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This is my first post on style, and since i’m currently being asphyxiated by the trend for all things retro/vintage/nostalgic, I have to get this off my chest. I absolutely deplore the way vintage has become a marketable term – not because i’m a hipster snob, but because I think that 99% of the time, ‘Vintage’ is a byword for junk that should have been left forgotten.
If that statement has offended you, I make no claims to being qualified to give advice about fashion. In fact i’m positively unfashionable – besides, I don’t have the credentials required: i’m not a photogenic coffee-addicted-tote-carrying-arts student, who does fashionable designer-high street-outfits complete with statement pieces, though I look on with interest at those who do. Tea, is my drug of choice, and statements are things I choose to ignore at the end of each month.
Now, here’s where I get a little controversial. To the chagrin of my fashionable artsy friends, I believe anyone can be fashionable if they follow trends, but following trends also means that you can just as quickly become unfashionable, and so I assert that the real art, is in having true style. Good style doesn’t come in any one form, but I believe that timeless styles go a long way in helping you attain it. Timeless styles are classics if you will, not necessarily old or ‘vintage’, but styles that work for anyone regardless of shape, size or any other variable, and are impervious to fads.
So, this post, and any future posts I do on the subject of style are purely upon what I deem to be timeless and wearable for all, rather than the select few.
There are thousands of styles of sunglasses out there that could be considered timeless, but in my deliberation, i’ve chosen to eschew more well-known brands to demonstrate the fact that timeless styles aren’t necesarily the prerogative of the well-established. Even though this is a men’s grooming and style blog, many of these glasses look just as well on women as they do on men, and that I believe is one of the hallmarks of timeless style.
So, here are my top picks for Sunglasses not just for Summer ’14, but for many summers to come.
Randolph Engineering Aviator Glasses – £119 from Orvis
These aviator glasses made by American firm Randolph Engineering have been standard issue to US Military Pilots and NASA Astronauts for decades – a true testament to its’ timelessness. This squarer lenses of these glasses are far more forgiving than the teardrop lenses of popular aviators, meaning that this suits all face shapes
Vintage Persol Sunglasses – £269 from Orvis
These sunglasses are ‘Vintage’ in the true sense of the word. A beautiful pair of tortoise-shell sunglasses with an innovative folding frame that has an illustrious italian heritage, favoured by cultural icons such as Steve Mcqueen
Beaumont Sunglasses – £190 from Finlay & Co
Proving that newer interpretations on old classics can also be timeless in their own right, are this pair of sunglasses by Finlay & Co. Beautiful dark wood frame with gold accents.
Preston in Whisky Tortoise – $95 by Warby Parker
I can’t sing the praises of Warby Parker enough – $95, what are you waiting for?! My love for Warby Parker and Tortoiseshell is one long love affair (oh, could you tell that i’m fond of tortoiseshell?!)
Randall in Leopard – $295 by Moscot (Frame Only)
A Bulkier and bolder frame, yet mellowed by gradient colour with hints of leopard, and with diamond rivets to give subtle but interesting detail
Malindi – by LGR Sunglasses Price Unlisted
LGR is another great Italian brand. These elegant sunglasses combine elements of aviator style with the curved brow bar, softening the angularity.
Capri Detachable-Front Glasses – £245 by Illesteva, available from Mr Porter
I’m not usually fond of detachable lens glasses, however this pair by New York bases company Illesteva are an exception. They look great on their own as optical glasses, and look even better as sunglasses with the detachable metal frame which provides a beautiful chrome contrast.
Dean Square Frame Sunglasses – £310 by Barton Perreira available at Mr Porter
These pair of sunglasses exude a cool, casual elegance with it’s unusual paring of cornflower blue lenses with the light brown tortoise shell
D Frame Sunglasses – £310 by Cutler & Gross available at Mr Porter
Hand crafted in Italy, Cutler & Gross sunglasses are always refined, and this one is no different. Understated, and a handsome pair of sunglasses
Venezia Tortoiseshell Sunglasses – £280 by Garrett Leight California Optical available at Mr Porter
Last but not least, these dainty frames in mellowed yellow-brown hues would complement pale skins as well as tanned skins, the mixture of light and dark acetate giving it a modern yet classically stylish look
What do you consider to be timeless pieces?