Best eyeglass frames for men 2022: designer specs and affordable options


Coming from someone who’s needed glasses since he was 10 years old, the humble show has been on quite a journey in recent years.

With independent brands appearing from left to right and centre, as well as each luxury fashion house offering a huge selection, the options are very wide and go beyond the Specsavers and The vision speaks of the world – although both are perfect for those of us who need a prescription.

Once necessary for sight and sight alone, glasses are now as much a fashion choice as they are practical. Even those with 20/20 vision should have a pair on hand to jazz up any outfit with a touch of Clark Kent charm.

What shape will suit me?

As with sunglasses, it’s all about balancing out your facial features. If your face is rounder and you have a softer look, you should look for square or angular frames, while those with pointed jawlines and cheekbones can benefit from oval, round or aviator styles to soften their profile.

Should I go for wire or acetate frames?

It depends on your personal preferences. If getting eyewear-related attention and compliments is on your wish list, a pair of acetate frames are most likely to do the trick. If turning heads is your worst nightmare, a pair of understated metal frames will elevate your look without making a statement.

Corrective lenses

If, like me, leaving the house without glasses or contact lenses is out of the question, the good news is that you can turn almost any standard pair of glasses into corrective glasses at most opticians, like Superdrug or Lensology. Just search for “re-glazing” and you may even be able to extend the life of your glasses that your current prescription has exceeded.

I recommend getting all the lens-related add-ons, from anti-reflective and extra-thin to UV filter — not only will your glasses look better, but they’ll also make your eyes healthier. There’s no sense in buying a good pair of frames and branding them with a basic set of lenses.

Shop the best frames for men below

Rayban Clubmaster Optics – Havana Red


Creating timeless eyewear is Ray-Ban’s MO. The brand’s Clubmaster silhouette was first introduced in 1986 and has become an eternally chic style that’s still as popular as ever. The sunglasses version has been featured in iconic movies like Ferris Bueller’s day off and reservoir dogs, proving it’s a form that stands the test of time. For the ultimate classic appeal, opt for retro tortoiseshell with gold metal that wouldn’t look out of place in ’50s America.

Dior NeoDior square acetate glasses


They might not give you superpowers, but Dior’s square acetate glasses will definitely make you look like Clark Kent. Topped with silver temple tips inspired by spools of sewing thread to represent the house’s couture heritage, they’re made in Italy with slender temples. The latter has been engraved with the CD logo which is lined with transparent acetate to expose the metal pins. Classic styling with just the right amount of superhero intrigue.

Prada PR 66XV (07A1O1) glasses

Vision Express

Prada’s metal-rimmed panto-shaped glasses are perfect for minimalists, especially those who love silver jewelry. They are light, comfortable and best suited for angular faces. If you’re looking for style inspiration, look no further than Kit Harrington who opts for a similarly understated frame.

Oliver Peoples Sheldrake

Olivier Peoples

Inspired by Andy Warhol, worn by Matt Damon in The Talented Mr. Ripley, and in rotation from the likes of Steve Carrell and Kevin Costner, Oliver Peoples’ Sheldrake specs have a look that transcends space and time. From a brand founded in West Hollywood in 1987, they have a bold movie star appeal – especially when paired with the Sheldrake Clampa tinted frame complement.

Paul Smith Gold & Green ‘Fisher’ Glasses

Paul Smith

With sloping upper rims, curved lower rims and flat, thin temples, this delicate spec pair is inspired by the pantoscopic styles of the 50s. temples are decorated with Paul Smith’s signature multicolored stripe to give them a whimsical yet stylish finish.

Jimmy Fairly the Swan

Jimmy enough

Of Gucci House at The snakeSeventies style is back on the fashion agenda and Jimmy Fairly’s The Swan eyewear fits the bill with an oversized shape, tortoiseshell acetate and gold detailing.

The French eyewear brand is known for creating high-quality frames at an affordable price, and offers a “Buy One, Give One” initiative which means that for every pair sold, it donates one to someone in need via the Restoring Vision association.

Cubitts Cartwright – Light Gray


If you’re new to the transparent acetate trend, now is the time to jump on the bandwagon. Offering maximum versatility as well as a touch of edge, the Cartwright style from Cubitts has an interesting yet easy to wear geometric shape. Structured and sophisticated, they’re a 1940s-inspired silhouette that’s designed to enhance your debonair good looks by enhancing your facial features.

X Cutler & Gross Kingsman square-frame tortoiseshell acetate optical glasses

Mr Porter

Inspired by the fantasy world of the well-dressed gentleman spy as portrayed by Taron Egerton, Colin Firth and Mark Strong in the hit Kingsman franchise, it was only natural for Kingsman (the brand) to collaborate with British luxury. eyewear brand Cutler & Gross in its latest collection exclusive to Mr. Porter. Handcrafted in Italy, the rectangular silhouette will let you live out all your spy-related fantasies – and they look great too.

Kuboraum K18 square acetate glasses


Founded in Berlin in 2012, Kuboraum eyewear goes beyond practicality. Known for ‘eye couture’, the label describes its designs as ‘masks’ that should be the solution to our self-representation anxieties. This brown-toned sheer acetate pair is one of the more understated styles, with nose bridge cutouts and a boxy silhouette that creates a structural look.

Ace & Tate Nicky Large

Ace and Tate

If you’re looking for high quality eyewear at an affordable price, Ace & Tate is the place to go. With a huge range of metal frames, acetate styles, and in every color and shape you can imagine, there’s something for everyone.

Available in large and small depending on the width of your face, the Nicky shape is easy-going, smooth and elegant. As a bonus, they have an optician in store if you need an eye exam.

Sarah C. Figueiredo