The 20 best glasses for men to buy in 2022

If you’re looking for an accessory that instantly makes you appear smarter, more sophisticated, and even stylish, look no further than a sturdy pair of glasses. Whether you’re channeling an unsuspecting dashing Clark Kent or a more eccentric Harry Styles, optical glasses have the sartorial power to affect the way you see the world and the way the world sees you. We’ve seen eyewear from eyewear institutions like Ray-Ban, Persol and Moscot, to top fashion designers like Tom Ford and Gucci.

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No need for traditional optical frames? As our daily lives shift to a predominantly digital interface, blue light blocking glasses are on the rise. More screen time and more eye strain can cause eyestrain, headaches, and even disrupt sleep patterns. Your eye doctor may suggest investing in a pair to improve eye comfort and get better sleep.

Don’t worry if it’s your first time buying glasses. We suggest sticking with an authentic, proven brand and a classic style that you feel confident in. Here are 20 of the best glasses for men, categorized into four universally flattering shapes (wayfarer, round, round and square) that are guaranteed to boost your vision and your personal style game.

Which glasses go with your face shape?

Picking the frames that best suit your face is key to ensuring that eyewear elevates your look instead of taking it down a notch or two. For most men, we don’t think about our face shape. It’s a face… why is the shape important? Well, when you wear shapes on your face like glasses, they can either complement your face shape or combat it. Here’s a quick look at face shapes and the glasses that go with them.

  • Oval – This shape is the most varied of the group. Almost all glasses fit this shape with a narrow chin, wider forehead and cheekbones. So have fun choosing what you like.
  • Square – The strong jawlines of Clark Kent and Steve Rogers are what every man wants, but it limits your eyewear choices. With the sharp lines of the face evenly balanced, rounded shapes work best to even out the look.
  • Round – Similar to the oval shaped face, what makes this face different is its uniform length and width. Sticking with more angular shaped glasses will create an elongated effect.
  • Heart – Characterized by wide foreheads and cheekbones with a narrow chin, the heart-shaped face shape works better with heavier glasses than others. It creates consistency and clean lines from the hairline to the neckline.
  • Diamond – Wide cheekbones combined with narrow chins and foreheads can be difficult to match with glasses. Sticking with something lighter will let your face do the talking. If you want heavier frames, the heavier styles will balance your functionality.

Ray-Ban RB5375 optical glasses

Ray-Ban frames show that while icons are often imitated, nothing beats the original.

Ray-Ban RB5375 optical glasses

Ray-Ban RB5375 optical glasses

warby parker chamberlain

Warby Parker Chamberlain

Warby Parker offers a modern version with a solid bridge and a modern translucent finish.

Warby Parker Chamberlain

Ryce optical glasses

Another California classic, optical brand Oliver Peoples makes one of the perfect travelers we’ve seen.

Ryce optical glasses

Tom Ford Square Blue Light Blocking Glasses 55mm

From the man who wrote the rules of style, Tom Ford’s timeless lenses feature the brand’s unique temple design.

Tom Ford Square Blue Light Blocking Glasses 55mm

Tom Ford Square Blue Light Blocking Glasses 55mm

Persol PO3092V Eyeglasses

Expecting nothing less from an eyewear institution, Persol’s perfectly rounded frames with the brand’s signature arrow and Meflecto pressure reducing technology are a masterpiece.

Persol PO3092V Eyeglasses

Persol PO3092V Eyeglasses

Quay Eyewear 54mm Evasive Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Quay’s Blue Light Blocking Clubmasters offer protection and style at an affordable price.

Quay Eyewear 54mm Evasive Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Quay Eyewear 54mm Evasive Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Saratoga Mercury Optical Glasses

Saratoga frames from New York-based Illesteva are simple and extremely well-made with a square frame, rounded edges and a modern translucent gray finish.

Saratoga Mercury Optical Glasses

Saratoga Mercury Optical Glasses

Izipizi #A

French eyewear manufacturer Izipizi makes stylish lenses in a range of colors and finishes.

Izipizi #A

Cairo Navigator Frames

Handcrafted in France and electro-dipped in 22k gold, Ahlem’s Navigators are the ultimate luxury frames.

Cairo Navigator Frames

AX Armani Exchange Az1029 Metal Aviator Glasses Frames

Armani Exchange’s matte metal frames look stylish while being light on your face and your wallet.

AX Armani Exchange Az1029 Metal Aviator Glasses Frames

AX Armani Exchange Az1029 Metal Aviator Glasses Frames

Navy 974-k Reading Glasses

We love the subtle navy blue and rubberized finish of Izipiki’s aviator reading lights.

Navy 974-k Reading Glasses

Navy 974-k Reading Glasses

Quay Australia Poster Boy mini 56mm Optical Glasses

Quay Australia’s vintage-inspired optics offer a gleaming gold finish for those looking for a less subtle style.

Quay Australia Poster Boy mini 56mm Optical Glasses

Quay Australia Poster Boy mini 56mm Optical Glasses

Timo Weiland for Zenni Laze glasses

Known for its excellent craftsmanship, Timo Weiland’s collection for Zenni offers sophistication at an excellent price.

Timo Weiland for Zenni Laze glasses

Timo Weiland for Zenni Laze glasses

Moscot Petie Glasses

Another eyewear institution, Moscot’s subtly chic lenses are designed by fifth-generation Zack Moscot in New York and crafted from handcrafted Italian acetate.

Moscot Petie Glasses

Garrett Leight Wilson Glasses

Garrett Leight’s Wilson eyewear adopts a relaxed ease rooted in the brand’s Californian DNA.

Garrett Leight Wilson Glasses

Garrett Leight Wilson Glasses

Ray-Ban Blue Light Blocking Round Optical Glasses 51mm

Ray-Ban’s Italian-made round wireframes are a universal way to communicate cool.

Ray-Ban Blue Light Blocking Round Optical Glasses 51mm

Ray-Ban Blue Light Blocking Round Optical Glasses 51mm

Gucci GG0469O

Famous for their new maximalist approach, Gucci is at the forefront of unconventional cool.

Gucci GG0469O

Bottega Veneta square-frame optical glasses

Bottega Veneta has established itself as one of the brands to watch, and these weight optics are no exception.

Bottega Veneta square-frame optical glasses

Bottega Veneta square-frame optical glasses

Persol PO3246V Eyeglasses

Fusing the brand’s signature acetate with a modern metal temple, Persol’s high-quality frames testify to the brand’s resilience over time.

Persol PO3246V Eyeglasses

Persol PO3246V Eyeglasses

The Just Picture Victorian Bae Book Club

These over-the-top frames from The Book Club are made with BPA-free recyclable plastic and the brand’s signature blue light lens technology.

The Just Picture Victorian Bae Book Club

The Just Picture Victorian Bae Book Club

Also be sure to read our guide on how to clean your glasses in a few simple steps so you can see clearly.

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