By the time winter has swept in, most of us have stashed our sunglasses away. Instead, we’ve turned to gloves, hats and scarves — and tend to forget about our frames until next summer. But, while most places spend winter in a constant state of dullness and drizzle, there’s still one particular place for sunglasses in your winter wardrobe.
And that’s high in the mountains. For long, lazy afternoons on the ski slopes, it pays to pocket a pair of the most mirrored, polarised and sturdily-made frames money can buy. The sun is lower in the sky this season — and more likely to catch you off guard. So invest in the best, and be safe out there on the slopes…
Coloured lenses can be polarising
While we may not all be lucky enough to jet off to the mountains this year, a good pair of skiing sunglasses is a stellar investment for years to come. There is no better lightweight alternative to a pair of heavy goggles than a pair of polarised sunglasses. And, although the coloured, high-shine lenses can be polarising themselves when it comes to style, they’ll do a stellar job when it comes to deflecting any errant rays.
And there are some excellent, understated pairs out there. Persol does polarised sunglasses well; with a subtle blue tint to the lenses in these ‘El Profesor’ frames. Oakley, too, is know for its sporting gear — and these ‘Clifden’ sunglasses feature ‘Prizm Snow Sapphire’ lenses and side shields. Or, for a more versatile pair, these Ray-Bans are treated with ‘Mirror Chromance’ to keep the harsh light of day at bay.
Persol ‘El Profesor Sergio’ Sunglasses
Oakley ‘Clifden' Sunglasses
Ray-Ban ‘RB4624’ Chromance Sunglasses
A sturdy pair will survive any tumbles
Even the most accomplished skier may hit a rough patch. And, while ski poles are reinforced with fibreglass or carbon, and your hefty jacket will offer some protection for your body, your sunglasses are likely to fall victim to any tumble you may take. Unless, that is, you buy a pair of dependable, reliable sturdy frames.
Frames like Vuarnet’s ‘Ice 1811’ sunglasses; with removable side shields and an oleophobic, hydrophobic coating. Oscar Deen’s chunky ‘Fraser’ frames are similarly strong, crafted as they are from tough organic plastic. Or, from British-based Cubitts, this ‘Iceni’ style of frames is hewn from tortoiseshell acetate, as robust as it is handsome.
Vuarent 'Ice 1811' Sunglasses
Oscar Deen ‘Fraser’ Sunglasses
Cubitts ‘Iceni’ Sunglasses
Do it with mirrors
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 a little shine never hurt anyone; and a pair of mirrored sunglasses is the perfect way to bring a bit of silvered style to the slopes.
Take Vallon’s ‘Heron Glacier’ sunglasses. The brand’s first-ever product was a winner from the off, and is now in its round-silhouetted, vintage-inspired third edition. Taylor Morris’ ‘H.F.S’ frames were a collaboration with the Morgan Motor Company; but would look as fine flying down a mountainside as tearing down a country road. And Persol’s leather-sided ‘Protector’ frames do exactly as they say on the light-green lenses; keep you safe from the sunlight.
Vallon ‘Heron Glacier’ Sunglasses
Taylor Morris ‘H.F.S’ Sunglasses
Persol ‘Protector’ Sunglasses
Don’t neglect après-ski style
Of course, the sun will still shine off the slopes. And, for everything from a bout of winter drinks to a frosty trek, a stylish pair of sunglasses will shield your eyes and keep your fashion credentials in check. We’d recommend pairing with a statement piece of knitwear to become the talk of the resort.
In a sufficiently icy blue, Monc’s quirky round frames are perfect for an afternoon stroll in the Alps. From Oscar Deen, the ‘Otis’ frames are inspired by vintage sunglasses from the 1980s. And, while this offering from The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear — the ‘Pleat’ design — may be too delicate for the slopes themselves, it’ll cut quite the dash during evening aperitifs.
Monc ‘Løkka' Sunglasses
Oscar Deen ‘Otis’ Sunglasses
The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear ‘Pleat’ Sunglasses
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