Few accessories attract more attention on a man than his sunglasses. It’s where most people’s eyes are immediately drawn. You know, since they’re on your face and all. That puts picking the right pair of sunglasses on par with selecting the right shoes, and above other accessories like a watch.
It’s kind of like Goldilocks. You don’t want sunglasses that are too big or too small, too loud or too quiet. Having a quiver of shades is usually a good idea because, who are we kidding, sunglasses are made for losing (or at least misplacing). But if you were going to get one pair right now that combined a cool factor with great taste, it would have to be glasses with clear frames.
Clear-framed shades have traditionally been looked at as uber-modern, but they don’t have to be. The pairs below all cut that “right now” flair with a healthy dose of classic to create sunglasses you’ll be really bummed if you lose (I mean, misplace).
1. RAEN REMMY 52
Raen’s sunglasses are inspired by classic mid-century designs. The angular bridge combined with the rounded bottom ensures that the Remmy’s will look good on any face type. They also feature polarized lenses from renowned lensmaker Carl Zeiss, whose glass is relied upon to craft top-of-the-line camera lenses, that cut down glare.
2. MOSCOT GLICK
Moscot has been making glasses in New York City’s Lower East Side for more than 100 years—so they have to be doing something right. The Glicks are great for guys looking for a round frame and they combine the two coolest looks in sunglasses right now: clear frames around the lenses and tortoise shell arms.
3. DOM VETRO CAPRETTA
Dom Vetro shades are benchmade in the Italian Alps using traditional methods that the brand is trying to preserve. The Caprettas sum up la dolce vita. The champagne-colored frames are set off nicely with the green-tinted lenses to create a pair that call to mind a timeless 1960s style.
4. SALT LODIN
The Lodin, from under-the-radar brand Salt, has a more squarish shape than traditional wayfarer-style shades. That makes them look better on guys with rounder faces.
5. SATURDAYS WALKER
The Italian acetate frames on the Walkers are crystal clear, which makes for a striking look that pairs well with the more traditional grey lenses. Everything Saturdays does strikes that ideal balance between surf and city and these sunglasss are no exception.
6. SEE 5368
The 5368s exist in a cool in-between space. They kind of look like aviators with just the slightest of dips above the nose but then they also kind of look like wayfarers. Instead of overthinking it too much, just try them on and appreciate the fact that it’s a lot of look for under $100.
7. OAKLEY LATCH
Besides changing the way athletes see, Oakley is also constantly innovating its lifestyle shades. The Latch features a clever hook at the hinge that holds the sunglasses in place when they’re folded over your shift collar or chest pocket. Aside from that trick, the sunglasses also happen to look really awesome.
8. VUARNET GLACIER $540, vuarnet.com
The Glaciers were featured in the recent James Bond film Spectre, and the style is great for men seeking a more classically rugged pair of sunglasses. The leather pieces on the sides are reminiscent of vintage mountaineering shades, but if you want a traditional aviator-style, the leather comes off easily via magnets.