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 corporate jargon into his Airpods).
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 the weather forcing us 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, as the winter sun is lower it spends more time at eye level meaning that the UV damage can be worse than in the summer. 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 Balenciaga, LOEWE, and Oakley 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.
CHIMI Cat-Eye Sunglasses
Pastel colors don't need to be laid to rest in the winter, in fact, they are exactly the kind of joyful tone we need when surrounded by the grey and the cold. Add some color to your all-black cold-weather uniform or use these sunglasses as the cherry on top of your brightly-hued winter statement outfit.
Oakley M2 Frame XL
Performance glasses look good all year round, not just when you take in the sun and play volleyball on the beach. These outdoor-ready Oakley glasses feature interchangeable lenses to optimize performance in any environment. . If you are looking to gorp it up during the winter months, you need to add these to your selection.
Matsuda 2809H Sunglasses
Matsuda's ethos of creating hand-made designs with an eye to innovative technology has made its craftmanship the envy of all those without a pair of its sunglasses.
Highsnobiety x RETROSUPERFUTURE
RETROSUPERFUTURE has had a chokehold on the game for well over the past ten years. Seen on the likes of Peggy Gou, Ye, Bella Hadid, Virgil Abloh, and A$AP Rocky, just to name a few, RETROSUPERFUTURE has emerged as one of the industry's most sought-after eyewear brands. And why not? They were born out of authenticity, are built to last, and fully embody this stylish retro-futuristic mantra. For our collaboration with the label, we wanted to release our own take on the brand's Caro frame.
The geometric silhouette mixes Italian classicism with a 1990s grunge aesthetic, solidifying its timeless look. These glasses are the perfect outfit topper, oozing cool.
Port Tanger Crepusculo
As you will quickly learn, I am of the opinion that you need a few statement glasses in your eyewear rotation. If you are on the hunt, Port Tanger is a great place to start. Glasses like today's Crepusculo Saffron Tobacco Lens feature the luxury eyewear brand's signature handmade, curved frame. The glasses' deep orange color will pair well with your Fall and Winter plans.
Sun Buddies Liam Sunglasses
Another timeless silhouette, the silver metal frame lenses, will look good on your face whether you choose the channel a 70s rock legend or a Berliner headed to the next techno rave.
Highsnobiety x Tobias Spichtig Sunglasses
More than just sunglasses, these are a piece of wearable art. Contemporary artist Tobias Spichtig has often used sunglasses to be the focus of his artworks, staring back at you from the comfort of a canvas hung up on a gallery wall. Now, in collaboration with our HIGHArt platform, his artworks have been transported into the 3-D realm through a wearable reproduction of the sunglasses.
Balenciaga Oval-Frame Sunglasses
Don't let your vision get blocked by these Balenciaga logo-printed lenses. Demna Gvasalia brings a high-fashion twist to a classic 90s retro-futuristic sunglass style with these shades. A shape that has been worn by everyone from gabba rave enthusiasts to dads on a family holiday, there's a host of inspiration for how to style these retro specs.
Dior Round Metal Sunglasses
With a sleek gold-toned frame, tortoiseshell rims, and mirrored lenses, these sleek sunglasses are a luxurious upgrade. It would be a waste to let them collect dust during the cold-weather season.
MYKITA x Maison Margiela MMECHO005
While the royal blue frame on these sporty sunglasses is a statement, the lenses really steal the show. The mirrored-iridescent lenses switch between purple, blue, and green hues for a colorful and practical stylistic statement as they have 100% UVA/UVB protection along with an anti-reflective and hydrophobic coating.
Oakley continues to be at the forefront of eyewear innovation and its practical sportswear designs have intrigued fashion-conscious fans since the 90s. Here the label references its archive Razor Blade model which was won by Greg LeMond as he won the 1989 Tour de France.