Each pair we’ve listed here offers maximum UV protection, shielding your eyes from the damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays, while we’ve mentioned which ones are available with polarised lenses, reducing glare so your vision is unimpeded. Other lens types to look out for are the mirrored ones, which do exactly what they say on the tin, and graduated lenses, which become less tinted towards the bottom of the lenses. We’ve also mentioned which ones are suitable for prescription lenses.
1. Cubitts Calthorpe Sunglasses: £125, CubittsThis north London eyewear specialist, founded in 2012, has a large and varied range of sunglasses, from classic styles to the more experimental. Our favourite is the angular Calthorpe, and we especially like how the mechanism inside the acetate frame becomes exposed with certain colour schemes, such as the translucent Quartz (there a nine other colour combinations available). They feel superbly made, not too heavy or light, and sit comfortably. Each pair comes with a case, glasses pouch, illustrated cloth and optical screwdriver. Available for prescription.
2. Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses: £135, Ray-Ban
There probably isn’t a more recognisable name than Ray-Ban when it comes to sunglasses. Its Wayfarer style is genuinely iconic, but we’ve decided to go for the Clubmaster in this round-up, with its top-heavy, horizontal styling and gold-coloured details on an acetate frame. They feel well-made enough to last you for summers to come (especially if you store them in the leather-look carry case provided). You can customise the pair in a range of ways on the Ray-Ban website, from the frame colour to the size to the engraving.
3. Silhouette Adventurer Sunglasses: £163.50, Pret a Voir
The first thing you notice about these sunglasses is how unbelievably lightweight they are, thanks to the titanium frame. They might not seem like ones for the heavy-handed among us, but they are deceptively durable while remaining flexible (that said, be sure to always use the carry case). They feel light as a feather when worn, with the flexible hinge adjusting to the shape of your head. Suitable for prescription lenses, as well as available in a number of shapes and colours.
4. Persol Men’s Aviator Sunglasses: £116.36, Amazon
There aren’t many brands out there that have been making sunglasses as long as the Italian specialist Persol, founded back in 1917. This is the brand’s take on the aviator style, and we’re particularly fond of the subtle curves on the bridge, as well as the silver details that wrap around the hinges. The arms of the acetate frame are slim and lightweight, and they fit comfortably around the head. Available in a range of frame and polarised lens colours.
5. Black Pharaoh Sunglasses: £197, Black Eyewear
Each of the pairs in Black’s range is named after a jazz legend –you’ll find Miles, Mingus and more instantly recognisable names in the huge selection. The biggest inspiration in terms of style is the Fifties jazz scene, with lots of chunky, bold shapes, alongside the thinner, understated styles that give things a contemporary edge. Our pick is Pharaoh (Sanders), which, thanks to the larger size and shape, are best suited to large faces. As is the case with every design, there are loads of frame and lens colours are available – the pair we’ve chosen has a graduated lens, meaning they allow more light in than others on our list. Can be fitted with prescription lenses.