While these types of shades are totally fine to wear when you’re outside playing sports on a sunny day, they are not something I would recommend wearing casually.
And this isn’t because I’ve got something against sportswear. I like sportswear and I own plenty of it. The problem I have is when guys try to wear sportswear pieces as everyday casual wear, or when they try to combine sportswear items with non-sporty pieces. The end result is almost never any good.
In this case, the reason why sport sunglasses don’t look good with casual wear items is simply because they don’t complement each other at all. The juxtaposition just doesn’t work.
Although this look is pulled off by some men with varying degrees of success, it’s not something that I would recommend for the vast majority of guys out there. This is more of a “fashionable” or “street style” look that requires a certain level of skill and finesse to pull off well.
What to wear instead of sport sunglasses
So if sporty shades are out, then what’s in? What should you wear?
Well, there are a couple of options that I think can look good on the vast majority of guys out there:
Wayfarers have been around since the 1950s and have been enjoying a bit of revival since the mid 2000s. They are a great option for many guys since their shape pleases most faces and they come in a variety of styles.
In fact, the right wayfarer could literally be the only pair of shades that you will ever need, which is probably why Aaron Marino over at Alpha M considers them the most versatile pair of sunglasses for men:
Aviators are my personal go to shades, whether I’m wearing a suit and tie or my $10 polo.
Aviators have been around since the 1930s and were originally designed for pilots to protect their eyes but have since become a popular style of sunglasses for both men and women.
For guys who are looking to dress with a more rugged aesthetic, I really can’t recommend aviators enough. They are a fantastic style of sunglasses that have a rich masculine history.
So unless you are training for an Ironman Triathlon or the Tour de France, leave your sporty shades at home. These types of sunglasses will not look good with the vast majority of your wardrobe. Instead, opt for something like a wayfarer or a pair of aviators for a more stylish and versatile option.
Here’s to looking sharp!