How to Pick the Right Sunglasses in 2017?

Education begins the gentlemanbut reading, good company and reflection must finish him.” – John Locke

We are coming to the end of winter, and as we work out in the gym with an eye to the summer body.  We must not forget the basic accessory that makes summer time fashion hot, that accessory is sunglasses. No longer is it just fine to have one pair of expensive sunglasses.  As a gentleman, you need to be able to accessorize.  Ladies are not the only ones that can accessorize, a change of sunglasses can change your look totally.

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The American Optometric Association says you “should always don sunglasses during the daylight hours because: They protect your eyes against the sun’s UV rays, which could otherwise lead to cataracts. They protect against “blue light” from the solar spectrum, which could increase your risk of macular degeneration.”

So yes, wearing sunglasses is important we see that there is even a health benefit to wearing sunglasses. But this article is how to choose stylish sunglasses that fit your face and accentuates your sense of style. We at the modern gentleman magazine care about not only your healthy but also your style.  Be prepared to buy multiple sunglasses.  The days of one expensive pair is over. So first let’s look at some of the new trends of 2017.

Metal Frames are Back

The biggest trend you can get your hands on is the comeback of metal frames. They have made a huge circle back from retro styles to current fashion style. You will enjoy the slim lines and lightweight feel of metal frames versus acetate ones.


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As for color, black sunglasses will dominate this year’s sunglass styles. But you will also look good in brown, or even mirrored sunglasses.  I have seen blue, green, and many different frame colors.  Metal frames allows this flexibility.  So, get many pairs.

Round Sunglasses

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. These sunglasses look good where ever you go in a casual setting.

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Aviator sunglasses

Avaitor 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 2017, you will see the rise of the modern oversized aviator. These are very versatile, going from casual to semi-formal and dressy.  A must have for any gentleman.

Wayfarer the classicwayfarer1

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. If you only have one pair of sunglasses, this is the pair to have. As a modern gentleman you need moere than jus tone pair.  Also, you can find different colors.  At the very least you need a black and a brown pair.


Classic cool Clubmasters clubmasters 1

The D-frame shape is making a comeback. 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.  I personally love these. You can wear these casual to formal.  These are the go to glasses that everyone loves.

Tortoiseshell Sunglasses

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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.

 Wood Sunglass Frames

The hottest trend this year is that wooden look on sunglasses, there are many celebrities wearing wood sunglasses to their events and thus showcasing this popular trend.  The use of wood frames for sunglasses is actually not new, as it is only now that they have become popular. You should be careful with the wooden look, but when done right it adds a distinctive look to your outfits.  Another great thing about wooden sunglasses is that there are many different types of wood. You can get lighter shades, or darker shades, which will give you many different options when it comes to how to accessorize your outfits.


Clear Frames

There’s something so effortlessly cool about clear frame sunglasses. Many brands offer most classic sunglasses shapes and styles with clear, or translucent-colored, frames. The frames will instantly update any look and add a touch of modern minimalist edge to whatever you wear. If you’re new to clear framed specs, I recommend a clear frame wayfarer-style pair for the perfect mix of classic-meets-modern.  Much like wooden frame sunglasses if you are not used to the clear frame look you must understand that you cannot wear this as your only everyday pair, but as a change of pace look.


Now since you have an idea of what type of glasses are hot for 2017 you must remember all sunglasses do not fit all faces.   Finding a pair of sunglasses that suit you face shape, are versatile enough, protect your eyes and will ultimately last longer than just the few months of summer is a lot easier said than done. Let’s look at the rules for wearing sunglasses that fit your face.


To create definition and offset facial contours it’s best to opt for wide, geometric shapes as these helps to give a round face a longer appearance. Think along the lines of timeless classics like Wayfarers or Aviators and you won’t go far wrong.


The easiest to find sunglasses or any glasses for, people blessed with an oval face can pretty much get away with wearing whatever frames they wish. Either go with a pair of failsafe Ray Ban, Iconic Clubmasters or push the boat out and invest in some extremely expensive sunglasses of any type because you will look right.



To compliment an oblong face shape and balance out the contours it’s advisable to stick with either round or square frames with blunt edges.  Square aviators but you cannot go too big or you will look like a bug and make sure they don’t extend beyond the widest part of your face and that they’re the right size so they don’t look like they’re cutting off the bloody supply to your brain.



Those with a particularly defined jawline are best sticking with round or oval shapes as they help to soften and frame the face, although rectangular frames with soft edges can also work just as well.



If you’ve got a defined, pointed chin with wide cheekbones then a pair of old school, rectangular frames are ideal as they’ll help to elongate your face and even out your proportions.

Here are some tips:

HAVE MORE THAN ONE PAIR: we have shown you multiple styles that are hot for 2017, along with your face shape you can add different type of frames, such as clear, wooden or metal.  Different types of lenses, such as light, dark black or even mirrored.  Each pair is needed for different situations. Every dandy would agree with you.

TRY ON A LOT: as men, we like to be able to go in and go out when shopping.  Trying on sunglasses are quick and easy and is well worth the time.  even if you then go back online to buy your perfect pair for the best price (remember to note the model number

CONSIDER YOUR HAIRSTYLE AND LENGTH– hair covers much of our head, so it’s important to remember that it has the potential to completely change the shape of our face. Long hair can often soften features whilst short hair will leave them completely exposed. All frames do not look good with bald heads either.

REMEMBER THE CLASSICS – classic frames are considered as such for a reason. They work and have done for decades so don’t be afraid to try a certain style just because lots of other people are already wearing them. You can always mix up the colors.

HAVE SOME STASHES–  Keep pairs of sunglasses stashed at your desk at work and in your car for surprise occasions.  Have pairs of classic wayfarers and/or aviators on hand always.


Finding the perfect pairs of sunglasses can seem like a daunting task, but it is a challenge worth undertaking. Not only is it hugely important that we protect our eyes from the sun but they can also become a trademark of your personal style.  Much like our scent and our other accessories, sunglasses are important item that is in the modern gentleman’s closet.


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