If your summer mood board doesn’t include a pair of the coolest men’s sunglasses on the market, you’re not doing it right. Not yet, at least. Of course, that mood board should also include, say, plans for a tropical getaway and designs on wearing one of the best new watches to get you there, but let’s talk summer sunglasses for a moment.
As useful on dry land as they are during a day at sea, the right sunglasses for summer are all about merging form and function. Sure, you might have a pair you keep handy during summer training sessions, or a beater pair you’ve tossed in your glovebox, but we’re talking shades with capital-S “Style Points,” not unlike the kind guys like McQueen or Cruise tend to favor.
If you thought your summer mood board was all set, think again: These are the best summer sunglasses for bold style that’s all your own.
Ray-Ban Classic Aviators
The original and the best — often imitated, never duplicated and available now in an on-trend 1970s-esque hue. Wear these with any ensemble you please, all day long and right through sunset. $163
Persol PO3274S Sunglasses
Persol’s folding frames got a major upgrade earlier this season, with a new folding mechanism and a blend of metal and acetate for the first time. They nod to McQueen’s favorite, the 714, with style that’s every bit as badass as you could hope to wear. $408
Christopher Cloos x Tom Brady Pacifica
We caught up back in August 2020 to talk with Tom Brady about his work with Christopher Cloos, and the GOAT’s sunglasses line has only become even more great since then. These two-tone shades are named for Brady’s childhood beach in the Bay Area, and they’re as stylish as the man himself. $179
Tomahawk Shades The Abbotts Sunglasses
Designs that call to mind the road-ready style of yesteryear seem to be all the rage right now, and the fact that you can snag this stylish pair for under $80 is a major boon for your summer accessories rotation. $75
Revo Finley Sunglasses
If you favor a more bold, squared-off look, yet still want sun-ready performance and protection, Revo offers up just the right balance (for a nice price) with its Finley Sunglasses. $229
Garrett Leight Elkgrove Sunglasses
Premium style is certainly the name of the game with Garrett Leight — here, the classically cool Wayfarer style gets a sustainable update through the use of biodegradable acetate. Wear these with your best summer suit. $415
Tom Ford Tortoiseshell Sunglasses
These days, you can put together an astoundingly cool outfit from head-to-toe with Tom Ford pieces, including these statement shades. They’re a perfect companion to tailored swim trunks and a Terry cloth polo — Aperol Spritz sold separately, of course. $415
Far and away the most affordable sunglasses on this list, yet the ones with perhaps the most bang for your buck: The durable, ever-versatile, wear-with-anything Huckberry Cruisers. Buy at least one pair and keep the extra handy wherever you need it. $35
For a shade under $60, grab a lightweight and durable set of frames featuring polarized lenses and an eye-catching (pun intended) polarized design. Think of them like stylish adventure shades you can actually wear to happy hour. $58
Ralph Lauren Stirrup Classic Sunglasses
The legendary designer gets into the eyewear game with suitably fashionable frames meant to match the company’s all-American aesthetic. These are fairly priced and an ideal way to top off your Ralph Lauren polo, chinos and leather loafers this summer. $210