Anonymous asked: What, in your opinion, is the ideal pair of sunglasses for an adult male? Costas are sporty and better suited for the water, Wayfarers have been completely taken over by the neon college crowd. Thoughts? D in RVA
As you may have discerned from this blog, I’ve always been a bit of a closeted elitist when it comes to everyday dressing. By “closeted elitist” I mean that I revel in details, styling and materials without dressing in a manner that makes those details known. Some may call it “stealth wealth,” but I think that sounds way too cute and contrived.
The first place this idea arose was with my sunglasses. In high school I remember everyone wearing Costas or Oakleys or something along those lines. So I went with a pair of first generation Bausch + Lomb Wayfarers. While there were kids wearing similar glasses, they weren’t the same. Again, just a small detail that didn’t rock the boat, but did (often) garner compliments from perceptive peers.
When I got to college I broke my beloved Wayfarers and shifted to a pair of Persol 714s. They were great glasses and garnered even more compliments — worth noting that girls love “fold-y glasses.”
Post-college I noticed a lot of dudes were jumping on the Persol train. I’ve never been one to abandon my tastes just because they turn mainstream, but when my 714s broke last summer I saw it as an opportunity to change it up a bit. I now wear Shuron Sidewinders, which, even though they appear very similar to Wayfarers, are not quite the same (sensing a pattern?)
I plan to wear the Shurons for many years and they have been great. However, if I had to buy a new pair tomorrow, I would immediately go for a pair of Oliver Peoples Sheldrakes.
So, as far as personal experience and opinion goes, that’s where my head is at. In a more general sense, however, I would find a shape or style of sunglasses that fit you great. Pay attention to the details in the design and what you like about how they fit. Then ask a sales person or consult the internet on what general shape they are. From there you can do all sorts of digging.
While I have enjoyed bouncing around between frames and styles, don’t feel like you always need to be on the outside. It’s perfectly fine to wear glasses that are mainstream or less than avant-garde. If they look good on you and you like them, don’t beat yourself up on reinventing the wheel.