How to Pick the Perfect Pair of Sunglasses [VIDEO]

by Brett on July 12, 2013 · 37 Comments

in Accessories, Dress & Grooming, Visual Guides

Gary Black from Black Optical in Tulsa, OK shows us how to pick the perfect pair of sunglasses. Enjoy.

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Garrett July 12, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Don’t forget about the UVA and B protection.

2 J.Long July 13, 2013 at 3:12 am

Lookin’ sharp, Brett! Right time for the vid, since I’m picking a shade for myself and it turned out to be more difficult than i thought first…best thing is to go to a shop straight, than to order one over the internet. Better trying on many glasses and paying a little extra.

3 Stew July 13, 2013 at 4:43 am

Thanks for the tips, I have read that aviators are all we really need since they are so versatile, but it’s nice to get a different viewpoint.

4 Tanzid Shams July 13, 2013 at 6:03 am

Dear AOM:
Great video. But I think one other iconic shape is not covered. Sunglasses that have a little more contour and hug the structure of your face can also give that “tailored sharp” look. A good example would be Rayban Predator 2. Once again great video, but sunglasses that wrap around your face without a lot of sharp angles (as is the case with Wayfarer) are easy to “own” because it fits around the curvaure of your face.
Tanzid Shams, MD

5 Cody B July 13, 2013 at 7:25 am

The Horween Docksides boat shoes look perfect for a day at the lake.

6 Kevin July 13, 2013 at 8:31 am

That’s all very nice if you are looking for fashion statement sunglasses. First criteria I have to live by is can I afford it? I’m really rough on sunglasses. Call me cheap, but replacing $150-$200 sunglasses every three or four months because they got dropped, scratched, sat on, bent, etc. is not in my budget. I also ride a motorcycle and having more functional sunglasses that help protect my eyes from wind, dust, and bugs is a must.

7 Cs.Olivér July 13, 2013 at 10:07 am

very helpful,
I never think find a perfect sunglass is that hard

8 Colin Jackson July 13, 2013 at 11:16 am

Great tip about the bridge, I’ll use that. Like you, Brett, I had a reliable pair of aviators for years, but my better half talked me into a pair of slim-framed black wayfarers, and I love em. It really is all about personal style. As long as you’re aware of what flat out doesn’t work, it leaves a world of possibilities.

9 C.Allen July 13, 2013 at 11:25 am

I agree with Tanzid, as an active individual the wrap around shades are a better pick for me personally, I also agree with Kevin, $200 shades are in my budget, but I’m hard on everything and therefore I never spend more than $50 on a pair of shades because they may not make it through the day. Secondly they skipped my personal favorite for casual use, the small framed shades (think Dwayne Johnson), I feel they go with everything and suit most people without coming off as some limp wristed poser like so many other common choices. Just my rambling $0.02.

10 Waykno July 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Good vid but he didn’t touch on the WileyX or Oakley styles. For some, I like those, albeit, a bit pricey. I have Wayfarers and like them but they let a lot of light in as opposed to my Carrera aviators or Oakley’s.

11 Ed McCarthy July 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Very nice primer on selecting sunglasses. I’ve always preferred aviators myself, although I’ve destroyed about a dozen of them over the years. Tom Cruise looked pretty badazzed in them in, Top Gun.
Wraparounds are probably the most logical for outdoor labor jobs, but pretty much any guy would look stylish in aviators.
By the way, the choice for me as for the Huckberry prize, “Don’t Give Up the Ship” flag!

12 83champ July 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Waykno and Tanzid are right in that he didn’t go over those. I will always have an Oakley Polarized around. The Half-Jacket and Flak-Jacket are versatile everyday wear.
I also have Rayban Wayfarers. They were the first pair I bought, figuring they would never go out of style. But I love my Oakley’s.

13 Erik July 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I have a hard time finding sunglasses that fit. My nose is crooked and one of my ears is slightly higher than the other. This makes it really hard to find sunglasses that don’t look crooked on my face. I find that I pretty much can’t wear sunglasses that don’t have adjustable nose pieces. I also prefer glasses with curved lenses so they wrap around my face a little.

Anyone else have trouble finding glasses that fit due to a crooked nose?

14 Brian July 13, 2013 at 6:09 pm

What about the wrap around idea, and the concept that they should extend behind the eye?

15 Steven July 14, 2013 at 4:18 am

What brand were these?
I’ve been looking for something like these for a while.

16 Joachim July 14, 2013 at 10:58 am

In addition to the UV filtering as mentioned above, a polarization filter is also very useful feature on sunglasses. Especially if you’re a fisherman (to see fish below the surface) or a biker (to see through windows to know if other drivers see you).

This guide is all about style and vanity, but functionaity is a very important aspect of sunglasses as well.

17 Joey L July 15, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Great video! I love sunglasses and have a few different styles, but never considered bridge fit. Also, my choice for the Huckberry prize is the Horween Docksides boat shoes.

18 Brandon July 17, 2013 at 2:53 am

Knockaround Sunglasses are my favorites.

19 BIll July 19, 2013 at 3:22 am

Just a reminder that some men wear prescription glasses, and have no intention of getting contact lenses or laser surgery.  DO NOT, repeat, DO NOT overlook the possibility of having a pair of Rx glasses tinted for use as sunglasses

I had worn glasses for something like 25 years and tried literally everything — clip-ons, flip-ups, oversized ‘over-the-top’ sunglasses, long-billed fishing caps — nothing worked until I had gotten an updated prescription and the optician offered me a promo price on a second pair if I bought them the same time as the original pair; he then suggested the tinting.  I took him up on it, and once I put then on my face I could have kicked my own butt across town and back for having never thought of doing this before.

And with the vast variety of frames available out there, you can select from pretty much any style from aviators to current fashion trends to the classic Rayban Wayfarer/Buddy Holly look. Even wraparound styles from the likes of Oakley, Rudy Project, and others can be fitted with Rx lenses.

20 cort July 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm

You should really do one on picking a suit, tailoring etc.

21 Bob July 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Personally, I swear by Serengeti shades. Looking at Brett McKay (sp?), I couldn’t get Freddie Mercury out of my mind. Looks just like him… almost.

22 Name July 20, 2013 at 12:35 am

@Steven I think those are “Oliver Peoples” just a guess though.

Anyone know what the round glasses at the start were . . . ?

23 AJ July 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Decent video, but it doesn’t cover a very popular and functional style of sunglasses. The wrap around style. Smith, Oakley, Wiley X etc all make fantastic sunglasses in this style. This video is mainly for the guy striving for fashion over function. In my mind, sunglasses are a tool and need to be functional. A wrap around profile doesn’t let in a fraction of the light that any of the styles featured in this video do, and pair that with polarizing, you have a bang up pair of shades that look good and are functional. Also, wrap around sunglasses tend to be far more durable than their fashion oriented counterparts featured in this video.

24 Tyler Durden July 21, 2013 at 8:51 pm

I know for me the everyday sunglasses, I swear by wayfarer’s whether the new wayfarers or the “real wayfarers” by ray ban are my go to for everyday wear. For my work sunglasses I wear the aviators because they are light and when I’m wearing a headset I can wear them for about 6 hours before they star to wear on my head. If I found a pair that I could wear on my head that never hurt even after a 6-12 hour day and never start hurting I would wear them for work but still looking for that pair of glasses.

25 Ant July 25, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Agree with AJ. Wraparounds would have to be a style that should have been mentioned

26 kosmos July 27, 2013 at 2:20 am

I always thought a good name for a sunglasses store would be “THEY LIVE”
after the film by the same name. :)

27 Ray July 29, 2013 at 7:49 pm

95% of sunglasses in the world are made by Luxottica, so really don’t look into the “brand”, it doesn’t really matter.

28 Corey August 1, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I love the aviator look, but the problem I have is that the nose piece ALWAYS ends up being crooked on me, and I am OCD about that. I think there are more styles than what were mentioned in the video, too. I like the wayfarer look a lot, too, though.

29 Matt August 2, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Good video but I’m in the wrap-around boat as well. More often than not a good pair of costa del mar’s does the trick perfectly.

30 Michael August 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm

that’s interesting thx. I didn’t know there was 4 basics shapes of shades..

31 Dominic August 12, 2013 at 1:48 am

Great advice! Lovin’ the blog.

32 Dan September 16, 2013 at 1:04 am

This came across a bit pretentious. It’s sunglasses for god’s sake. I’m all in for fashion, but to spend that much effort on sunglasses is a bit much. I’m a man and want to look good. At the same time, I’m not interested in dropping a ton a cash on some plastic. The tutorials on shaving with a straight razor are fantastic! This tutorial on the other hand is really contradictory. There is a reason why flip up shades were once popular. It’s about function over fashion…..much not opposite of how women shop and what I’ve seen here.

33 Ben September 18, 2013 at 6:28 am

I used a different technique to pick mine. They were left behind in a rental van. I was like, “I pick these.”

34 Damian October 21, 2013 at 7:23 pm

The wrap around sunglass style like Oakley, Costa Del Mar,and Wiley X are typically engineered for specific sporting activities which is why you’ll likely find them in sporting goods stores and bike or tackle shops. What your seeing here are genuine classic designs that have withstood the test of time and serve not only as great beacons of style but also as highly durable and functional protection from the glaring sun. Trust me guys, your lady doesn’t want to see you topping off you best duds with a pair of white Gascan’s from Oakley. If you don’t know this yet, then you deserve a better optician.

35 old guy November 7, 2013 at 8:18 pm

One of the best values out there right now is Serengetti Aviators at Costco. Polarized, polychromic, in driver’s tint. The series is c6879, which Serengetti does not list in their product line. I suspect they gave in to cco going around them and buying from offshore distributors, and simply did a deal and the 6879 is a cco only item. Price is around $75 for what are +$125 glasses. These are incredible glasses. I use them driving, but especially fly fishing and they are x-ray vision. You cannot find them on the costco website, or the serengetti, but they are the driver tint, polarized, matt black, large aviator from serengetti.

36 Wayne February 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Great sun glass primer. I agree with Tanzid about the Ray Ban Predator series. For guys such as myself with a narrower face the classics that were shown in the video look enormous and out of place. A sun glass that wraps around the face with less angles looks very sharp and slightly aggressive, giving the image of confidence.

37 Johny February 6, 2014 at 5:53 pm

There’s no doubt that Gary know his job, but I have to disagree, when he said it doesn’t matter what is your facial shape. It’s not rule, but simple guideline. Anyway – You chose sweet glasses. I’m looking forward to watching new video :)

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