A Sunny Soundtrack for Summer
When I think of summer, two things come to mind:
- How deeply in love I am with air conditioning…
Music really is a soundtrack for things that are synonymous with summer, like road trips, the beach, barbeques, and sitting in traffic. To complement these activities, I like to put together a playlist of tunes get me through the best and worst of the season. Since it’s also sunglass season—and this is supposed to be a blog about sunglasses for men—I’m going to kill two birds with one stone this year and start a summer playlist that features songs that mention sunglasses.
Checkout the slideshow below to see my playlist for lounging around in sunglasses…
1. The Boys of Summer
I can see you,
Your brown skin shining in the sun,
You got that hair slicked back,
And those Wayfarers on, baby
I’m not sure if Don Henley got any sort of endorsement money from Ray-Ban® for this reflection on past relationships, but more than 30 years after this song was released, this style of Ray-Ban® sunglasses for men is as popular as ever. Men’s Wayfarer sunglasses come in a million* different styles and colors and can be fitted with Rx lenses, too, making them among the best sunglasses for men.
*Not an exact figure.
2. Cheap Sunglasses
When you get up in the morning and the light is hurt your head,
The first thing you do when you get up out of bed,
Is hit that streets a-runnin’ and try to beat the masses,
And go get yourself some cheap sunglasses
You don’t have to spend a fortune on designer sunglasses for men to get a pair that looks great and performs well, too. While I assume ZZ Top was referring to kind of crappy frames you’d get at a convenience store or pharmacy, your local Cohen’s Fashion Optical has plenty of great looking men’s sunglasses styles that won’t break the bank, including polarized sunglasses for men and men’s aviator sunglasses.
3. Sunglasses at Night
I wear my sunglasses at night
So I can so I can
Watch you weave then breathe your story lines
Now that I’m reading these lyrics to this hit from 1984, I’m a little creeped out by Mr. Hart and his fondness for stalking. No matter what kind of popular men’s sunglasses you choose, I don’t actually recommend wearing them at night because: a) the creepy dude factor; and b) even cool men’s sunglasses will keep you from being able to see stuff in the dark.
Instead, I recommend getting frames that will look good as regular glasses and as suns, and fitting them with photochromic (light-adaptive) lenses. That way you can wear your sunglasses at night, during the day, or even at dusk. Lacoste’s L2771 would be a great choice to perform double (or triple) duty.
These shades can hide my red, red eyes
But not the hurt left by your lies,
These shades can only do the part,
But these shades can’t hide the broken heart
Just as sunglasses can hide your face, they can also hide your feelings, as evidenced by this lesser-known song from a legendary crooner. A big, bold pair of suns can hide your teary eyes from your buddies this summer when the Yankees retire another number, or the Mets blow another game. Men’s black sunglasses such as Gucci’s square-frame acetate sunglasses (which Gucci has creatively named, “Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses”) should do the trick. Wrap-around men’s sport sunglasses would also work, cupcake.
5. Pink Sunglasses
In my pink sunglasses
Always makes the world look a little bit better
In my pink sunglasses
You can try ’em anytime you need a change of the weather
In the same name way that Dean Martin hid his feelings from the world, in this song Miranda Lambert uses her pink fames to see the world through rose colored glasses. Just as I found it hard to include this mediocre song in my playlist, I’m finding it really hard to recommend pink sunglasses for men. However Tom Ford’s Indiana Sunglass is an aviator frame that comes in gold with just enough of a pink-ish tint to the lenses to help you think that everyone around you is either sunburned or blushing.
6. Here Comes the Sun
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right
Okay, so it’s not a song about sunglasses, but it is a great tune and it nicely complements the theme of brighter days ahead. Even though this song was written and performed by the late George Harrison, the Beatles still make me think of John Lennon and his signature round glasses. Persol’s Typewriter Edition – PO3129S is a great looking pair of round retro men’s sunglasses that would not look out of place on Mr. Lennon.
7. Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades
I’m doing all right, getting good grades,
The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades
Okay, so this not really a great song, but you can’t create a sunglasses playlist without it, so bear with me. This song dates back to 1986, and if you’re a fan of 80’s retro, then Cazal’s 8014 might be just the frame for you. If not, maybe men’s mirrored sunglasses are more your style.
There are plenty of sunglass songs that I’ve left out (either by choice, or by sheer ignorance).
Now it’s your turn… If you have any great (or even not-so-great) sunglasses songs you think would complement this playlist, feel free to add them in the comments section. For inspiration, stop by your local Cohen’s Fashion Optical location.