorsey. For example, look for barrel hinges that allow your glasses to flex slightly at the temple. As Dorsey notes, “better hardware means better wear resistance.”
How do I find the most flattering sunglasses for my face shape?
Powell recommends finding frames that balance your face. “The general guideline is to choose sunglasses that contrast with your face shape and reach just past the cheekbones,” says Powell. “Keeping this advice in mind makes it easier to shop online when you can’t try on pairs in person.” In general, if you have a round face, try something edgier or squarer. If you have a strong jawline, contrast it with a rounded style and vice versa. But remember, fashion rules are meant to be broken. Dorsey recommends using your instincts. “If you feel most confident in a certain color style, go with your gut.”
When does it make sense to treat yourself to sunglasses?
Dorsey suggests investing in a classic frame — like an aviator or wayfarer shape, both of which balance straight and curved lines — rather than overly trendy styles. Also think about the colour. “Standard black, brown or gray glasses are so versatile and the average person will find them very useful,” he says. Similarly, Powell says, “It’s rare that I suggest that I swank a sunglass trend or statement pair.” Instead, she favors timeless options that feel authentic to her clients. “These are the pairs that you’ll want to replace when lost rather than choosing something new.” And she finds, “The frames usually have a neutral finish and match your overall fashion style.”
What is the best way to style sunglasses?
“Sunglasses should never interfere with an outfit,” says Powell. “They should feel like an extension of one. Your outfit tells a story and a pair of sunglasses should fit the theme of what you’re doing.” Dorsey also pays attention to color. “The easiest trick is to match your sunglasses to the color of your outfit or use your sunglasses as a pop of color to contrast with your outfit.”
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