Happy 2020! A new decade is the perfect time to reevaluate your personal style. But if "new year, new me" isn't exactly your style mantra, consider a new pair of sunglasses as an easy way to switch up your look. Style is always changing, and swapping out your accessories is a fun and affordable way to stay on trend. Stylish sunglasses are here to help you make a bold statement without breaking the bank.
A new frame shape updates your look without the need to reinvent your wardrobe. Stick with classic clothing styles, but keep up with fashion by choosing a trendy pair of sunglasses. We'll go through the major sunglasses trends for men in 2020, and look at which frame might best fit your face shape and style. Once you know what shapes suit you, it's easy to keep up with popular styles while still choosing frames that flatter you.
Let's look first at some classic favorites: aviator and semi-rimless sunglasses. These frames never go out of style, and are a great choice year after year. Aviators were the first sunglasses to achieve mass popularity after a celebrity endorsement from General Douglas MacArthur, who was photographed in his standard issue pilot's sunglasses when the U.S. recaptured the Philippines in World War II. In 1986, the film Top Gun secured the aviator style's association with bad boys and cool dudes. They have been a top-selling frame ever since. Aviators are a great frame choice for oval, square, and heart-shaped faces. For a classic aviator shape with a gold metal frame, try our Scout sunglasses.
Semi-rimless sunglasses gained popularity in the '80s as a way to completely customize the fit and look of sunglasses. Fitted with an upper half-frame that emphasizes the brow line, semi-rimless sunglasses draw the eye up and are suited to creative types that don't mind looking a little retro. Semi-rimless works well for round, oval, and rectangular face shapes. Check out our stylish Arthur sunglasses.
If you're looking to try out a newer frame style, three shapes in particular are starting to make waves in 2020. Let's take a look at the top 3 sunglasses trends for men this season: square framed sunglasses, round metal sunglasses, and colored frames. With so many popular options, you're sure to find the perfect pair to start off this new decade in style.
Trend #1: Square Sunglasses
A simple, bold frame makes a big statement. Flat top, squared off frames are a great look for men this year. A modern update of the classic rectangular frame, square sunglasses suit most face shapes, especially long, oval, and round faces that benefit from the definition of a strong angular line. This shape looks very masculine and pairs well with sporty and streetwear clothing styles. If you're looking to add a little more edge to your 2020 wardrobe, square sunglasses might be the right move for you.
For a bit of inspiration, check out our selection of square sunglasses for men. Dark green lenses are a classic look, but try pairing them with a gray frame or a patterned frame to bring them into 2020. A patterned frame helps to visually soften the abrupt angles of a square frame. The white tortoise shell frames of our polarized Jon sunglasses will help you start the year in style.
If you're looking for a sportier style, try a square frame with softer edges, like the Ocean sunglasses. These frames follow the contour of your face more closely to provide better eye protection, and come polarized to reduce glare and protect against harmful UV rays. Shatter-resistant polycarbonate lenses mean you can play hard, without worrying about your sunglasses. Come summer, sporty square frames that can take a spill or two will be all the rage.
Trend #2: Round Metal Sunglasses
The retro look is big right now. A vintage style round frame rimmed in silver or gold lends a laid back 70s vibe to your outfit. Historically, round frames have been symbolic of rebels and visionaries--think Malcolm X, John Lennon, and even Harry Potter. In past seasons, round glasses with plastic frames have been popular, but now most men are for a classy and classic metal frame.
So if you're thinking of playing up your creative side in 2020, consider reaching for a classic round shape, like our style, Nevada. These polarized round metal sunglasses look sharp on square, diamond, and heart face shapes. These face shapes have defined angles that look best matched with rounded frames. Go for dark lenses with gold or silver rims for an everyday go to, or opt for a fun, mirrored lens in blue or green for a great beach or festival look.
If you like the look of round sunglasses, but don't have the jawline for a true round frame, check out a double-bridged version, like our Ariel sunglasses. Heart-shaped faces stay away, but oval and rectangular faces will benefit from drawing attention to the brow line. Warm skin tones will glow in the gold and tortoiseshell colorway, while cool tones will stun in the black on black option.
Trend #3: Unique Frame Colors
Make a splash this year with some fun colored frames! Classic dark lenses ground these styles in functionality, but a unique frame color says you don't take yourself too seriously. Experiment to find colors that look great on you. Guys with lighter features--blonde hair, blue or green eyes--look great in a light patterned frame. Try our Abner sunglasses for a unique brown patterned frame that looks a bit like tiger stripes--wild! Dark features, on the other hand, stand out against bold colors and striking patterns. Bold tortoise shell sunglasses like the Felix compliment brown eyes, while a navy frame like Harvey looks fresh on darker skin tones.
You can also use a colored frame to accentuate and play up an outfit. The clear yellow frame and green smoke lenses of the stylish Abner No. 3 would set off a lighter gray suit and a green tie. This color combo lends a cool vintage vibe to any outfit, so keep your clothing classic.
If your look is more casual, pair jeans and a white tee with the tortoise shell frame and mirrored blue lenses of the Clove sunglasses for a combo that will never look dated. Toughen up the look with a leather jacket and some black on black aviators like the Maverick, or swap the jeans out for swim trunks and go sporty with the mirrored Zane in blue or green.
When it comes to colored frames, there's no end of options open for experimentation. Keep your complexion and style in mind, and you can't go wrong. This is a great place to have some fun with your outfit styling. Don't be afraid to pattern mix--tortoise frames pair well with a striped shirt--but when in doubt, a monochrome look is a fail-safe way to look put together.
A Look Ahead
Now is the perfect time to change up your style with a new pair (or two) of sunglasses. And, thanks to this guide, you're sure to be on trend and looking fly all 2020!
Just remember: round and square sunglasses are big and bold this year, so pick the frame that's right for you, and rock it! If you're not sure what style is best for you, check out our guide, How to Pick the Perfect Pair of Sunglasses for Your Face. It walks you through finding the right size and shape for you, and how to interpret the size guides when shopping for sunglasses online. And don't be afraid to experiment with a fun pattern or a bold frame color. Sunglasses are an inexpensive way to add some major "wow" factor to your look.
Pick a frame that complements your face shape and a colorway that complements your skin tone, and you'll start out this year on the right side of fashion. For more inspiration, check out the WearMe Pro Instagram page, @wearme_pro, and be sure to give us a follow! Our models are always sporting the latest styles, and the page is a great resource for styling tips and outfit ideas.
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