Sunglasses are one of the most important accessories that a guy can have. First popularized by Hollywood movie stars, sunglasses have come to be associated with celebrity and the badboy lifestyle. They hide your eyes, and make you seem cool and mysterious. They convey attitude.
Picking out sunglasses can be a challenging task, especially if you've never bought glasses before. I know it was for me. That's why I put together this guide on how to pick out sunglasses.
There's more to choosing sunglasses than just randomly trying on shades and looking in the mirror. There is a method to this madness, just follow the steps in this guide.
1. Style of Glasses
One of the things that we like to stress over and over here at Seducing With Style is that style is a form of communication. Every item of clothing that you wear says or conveys something about you. So what do you want your sunglasses to say?
Ideally, you want to pick out a pair of glasses that fits your avatar and personality. Let's start by taking a look at the common types of sunglasses, and what they convey.
Originally created by Ray-Ban for actual military aviators, Aviators are round, oversized sunglasses that are synonymous with cool. Aviators have grown in popularity, thanks to their adoption by movie stars and celebrities, and can be great for adding that celebrity touch to any outfit.
Wayfarers are another brand of sunglasses from Ray-Ban with strong associations to celebrities. Wayfarers tend to have squarer frames, which recall older times and are a better fit for men with rectangular faces.
If you're going for the sporty look, Sports Sunglasses are the way to go. From single-lens wraparound glasses to cyclist glasses with straps, Sports Sunglasses combine athletic practicality with athletic style.
Being a geek is cool in the 21st century. If you want to show off your geek side, Geek Chic glasses are the way to go, with their thick rims and boxy frames.
If you're going for the retro, hipster look, vintage glasses are the way to go. With their unique designs and detailed craftsmanship, vintage sunglasses convey a vibe of sophisticated cool.
If you want to rock out like Ozzy Osbourne, teashades are your friend. These circular sunglasses from the Sixties are a funky choice that have been popular with musicians from Mick Jagger to John Lennon.
These funky glasses were popular in the '80s, and are making a comeback thanks to rappers and hip hop artists such as Kanye West. If you're looking for something funky and a little different, shutter shades may be the way to go.
From heart shaped rims, to lenses shaped liked dollar signs, novelty glasses aren't the type of sunglasses you find at your high end sunglasses store. Still, they can be fun to wear to parties and are way to be playful and stand out from the crowd. Just make sure you can handle the attention!