Photographed by Stephen Mark Sullivan

LASTRA from Safilo
Men love their “classics”—those wardrobe items that are utilitarian and timeless, that make style look effortless but not thoughtless. Like a vintage watch or a perfectly worn leather jacket, a classic frame is a wardrobe staple that elevates any ensemble. For men, the defining look is a neutral colored frame in a time-tested shape like a P3 or an aviator. Subtle changes in the size or shape give these standards a modern update, but the beauty in a classic frame is always in the small details and quality materials, not in vibrant colors or wild shapes. Below are four classic frame colorings—brown, black, metal and tortoise—in both ophthalmic and sun options.

–Iris Johnson