Considering April crept up on us and daylight savings is making everyone feel a little better about their life, it’s about time you think about your summer wardrobe and there’s only one place to start: finding the best sunglasses for men.
Cool sunglasses are a necessity as we prepare for fun in the sun, they are both a fashion statement and also crucial for protecting your eyes from UV rays and increasing visibility so you can enjoy the summer for all the vibrant colorful wonders it is, instead of squinting in all your photographs.
It’s not all sunshine and drinks on the patio, though, and you may be a little disappointed to discover that not all styles of sunglasses suit everybody, but once you’ve selected your favorite pair, you can check and double check it’s right for you by looking at how different types of sunglasses look on different face shapes and styles.
You shouldn’t feel too concerned about this, though, and we’ve collected a wide range of popular sunglasses that are sure to add a spark to your summer outfits this year, and hopefully for many summers after. These are not your ultra cheap knock-off sunglasses you buy off guys with fake Rolexes and the gift of the gab at seaside resorts, these are the real thing. High quality and high style, because that’s what you deserve, dude.
The Best Sunglasses For Men
Could it really be anything else? Our top pick of the best sunglasses for men are the Ray-Ban Classic Clubmaster which are famed worldwide for classy, sophisticated design and style that look slightly more mature than the classic Wayfarer design. Available in a variety of colors, there’s something for everyone and will suit you whether you’re strutting through city streets on the way to the office or lounging on a sunbed on the beach of a tropical island.
The rectangular metal frame is reminiscent of the 50s and 60s and was a favored style of Malcolm X and Lyndon B. Johnson, so you’re guaranteed to be in excellent company. The heavy upper frame is secure without looking too much, while the wire frame low lenses find that much-sought-after balance between casual and professional.
- Weight5.6 ounces
The Ray-Ban Aviator are another highly sought-after pair of sunglasses for men that’ll make you feel you’re soaring through the sky with your eye on the ever escaping horizon. Or, more likely it’ll protect your eyes from the sun on solid, stable ground, maybe watching your favorite team or enjoying a drink on the patio with your buddies, but both sound pretty good to us.
The metal frame and glass lenses ensure security and keep the sunglasses steady and prevent wonkiness, which is always a danger with cheaper sunglass models. The UV protective coating is a perfect 100%, and also like the Clubmasters, they are not polarized, but at least UV protection is something.
- Weight3.84 ounces
No list of the top sunglasses would be complete without a mention to the classic and often go to style: the Ray-Ban New Wayfarer. It’s easy to see why this is the preferred style by men all across the country, with a smart rectangular style but without too much boxiness which may feel like the lenses are crowding your face.
As always, it’s important to ensure you’re buying the real product, and as soon as you pick them from the stylish box you won’t want to just throw into the trash, you’ll realize they both look and feel right. So much so you’ll be proud to wear them wherever, including down the street, at the party (cool dude, you) and at home, even if your partner accuses you of trying out a too-many-years-too-late Men in Black cosplay.
- Weight: 2 pounds
Jumping back into the cockpit, the Carrera Aviator sunglasses offer something a little different compared to their Ray-Ban counterparts. Everything you expect from the Aviator style is still there, with large lenses, and a secure nose bridge, but also with a secure and solid frame as opposed to the wire frames you see with other Aviator designs.
Boasting composite frames and composite lenses, these are a trustworthy pair of shades to take with you on vacation or just lounging in your backyard, maybe with a barbeque sizzling away in the background. This ensures durability and means the frequency of you panicking just where your sunglasses are will drop dramatically. Hint: they are always perched on your head.
- ModelCARERRA 33/S
- Weight7 ounces
The Oakley Crankshaft boast a sporty wraparound style to ensure security and safety more than style. That’s not to say they’re not a great-looking pair of sunglasses, though, but we understand they appeal to a certain part of society. This is primarily those who enjoy outdoor activities and who are frequently on the move.
The lens is 60 millimeters long, which increases peripheral vision and provides maximum clarity from all angles which is crucial for staying alert on the trail, while the thick arms ensure they stay in place however fast you’re moving. The plastic lens and frames also make them a little more durable and less prone to damage and bending that metal frames, which is essential for outdoor activities and adventures.
- Weight1.6 ounces
A simple, beautiful pair of men’s glasses, these Persol Sunglasses are suitable for both standard and prescription lenses to appeal to everyone who’d ever want or need a smart pair of shades. The standard lenses are glass to provide high quality construction while the composite frames are just as tough and trustworthy while still maintaining an air of elegance you expect from such marvelous Italian craftsmanship.
There are two colors to choose from, neither of which are too obnoxiously bold they distract from the style, and the slim white accent lines on the arms give it a little more style than simple monochrome coloring. The hinges are sleek but also robust, although they may offer a little too much flexibility for some people.
- Weight1 pound
If you’re after a reliable and also super-stylish pair of polarized sunglasses, the Tom Ford River Clubmaster bring much of what you’ll find with the similar Ray-Ban option but also provide enough individuality to give you something a little different when compared to what is arguably one of the most famous sunglasses brands in the world.
It boasts a fresh take on the Clubmaster style while still maintaining much of the vintage style we all know and love. This includes the T-hinge logo detail, embossed in gold for an ultra-sophisticated look, and the flatter square brow that more ideally frames your face in a mature and smart manner to ensure you fit in to the boardroom as much as you do on the beach.
- BrandTom Ford
- ModelPolarized FT0367_01D
- Weight13.6 ounces
Chic is not something you’d always expect from a pair of shades for men but the Shwood Prescott Square Acetate & Wood manage this with what seems to be the utmost ease. The rectangular frames combine with a clever rounded bridge to give you a smart mash-up of styles you can only expect from high quality sunglasses.
They are also durable, holding up well against knocks, drops and even occasional scrapes, which is great news for those who buy several pairs of shades a year. This durability ensures you’ll never need to do this again and gives you confidence of arriving at your destination looking just as good as when you left the house.
- Weight8 ounces
If you’re looking for one of the undisputed kings of men’s designer sunglasses, the Boss By Hugo Boss Rectangular sunglasses are a smart, stylish, and unassuming option that command attention whether you’re chilling on the beach or relaxing in the park. The solid black color throughout boasts professionalism, and the plastic lens and frames give you security from damage and potential wonkiness.
With a fully molded construction, they’re also comfortable, with the nose pads sitting perfectly in place without feeling oversized. The bridge is 17 millimeters wide, offering ample room for a variety of face and nose sizes, while the lenses are 57 millimeters across so as not to hinder vision, especially if you wear them while driving on riding along on your motorbike.
- BrandHugo Boss
- Weight5 ounces
An excellent and always-popular pair of sports sunglasses, the Nike Essential Chaser are a simple but functional and easily adaptable pair for you to choose from. The design makes them as perfect for the golf course as they are the beach, as well as being a great companion for sports games, hikes, and a myriad of other outdoor activities.
The strong frame ensures high quality and durability, giving you a pair of sunglasses designed to last year after year across a variety of adventures, victories, and the occasional defeat. However, despite this reliability, they’re also lightweight so you can wear them all day long without suffering discomfort or strains around the bridge, which is something cheaper, ill-fitting sunglasses may cause.
- Weight7.8 ounces
Our second Carrera pick is also our choice for the best value and one that goes for a different style of aviator sunglasses. These Carrera Men’s Aviators boast thick frames all over, with sturdy temples and a robust brow bridge to prevent damage and keep them securely on your face.
While the lenses are non-polarized, they still come with 100% UV protection coating, so while there may be some glare while wearing them, they protect your eyes from the harmful rays in the sunniest places on earth. The gradient lens style also reduces low visibility, especially if you’re one of those guys who loves to wear their sunglasses indoors or at night.
- Weight5.6 ounces
Our final pick of the best sunglasses for men are also our selection for the premium choice and come in the sleek and stylish form of the Porsche Design Square Fashion, which boast the same fast-paced lifestyle you’d expect from the car and would look perfectly suitable with you wearing these behind the wheel of your Boxster.
The plastic lens is lightweight and deceptively sturdy, supported by the titanium frame to ensure long life on your cross-country road trips with your leather driving gloves clutching the wheel and scarf fluttering in the wind behind you. These lenses aren’t polarized, but it offers a changeable option so you can find the right lenses for you, which is useful if you need prescription lenses are much as you need these sunglasses.
- BrandPorsche Design
- Weight8 ounces