Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Your guide to men's sunglasses

We're halfway through summer. How many pairs of sunglasses have you lost so far? Check out these selections the next time you're looking to upgrade, replace or expand your collection.

The Classics
Versatile aviators and wayfarers remain as popular as ever. Oliver Peoples' Aero frames, perennial celebrity favorites, combine the traditional teardrop aviator shape with unconventional emerald and amber lenses. For rectangular aviators, try Tom Ford's John shades in gold and black. Ray-Ban recently reintroduced the original Ray-Ban Wayfarer, slightly smaller than the New Wayfarer and priced low enough to buy two pairs.
Oliver Peoples Aero $350-400 at Oliver Peoples boutique, 8642 W. Sunset Blvd. (310-657-2553). John from Tom Ford $280 at Nordstrom's. Ray-Ban Wayfarers $130 at Sunglass Hut.

For serious outdoor activity, focus on performance. Oakley's Radar Range glasses won Outside Magazine's 2007 Gear of the Year Award. The futuristic semi-rimless design allows for maximum visibility, aided by waterproof, sweat-proof lenses. If you're spending a lot of time on the water, consider rose-colored lenses. They'll tone down blue backgrounds and highlight boards and bikinis.
Oakley Radar Range, $155 at REI.

For 70s and 80s models, seek out designer brands Porsche and Derapage at All Purpose, or no-name brands at PopKiller. RetroSpecs' collection goes back even further, featuring plush frames from the 1920s.
$30 and up at PopKiller, 7503 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood (323-874-7731). $280-$375 at All Purpose, 144 S. Flores St. (323-866-1828). $400 and up at RetroSpecs & Co., 8458 Melrose Place (323-951-0215).

What's New
Prada's Linea Rossa line offers a wraparound take on aviators, while Oliver Peoples' Zed glasses come in tortoiseshell plastic with chrome amber lenses.
Linea Rossa Aviators $245 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Zed $300 at Oliver Peoples boutique, 8642 W. Sunset Blvd. (310-657-2553).

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