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Get the right shades for the summer

Barron Cuadro, of the Effortless Gent website, explains what a good pair of shades can do for you

"A pair of sunglasses is an integral part of every modern man’s wardrobe and can end up defining it,” says Cuadro. Choosing the right pair to enhance your look can be a minefield since there are so many styles and shapes out there to choose from. According to Cuadro, choosing from the classics isn’t that hard.

“If you want an ultimate timeless pair, then the iconic Ray-Ban Wayfarer is your best bet – they are soaked in history and go with both casual and formal wear and never go out of style.”

Want to keep it classic but ramp up the cool factor? The Aviator has long battled with the Wayfarer as the most iconic sunglasses to date. “After the movie Top Gun, every guy wanted to wear a pair of aviators to look like Tom Cruise,” Cuadro says. “You can never go wrong with a pair of classic aviators when dressing on the casual side – you can wear them in any season without it looking out of place.”

But if you’re keen to stand out from the crowd and give in to your inner hipster than you can always go for round frames. “Circular lenses give off such a trendy and vintage vibe – if you’re stuck for inspiration, think John Lennon, hipster beards and waistcoats.”

Oh, and it should be obvious but it’s never acceptable to wear them indoors or at night. “After the sun goes down, you have about a 10-minute window before you start looking creepy,” he says. “Is it ever OK to wear them indoors? Let me put it this way – unless you want your cool factor to evaporate, I’d suggest you don’t.” 


The cool, classic aviators work well with casual wear and can be worn in any season. 

Aviator sunglasses

Polaroid £55; Cutler & Gross £310; Burberry £102; Oliver Peoples £245; Tom Ford at Flannels £285


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These classic retro shades were made famous in America during  the ’50s and ’60s, when they were worn by everyone from Malcolm X to James Dean. The name derives from the heavy top part of the frame.