Shady business: The best men’s sunglasses for spring, summer and beyond

Ellie Goodman

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10 February 2022

A good pair of shades is the perfect finishing touch for any great outfit

10 February 2022 | Ellie Goodman | If you purchase something via our website, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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an you feel it? Spring is in the air. The days are getting incrementally longer, brighter and warmer, and as springtime tentatively approaches, ushering away the doom and gloom of cloudy skies and freezing months, with it, sunglasses season follows.

Personal style philosophies aside, everybody knows that a great pair of shades is the perfect finishing touch to any good outfit. And we mean everybody: actors, athletes, princes and politicians all know the sartorial power of popping on a pair of polarised peepers.

James Bond always seems to have a pair of classic frames close at hand, whether chasing down bad guys (also usually sporting their own) or seducing his way through some far-flung locale. Lewis Hamilton is rarely seen without his – even going on to release a capsule of his own with luxury Italian accessories brand Police – and Royal style maven the Prince of Wales is an avid fan, too, having finished off his look with a pair of timeless sunnies on many occasions.

The good news is that there’s a frame to suit all. From round and square, to retro Aviator or D-frames, there’s not much room for error – bar the dreadful wraparound styles our dads were so inexplicably fond of 20 years ago – and most shades are classic enough to stand the test of time. So whether you’re jetting off for some well deserved sun, or looking to add to your collection, read on for Luxury London’s pick of the best sunglasses for men.

Brunello Cucinelli x Oliver Peoples

Brunello Cucinelli – the Italian outfitter best known for its luxurious cashmere – joined forces with Oliver Peoples for its first eyewear collection. Highlighting heritage design and craftsmanship, these natural Italian horn D-frames are a timeless, versatile choice that will look at home anywhere from Mayfair to Monaco.

Brunello Cucinelli x Oliver Peoples horn sunglasses, £1,115, mrporter.com

Burberry

Featuring the brand’s signature check, this square framed pair by Burberry are a truly statement-making choice for the sartorially savvy gent. Tapping into the logomania trend, the printed acetate frames are embellished with polished metal stripes and will earn you major taste points among the street style set.

Check rectangular-frame sunglasses, £190, burberry.com

Cartier Eyewear

The French accessories maison has not held back with the statement Première de Cartier aviators from its opulent eyewear line. Crafted at the brand’s workshop in scenic Sucy-en-Brie, the bold, blue-tinted lenses are complemented by sleek gold-tone hardware and C-monogram hinges.

Cartier Eyewear Première de Cartier gold-tone aviators, £835, matchesfashion.com

Coach

Coach’s retro-inspired frames are lent a modern touch by the addition of polished hardware around their scratch-resistant lenses. Providing 100 per cent UV protection, the lightweight, durable shades have been expertly cut to eliminate visual distortion and their classic style guarantees they will stand the test of time.

Pathos square sunglasses, £169, coach.com

Cutler and Gross

Handmade at the brand’s Italian atelier, the 1387 frames by Cutler and Gross are an elevated take on the brand’s original 0524 style. Featuring an increased eye size, arrowhead temple design, oyster pins for a vintage touch and a diamond core wire, the lightweight acetate frames are available in an array of tones including black on camo, red tortoiseshell, yellow and soft salmon, but our pick is the classic black.

Cutler & Gross 1387 square-frame sunglasses, £315, mrporter.com

Garrett Leight

As the son of the founder of Oliver Peoples, Garrett Leight was always going to have an eye for opticals, so the success of his eponymous brand has been no surprise. Since its first collection in 2010, the Hampton sunglasses have been a bestseller, striking a balance between casual and refined, classic and contemporary with a retro, rounded P3 silhouette and fresh colour combinations.

Hampton Sun, approx £256, garretleight.eu

Gucci

One for the Pitti Peacocks, Gucci’s oversized, retro aviator frames make a true style statement. Repping the brand’s signature Seventies aesthetic with their gold-tinted frames and double bridge, they’re the perfect accessory for a day spent sipping espresso on the Piazza del Duomo.

Gucci retro aviator sunglasses, £300, farfetch.com

Moscot

Founded in 1915, family-owned Moscot has been providing New Yorkers with impeccably crafted opticals for five generations. Staying true to the brand’s DNA, each design harks back to the timeless styles that make up the family archive. These dapper, vintage-style round frames, handcrafted from enamel and Italian acetate, take their inspiration from the famed NHS “Poor Boy” glasses of the Sixties with their classic Windsor rim.

Zev sunglasses, £295, moscot.com

Police x Lewis Hamilton

Learning from its wildly successful mid-Noughties collaboration with David Beckham, Police has tapped sport’s superstar of the moment, Lewis Hamilton, for its latest eyewear collection. The seven-time F1 champ – who is rarely spotted without a pair of shades on – envisioned a range of retro-futuristic frames that epitomise Police’s ostentatious metropolitan DNA and his own outlandish personal style.

Police x Lewis 36 sunglasses, £215, policelifestyle.com

Ray Ban

Almost everyone has a pair of Ray Ban Wayfarers in their collection. Versatile and timeless, the style has come to be one of the brand’s most iconic. Crafted from semi-transparent nylon composite and with tonal gradient lenses, this contemporary take lends a fresh, modern feel to the classic shades.

Ray Ban grey square sunglasses, £170, ssense.com

Saint Laurent

Matte lenses, gunmetal hardware and subtle cut-outs afford an air of nonchalance to these classic aviator frames. Imbued with Saint Larent’s signature insouciance, they’ll look just as good even after the sun has set.

Saint Laurent aviator sunglasses, £288, theoutnet.com

Taylor Morris

British brand Taylor Morris teamed up with the Morgan Motor Company to create these whimsical frames. Named after the auto company’s founder Henry Frederick Morgan, the HFS frames feature handmade tortoiseshell cellulose acetate and stainless steel, and were inspired by the unique eccentricity of Morgan Motors’s iconic three-wheeler.

H.S.F sunglasses, £240, taylormorriseyewear.com

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