A shopping guide to … the best sunglasses for men

It may be February, but sunglasses are a year-round essential. Think of them as an easy win – a way to add instant cool on one of those blue-sky, frozen-ground kind of days.

If you’re considering investing, go for a pair with surefire classic status. Square designs give a nod to 1960s Michael Caine, while Wayfarer shapes have an 80s-in-LA vibe. They don’t have to impact the environment either – look out for brands that use recycled plastic and plant-based materials.

To experiment with more fashion-forward shapes, try renting. “Go big or go home” designs are popular at the moment. Thrifting will no doubt turn up some curios. Brands such as Gucci have pushed 70s-style shades for a while. Or, for a blue-chip style reference, google Steve McQueen – a shades icon if ever there was one.
Lauren Cochrane

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Wooden frame shades

Recycled wood, £76,
Bring some LA cool with frames made from recycled Californian skateboards.


Bio-acetate, £99,
Need options? Choose four pairs to try on at home before you buy.


Gold, £205,
Keep it minimal with this understated, timeless style.


Tom Ford sunglasses

Tom Ford, from £39 for three days’ rental from
Take inspo from Michael Caine and up the style ante in black-rim specs.

Versace sunglasses

Versace, from £30 for four days’ rental, from
Wraparounds are perfect for sunny snow days.

Wires sunglasses MYWARDROBEHQ.COM

Wire, from £6 for a day’s rental, from
Make your sunnies a focal point in these retro-futuristic shades.


80s Anglo-American shades

80s retro, £180,
Get an extra pair of UV or prescription lenses custom-cut and fitted with each vintage pair.

Balenciaga mirrored pilot shades

Balenciaga, £70,
Contrast these mirrored pilot shades with a jeans-and-trainer look.

vintage shades

Matrix style, £55,
A fifth of the profits from these recycled and refurbished vintage frames goes directly to Vision Aid Overseas.


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