Waking Up in Vegas (A Guide to Sunglasses)
Vegas is my second favorite vacation destination. When I do Vegas, the hours of sleep I get can usually be measured by the number of fingers on my hands. Though, as a disclaimer, the amount of fingers I see can at times go to 12 depending on how sleep deprived I am. Sure, you might say that I’m an idiot for just not sleeping in until 5 pm, but you know the reason why you can’t? First off, the cleaning staff comes in at around 2pm to make sure your room is livable (or in my case, check if I’m alive) and secondly, the fucking sun.
I don’t know how to accurately describe the sun in Las Vegas. It is a relentlessly punishing ball of fire in the sky that forces you into a pool, buy ridiculously expensive drinks to slake your ever increasing thirst, or just makes your pass out (in which case you forgot to re-apply sunscreen, so you end up burnt to a crisp). Over the summer, my buddy and I would manage to crawl out of our room to let the cleaning service go in and manage to secure chairs by the pool. Which leads me to the crux of the article.
I don’t care who you are in Vegas, but in the morning, everyone was wearing a pair. Whether it was to guard your eyes from light due to hangover or in my case, using it as eye cover to sleep in pool chairs, they are a quintessential male accessory. There’s a reason why sunglasses have a built in notion of cool, they cover your eyes. They cover the one thing that conveys emotion and intention, or simply, they give you a sense of mystery. We subconsciously read so much off of each other’s eyes, that when we can’t, it throws us for a loop. What guy doesn’t want a bit of mystery and danger in his look, but sunglasses can verge on costume if you go too far.
As a kid, it’s fine if you go with a $10 pair of shades that you end up breaking every year, but at a certain point in your adult life, you get tired of breaking them every year. As someone who made this transition, trust me, you’ll balk initially at the price (except for one personal exception), but you do get what you pay for. Also, the price tag might make you actually take care of the things.
That’s right, you can have nice things.
The Essential Pair
Being completely honest, I’m a huge fan of Ray-Ban, but there really is no argument here. The Wayfarer is the timeless look. Whether you wear a new pair or one you inherited from your grandfather, you’d fit in anywhere. They, quite literally, go with EVERYTHING. If you’re going to spend the money on sunglasses, this is the first pair you should buy. I went with the New Wayfarers because they fit a little wider than the classic wayfarer, your temples will thank me. ($125, Ray-Ban)
Like I said, huge fan of Ray-Ban. I actually got these as a gift, but they’ve become my favorite pair to wear. They’re a bit trickier to pull off than the wayfarers, but they still look pretty great. The foldable thing might seem like a gimmick, but it’s actually incredibly useful to fold these up and slip it into a pocket (preferably not in your pants) for safe keeping without worrying about you scratching up the lens, or you know, when it’s night.
Usually I’m not a fan of fashion sunglasses, but John Varvatos usually put out some classic gear with a modern edge. This is one of those things that will add some panache without being incredibly ostentatious. ($220, john varvatos)
The Economy Special
What I said about paying for quality, well, this is the exception to the rule. Over the summer I was looking for a pair of tortoise shell sunglasses for shits and giggles. I ended up finding a small little start up called Enclave. Their 20/20 line is super cheap and made of some extremely resistant material. They feel a little flimsy, but for the price, I think you get more than you pay for in terms of look and wear. ($30, enclave)
In addition, Persol and Garrett Leight have some great collections, but remember keep it classic and simple.
Classic and simple, two words I need to keep in mind for my next Vegas outing, ugh.