Specs, sunnies, glares, shades, gecks, cheaters or sunblockers – whatever you choose to call them, with summer around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about sun glasses!
Unlike regular eye-glasses, men’s shades are more playful and are far less-restrictive. Not only do you have a huge range of unusual frames, but also a broad selection of other elements to contend with. So let’s start by taking a closer look at what type of men’s shades you’re likely to find on the high street:
Choosing a style
There are a wide range of shapes and styles available to men, some more popular than others. As with any other garment, try to avoid the fashion du jour and focus more on what suits you and your particulars.
If you haven’t done so already, read my original article on finding the right spectacle frames to discover more information on your own face type; it’ll be an enormous help in finding the best style for you:
Created by Ray-Ban in the late 1930s, the iconic teardrop shape is ideal for those with a triangular face. Due to their wide surface area, you should avoid single tone tints and chose a smooth graduating gradient instead.
Another Ray-Ban classic, the Wayfarer shades have been popular since their release in 1952, and are said to be the best selling designer sunglasses in history! Their subtle shape will feel at home on most face types, and help offset roundness without being too pointed.
Also known as the ‘John Lennon’/ ‘Ozzy Osbourne’ glasses. These circular wire-rimmed shades won’t suit oval or round faces very well. Not as popular as they once were due to their aging psychedelic/counter-culture connection.
Founded in the mid-1970s, the unique sunglasses produced by Oakley became hugely popular around the turn of the century. Most recognizable by their low-profile and iconic curving-shape, Oakley sunglasses work well on a range of face shapes with the gentle arching lends itself well to those with angular features that need softening.
Defined by their full, all-round coverage. Wraparound shades come in a variety of lens types and look great on a range of faces, particularly those with oval features who require wide-reaching frames.
Typically these create a light and unimposing look; great for those with strong facial features who don’t want to destabilize their proportions. An especially good choice for those with a diamond-shaped face.
Things To Remember
There are a number of other elements you need to consider aside from the size and shape of the frames and lenses:
Do your new shades offer adequate protection from the sun’s harmful rays? Check for a suitable certification sticker to ensure you’re getting the valuable filtering effect from your sunnies.
Don’t forget the color of the lens will directly affect the way you perceive the world. Cheaper glasses tend to cast a ghastly glowing hue over everything. If this sounds like your idea of hell, try to pick shades offering a neutral tone throughout; they may be a little more expensive, but they’ll be worth it long term.
Polarized lenses are used to reflect glare from bright sun-spots. Light is flittered through the glasses in much the same way as a Venetian blind cuts out the sunlight in your living room. Consider this feature if you’re going to be sat by a lake all summer long, or anywhere that glare is omnipresent.
If you’ll be subjected to ocean spray or pool side splashes this summer, then you may want to consider a hydrophobic coating for your sunblockers; this will ensure any water beads off your lenses rather than sticking to the surface, leaving rather unpleasant marks.
Even the classics don’t last!
Don’t be tempted to fish out your thirty-year old aviators just to save a couple of bucks! Not only do they (often) provide inadequate protection from the sun, they also look their age; if you want to wear that model, buy a similar pair with more contemporary, updated styling.