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Black Acetate Sunglasses – Five Plus One

Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.

The sun is shining, the pollen is falling, and my eyes just want a break. Allergies might not be solvable by the world of fashion, but we can certainly help you as far as glare is concerned. There are a ton of different sunglass styles, so we’ve paired it down (no pun intended) today by only looking at the best of Black Acetate frames.

1) Lowercase: Clement Sunglasses – Black


First up is a solid, mid-tier pair from Lowercase: The Clement Sunglasses. They’re made in NYC from hand-polished Italian acetate, and they’re a sight to behold with their amber-hue lenses. This pair has some great geometry to them, and if you like the combination of curves and angular lines they’re a great cop.

Available for $272 from Wallace.


2) Warby Parker: Hatcher in Jet Black Matte


Sunglasses don’t need to be expensive, but if you decide to invest in something a little more premium Warby Parker‘s Hatcher is a more-than-palatable entry. Made from the requisite black acetate, these glasses have some serious ski-mask vibes to them with their double brow bar and green lenses. They’re definitely a statement piece, but if that’s what you like they’re an awesome choice.

Available for $95+ from Warby Parker.

3) Dandy’s: Hand Cut Acetate Sunglasses – Epicuro / GR


If you’re looking for a classically styled pair of black acetate sunglasses but want something that is still quite special, then Dandy’s Epicure should be on your shortlist. While these made-in-Italy acetate frames might be pretty simple at first glance, the various carved facets stand out more and more as you continue to look at them.

Available for $455 from Self Edge.

4) Full Count x Kaneko Optical: ‘Old Parisien Sunglasses’ Red


The Full Count x Kaneko Optical Old Parisien Sunglasses are based off of French sunglasses of the 40s and 50s, and while I know they wouldn’t look right on my face they’re one of those styles I dream of being able to pull off. These glasses are finished with light red tinted frames, which really adds to the vintage aesthetic.

Available for $335 ($301.50 for Heddels+ members) from Clutch Cafe.

 5) drypond: Alves Sunglasses – Black


Another excellent mid-tier option is drypond‘s Alves Sunglasses. Featuring blue polarized lenses and Italian acetate, these sunglasses are beautifully constructed — especially the uniquely designed stems. Finished with an ultra-strong 7-bar hinge, there is a whole lot to love about these sunglasses.

Available for $198CAD (~$150USD) from Rhythmic Tones.

Plus One – Buddy Optical: a in Black/Quartz


Most glasses use the same few, basic shapes when it comes to their lenses – but not Buddy Optical. Their model has octagon-shaped, dark green lenses with a low seated bridge and a great vintage aesthetic. Whether you only want to have a single pair of sunglasses or have a rotation, this pair is a unique and distinctive choice.

Available for $310 from Namu.

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