With thousands of new sunglasses for men introduced in the past year, narrowing them down to a list of the best is a challenge. How did we do it? We looked at manufacturer quality in the frames and lenses, current and classic styles, color options, wear purpose (fashion, sport, etc.), popularity, and so much more, to create a list of the ten best men’s sunglasses of the year.
These sunglasses cover all face shapes, offer a variety of frame sizes, and include the biggest names in eyewear, together with lesser-known brands we think you absolutely must check out. Iconic makers like Ray-Ban and Maui Jim offer fresh takes on classic shapes, including Wayfarers, but we also include contemporary sunglasses shapes for more active lifestyles from Costa and Oakley. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, or looking for a gift, we hope our list helps you find the best pair of men’s sunglasses to suit your style.
The best all-around option in men’s sunglasses this year is the New Wayfarer from Ray-Ban. Taking the timeless Wayfarer shape and updating it with modern design aesthetics, Ray-Ban has created a new icon in the world of eyewear. These frames are perfect for your commute, days exploring town, relaxing on the beach, or wherever life takes you—the New Wayfarer is a staple in any sunglasses collection. Make this frame your go-to style choice for every outfit, from sweats to a business suit.
Costa is one of the hottest brands in sunglasses, and since so many of their frames were in the running for our different ‘best’ collections, we thought the maker deserved its own category. The Costa Spearo claimed the top spot for the brand because of its versatile rectangular shape, multiple color options, and quality build from Costa. The Spearo delivers the perfect combination of style and sport performance that'll look great everywhere from tailgating at the stadium to the helm of a drift boat.
If you have a round face shape, look for square or rectangular sunglasses. Our favorite rectangular frames this year are the Rinconcito from Costa. While these frames were designed to endure the harsh conditions and blazing sun for wearers fishing off the Gulf Coast, they look great in any setting and especially handsome on a round face. With so many frame and lens color combinations to choose from, the Rinconcito gives you plenty of options to create your own personal look. And with Costa’s industry-leading polarized lenses, you’ll enjoy crisp, glare-free vision.
You shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality in a less expensive pair of sunglasses, and the WX Twisted from Wiley X is proof positive. Built for athletic performance, these frames bring a sporty aesthetic to any look. And because of the Wiley X heritage in shooting sports, we’d also include these frames on our list as Best Tactical Sunglasses for Men. Whether you spend weekends at the range or at the grill (or both), the Wiley X WX Twisted gets our vote for the best affordable men’s sunglasses anywhere.
The Oakley Sutro is big and bold and reflects the oversized, sporty sunglasses trend we’ve been seeing on runways, in streetwear, and in the sport-lifestyle fashion that continues to be hot. Created for and inspired by cycling, the Oakley Sutro has jumped to a wider market. The outsized frame demands attention, and it’s a must for any athlete—or any man who aspires to stay on the leading edge of fashion.
When the US Military equips their pilots with sunglasses, it’s likely a pair of Randolph Engineering Aviators. A military supplier for almost 40 years, Randolph Engineering makes sunglasses in the USA and designs them for demanding conditions. The Aviator - Bayonet Temple model features an evenly balanced, and lightweight but rugged frame, and comes complete with crystal-clear, distortion-free, glare-blocking polarized lenses. Whether you’re piloting your own plane, or hopping a flight to an exotic destination, we think the Randolph Engineering Aviator makes the best choice for Aviator-style sunglasses this year.
In the early ’80s, Maui Jim set out to create better polarized sunglasses to answer the need for premium protective eyewear for life on the water, and has since led the way in polarized eyewear. The harsh sun and glare on the open water not only makes it difficult to see, but can damage your eyes; polarized lenses block that glare. The Kawika represents 40 years of engineering, in a handsome, semi-rimless look (the rim does encircle the entire lens). Between the versatile shape that’s perfect for beach life or city life, and its uncompromising polarized lens technology, the Maui Jim Kawika is our clear choice for the best polarized sunglasses for men this year.
Few designers carry the clout of Versace. The Italian fashion heavyweight is known worldwide as a leader in luxury fashion, and the VE4361 frame encompasses everything we love about designer eyewear. Bold and unmistakably Versace, the VE4361 features a modern rectangular/octagonal frame, and conspicuous Versace Medusa logo medallions near the brow ends of the temples. From Milan to L.A., any man who wears these designer sunglasses will make a standout fashion statement.
From athletes to movie stars like Jason Statham and Bruce Willis, bald men love wayfarer-style sunglasses, and they should: The wayfarer is easily one of the most flattering shapes for them, and the Persol PO3048S wayfarer gets our vote for the best sunglasses for bald men. The wider rims frame the face perfectly, and Persol's Italian eyewear heritage shines in every detail of these sunglasses.
If you have a larger head, finding the perfect pair of sunglasses doesn’t mean your options are limited, or you must sacrifice style. The Guess GU6982 comes in a 64-13-150 size, and it’s easily our favorite for the man with a large head—it absolutely radiates attitude. These classic aviators showcase a timeless shape combined with modern, personality-driven colors. Whether you’re looking for loud frames or a subtle accent, the Guess GU6982 aviator-style sunglasses make a versatile option for a bigger head diameter.