Man Wearing Sunglasses and Head Scarf
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For one reason or another, wearing sunglasses in the winter has always been a topic of taboo. Some people lament the fact it isn’t really bright outside, or associate the look with the stereotypical hurried New Yorker (you know the one, he’s arrogantly strolling down the street, clutching a coffee and shouting into his Bluetooth headset).

However, the fact of the matter is that wearing sunglasses in the winter is as much a style power move as it is a functional one. With wardrobes transitioning into heavier silhouettes, bracketed by thick knits and woolen coats, the right pair of shades is key to tying together any cold-weather outfit. Plus, the sun still hits the earth in winter, so protecting your eyes this time of year is just as important.

We must, however, accept that winter-ready shades are fundamentally different. They are a distant relative to summer’s lightweight protectors, not dainty or frail, but bold and expressive. And with established brands like Celine, Gucci, Fendi, Loewe, and Y/Project supporting the heavyset movement, who are we to argue with the sunglasses’ place in any wintery wardrobe?

Scroll down below to shop our list of the best winter sunglasses for men.

Le Specs x Adam Selman The Monster Sunglasses

The Monster Sunglasses

Le Specs x Adam Selman

$134
Buy at Luisaviaroma

Void of a nose bridge, The Monster Sunglasses by Le Specs and Adam Selman have a somewhat cynical appeal, finished with a devilish red coat and slightly peaked lenses. The perfect statement piece for gloomier days.

Oakley x Samuel Ross Windjacket 2.0 Sunglasses

Windjacket 2.0 Sunglasses

Oakley x Samuel Ross

$172
Buy at Slam Jam Socialism

Despite preaching the word of wearing sunglasses all year round, these might actually look out of place in summer. Wearing them in a blizzard, on the other hand, seems more viable.

United Standard x Super Mirrored Zeiss Sunglasses

Mirrored Zeiss Sunglasses

United Standard x Super

$221
Buy at Slam Jam Socialism

On the softer side, these mirrored shades by United Standard x Super are ideal for hiding tired eyes. You’ll be thankful you bought these when holiday party season gets underway.

Loewe Mask Sunglasses

Mask Sunglasses

Loewe

from $390
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These are ideal for complementing audacious fits. With a thick, attention-demanding temple that tapers down in drastic fashion, Loewe‘s Mask Sunglasses are as elegant as they are louche.

Moncler Round Pantograph Sunglasses

Round Pantograph Sunglasses

Moncler

$415
Buy at Luisaviaroma

Moncler’s Round Pantograph Sunglasses are a no-nonsense piece, drawing on the brand’s lineage as a premium winter outfitter.

Y/Project 4-D FRAME Sunglasses

4-D FRAME Sunglasses

Y / Project

$425
Buy at ssense

Once again, Y/Project has done away convention, combining the refinement of a pair of black sunglasses with thick plastic overlays and utilitarian hardware. If you’re into leather, these are a match made in heaven.

Gucci Oval Sunglasses

Oval Sunglasses

Gucci

$435
Buy at Matchesfashion

Highlighting Gucci’s design heritage, the Oval Sunglasses flaunt yellow lenses and a rounded frame, offering a much-needed hit of 70s nostalgia.

Celine Browline Sunglasses

Browline Sunglasses

Celine

$495
Buy at Matchesfashion

The lateral top bar of Celine’s Browline Sunglasses lends the otherwise classic design a futuristic edge, with angled, wire-frame lenses completing the look. These very much speak to the rock and roll influences of Hedi Slimane.

Fendi Fabulous Sunglasses

Fabulous Sunglasses

Fendi

$515
Buy at Fendi

How can you not think of Shutter Shades Kanye when looking at these? And if we have learned anything from Kanye, it is to do whatever you want… whenever you want. A strong argument for wearing shades this winter.

Jacques Marie Mage Windsor Sunglasses

Windsor Sunglasses

Jacques Marie Mage

$750
Buy at Good See Co.

The Windsor Sunglasses from Jacques Marie Mage feature a cool blue lens, rectangular face, and come complete with heavyset gold hardware. If Cam’ron had worn a baby blue fur, these shades would’ve been the perfect match.

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Words by Adam Mark
Weekend Editor
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