Style | April 13, 2022 12:41 pm

Six Kinds of Sunglasses You Should Consider for 2022

A one-stop guide to choosing the right sunnies for you

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Hey, you! Yes, you, the guy unsuccessfully attempting to cup his hand over his brow or yanking his beat baseball cap just a little bit further down! You need some sunglasses. A trustworthy pair is essential, regardless of whether your Sundays are spent at the kid’s soccer game or nursing a nasty hangover (or both). A form-meets-function combination of stylish protection, sunnies are hands-down the most important accessory you can own.

So don’t just grab a handful of junky plastic frames at the corner store; this is a decision that demands some serious consideration. But that’s not to say your sunglasses have to be ultra-expensive: between constant sales and some serious advancements in manufacturing, a good pair can be had without breaking the bank. There are names you know you can trust — the likes Persol, Carrera, and of course, Ray-Bans — but don’t rule out newcomers who are making waves in the sunnies space, either. 

Just as important in picking out sunglasses is the actual makeup of the shades. Frame construction denotes durability and quality, with metal or a high-grade acetate the benchmarks for materials. Likewise, polarized lenses — in laymen’s terms, a treated lens that blocks harmful UV rays and dims glare — are the premium industry standard, and one we strongly suggest pursuing. Lens color varies, but darker colors (grey, brown, black and blue) tend to ensure proper protection.

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

Round Sunglasses

The round style of sunglasses cropped up as early as the 1950s, with origins in the counterculture before transcending into modern pop culture and becoming the favorites of superstars like The Beatles. Nowadays, the in-vogue round style is a bit fuller, with tortoiseshell frames a dark lens the preferred look. Still, thiner, metal frames have their charm, and look killer on the beach.

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Ray-Ban RB3447 Round Metal

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Persol PO3152S

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Muse Edwards

Square (and Rectangular) Sunglasses

A neutral style that fits just about every guy around, square sunglasses run the gamut of materials and sizes, making it perhaps the most expansive category of glasses. Some overarching commonalities remain, however; square sunglasses offer excellent protection, sit evenly on the face and provide a flattering cut that’ll surely end up as your go-to glasses.

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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 shades feature the instantly recognizable teardrop lens and brow-line bridge that denotes your average Joe from a certified badass. Newer acetate frames give the style a powerful look, but the classic metal Ray-Bans are still the epitome of everything right about sunglasses.

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Ray-Ban Aviator

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Ottoto Voyage

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Burberry BE3080

Performance Sunglasses

Of all the styles, performance sunglasses probably do the best job at accomplishing what the accessories were meant to do in the first place — protect your eyes. Frequently polarized and often utilizing materials like rubber and silicone for an anti-sweat, lockdown fit, iconic brands like Oakley and Carrera have been outfitting runners and cyclists for decades. The sportswear giants — Nike, Adidas and more — have recently entered the performance glasses frenzy with fashion-forward styles of their own that don’t skip on some serious tech.

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Oakley Radar Ev Path

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Adidas AOR017

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Carrera 4005/S

Wayfarer Sunglasses

Ready to christen spring with a little foray out to 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, square-leaning style for any fellow who prefers a classic shape. The “club master style, which borrows the brow-line shape of wayfarers but forgoes the full-frame for a top-only design, also reads old-school cool.

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Ray-Ban Wayfarer

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Fossil FOS2077/S

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Tod’s TO0215

Fashion-Forward Sunglasses

Noticeably in this season is the oversized cat-eye or rectangular shade (a certain caped crusader pulled off the style quite well), which draws from the ’90s but adds a fresh 2022 flair. 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 just take your sunnies off.

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Arnette AN4265 Post Malone

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Ray-Ban RB4343M Scuderia Ferrari

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Versace VE4361