Couldn’t spring for the high-end styles in our previous sunglasses round up? Don’t sweat it. We created this affordable version so every guy can snag a great pair of shades, no matter what his budget.
Sunglasses come in a slew of styles and price-points with certain pairs costing upwards of $500, but you canhack the look for a whole lot less. Check out our rules below for shopping on the cheap OR, just skip to the next slide and choose one of the 15 most fashion-forward pairs we rounded up for you. You can count on these styles to not only shield your eyes from the harsh UV rays, but to enhance your entire outfit as well.
1. Choose your colors carefully, especially when you start cruising for shades under $40. Because the lighter the frame, the more apparent the detailing and quality becomes—and if you’re paying under roughly $40, then the material will likely be plastic (which is pretty flimsy compared to the standard acetate or metal frames which are more durable). If you want a colorful option, stick with a subdued hue like gray, brown, silver, or blue. If you want a tortoise shell tone, be sure it's compact in design (see slide two). Otherwise, nothing beats the simplicity and elegance of black.
2. Keep it classic. Stick with these tried-and-true styles: a wayfarer, aviator, clubmaster, or round silhouette.
3. Consider them a delicate (and maybe even temporary) piece of hardware. While they can look posh, they lack robust materials and are definitely not meant for conquering a marathon. But the upside: you can get 10 pairs for the price of one.