The 649 by Persol, available at Sunglass Hut.

Whether you’re treating yourself or someone else this holiday season, finding the perfect gift can be a bit tricky. One statement-making accessory that’s essential in any wardrobe is sunglasses. The variety of shapes and sizes can fit just about any style and pulls double duty with functional benefits to shield your eyes.

To give you some style inspiration this holiday season, we partnered with luxury and premium eyewear retailer Sunglass Hut and three friends of Highsnobiety to select the perfect pairs.

One of our favorites is the 649 from Persol — originally conceived in 1957 to protect the eyes of Turin’s tram drivers from air pollution. The style’s distinctly wider profile and larger lenses became an instant hit with the public and it’s still one of the brand’s most recognizable silhouettes to this day. Persol is worn by celebrities as wide-reaching as the King of Cool himself — Steve McQueen — to countless Italian cinema legends, including Marcello Mastroianni.

But if you’re after something more adventurous, or just prefer advanced aesthetics, we recommend the new Sutro Lite from Oakley. The oversized lens movement is here to stay if recent trends are any indication, and the Sutro Lite packs the tech and good looks to back it up.

It features Oakley PRIZM lens technology to enhance color and contrast, perfect for the weekend warrior who might not need a dedicated pair of performance sunglasses. The semi-rimless design provides a greater field of vision and an even bolder look — regardless of whether you’re heading down a trail or just up the block.

Check out how hiking enthusiast Evelynn Escobar-Thomas, creative director Gia Seo, and model Deon Hinton styled their favorite pairs below, and visit for an even wider selection of gifts.

Evelynn Escobar-Thomas (@evemeetswest) for Oakley

Style: Sutro Lite by Oakley, available at Sunglass Hut

“The new Sutro Lite from Oakley is a perfect fit for people like me who love fashion and the outdoors. They literally go the range. It’s an athletic and stylish look for every day – catch me wearing them running around in LA (with a mask of course!).”

Gia Seo (@giaxseo) for Ray-Ban

Style: Frank & State Street by Ray-Ban, available at Sunglass Hut

“The Frank is great for those who want classic styling and are constantly interacting with digital – especially given the blue light filter lens detail. State Street works well for people who are constantly on the go or feel bolder in their approach to eyewear.”

Deon Hinton (@okdeon) for Persol

Style: The 649 Series by Persol, available at Sunglass Hut

“The 649 Series from Persol exudes the feeling of quality and exceptionality, for those who desire to display the confidence within. These sunglasses are for the versatile, for the classy, for the moment.”

Words by Daniel So
Branded Content Editor

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