Whether opting for some late-season skiing and tackling Alpine pistes or jetting off in the Med for Spring break, sunglasses have become an indispensable part of the style regimen for any modern man and have the tendency of becoming their signature pieces quickly. There are three key styles of sunglass styles for men to be used in spring-summer 2014, which will work for every type of man, from the modernist to the traditionalist.
Mr. Classic: The Wayfarer
Since their introduction in 1956 by Ray Ban, the field of eyewear design has not been inspired by any other sunglasses more than what the iconic Wayfarer has accomplished. The acetate-framed silhouette has been emulated, reinvented and copied over the years, but in the 1950s, it was regarded truly innovative. This wasn’t just because of its move away from the traditional round lenses, but also because of the use of new materials. Before Wayfarers, alloy metals had been used for crafting sunglasses.
During the fifties, when the modernist movement swept through interior design and architecture, the Wayfarer with its dark lenses and square angular tortoiseshell frames were introduced. They have withstood the test of time and still remain popular these days; it is a pair of sunglasses everyone should have.
Mr. Vintage: Round Framed Sunglasses
Menswear is currently focused on heritage, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that the influence of yesteryear is also seen in eyewear. Round frame styles are the product of the early days when circular was easiest and logical shape for fashioning sunglasses. In the twenties and thirties when sunglasses had become widespread, round frames were the top shape because eyewear had become more desirable and accessible because of advancements in technology.
While alloy metals, Bakelite and flimsy plate glass was used for making early designs, today’s designs are formulated with high grade materials for offering the best of function and fashion. No matter what the look, round frames will definitely lend a vintage and quirky touch and they work best with strong jawlines because they have a softening effect.
Mr. Retro: Aviator Sunglasses
Aviator sunglasses have also become an icon just like the Wayfarer after they were first introduced in the 1930s for pilots specifically. They were designed to protect their eyes from the glaring sunlight when they flew planes at altitude. This design is also credited to Ray Ban and the entire socket area can be covered by the large tear-drop shaped lenses and the thin metal frames of this style, preventing light from entering the eye as much as possible. It was in 1942 when they first rose to prominence and in the 1960s they became an overnight success. In the 1980s, their popularity burgeoned even further all thanks to different celebrities and legends sporting them. The aviator is an undeniably retro and masculine style that has been reworked and reincarnated in different guises. They are highly versatile and can work with most face-shapes and can also go with anything at all. From spring suiting to casual summer, aviators are the right choice.