5 Best Sunglasses for Men And How To Find The Right Pair For You
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When the weather starts to warm up, I’m barely ever indoors.
And this year the groundhog predicted an early spring, so you know I’m already preparing myself.
I’ve loved all the layering opportunities winter provides, but boy am I ready to shed my coat and say hello to the sun again.
Just think about it, no more bitter cold mornings, and our favorite star will actually still be up when you’re off of work.
Yes, gentlemen, the time is here. It’s time to bust out your shades.
Of course, sunglasses work year-round, but it’s crucial to have a pair to protect your eyes during the spring and summer.
Oh, and they’re also scientifically proven to make you look more attractive.
So to welcome the warmer weather, we’ve put together a list of our five favorite sunglasses this year.
3 Things to Consider When Buying Sunglasses
1. Face Shape
If you haven’t done much sunglasses shopping in the past, don’t worry. There are a few simple rules to follow that will help you nab a pair of glasses that look tailor-made.
The most important aspect to consider is your face shape.
Some styles of glasses just won’t look good on your face.
Others will look perfect.
As a general rule, don’t pick up a pair of glasses that exactly match the shape of your face. If you have a square face, don’t get square glasses—instead get a pair with rounded edges like the Eldridge. If you have a round face, don’t go for completely round glasses—opt for shades that square up a bit, like the Clubmaster.
Of course, one of the main reasons the New Depp takes our top spot is because it’s balanced to look great on just about any face shape.
2. Eye Protection
The right sunglasses will make you look cooler. There’s no doubt about that.
But they should also protect your eyes from UV rays while they’re earning you style points. With so many brands out there now, there’s no reason to pick a brand that doesn’t offer full UV protection.
And no, just because the lens is really dark doesn’t mean it blocks UV. Dark lenses can actually be worse for your eyes because they dilate your pupils and let more harmful UV into your eyes than without sunglasses.
No, you need something that offers absolute UV protection. This goes by a few different names, but all mean the same thing. Look for:
- 100% UV Protection
- UV400 Protection
- UV-A and UV-B Protection
Any one of those designations means you’ve got a shield up for your eyes.
3. Lens Type
Your sunglasses can have unique features beyond looking fantastic and keeping out UV. Depending on your circumstances, you may want a lens with one of these three abilities:
Blue lenses block out blue-light, which we get all the time from our screens. Blue light is well known for its ability to disrupt sleep. If you spend a ton of time in front of a screen, some blue lens sunglasses can help your brain ease itself.
Polarized lenses are important if you’re around reflective surfaces or drive a lot. While good sunglasses all offer full UV protection, they can’t always keep up with intense glare. Polarized lenses are perfect if you’re around reflective surfaces often (water, roofs, driving, snow, etc.)
If you’re always in and out, a photochromic lens might be the ticket for you. This technology is what makes transition lenses possible.
When it’s bright outside, the lens gets darker. When it’s darker, or you’re inside, the lens lightens up.
Some brands offer photochromic lenses for their sunglasses now, too.
The 5 Best Sunglasses for Men in 2020
This New York brand crafts their sunglasses in Italy and France. Yes, they’re designer, and the cost reflects that. But there’s something about these sunglasses that’s undeniably awesome.
Vincero has made a name for themselves with their affordably priced luxury watches. They’ve taken some of their manufacturing know-how and created a small lineup of sunglasses that embody the hard-edged masculine look Vincero is known for.
The Ray-Ban Wayfarer is up there with Levi’s 501 and the plain white t-shirt in the all-American fashion hall of fame. Their Clubmaster is nearly as iconic (and our preference).
Suns Out, Shades On
Warm weather is on its way. Nothing beats throwing on a killer pair of shades in the middle of the day.
Our five favorite styles are perfect for going to the beach, sitting poolside, or just getting out around the town.
So what are you waiting for? Pick up one of these sunny stunners and consider yourself prepared for summer.
Want something fun, simple, and adventurous? Pick up a few of those silicon colored bands. Sure, they’re not hallmarks of great style, but they work in casual outfits when you’re not too worried about impressing.
So open up new possibilities for where and how you wear your watch. Once you’ve got your new strap, you’ll see what we mean.