3 Of The Best - Sunglasses To Suit Most Guys
Along with your passport, after sun and budgie smugglers, sunglasses are some of the first items to hit your Summer holiday suitcase.
The benefits of sunnies are plentiful - a good pair will shield your eyes from the sun (obviously), protect your precious pork pies from long term UV damage and, of course, make you look like a bonafide style icon.
Celebrities have been sporting top shelf sun specs for decades and, somewhat unsurprisingly, this hasn’t been lost on the marketing moguls. David Beckham has endorsed Police and James Franco’s handsome face has adorned billboards in Gucci eyewear.
It’s always a safe bet to follow the celebrity lead, but right now there’s never been more choice in the sunglasses market, so you could opt for a more unique style too. These days newer, more niche independent labels are mixing with the legendary designers more and more.
However, all of this choice can be a bit overwhelming for some - do you opt for a classic Ray Ban or head to Cubitts or Ace and Tate for something that less people will be wearing on the Balearic beaches?
Here we take a look at three of our favourite options that we feel will make you look like a rockstar no matter your face shape, age, skin type or hairstyle.
OK, so Persol may not come up with the catchiest model names, but they do know a thing or two about shades.
Italian optician and photographer Guiseppe Ratti created the brand in Turin in 1917 with a view (no pun intended) to creating the perfect eyewear for the professional drivers and pilots of the day.
They were a firm favourite of Steve Macqueen, so ol’ Guiseppe must’ve done something right!
Their USP is the “Meflecto” flexible stem system, which flexes to fit any face shape. Their signature styles also feature iconic arrow hinges and many have a notched bridge to aid fit and comfort.
The PO3019S has a fairly thin frame and square shaped lenses which are of a medium size. This means that it’ll look effortlessly chic and sophisticated.
It’s also available in nine colour options, so you could mix it up depending on your outfit or mood.
It’s not one to stand out in a crowd, but it will stand the test of time and make you look like a low key fashionista.
Oliver Peoples Gregory Peck 1962
Born on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard in the late 80’s, Oliver Peoples screams California cool.
Their initial designs were inspired by an estate collection of vintage American eyewear discovered by the founders. This heritage style was at odds with most of the offering in the market at the time, which was largely bright, bold and brash.
It seems like they were onto something, as Oliver Peoples has been worn by a host of stars over the years, from Harrison Ford to Robert Pattison and Jennifer Aniston to Liam Gallagher.
Their Gregory Peck model was based directly upon the frames worn by the man himself in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird. The 1962 version added a nifty folding mechanism to an already winning formula.
They offer round lenses and a medium width frame with premium details like silver plaques to the front and temple and a hand finished, inlaid logo to the tip.
There are seven great colour variants to choose from. All of them will make you look badass, but our personal favourites are the Dtb/Beige Gradient and Emerald Bark.
Fendi FF 0224/S
Our second trip to Italy on this list takes us to Rome, the home of luxury fashion house Fendi.
Founded almost a century ago, the brand was originally renowned for its fur and leather goods which graced the great and good of the era.
In more recent times, Fendi has increased it offering to include bags, shoes, fragrances, watches and - you guessed it - eyewear.
The FF 0224/S is a real belter. It somehow manages to offer a classic shape, yet be a real head turner.
It offers a tortoiseshell effect acetate frame in an Aviator shape with tinted lenses which is unisex and flattering for almost anyone.
This is combined with a statement double chrome bridge and branding at the hinge. The temples are noticeably thin in comparison with the frame and tortoiseshell returns for the tips. Top notch stuff.