70’s Sunglass Swagger

Saying that my affinity for a good pair of sunglasses is strong would be an understatement. My collection of shades has climbed to a number eclipsing 30 pair of so. As a result, I’ve made it a mission to find sunglass inspiration throughout the decades — which has led me to the 70’s. 

Everything was bigger in the 70’s! Lapels, plaid patterns, hair and of course sunglasses. The team at the online eyewear hub, SmartBuyGlasses, indulged my big eyewear notions and let me grab two pair of my favorite sunglasses to style here. 

Photography by Lauren McGrath


The Mighty Aviator Sunglass


's Style Pro Sunglasses w: Smart Buy Sunglasses 70 sunglass swagger

Rick Aviator Sunglasses – Tom Ford (available online at c/o SmartBuyGlasses) | Blue & Grey Plaid Suit – Men’s Style Pro x Oliver Wicks | Fine Gauge Turtleneck Sweater – Banana Republic | Gold Watch – c/o Timex

Will you ever become a pilot? No! Have you ever worn a pair of aviators – yes! As a result, the aviator has been rates as the most universal pair of sunglasses for all face shapes. A pair of aviators typically measures between 55mm to 58mm (think the iconic Ray-ban aviator).

Pretty standard stuff, but, were talking about going BIGGER — that’s when I stumbled upon the Rick Aviator by Tom Ford. Average sized aviator say “everyday cool guy”, this larger aviators gives off the “I’m going to the next style-level’ vibe. No matter what vibe these shades are giving off, here are a few helpful tips to pulling them off:

  • Embrace That 70’s Swagger: if you got a kick-ass leather jacket, fine gauge turtleneck sweater or a plaid suit? Pair them with these shades and feel the vibes. Just no bell bottoms!
  • Go For The Gold (Frame): the 70’s were about luxe living and gold is the luxe standard. Soft-toned yellow gold is more versatile and easier to pair with most items in your wardrobe

's Style Pro Sunglasses w: Smart Buy Sunglasses 70 sunglass swagger

's Style Pro Sunglasses w: Smart Buy Sunglasses 70 sunglass swagger

's Style Pro Sunglasses w: Smart Buy Sunglasses 70 sunglass swagger


The Beefed Up Wayfarer


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Blonde Tortoise Sunglasses – Gucci c/o SmartBuyGlasses | Fine Gauge Turtleneck Sweater – H&M | Navy Double Breasted Blazer – Frank & Oak

Blonde or Tokyo tortoise-shell fame sunglasses are bold and are much brighter than preppier brown wayfarer that everyone wears everyday. What do these frames work? The bottle green lenses contrast the brown tones of the frames and the square shape adds dimension to your face.

How To Wear Them

  • Pairing them with a white t-shirt, black leather moto jacket and a well-tailored pair of black jeans & some Chelsea boot will  take you into modern-day Beatles status
  • In true 70’s form, pair them with a fine gauge turtleneck sweater & white jeans

's Style Pro Sunglasses w: Smart Buy Sunglasses 70 sunglass swagger

's Style Pro Sunglasses w: Smart Buy Sunglasses 70 sunglass swagger

's Style Pro Sunglasses w: Smart Buy Sunglasses 70 sunglass swagger

's Style Pro Sunglasses w: Smart Buy Sunglasses 70 sunglass swagger

The post was sponsored by SmartBuyGlasses. All opinions & styling are that of Men’s Style Pro. 

Sabir M Peele

Founder & Creative Director

Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM

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