Spectacles have come a long way in recent years. While they were once regarded merely as practical eyesight correctors, it's safe to say that their value has now evolved far beyond function. Eyeglasses are integral to one's style identity, so their aesthetic purpose shouldn't be overlooked. The specs you wear can say a lot about you, just like your clothing or shoes. But with so many styles of spectacles on the market — everything from minimalist wire frames to boldly coloured acetate glasses — choosing the perfect pair can seem a daunting task. Luckily, we're here to help. Follow our guide to men's eyeglasses for everything you need to know before you make a purchase.
Which frames for your face shape?
When it comes to buying eyeglasses, the general rule of thumb is to choose frames with the opposite geometry to your face. You should be aiming for balance — hardening soft features and softening hard features, adding width for narrow face shapes or minimising it for wider faces. Round face shapes should generally opt for something with defined angles and a strong brow in order to accentuate sharper features. In contrast, square faces should choose round frames, counterbalancing a strong jawline with softer lines. Oblong faces should go for larger frames and heart faces should seek out frames that are wider at the top than the bottom.
Of course, these rules aren't steadfast, so it may help to experiment with a few different frame shapes to find the best style for you.
Which style of spectacles to choose?
It's important when shopping for spectacles to consider your personal style and how the glasses will complement the rest of your wardrobe. If you love a vintage aesthetic, you may want to opt for '40s or '50s-style acetate and metal frames, or perhaps a bolder '60s-style Michael Caine inspired pair with thick rims is more to your taste. A contemporary look calls for sleeker frames, perhaps in a bold colour if you're looking to make a style statement. Keep it classic with tortoiseshell eyeglasses and go for wire frames for an updated take on retro style. Who says you have to choose one pair? Rotate your glasses as you would your outfits to ensure a constantly fresh look.
5 of the best spectacles for men
Monc Crystal Kallio Spectacles
Named after an artistic and eclectic district of Helsinki these striking specs from Monc are characterful and contemporary. Not only do they look good, they're easy on the earth too, having been made from bio-acetate with biodegradable nose pads and presented in a sustainably sourced leather case.
VIU Khaki Dapper Glasses
Swiss eyewear brand VIU is a fail-safe go-to for both sunglasses and prescription lenses. This pair of glasses — aptly named 'Dapper' epitomise VIU's meticulous attention to detail, made from durable Italian acetate and boasting high-end nano coatings to repel water and dirt.
Cubitts Judd Eyeglasses
Inspired by British styles from the early 1960s, this pair of vintage-style eyeglasses from iconic eyewear retailer Cubitts gives off definite Michael Caine vibes. These are the spectacles to wear when you feel like making a statement. Prepare to turn heads.
Bloobloom Mentor Spectacles
If you're looking for classic eyeglasses, look no further than these sophisticated specs from Bloobloom. We love the old-school aesthetic of the walnut. Plus, Bloobloom's Pair for a Pair program ensures that for every pair sold, a pair is donated to someone in need. It's a win-win.
Oliver Peoples Takumi 1 Glasses
These sleek titanium frames are part of Oliver Peoples' Japanese-made Takumi collection. In typical Oliver Peoples style, they've been designed with the utmost attention to detail, featuring a vintage-inspired perforated pattern and an ultra-lightweight feel. A specially-made sunglass clip transforms the spectacles into sunglasses for a new look.
You've read our guide to spectacles, now find your perfect pair of sunglasses.