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Sunglasses can make or break a look, so let Idle HQ give you a run down of the most iconic styles of all time, so that you can get it right without all the effort. If you live in England, trendy sunglasses might not seem like much of a necessity. Granted, you don't need them to protect your eyes from the grey, muggy weather but if you own a timeless pair then there need only be a hint of sunshine before you can slide them on. Whilst having a vast number of accessories isn't necessary for the modern gentleman, having a trusty pair of sunglasses will always come in handy.

Choosing the best looking sunglasses for guys can be tricky, as each style suits a different face shape. Some styles are so legendary that everyone wants to give them a go, but you have to take in to consideration the shape of the frames and lenses before trying to pull off the same style as your favourite Hollywood star. We've found the top sunglasses for men - all the different styles, brands and trends that you need to know about so you can confidently invest in a truly iconic pair.

Different Sunglass Styles

There are more cool sunglass styles for men available today than ever before, so we've narrowed it down to the four most iconic styles for you. Unless you're a keen sportsman or biker, one of these styles is all that you need; they're classic for a reason so don't be put off by the fact that everyone's wearing them.


This style originated in the 1930's and, as the name suggests, they were made for pilots. The most distinctive features of aviator sunglasses are their thin wire frames and a double bridge. Dark lenses which are usually two to three times the size of the eye socket are also a key feature that prevents too much light from entering the eyes whilst providing peripheral views. The aviator style was originally developed by Ray-Ban, and now the lenses come in classic, square and teardrop shape. They are also the only style of sunglasses that will suit every face shape.


These are sometimes referred to as brow line glasses, due to the way they mimic how the eyebrows frame the face. This style was hugely popular in the 1950's and 60's, making them a classic yet slightly retro option. Club master glasses have been most famously associated with human rights activist Malcolm X, although they later went on to appear in TV and film. They are characterized by their rounded lenses and their distinctive frames which consist of a plastic upper, and a thin metal rim on the lower half. It is the bold plastic upper which accentuates the eyebrow line.


This style emerged in the 1950's, and was first manufactured by Ray-Ban. Wayfarer frames are a trapezoidal shape, which Ray-Ban created by using the newly-invented, moldable material, acetate. They are sometimes heralded as the best selling design of all time. Wayfarers were initially popular as they were radically different to other available styles; since the 50's they have slumped in popularity multiple times but they always make a comeback, proving themselves to be a classic.


Round frame sunglasses are another style considered to be retro, even though they became popular as late as the 1990's. They're smaller and more minimalist than the sunglasses of previous decades, and they are probably the only thing to be associated with both Elton John and grunge. Today, round frames with tinted lenses are hugely popular although the style has mostly been adopted by hipsters.

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