Best sunglasses for 2018: The shades you need this summer


Death, taxes and “every man looks great in sunglasses”. These are the three immutable laws of modern life. While GQ can’t help you with the first two, our selection of the best sunglasses for men this summer will see you right with a fine pair of sunnies.

From Ray-Ban to Gucci and Hugo Boss, we’ve assessed all the latest offerings from our favourite sunglasses brands to come up with this pick of the bunch. So whether it’s a pair of aviators, polarised or rounded shades you’re after, you’ll find something that suits below.

Dior
The Dior0219S, crafted with Havana acetate adorned by a double bridge in silver-tone metal, allows for a lighter, more summery look. The geometric design will help to accentuate a squarer face shape and/or softer jawline, while the ultra-thin matt beige temples also blend well with a wide range of faces.

Bottega Veneta
These frames bear both a unique level of artistic detail, such as the repeated intrecciato motif and signature semi-spherical rivets, as well as the practical benefits of being lightweight and having polarised lenses. Crafted from lightweight aluminium with a polished gold finish, these sunglasses complement a square face shape.

Cubitts
Founded in 2012, Cubitts’ frames are made in the traditional way and go through 50 crafted stages of production over a period of six weeks, including four separate stages of polishing to ensure a glorious lustre. Opt for the Collier frames with an angular lens shape to complement both an oval or round face shape, while the bridgeless style will add length to shorter noses.

Ray-Ban
Why not go for a retro look this summer? The sunglasses pioneer strikes yet again with a cool, lightweight design and round lense, creating an undeniable vintage style.Cartier
Boasting luxury and the brand’s prestigious heritage, these sophisticated shades make a perfect staple to your accessories collection. Intricately crafted and marked with the iconic signature, the “C De” frames will carry through to all seasons, adding a finishing touch to any ensemble.

Cartier
Boasting luxury and the brand’s prestigious heritage, these sophisticated shades make a perfect staple to your accessories collection. Intricately crafted and marked with the iconic signature, the “C De” frames will carry through to all seasons, adding a finishing touch to any ensemble.

Tom Ford
Committed to precision, Tom Ford puts a modern spin on the iconic wayfarer design. Crafted with light grey and navy acetone, the designer-engraved “Eric” shades are the perfect fit for summer.

Gucci
Cut with slightly rounded square frames and polished with black acetate and gold arms, these retro-inspired sunglasses will take you from city to beach, holiday to festival, this summer.

Burberry
With their full square frames, dark lenses and subtle stud-style detailing, these Burberry sunglasses will lend a modern touch to any look this summer.

Dolce & Gabbana
John Lennon may have made round-framed sunglasses cool fifty years ago, but circular shades are still one the most stylish shapes around. They’ll come in especially handy if you’re hitting the festival circuit this summer – we’re feeling the colour pop of yellow on the temples. This is a flattering shape for anyone with angular features, as circular frames soften defined lines.

Top 3 Best Sunglasses Brands in the World

1.Christian Dior
Founded in 1946 by French couturier Christian Dior, this fashion house rose to fame after bringing back the hourglass shape after World War II. Since then, the brand has become one of the best-known couture houses in the world. In sunglass-terms, Dior broke the Internet a few years ago with the launch of the bridge-less Dior So Real aviator design. Evidently, after 70 years in business, this legacy house has proven that it’s still right on trend.

2.Burberry
Since changing the face of rainwear with the invention of gabardine in 1879, Burberry has become the synonym for classic British design and style. With Christopher Bailey at the helm for the past 17 years, the brand has experienced a revival, seamlessly merging its signature elements with trendy, contemporary additions.

3.Ray-Ban
Ray-Ban is arguably the most popular high-end sunglasses brand in the world. The company is an automatic inclusion in any list of the best eyewear brands. Founded in 1937, Ray-Ban is an American eyewear company. It was bought by Italian eyewear giant Luxottica in 1999 for $640 million.
Ray-Ban is a popular brand among sunglasses enthusiasts and casuals. The Wayfarer, Clubmaster, and Aviator sunglasses are the most popular products offered by the company. Some sunglasses enthusiasts might argue that the quality of Ray-Ban suffered a drop-off after it was sold to Luxottica. But make no mistake, Ray-Ban is still among the best sunglasses brands in the world.