Suiting & sunglasses: How to pull it off

18 October 2017

"Wearing sunglasses with suits isn’t a science, but if in doubt, ask someone whose taste you trust."

With summer fast approaching, we must contemplate one of life's most serious and profound questions: which sunglasses can I wear with my suit? Given the gravity of the situation, we have put together some thoughts to beat the intellectual heat.

Whether you’re commuting to work or spending a day in the sun, such as the polo or races, sunglasses come in a range of fashion styles and trends each season. When choosing a pair to wear with your suit, there are some classics that are mainstays.

The Wayfarer made its return almost a decade ago, and is the true embodiment of a classic. Big in the 1950s and 1960s, it returned to favour in the 1980s thanks to films like “The Breakfast Club” and “Risky Business," and then again in the early 2000s. Now the Wayfarer is one of the most popular styles, no matter the manufacturer, and comes in a range of colours from chic to sporty.

A horn rim or rectangular frame in acetate is a classic style to wear with a suit. Tortoiseshell frames are warm and look great with lighter coloured suits, while black frames anchor tailored looks in darker tones and navy. These styles can be a combination of acetate and wire temples, which break up the solid acetate frame.

The aviator is another style that endures for it’s a style that suits many face shapes and bone structures. The wireframe is unobtrusive and lighter on faces that don’t wear an acetate frame well. Aviators with a suit are easy to care for and slip well into a blazer when indoors.

Avoid sunglasses that are specifically designed for sport, such as wraparounds. This style is one of the most popular on the petrol-station carousel. While they’re great for protecting your eyes from harsh sunlight when fishing or sailing, they’re designed for practical activities and not for style. White sunglasses are to be avoided, no matter the shape. While acceptable when worn casually, they don't complement a suit well.

If you’ve ever wondered where to put sunglasses when wearing a suit, know that suspending a pair of sunglasses from a suit is a little distasteful. Instead put them somewhere discreet when seated, particularly at a wedding. Use their case, or your inner breast pocket, never on the table or on your head.

Wearing sunglasses with suits isn’t a science, but if in doubt, ask someone whose taste you trust, or your tailor when you have your next suit made.

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