This summer’s men’s sunglasses trends are a versatile bunch and quite some head-turners. These pairs of cool shades can upgrade any guy’s look to dapper and give you serious style points.
You probably have one or two pairs of classic Wayfarers laying around already. But this time of the year is the perfect moment to up your game with some of new, fresh and bold frames!
In this top 10+, Vint & York will show you what are & how to pull off the biggest sunglasses trends of 2018. Time to turn your new specs into an essential “backbone” piece of your wardrobe!
- Most popular men’s sunglasses styles this year
- 1. Metal Sunglasses: Gold, Silver & Clip-ons
- 2. Round Vintage Sunglasses
- 3. D-Frame Sunglasses
- 4. Oversized Aviators Sunglasses
- 5. Heavy Browline Sunglasses
- 6. Square Wayfarer Sunglasses
- 7. Flat-Brow Fashion Sunglasses
- 8. Navigator Sunglasses
- 9. Retro Sunglasses
- 10. Classic Cool Clubmasters
- 11. Tortoise shell & Horn-Rimmed Sunglasses
Most popular men’s sunglasses styles this year
Ahead, we rounded up over 15 of our best selling men sunglasses pairs of the moment, by trends. The best thing? These high-street shades are all between $129 and $199. And they can be easily transformed into prescription sunglasses. Take your pick!
1. Metal Sunglasses: Gold, Silver & Clip-ons
Metal has become almost as versatile as acetate frames. And the metal frames upgrade the look to a steampunk, less bookish one.
One of the biggest trend you can get your hands on is the comeback of metal frames and clip–on sunglasses. They have made a huge come back from retro styles to current fashion style. Men enjoy the slim lines and lightweight feel of metal frames versus acetate ones.
Imagine having a high-quality clip-on sunglasses in your life. You get the best of both worlds: sunglasses and eyeglasses. And just imagine the gif potential for Instagram!
Clip-ons are once again in style and you might as well get in on the ride before everybody else will. With a hint of vintage look, this ingenious approach will help you see the light of day much better. They can quickly transform from sunglasses to eyeglasses, by removing the clip-on.
The Firm is a pair of clip-on sunglasses more aggressively styled than other sunglasses. This style is straight up business. With thin frames, they are similar in shape to an aviator.
This pair won’t overwhelm your face while giving you the UV protection you need on a sunny day. Inspired by steampunk goggles, their cool factor comes from a slim frame silhouette. The floating bridge adds subtle whimsy to the polished shape of the frame.
Another popular style of clip on is the rounded one, The Charleston. The perfect storm of eyewear trends: round and with an aviator-like rim. Like the fancy footwork of the 1920s, The Charleston frames will shake up your style. A simple, two-step and these sunglasses become eyeglasses! Sometimes one is better than two.
Beyond your ordinary fashion statement is the ready-to-wear Charleston frame. They are made from a metal structure and infused with retro round lenses a slick clip-on.
The Charleston is one of the most fashionable and unique sunglasses pairs that money can buy. The double wire bridge is more than just intriguing. They are a piece of wearable art, which you can endlessly boast on Instagram.
Fits: Medium-to-Wide Fit. Perfect for any face shape — especially for square faces with pronounced cheekbones, big forehead and angular jaw lines.
2. Round Vintage Sunglasses
The retro-inspired accessory that has literally come full circle. Round sunglasses are making a serious comeback this spring. They have metal shapes nodding to the ‘70s, and smaller-framed styles channeling the ‘90s grunge look.
The original hipster sunglasses, round frames make you think about John Lennon.
Fits: Narrow to Medium face. Designed to make you stand out of the crowd, round frames are ideal for men who have narrow, square or angular features.
These bad boys are more than that! Deriving heavily from the 1920’s vintage style, Vint & York’s The Swinger frame has faux leather trim and simple wire rims. That makes wearing these sunglasses an act of simple rebellion against unnecessary opulence.
Another more casual round type of sunglasses is No-Lita. These sunglasses borrow their name from the Little Italy area of NYC’s Manhattan.
These bad boys aren’t about unwanted attention. They prefer to stay under the radar. The best thing about them? They’re much easier to pull off than most round Lennon-style glasses. Pretty neat, huh?
Fit: Medium Fit. Best fits medium faces and men with triangle or oblong face shapes.
3. D-Frame Sunglasses
Once the reserve of oily teddy boys, the D-shape frame is making a comeback. The style is becoming more and more popular thanks to their futuristic feel and masculine character.
D-shape sunglasses are identified by their angular oversized look and they are most flattering on gentlemen with rounder faces.
4. Oversized Aviators Sunglasses
Aviator sunglasses never go out of style because they never leave the fashion scene.
This style is perfect for adding that chill, cool edge to a simple outfit. That’s because they’re sporty and classic. The aviator shape has gone through some changes over time. In 2018, you will see the rise of the modern oversized aviator.
A fusion between the classic style and a bigger, they give a more masculine, sturdy approach. Even though they still preserve the classic teardrop shape of the lens, they’re a little bit big and large. That makes them stand out from the classic aviator shape.
They are a staple for any eyewear collection and are effortlessly casual. The double-bar bridge of The Swag and metal accent adds a flair of refinement. That says you mean business. There’s no better choice for spring!
Inspired by hip-hop and streetwear trends, this unique style takes its basic form from the Aviators. They’re also adding a touch of oversized power. Made popular by the rich and famous, Swag shades have a certain appeal. They look best on a fashion oriented man.
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5. Heavy Browline Sunglasses
The modern version of the club masters includes a more prominent brown line.
Thicker and manlier, the Bowery is a retro inspired semi-rimless frame. With square lenses and heavy browline, this pair looks much like a square club master.
This pair sits bolder than your regular club masters and underlines the retro influences that drive you. A twist on a classic shape! This way, you won’t be wearing the exact same thing everyone else is.
Flat top and square, they are a throwback with a contemporary twist. They are sleeker than they ever looked in the ’80s or ’90s.
Fit: Medium Fit. Perfect for triangle shaped faces, with defined jaw lines.
6. Square Wayfarer Sunglasses
Trends come and go, but a classic is a classic. If you want shades that are sure to go with everything you own, choose a Wayfarer style. It’s such a timeless piece and a classic hipster look.
Following a trend can be fun, but it becomes a dated look after awhile. If you take a classic design, add a modern element or tweak it to make it a little more 21st century, it becomes new again!
This Wayfarer style sunglasses have a touch more refined and are certainly more slender. They have elegant tapered temples and rhomboidal silver rivets. Combining a vintage look together with superbly crafted contemporary tech, they are the go-to eyewear!
In eyewear fashion for about six decades now, these rectangular thick frames evoke masculinity. They might have worked for the autumn winter season, but this spring it’s all about slimmer silhouettes lines.
A symbol of 1950’s men’s sunglasses, The Wayfarer continues to inspire us till this day.
What we love about the Wayfarers is how laid back and cool this trend makes you look. It’s a special feeling to feel comfortable in any situation. These frames guarantee that. They are practical, durable and perfect for men of any age.
Fit: Medium-to-Wide Fit, perfect for oblong faces.
7. Flat-Brow Fashion Sunglasses
The metallic top brow bar trend is a variation of the original flat brow style.
The top metal bar is a substitute of the large, straight acetate browline. They turned into a more elegant and modern form. The sleek and refined design perfectly mirrors the current contemporary aesthetic. This has made them one of the best-selling sunglasses style of 2018!
It preserves some elements of it’s 80’s predecessor, but the metallic top brow bar is a contemporary trend. The rectangular frame hints of a slightly rounded shape making it QUITE charismatic. They are regarded as one of the coolest men’s sunglasses. This trend will give you the stainless-steel-meets-plastic look that your personality craves.
The Around the Block sunglasses is a simple and modern pair of sunglasses.
The bold lines enliven the roundness of the lenses. The top-bar over the bridge adds a whimsical characteristic. Like a good pair of jeans, they are just as contemporary as they are classic. With a rock look to them, they are perfect to wear with a leather jacket and rock them on a motorcycle!
Fit: Narrow-to-Medium Fit. Perfect for big faces with defined features, like a strong jawline, or for a crisp haircut.
Another Blogger favorite pair is The Caper. This more upscale type of sunglasses . These bad boys are made for hiding in NYC in plain sight!
Fits: Wide Fit. Men’s sunglasses for a rounder or bigger face, as they are rather large square sunglasses.
This season is big on style hybrids. These are power glasses called navigators.
Classic aviators have inspired newer, bolder shapes that are starting to revamp outfits everywhere. Dubbed as the Navigators sunglasses, this new style preserves the essence of metallic aviators. You don’t have to make a tough choice. You get the best of both styles: aviator shape and square frames.
Attaboy is the perfect example on a boost of confidence. A style that always makes you feel good. The Navigator-Style has been around for decades. They are just as relevant as they’ve always been. It’s probably because you can’t help but feel as good as you look when you’re wearing them.
You can just as easily categorize them as oversized frames. The Navigators are not movie star material. A revamp of the classic aviator silhouette, these oversized frames will keep you covered.
Fit: Medium-to-Wide Fit. This style best fits a medium or wide face with forms such as long or oval. Perfect for the “no pictures please” look! When it comes to your 7 AM airport arrival, they’ll be your new must-have piece!
9. Retro Sunglasses
These retro men sunglasses talk the talk while you walk the walk. They are inspired by the steam-powered machines of the industrial revolution. Steampunk frames with metallic accents are a futuristic approach to a classic round frame.
Half metal, half celluloid acetate in a glossy finish, these bad boys work their magic in matte colors. You will be surprised how well texture-mixing works with eyewear. Cutting edge. For shades that make a statement, this distinctive style definitely speaks for itself.
They have a more prominent metal nose bridge that projects in front of the frame. The Blue Nose frame is a real stand out. If you’re into making statements, there’s no easier way. When wearing the steampunk inspired metallic finishes, there’s no need to add on any extra bling.
The round frames hint to the old work goggles worn in coal factories during the mid-1800’s in old New York. They’re tough, decisive and says that you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty!
As with most round frames, the fit perfectly to narrow, square and angular faces. A more eccentric frame, very similar to what T.J. Miller is wearing as Weasel in the notorious DeadPool movie.
10. Classic Cool Clubmasters
Clubmasters are a timeless symbol of coolness in sunglasses trends! The result of a fusion between casual and fashion statement, they have become essential to any man’s wardrobe.
Brownline vintage sunglasses such as The Fitzgerald were very popular during the 50’s and 60’s.
Fits: Small to Medium face. The original club masters trend fits men who have a smaller head and face, preferably with a triangular, oblong or heart-shaped face.
11. Tortoise shell & Horn-Rimmed Sunglasses
As for color, tortoise shell sunglasses will dominate this year’s trends. If you’re looking to wear something softer, a smokey/whiskey dark tortoise shell is the way to go! They ensure a versatile look. If you know you look good with a pop of color, bright tortoise shell/ orange horn-rimmed shades are a stylish choice this year.
This shade of tortoise radiates with orange hues. Is the right amount of casual-cool that will brighten any look. The color sparks interest everywhere you go. Make sure to do them justice with a proper outfit. The bright colors of the tortoise is a style statement that should not be taken lightly. These can also add a very subtle pop of color to a rather neutral look.
Bright horn-rimmed sunglasses don’t just hide tired eyes. They are also up the ante on everything you wear, even the most basic outfit. All this while keeping your eyes completely protected from the sun!
Check our our men sunglasses 2018 collection and choose your next pair of fresh shades!