Online Shopping Picks: The Style Guide’s Picks for the Best Men’s Sunglasses This Summer

Stylish sunglasses — like the pair from Component seen here — will take you anywhere… including a Southern summer wedding.

Did you think it was too late to get a stylish pair of sunglasses for the warmer months? Think again. There’s no better time than right now to get in on a pair of the best sunglasses this summer — particularly if you pick up an investment-worthy pair, they’ll practically pay for themselves the more you wear them. We like to help you out — that’s just how we do it at The Style Guide. It’s certainly the case that sunglasses belong on your list of summer style essentials. Whether you throw them on along with your favorite new beach gear or use them as a finishing touch as you suit up in excellent summer wedding style, the right pair of sunglasses says a lot about you. Certain pairs project a classic edge — like timeless Aviator sunglasses — while others offer a bit more modern vibes.  The key lies in choosing the pair that’s right for you, and then wearing it however you may please. Throw on slick shades, a classic pocket tee and slim chino shorts, and you’re set for a casual Sunday brunch. And keep a pair handy as you dress up your polo shirt to head to the office, too. There’s no way to go wrong when you pick up a pair of the best men’s sunglasses — no more idle chit-chat, though. Shop away, and check out Instagram to see how I’m styling my summer sunglasses.

#1. Bespoke Post Shine Box, $45 (When Signing Up for Bespoke Post)

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One Bespoke Post Box, multiple options in terms of sunglasses and stylish gear.

Taking the top spot on this list is the Bespoke Post Shine Box, an incomparable purchase that’s simply more than your new favorite pair of sunglasses.  Like other products being offered up by stellar E-commerce shop Bespoke Post, you get plenty of excellent value. Starting with your pick of quick-selling shades, the Shine Box also comes complete with a handsome leather carrying case and a stylish-looking microfiber cloth. That’s everything you need to keep your stylish sunglasses looking fresh — all you need to do is match them accordingly in your next #OOTD.
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#2. Raen Optics Wiley Sunglasses (Polarized) — $170 OR Raen Optics Wiley Sunglassess (Non-Polarized) — $135

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Two distinct levels of functionality for the discerning shopper.

Yessir, we’ve got one brand — the stellar Raen Optics — and two standout options filling in the second spot in this list of the best men’s sunglasses.  How exactly does that work out? Well, two different price points and two different levels of functionality necessitate their inclusion here.  The only difference comes in the frame design — if you prefer a sleeker look, the non-polarized option is the way to go. The crucial takeaway? Shades from Raen Optics offer style points in spades, no matter the silhouette.

#3. Sunski Dipseas Sunglasses — $55

A slick circular lens design and striking color lend these to head-turning summer style.

For the guy who prefers something unique, eye-catching and inexpensive, the Sunski Dipseas sure do fit the bill. Topping out at just over $50, these affordable sunglasses really are one-of-a-kind style in the market, particularly when you consider the cool lens design and those strikingly bright lenses. The Sunski Dipseas are the sort of pair of sunglasses to wear with a breezy camp shirt and stylish linen trousers as you lounge on a patio or soak up some rays on a tropical vacation — can you feel that sun yet?

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#4. Ray-Ban Classic Aviator Sunglasses — $150

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A timeless option that works with everything in your wardrobe.

Some sunglass styles are so iconic and recognizable, they feel like they’ve been around forever. That’s the great thing about Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses — for an agreeable price, you get timeless style that’s built to last. The aviator style arguably looks good on everybody, and you can wear the Ray-Ban Aviators with darn near everything in your closet. From a tailored summer suit to a laidback patterned short-sleeve shirt or a classic pocket tee, there’s no #menswear piece that makes everything you wear look great quite like the Ray-Ban Aviator.

#5. Steven Alan Willard Sunglasses in Tortoise — $185

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Distinctive, stylish and well-made — you get the whole package with the Steven Alan Willard Sunglasses.

OK, let’s say you’re not quite a guy who’s into classic Aviator sunglasses.  Let’s say you want something with a bit more tailored, continental style … that’s where the Steven Alan Willard Sunglasses come into play. With a rounded frame and striking blue lenses, these Steven Alan sunglasses are a more upscale version of the Sunski Dipseas  seen earlier in this post. Don’t let that scare you away, though. Feel free to wear the Steven Alan Willard Sunglasses  with a slim short-sleeve henley, American-made denim and classic suede chukkas as much as you please.

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Honorable Mention: Knockaround Mile High Polarized Sunglasses — $24.98 OR Knockaround Fast Lanes Sunglasses — $25

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One brand, two affordable and highly stylish options for your shopping pleasure.

Last but not least — leave it to the good folks at Knockaround to, quite literally, knock it out of the park in the way of stylish men’s sunglasses.  Be it the effective, classic Mile High Polarized Sunglasses or the more laidback, just-as-stylish Fast Lanes Sunglasses, you’re buying into ridiculous quality and style for the price. That’s just too good to pass up — and Knockaround makes its other sunglasses with equally great looks in mind.

After all of that, I’d wager that you’ve got a full shopping wish list of packed full with the best men’s sunglasses — right? Whether you start your shopping search with the useful, affordable Bespoke Post Shine Box or pick up an incredibly classic pair of  Ray-Ban Aviators , I can assure you that great style is yours for the taking. Reliably sharp and dressy options like the Steven Alan Willard Sunglasses and the crisp, slightly quirky Sunski Dipseas  are also worthy of your dough. And if it’s ridiculous affordability and reliable quality that you seek, feel free to pick up just about any pair from Knockaround, including either of the two styles shown above (I’m a big fan of the  Mile High Polarized Sunglasses, personally). And that’ll do it for today’s thoughtful look at the best men’s sunglasses this summer — did you learn something? I hope so.

Let’s stay in touch on Twitter, and you can check back here on Friday for our weekly men’s style recap.

Thanks for reading — stay stylish!

-Beau

Online Shopping Picks: The Most Stylish Gear to Upgrade Your Everyday Carry

We always say here at The Style Guide that the little details count. And that’s no more true than when it comes to your everyday carry. We’re talking about all the little things you can’t leave the house without — from a slim wallet to a leather lanyard to versatile sunglasses and a small-yet-effective daypack. And in the summer season, that list likely grows a little bit longer. Between fighting the summer sun with a vintage ballcap and toting along a trusty, durable bottle opener to a tailgate or backyard BBQ, it pays to be prepared for every situation. And you’d be surprised at just how affordable it can be to upgrade your everyday carry — whether it’s easygoing essentials from Bespoke Post or a durable daypack, plenty of brands stock handy gear for travel and daily use at low prices. Hopefully, today’s rundown hits the sweet spot for you. We’re covering those unexpected — and unexpectedly useful — items that everyone seems to need. The next time you head to a backyard barbecue, hit the beach or even stroll to your post-work happy hour, you’ll be more than prepared with reliable ways to upgrade your everyday carry.

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The Bag: Topo Designs Daypack, $168

With enough room for a 15-inch laptop, the Daypack is your essential summer bag.

If we’re talking your everyday carry, might as well start with a reliable bag — right? Whether you’re hitting the road for a hike or simply gearing up for a stroll to the farmer’s market, take the effective Topo Designs Daypack with you. Featuring a neat blue exterior accented with rich leather and touches of red, the  Topo Designs Daypack is a smart-looking, high-performing pack made with enough room for a 15-inch laptop. That makes it a winner in my book.

The Ballcap: Huckberry Explorer’s Cap, $39.98

Throw this Huckberry cap in your bag and throw it on whenever you might need extra sun protection.

A Style Guide favorite no matter the season, it’s always helpful to have an easy-to-wear, stylish and vintage-inspired ballcap in your bag for situations that pop up unexpectedly. Yes, a ballcap can — and should — serve a functional purpose. From shielding your eyes in outfield seats that got caught in an unexpected glare to keeping your face free from sunburn during an hours-long cookout, the Explorer’s Cap — available in a plethora of colors — is an everyday carry essential.
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The Watch: Timex Weekender Chronograph, $77 OR Deep Blue NATO Diver 300 Automatic, $220

Two options that were made for rugged adventure — and then some.

Wherever your casual summer adventures take you, a durable, stylish watch is an absolute must. If you’re bringing along something like the Topo Designs Daypack, then let’s assume you’re going somewhere off the beaten path. In that case, the crisp, classic and well-designed Timex Weekender Chronograph can hang every step of the way — doubly so thanks to the summer-friendly NATO strap.  And if your adventures call for soaking up some rays and spending some time in the water, the handsome Deep Blue NATO Diver 300 Automatic is as up for anything as you are.

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The Bottle Opener: Areaware Bottle Axe, $17.50

An effective — and effectively cool — way to open your favorite beer.

First seen in our new Style Guide series The List,  the Areaware Bottle Axe is quite the upgrade from your standard combo bottle opener. It’s sleek, well-designed and well-made, for one. It’s also a neat conversation piece of sorts — it’s inspired by Norse mythology and medieval history. A regular, cheap bottle opener doesn’t have that going for it. Grab the Bottle Axe, toss it in your beach bag and get ready for an afternoon enjoying laidback brews.

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The Everyday Carry Essential: Swiss Advance Crono Camp Multi-Tool, $35

More tools than you can possibly believe — at an accessible price, too.

Perhaps the true definition of an everyday carry piece, the Swiss Advance Crono Camp Multi-Tool really can do it all. The brand says it’s designed to be ultra-slim and lightweight, and it seriously packs a ton of punch. It features, in short order, everything from a bottle opener to a wire stripper to a fork AND knife. And it does all of that for just $35. For your next beach bonfire or hiking trip, you need the Crono Camp Multi-Tool.

The Sunglasses: Knockaround Mile High Polarized Sunglasses, $24.98
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A sharp, simple and very affordable silhouette for summer style.

Great sunglasses at an accessible price with quality construction? Nearly impossible to come by. Yet, Knockaround seems to consistently solve that conundrum, making the Mile High Polarized Sunglasses quite the reliable option to add to your everyday carry. For a price that low, you needn’t worry about beating them up too much — take them to the office and out on a long weekend of adventures thereafter (at least, that’s what I’d do if I were you).

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The Headphones: JAYS u-JAYS On-Ear Headphones, $120

A sleek take on your average headphones, with excellent sound quality.

A seriously underrated part of your everyday carry? The headphones you’re wearing to listen to your favorite podcast (I’d recommend 99% Invisible) or your favorite tunes (I favor a healthy daily dose of The National).  And for unexpectedly sleek and stylish looks — at a great price — the JAYS u-JAYS On-Ear Headphones reliably offer excellent sound quality and a cool silhouette.

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I say this to you, Style Guide readers: Leave no stone unturned in your pursuit of the best everyday carry gear. If you’re in need of a new grab-and-go bag, the Topo Designs Daypack is the one to buy, with plenty of functionality for your summer adventures. Everything from a  vintage-inspired ballcap to a durable summer watch should also be included in your everyday carry — these are seemingly small-yet-useful touches you shouldn’t leave the house without. And whether you’re heading to the beach or to a barbecue, I think you’d be surprised how handy the  Crono Camp Multi-Tool can be. Last but certainly not least: Don’t leave your house without an affordable pair of shades — the Mile High Polarized Sunglasses just might be your new favorite pair. That’s all the tips I’ve got when it comes to how to upgrade your everyday carry this summer. Have questions? Shoot me a note on Twitter.
Thanks for reading — stay stylish!
-Beau

#OOTD: How to Wear a Blazer When It’s Hot This Summer

Let’s get down to business right off the bat — in the remaining time we’ve got this summer, you should certainly be considering how to wear a blazer this summer.  That’s especially true for when it’s hot out — like, really hot out. You’ll surely need all the help you can get. It seems simple enough at first, yet there are plenty of #menswear tips and tricks to consider when throwing on a streamlined suit jacket or a lightweight, classic blazer. For one, you’re going to want to start your search for the perfect summer jacket by going both lighter in weight and lighter in color — fabric blends that incorporate linen, like the option we’ll discuss in today’s #OOTD, are the way to go. The featured jacket in today’s ensemble does a nice job of checking both of those boxes — that featured jacket just happens to be he Taylor Stitch Telegraph Jacket, featuring a pleasantly earthy (yet summer-ready) charcoal color and a stretchy wool-linen blend. The fit is going to be modern, classic and easily wearable with other summer style essentials — a slim navy polo among them. Like other entries in our #OOTD series, it’s all geared toward casual, versatile and seasonally friendly style. But I won’t give the rest away — that’s for you to find out. Got questions on all things style and men’s lifestyle? Fire off a Tweet in  my direction, and keep up with all of my summer men’s style tips on Instagram.

Take your favorite lightweight blazer and pair it with a sharp polo and classic men’s dress shoes.

The Jacket: Taylor Stitch Telegraph Jacket, $278 —  You certainly know the Taylor Stitch brand and its body of handsome, stylish work — this stylish suit jacket functions just as well as a blazer, with more style and comfort to boot.

The Polo: Flint and Tinder Supima AirKnit Polo, $68 — Certainly, you can swap in your favorite navy polo here without buying this sharp, well-made option from Flint and Tinder… but why would ya want to do that?

The Pocket Square: J. Crew Cotton Pocket Square, $45 — A somewhat overlooked accessory that’s still crucial here — the cotton pocket square livens this outfit up and provides visual contrast to the casual polo.

The Trousers: Banana Republic Slim Non-Iron Cotton Stretch Pant, $89.50 — For solid, well-fitting and accessibly priced work staples, Banana Republic knows how to set you up. The light blue color contrasts nicely against the navy polo and light charcoal jacket, too.

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The Belt: Banana Republic Stretch Leather Belt, $34.50 (On-Sale) — Might as well get your belt from the same spot you get your pants, right? This textured stretch belt is versatile and not overly dressy.

The Shoes: Allen Edmonds Strandmok Cap Toe Oxford, $295 — A positively gorgeous pair of exquisite footwear, crafted to last from the excellent footwear purveyors at Allen Edmonds.

The Socks: Arvin Goods No-Show Socks (Three-pack), $30 — You guessed it, folks. We’re actually going with no-show socks here — cuff those trousers a bit for European-inspired style points.

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The Watch: About Vintage 1844 Chronograph,$309.98 — Similar in nature to the refined, sleek and yet accessible Spirit of St. Louis Chronograph from Armogan, this About Vintage timepiece channels wearable, eye-catching style.

The Sunglasses: Knockaround Fast Lanes Sunglasses, $19.98— If you don’t yet have a pair of  stylish summer sunglasses in your rotation, then I’d say … you need the simple, durable and ridiculously well-priced Knockaround Fast Lanes Sunglasses. How much better can it get?

What’s the biggest key to keep in mind when styling a blazer this summer? In addition to finding that perfect fit for your stylish summer jacket, lightweight fabric is critical. The Taylor Stitch Telegraph Jacket  knocks it out of the park in that regard, and it’s able to be layered up casually with the crisp-yet-laidback Flint and Tinder Supima AirKnit Polo. A patterned pocket square rounds things out on your top half, and light blue trousers and a rich brown leather belt should provide solid visual interest to complete the main components of this summer-ready #OOTD. And when it comes to footwear? There’s hardly a more reliably stylish and well-crafted American footwear brand than Allen Edmonds — just don’t forget your stylish no-show socks. And before you leave the house, I’d strongly advise you to strap on a stylish leather watch from About Vintage — it’s vintage inspiration without the vintage price tag. The same can be said for those handy, durable Knockaround Fast Lanes Sunglasses. That’ll wrap things up for today — as always, the difference is in the details. How will you be styling your polo and blazer for the rest of the summer?

Stay stylish and stay cool,

-Beau