If you just created sunglasses were for the fall months think again. The right pair of shades is now a year-round necessity and picking the right pair of shades is as significant a style marker for a man in autumn as-as picking the ideal chill-proofing coat. Here, GQ helps you separate the style flotsam from the jetsam, the horrors from the head-turners. Look close, stay focused and feel some seasonal upbeat with one of these pairs of fashionable sunglasses. Since Stefano Pilati took over at Zegna, his rebranded and 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. It’s undeniable that Tom Ford is one of the coolest, best-dressed men in the world so when he wears something we take note. While his black suits and second denim have been well-documented here on the site, his Aviators are arguably his third style signature, and the great thing is that, as a designer, you can get a pair exactly like his for yourself. Our favourites are his sleek, Italian-made Rick Aviators; complete with a rose gold frame and brown sweatband with Ford’s trademark “T” logo embossed on the temple.
Mirrored sunglasses are having a moment right now have a quick look at the A/W ’15 catwalks for proof. However, forget those Eighties iterations that have given the genre a bad rep you’ll discover this season’s mirrored shades are riffs on classic frame shapes. These Kite sunglasses are a superb example, with a blue mirrored lens slipped into traditional, homemade Italian tortoiseshell acetate, topped off with a smart, metal bar. Tip: round sunglasses tend to suit people with a more square shaped face best. It might be best known for its pens, but Montblanc’s retro-style sunglasses are also worth noting.
Case in point, the brand has just launched a new limited edition tortoiseshell pair that not only throw-back to the 1930s in their frame style, but also come with a one-of-a-kind monocle that can be attached to the frames or thread – all packed up inside a sleek, black leather box. If you want shades that are certain to go with everything you own, select something in clear acetate. We particularly like the throwback Seventies shape of these Kirk Originals sunglasses and with a see-through frame and smoked lens; you be pushed to find another pair this versatile.
We’re a big fan of style hybrids, and this is one of our favorites when it comes to colors right now. Old tortoiseshell from the front, it’s only when you turn on the top that you get a splash of blue with the contrast metal arms. Ideal with a white shirt, shorts and a pair of breezy Rivieras on the beach. We haven’t hidden our enthusiasm about Henry Holland’s first menswear line, which launched during London Collections Men. Now, the matching sunglasses he showed are available to go with and they’re an equally colourful affair, available in navy, deep red and, our personal favourite, army green with matching green lenses and a contrasting orange logo.
Collaborations don’t come more stylish than this pairing between Stockholm-based scent-master Byredo and high-end American eyewear brand Oliver Peoples. These latest trends of sunglasses are available in blue, black and sand acetate and each fitted with co-ordinating photochromatic lenses inspired by the colours of Los Angeles. As the shades are strong on their own, each also has a custom scent with a coordinating coloured bottle to match. The line is exclusive to Selfridges and available only in limited numbers, so get yourself down there ASAP.