Hobie Baja polarized sunglasses serve me well.
Aviator and wayfarer style are probably my favourites at the moment. But I have a collection got to be well past 30. Sometimes you just want to wear the glass onion and that is that. I never know when I might be feeling the human fly or the 80s gangsta. I don't spend on labels for them coz it is illegal to sell sunglasses here that don't conform to strict UV standards. So far as I can see, its just about the style. And I'm confident in my choices.
Standouts include oval lenses with tortoiseshell/wire frames, 1" by 1/4" oblong granny glasses (I'm sure the tiny shadow they cast is UV safe (also good for night time)) and some tortoiseshell frame round ones that would seriously make my granny jealous. Of course there is always Helena Bonham Carter in Sweeny Todd.
Hobie Baja polarized sunglasses serve me well.
I've got a 50's vintage pair of waywarers.
I prefer Dior ones
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I only once bought an expensive pair, Gucci. I had them for a matter of days when I absentmindedly wore them in the sea, got smacked on the back of the head by a big unexpected wave, got sucked under, twisted round, got a mouthful of brine, a bumful of swimsuit, and a space where my sunglasses had been....
I buy modestly priced ones now, but I saw a Chanel pair the other day......
54mm Wayfarer Originals do the trick for me.
My current top ten:
1. Spice and Wood
2. 34 Boulevard Saint Germain
3. Noir De Noir
4. Tobacco Vanille
5. Musc Ravageur
7. Dior Homme Intense
8. L'air Du Desert Marocain
9. Ambre 114
10. Plum Japonais
I wear aviators. Ray Ban or Serengeti, only polarized.
I think Aviators and Wayfarers may be in style now, but in a couple years, people will see them as cheesy.
I wear Ray-Ban 2027 Predators. But most of the time, I don't wear any sunglasses.
I don't believe that Aviators will ever relive their glory days of the 70s or that Wayfarers will get to do the 80s again. But I don't think either style is in danger of becoming anachronistic any time soon.
Can't remember the year that Aviators grew out of fashion. Aviators remain de facto summer accessories.
This bought this Persol 2939
Red. Custom dyed prescription sunglasses.
Just a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarer 2140 for me.
Ten years ago, my father-in-law was an optician. He said that Maui Jims were the best sunglasses on the market. I have crazy-sensitive eyes, so even if it's stormy outside, I have to wear shades. In the end, I've tried a variety of different brands, but keep coming back to Mauis. I've turned a few friends on to them, and they've been amazed at the difference as well. I currently own three pairs: A sporty pair (dark lens for summer sports), my "driving" paid (lighter lens), and my aviators (for every day use).
"We don't fail because we aim too high and miss, but because we aim too low and hit" - Les Brown
"Sometimes we need to suffer just so we can look at our lives and know we're for real" - Francis Chan
I have a pair of Gucci ones my husband bought me for my birthday last year, but i stopped wearing them after i left them on a table in a restaurant last month. Fortunately the honest waiter ran out to the car park with them, but i am nervous to lose them considering the exorbitant cost. So my most frequently worn pair, are a Garage Sale Find, of Maui Jim polarised ones, they cost me a mere dollar, and they are red so they match my hair. Perfect for fishing too.
O-A-K-L-E-Y IM COMPLETELY LOYAL!
I have a pair that you can swap the lenses in and out easily, a wire frame pair, and a pair of aviators too. Once you go Oakley , you will never go back...I'd rather wear nothing if I can't have my oakleys. EVERYTHING they make is heavy duty and high quality. Great warranties too.
I love to wear wayfarer and aviators, the wayfarers are my favorite casuals but if I'm going out somewhere fancy I'll probably use aviators.
As far as best polarized lenses. Imo Maui Jim is #1. Costa Del Mar #2. Revo #3. Rayban and Oakley #4
Ray-Ban Clubmaster is my favorite.
Anything by oakley is for toolbags. I wear the original pilot by american optics.
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Got a pair of Allyn Scura Legend black sunglasses coming in. Also, thinking of picking up a pair of Oliver Peoples or the Ray-Ban Meteor afterwards because my pair of original Wayfarers have disappeared.
I always see a bunch of celebrities wearing Tom Ford sunglasses. I have tried some on at the store but never cared for them. To me Tom Ford takes a classic sunglass look and tries to change it to make it better or more unique but ends up making it look worse.
One thing I learned about accessories such as sunglasses and watches is that designer is much less quality than "niche"? (to compare to fragrances). I own a pair of dolce and gabannas an a pair of versaces which are far inferior in craftsmanship and lens quality than my Carreras, oakleys, and ray bans. The same goes for my guess, Kenneth cole, and Armani watches in comparison to my citizen, seiko, android, and movado watches.
Here are the sunglasses I wear. I have an oddly shaped face, so these are the only sunglasses that look flattering on me, and I love them a lot.
Just some points when it comes to sunglasses.
1. Don't go with what's in fashion today. Today, Wayfarers and Aviators are in style, though eventually people will be complaining how silly they look. Go with what looks best on your face, rather than what is the most popular kind of sunglasses.
2. The difference in lens quality between a $20 pair of fakes and the actual $300 sunglasses are minimal. It's like buying 16GB of ram for your PC. The only reason you would need $300, for the quality difference , is if you are a pilot or in active-duty military.
3. The production cost differences are marginal. And even expensive sunglasses break and get lost easily. If you are careful with them, accidents probably won't happen, but they still can. Eventually people buy $20 because they don't feel like buying another $300 sunglasses to replace their broken ones.
It's sort of like buying a $300 niche fragrance, compared to buying a designer (under $100). If having nice shades means a lot to you, and you have the money, no shame in spending it, but you can find great sunglasses at a lower price line.
i wish i could pull off glasses
1. Dior Homme Original
2. Musc Ravaguer
3. Portrait of a Lady
4. Noir de Noir
5. L Instant Guerlain pour Homme Extreme
6. New Haarlem
7. Pure Coffee
8. Blu Mediterraneo Sicilian Almond
9. Rose 31
10. Spiritueuse Double Vanille
Bvlgari uses two types of lenses. Some glasses have the cheap Chanel,Gucci and Dior lens whereas some have really good ones. I've noticed that the ones with good lenses are sold in the Bvlgari boutique.
Then you have Rayban which is a dedicated sunglasses house but uses mediocre, at best, lenses.
The same applies to Persol, mediocre quality glass.
Surprising since both are historic sunglasses dedicated brands.
I know for a fact that Persol did at one time in the past use good glass. I saw an old Persol in my father's wardrobe that was really good and a few weeks ago I found a vintage Persol (from the late 80s) that had excellent glass too.
Niche perfume houses water down perfumes, sunglasses companies plasticize lens?
Actually no. Better lenses will enhance your sight and will protect your eyes (UV rays, Polarized lenses etc etc).
Aviators or Wayfarers. Only way to go.
Timeless & classic.
Expect the unexpected.
Polarized lenses are good for fishing, but they don't add significantly to cutting out harmful UV rays.
Currently trying to decide between the Persol 2939, 007, and a pair of Prada's..this one is a toughie
Compliments and price of glasses is very subjective. Let's not discuss this aspect.
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I do like Prada sunglasses too. Persol give me a classic retro vibe. Prada is more "hollywood" style if that makes sense.
I wear lots of stuff but I have about 10 Oakleys that I pretty much rotate through.
I was born to shoot guns and smell good doin it!
Shane "The Bopper" Stagg