You know how the old saying goes: “A good [pair of eyeglasses for a] man is hard to find.” Indeed, when considering the thousands of frames out there, it’s difficult to choose: Do you want your next pair to be rounded, à la Stanley Tucci? Or perhaps something square, in the style of Jay-Z? Do you want a pair that signals to the world you’re a next-gen Buddy Holly, or would you prefer the wire frames seen on the guy in American Gothic (and more than a few past and present Strategist editors)? To figure out the lay of the land, we talked to a panel of stylish guys, who weighed in on everything from a pair that calls to mind Bob Dylan to the frames that fog up slightly less when worn with a mask. Read on for their favorites. (We also found cool-person approved eyeglasses for women.)
Doubleday publicist Michael Goldsmith, who has been wearing glasses for the past decade, told us he’s had consistent luck with frames from Warby Parker. “I started with the Bensen frames in a wide whiskey-tortoise finish (link here), which felt like a safe choice for my first foray into eyewear,” says Goldsmith. “The wide frames helped to balance out my extremely narrow head, and the pattern was pleasingly muted and diverting.” The glasses held up “far better than a product at that price point should,” and Goldsmith says he only replaced them because he had a vision-insurance frames allowance to spend. His latest pair of Warbys: the Coley frames in crystal (though crystal is no longer available, you can still get the Coleys in blue and brown). Goldsmith calls the Coleys a “splashier and more arresting look” than the Bensens.