pairs of sunglasses
Some companies would like you to believe otherwise, but you don’t have to spend a ton of money on sunglasses to get a great pair. We put together a list of some of our favorite pairs you can buy for less than $100.
Take a look to see if any might be right for you before you spend too much on another pair of Ray-Bans that you’ll inevitably lose too soon.
These boxy Revelers offer a classic look reminiscent of “The Blues Brothers” and many other cinematic heroes of coolness. And for just $20 more you can get your lenses polarized, which I would highly recommend splurging for.
I know I took a shot at Ray-Bans in the introduction (I’ve lost a lot of pairs of Ray-Bans), but few sunglasses are as iconic as Ray-Ban’s aviators worn by Maverick and company in “Top Gun.” You don’t have to be a fighter pilot to rock their eyewear with confidence, and as long as you look to buy in the right places, you can pick up your next pair of Ray-Bans without putting to deep of a hole in your wallet.
I have a feeling this rounded look is going to be big this year for guys. At the very least, I know I’ll own a pair. It’s a more adventurous look than the safer rectangular frames you’ll find elsewhere, but if you like to be ahead of the curve, this is my bet.
Despite their name, this pair from Le Specs is a supremely smart and safe bet for long days in the sun.
When MVMT started adding sunglasses to its product lineup, this pair immediately caught my eye. They’ve been my most reliable sunglasses since then, with a clubmaster look made just slightly wider.
This pair from Warby Parker stands out to me for its two-toned frames. They pop with character without taking a shape so bold you stand out too much.
Another simple wayfarer shape that is easy to look good in. This pair is a bit boxier than others on the list, giving it a more distinct look than other pairs with a similar shape.
Oakley offers great options for anyone who loves to run outside. They definitely have a more athletic look, so if you’re looking for a pair of shades that will keep up with your active lifestyle, this might be it.
The tortoise shell frames and purple lenses make for a fun, spirited look in these rounded Dipseas from Sunski. It’s a playful pair of sunglasses I want to wear to the beach and boardwalk.
If you want a pair of wayfarers sturdier than a pair that you pick up on a street corner or dollar store, but still want to keep things pretty cheap, this $30 pair from Knockaround is perfect for you.
Warby Parker was one of the early brands to make a name for itself by disrupting an industry by cutting out the middleman and passing savings on to customers. Their mission still holds true today, and it’s a great place to look before making any eyewear purchase. This pair is the brand’s take on the wayfarer style that is always in fashion.
Another sleek pair of aviators perfect for your sunny-day adventures this year. If you’re into the silhouette aviators provide, J.Crew has a great option for you.
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