2014 Menswear Sunglasses Trends: Reviving the Classics

2014 Menswear Sunglasses Trends: Reviving the Classics
Menswear, in general, has moved toward classic style over the past few years. Yes, there has been an explosion of colors and patterns beyond the blue-black-tan trifecta, but silhouettes reflect a streamlined character of button-downs, blazers, and slim pants.
Sunglasses fall within this path. 2014’s trends embody minimalism and practicality: no garish colors, embellishments, or chunky frames. One pair fits across a man’s wardrobe, all while having a timeless presence.
Yet, even with all the possible styles out there, the most popular (and most retro) frames in 2014 have included:
The Wayfarer
Perhaps the most versatile, the wayfarer shape took off in the 1950s. Its angular style contrasted from the round lenses sported since the early 20th century, and in the present day, its form has proven to flatter practically any face shape – square, round, or oval.
In modern times, this look embodies two kinds of aesthetics: classic coolness and experimentation. With a black-on-black style, it’s a pair of shades that always matches. Or make the sunglasses the focal point through nearly any combination of colors and finishes.
Round Frame
If the wayfarer embodies a kind of mid-century character, round frames bring the vintage look back a few decades. A style not seen around for a few years, circular and oval frames made a comeback in 2014. However, rather than brands rolling out a modern interpretation, retro inspiration is on in full force, through metal or tortoise frames surrounding dark-colored lenses.
This trend had its heyday from the ‘20s through the ‘40s, and Ray-Ban’s Clubmasters last revived them in the ‘80s. For standing out while complimenting a wardrobe of timeless pieces, they are a must-have.
Although often associated with ‘80s films like Top Gun, the aviator first made an impression in the 1940s. It has returned over the years, much like the wayfarer, without losing its classic tear-drop form.
Sure, there are plenty of variations out there. Recall, if you can, the thicker plastic frames and gradient lenses from the mid- to late-‘00s. In a modern context, the classic look – think dark or metallic lenses – reigns supreme.

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