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When it comes to sunglasses, there are styles that are classics, and others that come and go like the shade. You may have been wearing the same pair for the past 20 years or you might be the type to appreciate a change in sunglasses every year – whatever the case, sunglasses are an underrated accessory that can make or break a look. The popularity of sunglasses can officially be traced back to the 1930s, and of course they have morphed from a practical item to a full-on fashion accessory. But if your glasses look like they're from the 30s, it's time for an overhaul. Check out which styles are making waves and some tips on finding the best pair for you.
1. Aviator Shades
Aviator-style sunglasses have re-emerged – albeit in several variations – every decade since the 70s. From colour to size, aviator shades have gone through many transformations, only to touch down in their latest form: simple tint, larger size. Take off with a pair of gold-rimmed aviator shades, and add class to any look with the lenses' subtle gold tint. Or for a simpler style, opt for gray-tinted, plastic aviator sunglasses. The latter are more casual, but still look great with everything from dress pants to track pants.
2. Big & Bold
An offspring of regular aviator shades, these huge sunglasses can inject attitude into any look. With modified acetate frames and polycarbonate lenses (more shatter-resistant than glass), big rims mean big business, and are guaranteed to make you look like a big shot. If you think you can hack wearing these tortoise shell shades, we recommend wearing them with equally bold clothes – if you're going out, you might as well go all out.
One of the more classic styles on the market, wire-rimmed wraparound sunglasses can be considered a staple in most men's wardrobes. Although they seem to have been inspired by sports apparel and movies like The Matrix, wraparounds are the kind of sunglasses that add intrigue to any man's attire. While orange and pink tints are not recommended, gray and green lenses are pretty popular among today's trendsetting crowd. If the first wraparounds are too classic for you, you can always opt for a trendier, more risqué style. With a gray tint and full-out futuristic styling, these sunglasses look best with classic threads like a simple collared shirt and flat-front pants, or a t-shirt and jeans. Since these shades practically scream for attention, you're better off balancing out their bold style with a more low-key look.
4. Rectangular Frames
Popularised by Shah Rukh Khan in the film Don, these oval and rectangular-shaped sunglasses are among the classic styles. So if you're looking for a pair that won't necessarily be the trendiest but will last you several seasons, you've found the right ones. Wear them with absolutely anything, anytime, anywhere...
5. The Wayfarers
Few can argue how classic the Wayfarer style is. In fact, people really don't need to gush over something that has proven victorious time and time again. That's why Wayfarer sunglasses are a foolproof way of making an outfit shine with minimal effort. The look is decisively youthful with just the right amount of casualness that denotes fun. Though the aviator style was built for function, it has the added component of ruggedness. These glasses are all about attitude, so wearing them with nothing more than a pair of white jeans and a white V-neck tee in the summer will suffice it. Styles come and go each season, but the Wayfarer endures. It is the choice of the rocker and the movie star, from Robert Pattinson and Tom Cruise to all the keeping-up-with-the-Joneses Bollywood stars.
- Make your glasses last by cleaning your lenses with a lens cleaner or a cleaning cloth, and storing them in their case as often as possible.
- If you're purchasing a pair in a store, bring along someone you trust for a second opinion.
- Remember your facial features when choosing a pair. The size of the frame should be proportionate to the size of your face, and the shape of the frame should be the opposite of the shape of your face.
- Those of you with an oval face are in luck, you can wear just about any kind of frame, so go crazy and experiment with cool styles.
- Rectangular frames are better for people with round faces; oval and round frames are best for guys with square-shaped faces; round and square frames are great for dudes with oblong faces.
- Rimless styles, as well as sunglasses with a high, thin bridge, look best on men with small noses or close-set eyes.
- Opt for an open space at the bridge area if you have wider nostrils.
- If you have a fuller face, go for wider-styled sunglasses, to avoid having them sit on your cheeks.
- Don't wear your sunglasses indoors or at night.
- Don't buy pink tinted shades – orange or yellow is acceptable if you are a sportsperson.
Look Great In The Shade
With the warmer weather here, you're probably tempted to add something new to your cool spring and summer threads. Although they are made to protect your eyes from the sun's rays, no one said you can't make a statement with your shades. Whether you're into ultra-trendy aviator or bold styles, or classic rectangular frames, sunglasses are a great way to add some cool to your image.