Six types of sunglasses you should consider for 2022

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Hey you! Yes, you, the guy who unsuccessfully tries to put his hand on his forehead or pull his baseball cap just a little lower! You need sunglasses. A trustworthy pair is essential, whether your Sundays are spent at the kid’s soccer game or nursing a nasty hangover (or both). A combination of form and stylish protective function, sunglasses are hands down the most important accessory you can own.

So don’t just grab a handful of junky plastic frames from the corner store; it is a decision that requires serious reflection. But that doesn’t mean your sunglasses have to be ultra-expensive: between steady sales and serious advancements in manufacturing, a good pair can be had without breaking the bank. There are names you know you can trust – like Persol, Carrera and of course Ray-Bans – but don’t rule out newcomers who are making waves in the sunglasses space either.

Equally important in choosing sunglasses is the actual shade composition. The construction of the frame is synonymous with durability and quality, with metal or a high quality acetate being the benchmarks for materials. Likewise, polarized lenses – simply put, a coated lens that blocks harmful UV rays and reduces glare – are the high-end industry standard, and we strongly suggest you pursue it. Lens color varies, but darker colors (gray, brown, black, and blue) tend to provide adequate protection.

The best part about sunglasses? There is a style for everyone. While it’s true that some frames can be more flattering than others, we don’t think there’s much to the “only this face shape can wear aviators” nonsense. You, a grown man, should be able to tell which sunglasses are a cop and which are a drop. Instead, we’ve highlighted the six most important sunglasses styles in 2022 — from classic wayfarers to badass aviators to funky new-age shades — you should know about. Find a pair, wear it with confidence, and get ready for your best summer yet.

Round sunglasses

The round style of sunglasses emerged as early as the 1950s, with origins in the counterculture before transcending modern pop culture and becoming favorites of superstars like the Beatles. These days, the fashionable round style is a little more complete, with tortoiseshell frames and dark lenses the preferred look. Yet thinner, metal frames have their charm and look killer on the beach.

Square (and rectangular) sunglasses

A neutral style that suits nearly every man, square sunglasses run the gamut of materials and sizes, making them perhaps the broadest eyewear category. Some overall commonalities remain, however; Square sunglasses provide excellent protection, sit evenly on the face, and offer a flattering fit that is sure to become your go-to eyewear.

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SeaClean

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Calvin Klein CK8574S

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Brooks Brothers BB4040S

Aviator Sunglasses

Originally developed for fighter pilots, these tints feature an instantly recognizable teardrop lens and brow bridge that denotes your average Joe a certified badass. Newer acetate frames give the style a powerful look, but classic metal Ray-Bans are still the epitome of all things sunglasses.

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Ray-Ban aviator

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Otto Travel

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Square 2/2

Performance Sunglasses

Of all the styles, performance sunglasses probably do the best job of accomplishing what accessories were meant to do in the first place: protect your eyes. Often polarized and often using materials like rubber and silicone for a sweat-wicking fit, iconic brands like Oakley and Carrera have equipped runners and cyclists for decades. Sportswear giants – Nike, Adidas and many more – have recently entered the performance eyewear frenzy with their own cutting-edge styles that don’t skip any serious tech.

Wayfarer Sunglasses

Ready to baptize spring with a little foray into Nantucket? Do you swear by your boat shoes? If so, Wayfarers are the sunglasses for you. The style has been a hit since the mid-20th century and remains a handsome boxy style for any man who prefers a classic shape. The “club master” style, which borrows the frontal shape of wayfarers but forgoes the full frame for a premium design, also reads old-school.

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Ray-Ban Wayfarer

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Fossil FOS2057/S

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Tod’s TO0164

Fashion-forward sunglasses

Noteworthy this season is the oversized cat-eye or rectangular hue (a certain caped crusader did the style quite well), which draws inspiration from the 90s but adds a fresh 2022 twist. Don’t be afraid to experiment here – glasses are the perfect way to accessorize, especially since if you decide you’re not up for the challenge, you can always take your sunglasses off.

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Arnette Lizard

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Persol PO3273S

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Versace VE4361

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