You can feel it in the back of his neck: the summer is definitely on its way. As you make the days longer and you feel then squint desperately digging shield over his head while driving, it’s time to start thinking about what kind of sunglasses oscillate the spring.
It might be a little early to start thinking about being totally “beach ready” – even if the agencies do in summer in winter, why not start building your holiday wardrobe now? – But the choice of the glasses is also important marker style for a man like picking the perfect pair of swim shorts. Here GQ helps you separate wrecks jetsam style monstrosities head-turners. Look sharp, stay focused and feel imminent upbeatism was 2015, with one of these pairs of sunglasses style ..
5 of the best sunglasses for 2015
Sometimes style is about sweating the small stuff, and these retro inspired Armani shades – with elegant tapered temples and rhomboidal silver rivets – combine a vintage look together with superbly crafted contemporary tech. The very definition of a cool classic.
Once the reserve of oily teddy boys or overly enthusiastic mods, the D-frame shape is making a comeback. Here Gucci combines a black acetate upper while the rest of the frame is made from a slim gold-tone metal. Grey tinted lenses allow for a slightly lighter look.
Ever imagined what the late, great writer Hunter S Thomas might wear had he ever been invited to host the Academy Awards? Or what to sport in Cannes film festival come mid May and the parties run from dusk until dawn? Not for retiring wallflowers, these sunglasses are made in Italy from brown tortoiseshell acetate with rounded D-frames and include cyan-tinted mirrored Zeiss sports lenses. Do not go gentle into that good night…
Saturday Surf NYC
The brand for surfers (who don’t necessarily surf) always manages to combine superb quality with an exceptional, unique aesthetic. These Mitsu sunglasses, handmade in Japan, feature a somewhat rounded frame that comes in amber, black, fog or, our pick, tortoiseshell.
There isn’t much that can be said about this stone cold classic pair of shades (introduced in 1952) that a picture of Tom Cruise from Risky Business – or any other actor or rock n’ roll star at any other point in history – can’t say. Everyone who is anyone has at some point used Wayfarers and benefitted from their indescribably cool heritage. Join them.
Cutler and Gross
As brands go this long established London team is to shades what Ferrari is to car manufacturing. There is simply no label more researched, more tasteful and more refined – always effervescing a feeling that comes as close to bespoke as anything off the peg can. Chose these and you’ll single yourself out as a man with impeccable taste.
APC x Retrosuperfuture
Some of the best style swag comes out when two brands combine to create one all conquering product. This new collaboration sees the charm of French label APC combine with Retrosuperfuture to make sunnies that are handmade in Italy with photochromatic polarised Zeiss lenses for, “improved vision and colour perception.” They also look killer.