Even the most clueless of man knows that no summer outfit is complete without the perfect pair of sunnies - so why are we so bad at picking pairs that properly suit us?
Every year we resort to the same old pair of knock-off, oversized Wayfarers, and every year we look back at our holiday snaps with a palpable feeling of confusion and disappointment. "Who's that bug-eyed dorkus over there", we ask ourselves, "and what's he done with my boy Daniel Craig?"
This year, why not go the extra mile and invest in a pair of shades that you'll actually be proud of? Hell, we've even done the hardest part for you: just check out the list below and get shopping...
1. Dick Moby - SFO
Amsterdam brand Dick Moby has made a well-deserved name for itself on account of its commitment to truly sustainable sunning - offering recycled and bio-degradable acetate frames, recycled leather carry-cases and micro-fibre cleaning cloths made from recycled PET bottles. These SFO frames are our favourites: bold and chunky, with embossed lettering and details for a refined finish.
Shop for Dick Moby frames at www.endclothing.com
2. SALT. Optics – Muir
Sleek and understated, the Muir frames from California’s SALT. Optics absolutely ooze class. A classic 1970s outline is brought up to date with the addition of a keyhole bridge and lightly rounded edges, creating a look that feels vintage and contemporary all at once. Finished with custom décor pieces, real rivet hinges and polarized CR39 lenses, the Muir strikes the perfect balance between function and style. With a lighter frame than most, these sunnies would be a perfect fit for those put off by chunkier styles.
Shop for SALT. frames at www.saltoptics.com
3. Sun Buddies – Bibi
Taking inspiration from the sunnies worn by Bibi Andersson in Persona, these unisex frames offer a bold, playful alternative to the classic Wayfarer. Their chunky look and solid build make them perfect for festivals and beach trips – and with loads of great colours to choose from, you’ll probably be tempted to buy a couple.
Shop for Sun Buddies frames at www.goodhoodstore.com
4. Pared – Rooftops & Raids
Pared’s Rooftops & Raids frames offer a contemporary take on a classic shape. Handmade using Japanese acetate, the rims boast a beautiful gold inlay, making them especially eye-catching when the sunlight hits. As well as being easy on the eye, the frames feel comfortable, well-built and especially durable.
The young Australian brand has gone form strength to strength since launching their debut collection in 2012 – and their latest is no exception, with a great selection of frames for both men and women on offer.
Shop for Pared frames at www.paredeyewear.com