Don’t stumble blindly into
sunglasses shopping

by RJ Firchau
Sunglasses are more than just
eye-protection. A well-selected pair can elevate your look and solidify your
signature style. But there are countless styles and shapes out there — so it’s
normal to feel overwhelmed when trying to cop a something new. Fortunately,
we’ve compiled a list of the top trends and classic sunglasses styles for men —
so you can make smart choices with your next pair of shades.

Coined by Ray-Ban in 1956, and
perhaps the most classic and enduringly iconic sunglasses style there is, the
Wayfarer is a universal eyewear staple that has proven to be timelessly
stylish. The reason for the Wayfarer’s fame is that the style looks great on
anyone and everyone. If you want a pair that you can wear with anything and
that won’t go out of style, Wayfarer shades are a great choice. The Wayfarer
style became, and continues to be, the eyewear of choice for celebrities and
rock legends, with iconic artists like the Beatles, Billy Joel, Tom Cruise, and
Orlando Bloom sporting the look. With its iconic history and celebrity
endorsement, the Wayfarer shades have a rock n’ roll charm unrivaled by all
other eyewear styles.

These retro frames, also
coined by Ray-Ban, are inspired by the 50’s browline sunglasses trend,
featuring rounded lenses with larger, statement-making upper rims (the
“browline”), often made of plastic, and slim wire rims around the bottom. You
can’t go wrong with these iconic frames that have stood the test of time. The
Clubmaster frames are indicative of a nostalgic era, but no matter what the
era, they maintain their ability to command attention. Robert Pattinson, Ed
Westwick, and Bruno Mars dig the style because a man who wears a pair of
Clubmasters is a man who knows how to effortlessly balance retro with a kind of
hipster-cool that cannot be achieved with any other eyewear style.


The Aviator and the Wayfarer
consistently battle each other for the title of “most iconic sunglasses model
in the world,” and it’s not hard to see why. These frames were originally
designed in the 1930’s to shield  US aviators
from the sun’s strong rays when up in the air, but their civilian popularity
developed almost immediately after the style was released. These frames were
further popularized by celebrities like Paul McCartney and Tom Cruise as they
began to appear in pop culture references and films like Top Gun and To Live
and Die in L.A. To this day, the Aviator is a favored style of celebrities and
style icons, like Ne-Yo, Bradley Cooper, and Daniel Craig, to name a few. The
classic Aviator frame is metal, and is characterized by a double or triple
bridge. You can never go wrong with a classic pair of Aviators, but if you’re
wanting to try something on the trendier side, plastic rimmed Aviators should
do the trick.


These frames are characterized
by rounded–or perfectly circular–lenses and frames and give off a cool,
trendy-meets-vintage vibe. Though round frames are traditionally associated
today as being the frame of choice for those seeking a vintage edge (think John
Lennon), round frames are also becoming a very popular trend associated with
Steampunk-inspired fashion. Steampunk–the movement and celebration surrounding
Victorian fashion and technology–is experiencing a revival as of late.
Accessories like watches, top hats, and glasses have been giving a nod towards
the niche genre. The fashion trend is indicative of being adorned with
intricate and exposed mechanical parts, like hardware, gears, and belts. So,
whether you’re feeling the iconic vintage vibe or a Steampunk-infused element
of cool, we recommend trying a pair of round frames on for yourself and see
what you think.


There’s something so
effortlessly cool about clear frame sunglasses. Many brands offer most classic
sunglasses shapes and styles with clear, or translucent-colored, frames. The
frames will instantly update any look and add a touch of modern minimalist edge
to whatever you wear. If you’re new to clear framed specs, we recommend a clear
frame wayfarer-style pair for the perfect mix of classic-meets-modern.


Mirror lens sunglasses have
made a huge appearance, bringing an 80’s coolness to modern styles. These
rainbow-colored lenses shift in color at every angle, giving a unique allure.
Considered one of the biggest trends in eyewear, mirrored sunglasses have been
hailed by celebrities, bloggers, and dapper gentlemen alike for their ability
to add a dimension of youthfulness, fun, and surprise to one’s everyday
wardrobe. Whatever frame shape you favor, you’ll be able to find a mirrored
version that adds a little something extra.


This particular sunglasses
style, coined by Persol in 1957, grew to be infamous in the late 1960’s when it
became the style of choice by Steve McQueen. The iconic shape and look of these
shades is characterized by a notch in the bridge of the frames just above the
nose as well as by the sunglasses’ ability to fold in half for compact storage
on-the-go. The overall look is classic, timeless, and reminiscent of the 60’s.
The Persol brand was the originator of the notch bridge style, but today, the
quintessential notch is popping up in all brands of eyewear and in a variety of
frame shapes.


Bring your look down to earth
with natural wooden frames. Watches, tie bars, phone cases, and sunglasses are
now being made of different wood varieties and the resulting look is
undoubtedly stylish, unexpected, sustainable, and unique. From bamboo to walnut
to mahogany to maple, find the perfect shade of wood that fits your style.
These are by far the most innovative styles and are a great way to bring your look
back to the basics.


A colorful pair of sunglasses
is a great way to round off your eyewear collection. Colored frames, like the
mirrored lenses, add an unexpected pop of color to any outfit, and give your
look an element of fun without going overboard. Make your favorite color a part
of your signature style and add your personality to your look with a pair of
colored frames.

Consider your eyewear
carefully and they will be a year-round staple of your wardrobe. The sunglasses
frames in this list are not just a trend for the summer, they are styles with
the perfect balance of classic and trendy flare that will last for years to
come, no matter the season. Regardless of what style you choose, however, make
sure the pair is armed with UV protection, because wrinkles and damaged vision
just aren’t cool, gents.
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.