One of the easiest ways to update your look is with accessories and no accessory is more important come the sunnier months than a great pair of sunglasses. The right pair of sunglasses can change not only the look of your outfit but the look of your whole face, so invest in several pairs to ensure you are covered for all solar occasions.

Sunglasses for men are usually pretty tried and true – sticking to fairly standard shapes, styles and colours. But for spring 2016 we saw the classics get updated with new materials and new lenses. Here’s our rundown of the top 5 to add to your wardrobe.


Got wood? Since Stefano Pilati took over at Zegna (and has since left), his re-branded and their newly relaunched Couture line has had a greater emphasis on all things nature. Forget those plastic frames you’re wearing, it’s time to get some wood (and sky blue lenses).


 Tom Ford is one of best-dressed men on the planet and he does it with such ease. His trick? Signature looks – like black suits or double denim. But he also has a signature sunglasses style –  aviators.  Now, aviators are nothing new in the world of eyewear but these Tom Fords take the classic to a new level. They are sleek and sophisticated, complete with a rose gold frame and brown sweatbar with Ford’s trademark “T” logo embossed on the temple.

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We always like to refer to Surf Saturday as the brand for surfers who don’t even know how to surf but always manages to rock the perfect laid back surf aesthetic. These Mitsu sunglasses are handmade in Japan and feature a slightly rounded frame that comes in multiple finishes (amber, black, fog or tortoiseshell). Available to buy now at Surf Saturday NYC

Not surprisingly, this model is the best selling one over at Illesteva. Known as the Leonard, it features an updated version of the classic round frames. This pair has been handmade in Italy from a combination of clear and tortoiseshell acetate with slick mirrored lenses These are classics with a modern update.

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It’s hard to go wrong with a classic; the 714 aka the Folding Aviator from Persol. This model was first introduced in the 1960s as a folding adaptation of the brand’s famous 649, and was perhaps the first-ever collapsible pair of glasses. Designed for comfort and convenience, the 714 was made famous by Steve McQueen who wore them in the Thomas Crowne Affair. If these were cool enough for McQueen, they are cool enough for any man today.


Christian Dare
Christian Dare spent much of his formative years working in the fashion industry as a National Visual Manager before he turned his attention to writing. He currently writes for AmongMen, Complex and his own blog, Christian Dare Edited. You can find him online at www.christiandareedited.com or follow him on Twitter @christiandare but he is more fun on Instagram @christian_dare
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