Sunglasses are generally thought of as a summer thing. They are a part of most guys’ everday carry between Memorial Day and Labor Day. But the need for sunglasses doesn’t go away once summer ends. (RIP. Pour out a little “brosé” for summer y'all.) It is not as though the sun disappears come fall, it’s just not out as long. When it is out, the sun’s rays come in at more of an angle, as opposed to more directly overhead, so the need for a quality pair of shades is actually heightened.
While the need for sunglasses doesn’t go away in the fall, the change in season does call for some different style options. The same way that your clothes transition from lighter to darker colors, so should your shades. Think more browns, greens, and dark reds similar to the colors of the changing leaves you’re likely to peep on an autumn hike. Black still works because black always works, but try opting for a matte black instead of a glossy one.
The goal is for the sunglasses to complement the rest of your outfit and not seem stuck in a different month. Here are seven pairs of fall shades that will keep you looking sharp through Thanksgiving.
1. DOM VETRO F-36
The ideal blend between an aviator and a wayfarer, Dom Vetro’s new F-36 comes in two sizes to make it easier to find a pair that fits your face perfectly. The acetate on the frames is made by hand in Italy and the tortoise shell color has a rich, fluid look.
2. RAEN X WOODY GOOCH REMY 49
With its geometric frame shape, Raen’s Remy 49 shades are well suited for guys with square and oval faces. This smart olive green pair comes with polarized lenses that will look and perform great on a fall hike. They are the result of a collaboration between Raen and photographer Woody Gooch and come with a polish cloth adorned with one of Woody’s images.
3. VUARNET ROUND CABLE CAR
$320, vuarnet.com The iconic 80s sunglass brand Vuarnet has come back in a big way. The Round Cable Car model provides a hypermodern take on a classic design for a style that is both new and familiar. The acetate frames have a brown two-tone pattern around the lenses and are connected with a double wire bridge for a very bold look.
4. WARBY PARKER PERCY
Not all fall sunglasses have to be brown. The scarlet frames on these Warby Parker glasses feel appropriate for the season while adding a nice pop of color. The frames are not too big and not too small so they will fit most face shapes nicely, and the polarized lenses cut down on glare.
5. AUTODROMO STELVIO
Autodromo creates accessories for the gentleman car enthusiast. These sunglasses are named after Stelvio Pass, one of Italy’s most iconic and challenging roads, consisting of 60 hairpin turns that wind up a mountain in the Italian Alps. Crafting these shades requires as much percision as navigating the road they are named after. The frames are handmade in Japan and require more than 130 different operations to assemble.
6. GARRET LEIGHT GRAYSON
These are not meant to be worn by someone who buttons his shirt all the way up. The Graysons have a 70s macho vibe that, for the right guy, never goes out of style. The matte brown frames play off of the matte gold lenses perfectly and lend an air of sophistication.
7. MOSCOT NEBB
Moscot’s newest style has a matte black frame and a more rectangular shape. It’s easy to picture Jack Nicholson sporting a pair of these. With the chunky frame, these are some substantial shades to be reckoned with.