For too many men, sunglasses are just something you buy while filling up the car with unleaded, to stop you squinting while driving on a sunny day. But if well-chosen, a quality pair of sunnies can become a stylish extension of our personalities.
A few things need to be addressed when buying a pair; the most important of which being how they fit with the features of your face. Ignore those who’ll tell you that the shape of your face dictates which style you can wear.
A more modern approach is to follow the shape of your brow; the straighter your browline, the more angular the frame you will be able to take; rounded lenses will flatter a more arched brow.
Colour is another key consideration. Sophisticated neutrals, such as tortoiseshell and black, are winners for acetate frames, which can be jazzed up with coloured lenses: check out M&S Collection’s D Frame glasses, or the bold square-frame style from David Beckham’s debut collection. That said, you needn’t shy away from a coloured acetate frame – just keep it low-key.
But if you prefer a one-stop-shop of sure-fire hits, Mr Porter has released The Archive Collection; working closely with its best-selling glasses brands it is offering 35 styles; classic shapes in new variations and materials that are exclusive to the site.
10 of the best
Light Havana glasses, £99; Larsson & Jennings
Parker glasses with graduated orange lens, £140; Finlay & Co
St Raphael tiger-eye glasses, £165; Aspinal of London
Bold square-frame glasses, £175, Eyewear by David Beckham
Lemtosh round-frame glasses, £290; Moscot
Dark-turtle Chiltern glasses, £220, Sunspel
D Frame Polarised glasses, £19.50, Marks & Spencer Collection
Balfour tortoiseshell glasses, £125, Cubitts
Double-groove rim glasses, £220; Boss
Green transparent 649 glasses, £232; APC X Persol