Next weekend marks the unofficial start to summer—which means it’s time to kick your summer preparations into high gear right now.
And above all else, you’re going to need to pick up the right pair of shades for wherever it is you plan on summering—because the sun in Cannes requires a different UV protection than the sun you’ll encounter on the music festival circuit. So we put together a handy guide for your summer’s eyewear-related needs.
Warby Parker has been turning out highly stylish, quality frames for some time now—and new to the lineup is a collection made using the lightest and strongest metal, titanium (for less than your similarly built fairway wood).
Our favorite of the bunch is the Cromwell, an update on the Aviator (the sunglasses of choice for fall getaways) with a titanium frame and tortoiseshell temples—which should leave you with some versatile and fairly indestructible shades. Plus, you’re still getting all of the goodwill that comes along with buying frames from Warby Parker (someone in need of glasses also gets a pair of their own).
Trap Wear: Randolph Engineering is best known for their Draper-worthy aviators, but Cool Hunting recently discovered the shades also have some serious trap-shooting chops. [Cool Hunting]
Postcards from Italy: Mr. Lean gives us the lowdown on where to stay on the Italian island of Ischia. But mostly this is for the gorgeous photos. [ACL]
Airing It Out: Neil Young and Crazy Horse returned to the studio after a nine-year hiatus. The good-humored, silken-voiced Terry Gross gets the deets. (She always does.) [NPR]
F Why? I: We heard rumblings of Channing Tatum’s art-imitating-life “male stripper epic” Magic Mike but didn’t believe it till Vulture got a hold of 50 preproduction stills. (They spare you 44 of them.) [Vulture]
We’ve imparted a few thoughts on baseball in the past—particularly listening to it on the radio—but here’s one more often-overlooked detail: Baseball is one of the few sports you can play while wearing sunglasses.
So far, most ballplayers haven’t seized the opportunity to gain style points. In fact, the results have ranged from the inspired to the regrettable…but that’s not to say they’re not interesting.
We mostly pay attention to the front-facing part of our sunglasses, but apparently there’s been a huge breakthrough in the ear-related department. These Activist Eyewear frames boast an extra pair of arms for more stability and a lot less pressure on the tops of your ears.
It’s good news for anyone planning on jogging or dramatically turning their head this summer. And naturally, it doesn’t hurt that they’re pretty handsome begin with, with models taking after wayfarers, aviators and circular, Lennon-style frames.
The Italians take on Paraguay today in the World Cup. And no matter how they fare on the pitch (we’re predicting a 1-0 victory), we suspect they’ll win the off-field style battle. That’s because for the second World Cup in a row, they’ll be wearing a Dolce & Gabbana-designed “formal uniform” on their official team trips. Shown in the sketches here, the uniform consists of a navy Martini suit designed exclusively for the team, to be partnered with a classic white shirt, a jacquard blue tie with tiepin and a four-buttons waistcoat.
Film sets are pretty hectic places, so it’s always remarkable when a bit of self-possessed style slips through. And as you might have guessed, Mr. Bond is involved…
These snaps (via NotCot) come from behind the scenes of the last two Bond movies, and find Mr. Craig at his most McQueen-ish. Of course, the odd pair of aviators don’t hurt…and neither does the Baracuta-style jacket.
As we’ve noted before, aviators are in the midst of a serious revival. When well executed, the effect is something along the lines of an iconoclastic French novelist. When done with less skill, it’s easy to get into trouble, so allow us to steer you towards the correct path.
These frames (via SwipeLife) aren’t quite the glorious 58256s we gushed about before, but it’s hard to go too far wrong with Persol. Naturally, you can get them as shades too…but not without cutting into your French novelist cred.
After years of tireless effort, it looks like the blazer might finally be coming back.
A Continuous Lean just posted a few snaps of Band of Outsiders’ latest fall line, and we couldn’t help but notice the 70s vibe running through the whole thing. Tweed and corduroy both make strong showings, along aviator glasses and uncannily helmet-like hair.
At the risk of sounding gushy, this is pretty much the fashion line we were looking for when we started praising the 70s. They even got the button tabs right! Well played, gentlemen.