We all know the future’s so bright, you gotta wear shades. But that doesn’t make picking the right pair of sunglasses any easier. With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start of summer, you are about to spend a lot more time looking at life through dark lenses, hopefully as you gaze out onto a beach, drink in hand, but also for those “sunglasses and Advil, last night was mad real” kind of days.
Forget about all the loud, neon options. You don’t want to look like the kid that took too much Molly at the EDM festival. Ditto for the flashy bejeweled glasses. Biggie Smalls may be able to get away with rocking Versace shades, but that’s about it. Instead, stick with the classics. You can’t go wrong with a pair of tortoiseshell shades. The flecked pattern is like camouflage with the way it seamlessly blends in with whatever clothes you have on, from a suit to boardshorts.
We found five great pairs of tortoise sunglasses that will help elevate your summer style.
1. OAKLEY HOLBROOK
This is snowboarder/skateboarder/rock star Shaun White’s signature series of the Holbrook. The lenses are more squared off than your typical wayfarer and the arms are a little beefier making them a good fit for guys with a slightly larger face shape.
2. PERSOL 714
Steve McQueen wore these Persols in The Thomas Crowne Affair and a sunglass legend was born. The classic shades fold along the arms and bridge so you can easily stash them in your pocket. And you can’t beat the combination of the tortoise frame with the gradient blue on the polarized lenses.
3. STUN BLEND
Tortoise shades don’t have to be brown. They can look just as sharp in black, as these wayfarers from Stun prove. And at $24 a pair, you won’t be too heartbroken if (or better yet, when) you lose them.
4. RAY-BAN CATS 5000
If an aviator is more your style, you can still get in on the tortoise trend. The Cats 5000 is Ray-Ban’s interpretation of its classic metal aviators with a plastic frame. Get them with the gradient lenses to complete the look with just the right amount of 70s machismo.
5. WARBY PARKER AMES
The rimless bottom half of these glasses gives them a more intellectual flair so people will think you’re smart (what a duping!). You can also get them with prescription lenses so you can see all the people that are admiring your style.