The bulk of heavy lifting for sunglasses rests in the summer months. During these long ultraviolet days we take to shades more as protection than as a fashion statement. But the fall and winter months provide a great opportunity to sport differently styled sun glasses despite the short days. The following are a few of the more popular styles.
Wayfarers are one of the more iconic designs of sun glasses. Developed by Ray Ban in the fifties, the aesthetic was a welcome change from the more common metal frames. The wayfarer rises and falls in popularity and is currently on the upswing. The wayfarer works well for casual wear.
First developed by Bausch and Lomb, aviators provide a strong classic look that lends the wearer sophistication and maturity. There is something of a quiet confidence in aviators, that calm resolve and poise which is one of the signature marks of men’s style. Aviator lenses tend to be dark and reflective. Their surface covers three times the size of the eyeball. Aviator frames are thin and this further accentuates the size of the lens. Aviators are always a strong sophisticated statement.
Round Frame Sunglasses
Originally popular in the Roaring Twenties, the round frames are one of the first sunglass designs to veer away from UV ray protection and towards aesthetics. Round frames are often associated with counterculture looks and still carry much of the Beatnik pedigree. Round frames with their smaller lens design highlight the features of the face. This provides a feeling of accessibility that most sunglass designs deny.
D-Frames are a recognizably precise angular style of frame. A razor sharp line cuts across the top border giving the sun glass a slightly futuristic look. D-Frames combine several vibes, both cutting edge and retro, and allow the wearer to suggest more daring and adventure in his ensemble.
While frames vary in this style, a must for mirrored sunglasses are sharp reflective lenses that can double as a mirror. Mirrored sunglasses are excellent for taking photographs and lean towards an almost couture atmosphere.
Sunglass brands are ubiquitous and every major designer has a proper selection to offer. From high end couture to your local big bargain warehouse, every style of shades is available. For styling purposes there is something of a crossover in how we match our shoes to how we match our shades. Black lens shades should be matched with black shoes. Gold rimmed and auburn lenses are better suited for brown and burgundy shoes. We have then a stylistic matching of thirds. Sun glasses, belt and shoes should always match. The linear accent marks will provide an outfit with a trim that draws out the fabric and color of our clothes.