June 16, 2024

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18 Best sunglasses 2024: Ray-Ban to Gucci

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Sunglasses season never ends, however, amid a series of sales and discounts, the time is ripe to be updating your collection with the best frames of seasons past and present. Whether you’re a serial sunglasses wearer à la Anna Wintour or you’re simply looking for a pair to elevate days out, there’s no shortage of stylish shades.

In addition to the usual stock of aviators and wayfarers, with their timeless appeal, a couple of additional noteworthy eyewear trends to be aware of right now is that for the oversized, overtly chic and feminine, and also that for futuristic wrap-around styles (epitomised by everyone from District Vision to Balenciaga) – both very much 1990s- and 2000s-inspired.

Whatever style you choose (classic shapes are good too) it’s not always easy picking a new pair of sunglasses, especially with the opportunity to try them on in-store being sometimes limited. Pile that on top of the breadth of choice in lens strengths, colours, and polarisation (glare protection) options, and it can all become rather baffling.

As a general rule, always consider face shape. If you want to wear your glasses more than once, it would be smart to consider what actually looks good on you. Square faces, for instance, will 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, on the other hand, might consider opting for square or rectangular styles such as wayfarers to harden their features.

Here, to guide you through the jungle of competing eyewear brands, we’ve rounded up a selection of the very best men’s sunglasses for various face shapes, all of which boast a style that transcends the beach alone. Credit cards at the ready.

What are the best sunglasses for men?

Best luxury sunglasses: Persol

OO4147 Contrail aviator sunglasses

How long do sunglasses last?

If you treat ‘em well, a good pair of sunglasses should last around two years. That said, should you find yourself reaching for them everyday whilst exposing yourself to strong UV radiation, you may want to trade them in a little sooner.

How many pairs of sunglasses should I own?

Well, dear reader, how long is a piece of string? How much room do you have? Whilst we may all desire an emporium full of sunglasses, we’d say the average quantity lies around two to four pairs of sunglasses per person, just enough to have a balance between your more practical pairs, stylish pairs, and activity-based pairs. But as we say, there’s certainly no shame in having more. In fact, we salute it.

What is the difference between polarised and UV-protection sunglasses?

Polarised lenses have been designed and produced to minimalise the glare of the sun, as well as glare from reflective surfaces, be it water, snow, or glass, thereby protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays. But how will this look? When you slip on a pair of polarised sunglasses, colours should appear as rich as they do IRL whilst effectively reducing your urge to squint. Simply put, you’ll see better and you’ll feel better.

Where the goal of polarised lenses is to make your experience more comfortable, sunglasses that prioritise UV protection have been designed specifically for, well, protection. Keeping the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) rays from reaching your eyes, these sunglasses can aid in keeping all manner of eye-related illnesses — think abnormal eye growths, macular degeneration, general vision loss, and even cancer of the eye — at arm’s length.

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