By the time winter has swept in, most of us have packed our sunglasses away. Instead, we’ve pulled out gloves, hats and scarves — and left these ‘summer’ accessories for another year. But, despite the dull, drizzly rainstorms and sudden blustering blizzards, there is a place for sunglasses in your winter wardrobe.
From skiing breaks high in the mountains to the long Sunday walks when the sun hangs low in the sky, it always pays to keep a pair of sunglasses close to hand during the colder months. Here are the pairs to pick…
For hitting the slopes…
First things first: skiing. We all love to hit the slopes come wintertime, and there are no better alternatives to heavy goggles than lightweight sunglasses. The key here is to invest in a pair which still have plenty of face coverage, to ensure any flurries don’t hamper your visibility.
To this end, Cubitt’s offering are perfect. A favourite from the British brand, the brown lenses are wide enough to block the sun from all angles. Similarly, Kirk Originals’ aviator-style glasses have taken vintage inspiration that fade from black to bottle green. Or, if you want an alternative look, try Moncler’s leather side-shielded polarised sunglasses.
Cubitts Ampton Sunglasses
Kirk Originals Marc Square Sunglasses
Moncler Round-Frame Polarised Sunglasses
For the classic look this winter…
Of course, the sun can shine off the slopes. And, for everything from apres-ski to a wintertime trek, these classic sunglasses will help shield your eyes from the added glow a blanket of snow will throw back at you.
Ray-Ban, that bastion of classic sunglasses design, is the gold standard here — quite literally with its Gold-Tone Aviators. But don’t dispel the iconic Wayfarer design either — synonymous with a rock’n’roll aesthetic, they’ll keep you looking cool this winter. Or, for a squarer frame, Cutler and Gross is a master at balancing style with comfort.
Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses
Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses
Cutler and Gross Midnight Rambler Sunglasses
For a seasonal style statement…
We all have a tendency during the winter months to pare back our wardrobes, bundle up under big, dark overcoats and spend the season yearning for the bright colours and patterns of summer. But accessories are a great way to keep your personality on show through the darker days of the year.
Native Sons is on hand with its Bradbury sunglasses, which make up for in striking shape what they lack in boldness of colour. Cubitts doesn’t have the same problem, however, with its striking yellow offering. And Mr Leight, from father-and-son team Larry and Garrett Leight, proves it has some surprises up its sleeve with this ’60s Mod-inspired design.
Native Sons Bradbury Sunglasses
Cubitts Judd Sunglasses
Mr Leight Hanalei S Sunglasses
For the emergency pocket pair…
During winter, sunbursts are few and far between. But that shouldn’t be an excuse when the clouds do part and you’re unprepared. As such, it always pays to keep a compact pair of sunglasses about your person during the colder months.
Perhaps Persol’s 714 D-Frames, folding in the middle and made famous by Steve McQueen? Or, if nothing above takes your fancy, why not mimic the weather itself with these ice blue round-frames from Moncler.
Persol 714 Folding D-Frame Sunglasses
Ray-Ban Foldable Wayfarers
Moncler Round Sunglasses
Want to bulk out your winter wardrobe even further? It’s time to brush up on everyday velvet…