Not all men’s eyewear is created equal. But in the oversaturated sunglasses market, finding the best pair to suit your face could be considered a form of ancient rocket science… A.K.A. incredibly difficult.
So, where do you start? Well, firstly you need to determine what style of sunnies will best suit your face shape (which, if you have no idea how to do this, you can find out here). Then you need to find a sunglasses brand that produces high-quality products in terms of style and protection.
Still unsure of where to look? We recommend purchasing from an Australian sunglasses brand. Why? Well, the sun shines the brightest there all year round, and the land Down Under has actually served up some of the decade’s most sought-after eyewear.
What to look for in men's sunglasses?
You want a pair with a good amount of UV protection to save your eyes from sun damage. But you also want a pair of sunglasses that are stylish enough to be worn to both casual and formal occasions. Choose a classic, timeless style that’s suited to your face shape.
How many sunglasses should a man own?
We recommend at least two pairs. One expensive pair that’s timeless and classic, and will go seamlessly with both your casual and formal outfits. And one cheaper pair for when you’re out hiking, boating, or doing some kind of activity where you may scratch, damage, or easily lose your sunglasses.
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But there’s actually a surprising amount of Australian sunglasses brands out there, so to help you even further we’ve rounded up the best Australian sunglasses brands. These brands were all founded in Oz and produce some of the finest sunglasses, not only Down Under, but worldwide.
As such, the first pair of sunnies by Le Specs exuded a perfect balance of timeless European styling with cool Australian summer vibes. The brand did go a little quiet during the 90s but then in 2006 when Hamish Tame took over as the brand’s creative director Le Specs truly forged itself as an international force in the eyewear game.
Today their optical range has graced the fashionable faces of celebrities such as Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé. More importantly they have remained rooted in what Australians love about a good pair of glasses: strict protection against the harsh sun at an affordable price.
What began as a cheeky upstart to fill this niche quickly grew into one of the most respected eyewear brands in the world. Their range follows a simple code of conduct: create beautiful and unique eyewear by hand that exudes pure quality.
Building this reputation involves designing eyewear with a sketchpad and pencil before the finalised frames are cut from a sheet of Italian Mazzucchelli acetate. From here they are handcrafted and polished by a master artisan via a 14-hour process. AM Eyewear even managed to become one of only a handful of brands to gain an exclusive co-branding agreement with Zeiss to ensure that their lens quality is always top-notch.
It’s safe to say that when you wear a pair of AM Eyewear’s sunnies, they’ll most likely be the most exquisitely crafted glasses you could ever wrap around your face.
Quay, which is arguably one of the best Australian sunglasses brands, is determined to make sure their sunnies are well-crafted but affordable; plus with everything from aviators to cat-eyes, Quay has every style of sunglasses under its belt, meaning that there’s something for everyone.
The Victoria-based company procures premium handmade acetate frames and combines them with CR39 lenses direct from Japan, ensuring you, the customer, receive a high-quality pair of sun-repelling specs, that can be fitted with prescription lenses should you need. Models include both chunky acetate frames and slimmer, metal frames, all available in a variety of colours and patterns to reflect your individual style.
Their specialty is eyewear which is stylish, strong, lightweight, and can bear the hard knocks of any adventure. All of Local Supply’s frames come with polarised lenses too. If you’re after a pair of versatile yet stylish sunglasses that just ooze cool laid-back Aussie vibes, Local Supply is the brand for you.
Being the savvy Australians that they were, the duo seized the opportunity to create their own eyewear which incorporated the highest standards of materials at a price that didn’t break the bank. We’re talking frames crafted from Italian designed Mazzuchelli cellulose acetate and hinges sourced from Italian manufacturer Visottica or German manufacturer Comotec. They don’t cheap out on lenses either which sport the Carl Zeiss moniker. However, these stylish well-crafted sunglasses are extremely affordable.
Szade is certainly a brand not only for today, but for the future, with their commitment to sustainability. Their sunglasses will not only make you look good, but feel good about supporting an eco-friendly fashion brand.
South Cali Sunnies
Today, South Cali Sunnies, based in Melbourne, ships some of the freshest eyewear around the world. Their products feature polarised and UV-400 rated designs along with fashionable silhouettes inspired by places such as Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Laguna Beach, and Newport Beach. Each model is so distinct that it’s actually named after these beaches. Gnarly, dude.
Every Bailey Nelson frame is designed in-house, in Sydney, and is made with premium materials such as custom-designed cellulose acetate and ultra-lightweight titanium. The brand goes directly from design to manufacturer to the customer (unlike other sunglasses brands) which is why they’re able to cut costs and provide sophisticated sunnies at an affordable price.
All frames are unisex and come in range of colours and are crafted with the finest Japanese titanium and acetates that the world has to offer. If you’re after premium quality with direct to consumer prices, you really can’t go wrong with Dot Dot.