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Rock Your Sunglasses With Your Suits Like Christopher Korey
15 February 2017
If there is one thing that Christopher Korey excels at, it is wearing amazing suits.
But to be fair, Christopher is pretty much what I would call a men’s formal style superstar, so wearing perfect fitting suits is only to be expected from him.
But beyond the classic suit ensembles we have come to love from Christopher, there is another thing that he is definitely an expert in, and that is pairing his suits with cool sunglasses.
Let’s see what we can learn from him.
How An Instagram Profile Sparked My Interest To Learn More About Sunglasses And Suits
I remember vividly the first time I came across Mr. Korey’s Instagram profile and the immense impact it had on me.
Sure, I already had my own Instagram profile and some experience with it, and of course, had already encountered many other similar profiles that also had a great impact on me (which still happens every day), but the bomb of inspiration that I got from Christopher’s images and captions was like nothing I had seen.
Somehow, at that moment, I made a pact with myself to try to get to know him better, learn as much as I could from him, and why not, emulate some of the things he does. After all, you can never stop learning and what better way to learn than from the best?
One of the things I really focused on when analyzing his style was the way he paired his sunglasses with his dapper outfits.
In fact, it is almost difficult to find pictures of him without his sunglasses on. Which only makes sense. Somehow this has become kind of a signature look for him (although, I just went to his Instagram feed for some extra inspiration and this seems to be changing recently).
After studying his pictures and his style, I figured I would also try to pair my sunglasses with my suits as often as possible. Not that I didn’t wear sunglasses prior to meeting C.K., but I never really paid much attention to how I wore them.
I came to the realization that sunglasses are just a very easy and practical way to build upon the foundation of a classy suit and develop a more personal style.
And so, I have compiled a few conclusions that I decided to share here, since I am sure many of you will also be interested in adopting this practice of pairing your sunglasses with your suits like Mr. Korey does.
Here Is The Practical Advice About Choosing And Wearing The Right Sunglasses For Your Suit And Tie Looks
Okay, so time to share some of that knowledge… well, maybe knowledge is too big of a word, so let’s call it eh…. tips. Tips to match sunglasses with suits.
So, time to share my tips on how to match your sunglasses with your suits. Let’s do this.
- Your face shape is crucial. Whenever you’re about to buy a new pair of sunglasses, regardless of what you will be wearing with them (suits or casual clothing), the most important thing to consider is the shape of your face as it will dictate to great extent which sunglasses shapes will flatter your face. This topic requires a blog post of its own, so stay tuned for it.
- The actual shape of your sunglasses holds little importance. Once you are sure you have found a shape of sunglasses that is flattering to your face, their actual shape will not make much of a difference. I personally don’t think there is a more formal shape than another. Sure, some might be more discreet, some might be bolder, but in general, they all can work with a suit and tie outfit. Of course, I am not talking about any ridiculous shapes you can find out there – I think this is implicit, but I don’t want any guys in the comments complaining about how they look nothing like Christopher in their star-shaped sunglasses.
- Materials can give you the classy look you’re going for. Or the total opposite. If you are planning to mainly wear your sunglasses with suits or any other type of formal menswear, then pay close attention to the materials that your options are made of. Too much plastic and you’ll be going too casual. Too much carbon fiber and you’ll be too sporty. Too much wood… buy a surfing board while you’re at it. In my opinion, going for an elegant style, silver and gold metals or even dark metals for the frame of your sunglasses will be obvious choices. Some carbon fiber can work. Even some plastic might be acceptable as long as the classy feeling of your sunglasses is not lost.
- Colors do make a huge difference. You can own as many sunglasses with pink, red, or blue (or whatever color tickles your fancy) glasses, but these save them for your casual looks, which is where they belong. Dark sunglasses are the way to go. This way your sunglasses won’t steal too much attention from your other components of your ensemble while keeping things sober, simple and stylish. I must clarify there are nuances and it’s not all about dark colors. You can wear sunglasses with a lighter tint, even in a suit, when the occasion can be considered rather casual or your suit is rather light colored. This doesn’t contradict my previous point of avoiding colorful pieces, though.
- Practice restrain on your sunglasses choices. Somewhat related to the previous point. One primordial thing to consider is that your sunglasses should not be the stars of the show by any means. They’re supposed to be a practical addition to your daily looks, so don’t go overboard with it. Keep it simple, classy and elegant.
- Once you found the pair, make it your own. So you found the simple shape of sunglasses that are made with classy materials in the right colors. Great! Now you own that style and stick to it. Rock it constantly, make it your own and don’t go exploring for other options that will just waste your time and money. I personally own just a couple of sunglasses that I wear with my suits because I don’t need any more and the two of them are actually almost identical. Why? I am sticking to what I feel comfortable with and people are starting to recognize this look as my own.
Truth be told, it is very easy to effectively match suits and sunglasses like the expert do. There really isn’t a lot to it, you’re just a few bullet points away from doing it.
Will you look like Christopher after doing following all these steps?
Or probably you won’t.
But that’s not the point. The point is, sunglasses can be a great accessory to elevate a suit and tie ensemble. Make it more authentic. And depending on your choices, become a personal signature look that you can claim your own.
Just like the best do.
Find your own style. Stick to it. Rock it.
Conclusion About Suits And Sunglasses + Your Thoughts
So there you have it folks. If you ever wondered how some of the best dressers out there made their sunglasses look dapper and stylish, try these tips.
Trust me, there is nothing wrong with learning from the best and from the best you’ve learned today!
How important do you think sunglasses can be when looking at a complete suit and tie outfit? Do they play a simple, practical role or do you feel they should be considered as an essential accessory? Or both? Let me know your opinions in the comments below.