James Dean’s Casual Cool: Shopping For Men’s Vintage Sunglasses!
The eternally-youthful James Dean embodies a certain iconic style. His presence oozes casual cool with a California flair, a hard-hitting fast-driving rebel beneath a polished retro-chic veneer.
Want your man to sport that same retro style?
Sunglasses are a key part of men’s 50s casual-wear that is almost always overlooked. Finding the right pair of sunglasses is key to an authentic head-to-toe ensemble. In fact, nothing can ruin a retro outfit faster than an utterly out-of place modern pair of aviators or ray-bans.
Luckily, the recipe for James-Dean-style shades is simple. Avoid modern squared-off frames and stick with rounder styles. All the mens’ sunglasses of the period were styled this way. Also, avoid solid plastic frames in favor of tortoiseshell, or a combination of wire and tortoiseshell. This will give you James’ laid-back California look.
Once you start looking, you’ll spot this vintage Persol style in many shops. Here are just a few examples.
More, including photos, after the jump:
So, what do you think? What is your favorite pair of 50s-style men’s sunglasses? Do you already have a pair you love? Leave a comment and let us know…
Posted on September 7, 2011, in Men's Fashion & Style and tagged 1950s, 1960s, Celebrities, James Dean, Men's Fashion, Men's Sunglasses, Persol, Persol 714, Retro Sunglasses, Steve McQueen, Sunglasses. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.