In my opinion, when it comes to accessories for men, there’s nothing better at elevating your appearance than a fly pair of shades that frame your face as if they were designed for it. And speaking of fly, just ask king of cool superstar Zayn Malik about his latest collaboration this fall with renowned sunglass brand Arnette. The first drop of the Zayn x Arnette collection showcases a new, sustainable approach to eyewear, using bio-based materials only. This collection is a conduit of expressive style with bold statement shapes and exclusive color combinations- that I’m sure Zayn’s supermodel girlfriend Gigi Hadid will wear as well. Let’s be real fellas, sunglasses transmit a heavy dose of sex-appeal and strength; hands-down.
As I see it, the perfect pair of sunglasses can be multifunctional. For starters, they give the wearer a boost of mad-cool confidence to help them tackle any day. Secondly, the hybrid designs of today offer technologically-advanced items whose integral function is protecting your eyes from harsh and damaging UVA rays.
And similar to what is happening in the sneaker resale market, on-trend sunglasses are gaining momentum within the resale market as well. Take DIFF Eyewear for example, the current collection features five sunglasses & blue light frames inspired by the Hogwarts™ houses as well as Harry Potter™ himself—temples in the shape of Professor McGonnagall’s™ wand, and house name & symbol on the temple tips. A collectors delight for sure.
For the record, the old adage that sunglasses are only to be worn during summertime— is not correct. I am here to (firmly) advise you that this could not be more from the truth. On the contrary, I’d say it would be a grand faux-pas not to wear shades on sunny days— at any time of year. *side note: Sunscreen should be worn all year-round as well –just saying. In short, UVA rays do not take time off— during the three remaining seasons. More to my point, sunny days are abundant most of time throughout the year therefore you should don your favorite pair of sunglasses all year round.
In the winter season, when you’re rocking your favorite sweater and your killer overcoat; the only accessory that will take you to that next level of cool and sophistication, is your on-trend pair of shades.
This winter, elevate yourself to boss status with an amazing pair of sunglasses. The selected brands listed below take pride in developing the best craftsmanship and options for men— that will have you looking stylish and have people turning heads!
Arnette—Arnette’s latest collaboration with Zayn Malik this fall has been a hit. This style is from the first drop of the Zayn x Arnette collection. Bio-acetate frames profile this pop star’s expressive style with bold statement shapes and exclusive color combinations. This style is uniquely Zayn’s, with delicate circular frames and colorful lens options. $109
Barton Perreira-Perfect for the stylish men in your life, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the James Bond series, the limited-edition 007 Thunderball frame pays homage to Bond in the film Thunderball. Coming off the heels of the No Time To Die film premiere, Barton Perreira and EON Productions Limited unveiled the first installment of their exclusive 007 LEGACY capsule collection. The first drop features two limited-edition sunglass styles the 007 Thunderball and 007 Avtak inspired by legendary vintage Bond characters who are ingrained in the franchise’s rich history. $550
Burberry-This style features the iconic Burberry icon stripe check on a contemporary frame. A great transitional piece, these sunglasses feature popular fall colors. $265
DIFF Eyewear—These sunglasses are the best gift for the guy obsessed with the Harry Potter franchise. The sunglasses are a sleek and subtle way to rep your Hogwarts house without sacrificing your outfit. $119
Dolce & Gabbana:
Dolce & Gabbana—These new sunglasses by Dolce feature a double bridge and gold elements that add to the classic design. A combination of sophistication and modern edge, this design encapsulates Dolce and Gabbana’s brand in its entirety. $295
Etnia Barcelona—Etnia Barcelona’s Heritage collection was created in celebration of the brand’s 20th anniversary. Each of the four styles, ‘The Einstein’, ‘The Kennedy’, ‘The Kahlo’ and ‘The Kubrick’ are bursting with personality and color. Made for those who crave a bold design, the blending of the chess design with yellows, blues, and moss greens gives the wearer an eye-catching, yet easy to wear style.$355
Garrett Leight California Optical:
Garrett Leight California Optical—If you’re looking for hip vintage references, you can’t ever get any better than mid ‘60s Dylan. The Troubadour is the epitome of timeless rocker cool and gives a classic wayfarer silhouette a modern update thanks to a water drop plaque and oversized fit. $360
Gentle Monster-Reny 01 is a black cat-eye frame fitted with 99.9% UV protected black lenses. This slim and compact frame features soft curves that meet in the middle to create a keyhole bridge, along with uninterrupted lines from the front to the temples to create a continuous silhouette. $280
Giorgio Armani—This casual yet unexpected style features impeccably tailored design with a modern twist. Seen as Giorgio Armani’s transitional FW21 runway style, these sunglasses rework light with vintage metal profiles and acetate details. $342
Italic—Crafted with premium acetate frames, Zeiss lenses, and best-in-class OBE hinges, the Hancocks happen to look excellent on everyone. $30
Lacoste—This navigator is easy-to-wear and is offered in cool tone metals, making it the perfect frame to complete a fall outfit. $185
Lanvin-This frame is perfect for men wanting a timeless frame style that exudes vintage appeal. The autumn-inspired colored tinted lenses make these metal sunglasses look fashion-forward. $325
Nike Vision—The Nike Show X3 was created using pro-athlete insights, these sunglasses will help you look, feel and run your best – making them the perfect frames for any fitness enthusiast this fall/winter each pair is designed with precise vision from all angles, contoured lenses for deeper coverage, anti-fog ventilation holes for air circulation, an adjustable rubber temple arms for lightweight, and ergonomic comfort.$179
Oscar & Frank:
Oscar & Frank—Oscar & Frank’s CORTEZ sunglasses are the perfect pair of shades to make a statement this Fall/Winter season. The unisex angular frame which nods to 90s style suits any face shape. Worn by both Hailey Bieber & Justin Bieber, the CORTEZ are about as universally flattering as sunglasses can get. Each pair of shades is designed 100% in-house & tirelessly handcrafted using the world’s finest materials sourced from Italy, France & Germany. Oscar & Frank Eyewear is perfection: redefined. $129
Paradigm-These aren’t the sunglasses for blending in. Instead, be effortlessly cool and totally on-trend with these smaller, not-quite-round frames, featuring colorful lenses and an acetate rim inside a metal frame. $145
Persol—Persol’s latest collection was recognized for its time-defying designs and signature frames. This design features vintage Persol shapes from the archives with on-point geometric angles and sleek metal elements. Bringing the old and the new together, this style is an original meant for icons of a new generation. $317
Prada—This FW21 Prada catwalk style features powerful see-through profiles and contrasting shades. A crisp and classic Prada design and essential addition to any outfit this winter. $445
Raen—Every pair of Raen sunglasses is hand-crafted from renewable materials of wood pulp and natural cotton fibers; truly the gift of style and substance. For the holiday season, Raen has put together a limited edition package with a value of over $330 which includes a $175 gift card for him to pick out his own pair of Raen sunglasses, Bask Spray Sunscreen, The Beach People Towel in Cream, a Nomadic Toiletry Bag and Baxter of California Deodorant and soap. $225
Ray-Ban-Part of the Burbank Family collection by Ray-Ban, the “Mr Burbank” style is a revival from the 60’s vault. With its various colorways, this style is a perfect transitional accessory piece from Fall to Winter. $222
Revo — Experience sunglasses so light they’re barely there with Air 1. Featuring the latest in Revo technology, Air 1 is crafted of 100% titanium and weighs less than 0.5 oz, making it the lightest Revo design ever made. The minimalist single-bridge rectangle shape offers uninterrupted panoramic views and gives the feeling of wearing nothing at all. Air 1 also features groundbreaking polarized photochromic lens options with our signature Blue Water and Evergreen mirror coatings – be the first to experience the next generation of Revo lens technology. Lightweight and impact-resistant, our photochromic lenses automatically lighten and darken in different light conditions to protect your vision and enhance clarity. $329.00
Salvatore Ferragamo—This masculine frame is offered in cool, muted tones that are reminiscent of fall. The minimalist design on this thick acetate frame makes these sunglasses easy to dress up or go casual. $340
Szade—Investing in a good pair of sunglasses for the winter months is essential, as the damaging UV rays of the sun are present year-round. With Szade, you’re able to buy better, as all of their frames are made from over run, out of use and wasted frames in China that were destined for landfill. Szade collects these sunglasses close to the source and takes them to their facility to be broken down and processed into their raw materials, ready to become a pair such as this: the irving in signature colorway blackberry features an extreme wide-screen frame with cutting edge polarized lenses, and priced at just $89.95, these sunglasses make the perfect gift. $89.95
Tejesta—Tejesta combines artisanal craftsmanship with advanced production methods, resulting in high-grade, small-batch products that embody the icons of the past and embrace the aesthetic of the future. Every component of our spectacles was birthed out of thoughtful consideration. The touch of our master craftsmen, together with the appreciation for native motifs and art deco style, distinguishes Tejesta frames. Our signature hues and forms are found through a practice of individual ideation to encapsulate our attitude and ambition. Every product is a romance that continues to reveal itself. $255
Versace—This style reinvents one of Versace’s most iconic designs- the Medusa Biggie. One of the most notorious Versace styles, this updated design is a must-have. $316
Vogue Eyewear—This new style from Vogue Eyewear’s Mens collection is available in two colorways, a dark brown and dark blue gradient, ideal for the fall and winter seasons. With refined metal V rivets and laser detailing, their latest addition to the men’s line mixes contemporary trends with timeless elegance. $81