By the time winter has swept in, most of us have stashed our sunglasses away. Instead, we resort to gloves, hats and scarves — and forget about our frames until next summer. Yet, although the dull, drizzly rainstorms and blizzards outside, there is still a place for sunglasses in your winter wardrobe.
From skiing breaks high in the mountains (remember them?) to long winter walks, the sun is lower in the sky this season — and more likely to catch you off guard. So it pays to keep a pair of sunglasses close to hand during the colder months. Here are the best pairs to keep you protected this winter…
For hitting the slopes…
First things first: skiing. This year, we may not all be lucky enough to jet off to the mountains — but a good pair of skiing sunglasses is a stellar investment for years to come. There are no better aprés-ski alternatives to heavy goggles than lightweight sunglasses. But remember, 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 ‘Ampton’ offering are perfect. A favourite from the British brand, the brown lenses are wide enough to block the sun from all angles. Similarly, Oscar Deen’s similarly styled glasses boast a vintage aesthetic and plenty of protection. Or, if you want an alternative look, try Vuarnet’s side-shielded polarised sunglasses — a favourite of James Bond.
Cubitts Ampton Sunglasses
Vuarnet Glacier Edge Large
Oscar Deen Carril Sunglasses
For the classic look this winter…
Of course, the sun will still shine off the slopes. And, for everything from a winter drive to a frosty trek, a classically designed pair of sunglasses will shield your eyes and keep your style credentials in check.
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 certainly keep you looking cool this winter. Or, for a squarer take on the Aviator, Cubitts is masterful at balancing refined style with comfort.
Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses
Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses
Cubitts Collier Sunglasses
For a seasonal style statement…
We all have a tendency, during the drab, dark winter months, to pare back our wardrobes — to bundle up below big overcoats and spend the season avoiding the bright colours and patterns of summer. But we shouldn’t; and accessories are a great way to keep your personality on show throughout these more miserable months.
The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear is on hand with its ‘Cran’ style, which make up for in striking yellow colour what they lack in boldness of shape. Oscar Deen doesn’t have the same problem, however, with its chunky, iconic ‘Fraser’ frames. And Monc, with its idiosyncratically cool ‘Løkka’ look, offers up an icy design for wintertime.
The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear Cran Sunglasses
Oscar Deen Fraser Sunglasses
Monc Løkka Sunglasses
For the emergency pocket pair…
Of course, during winter, sunbursts are still few and far between. But, when the clouds do unexpectedly part, you need to be prepared. So it pays to keep a compact pair of sunglasses about your person during the colder months — tucked in a pocket, bag or coat.
Perhaps Persol’s 714 D-Frames, folding in the middle and made famous by Steve McQueen? Or back to trusty Ray-Ban with its traditionally fair-weather folding ‘Clubmasters’? If not, there’s always Moncler — kings of skiing sunglasses — with this leather-trimmed take on the style.
Persol 714 Folding D-Frame Sunglasses
Ray-Ban Clubmaster Folding
Moncler ML 0046 Sunglasses
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