Gucci is a name that is as synonymous with style as it is with quality. This classic Italian brand has been in business since the turn of the 20th century when a young man named Guccio Gucci founded a leather goods store. Over the past century, this company has been pushing high couture. Wearing Gucci anywhere in the world will turn heads, especially Gucci sunglasses.

When Tom Ford began working for the brand back in 1990, the business switched into high gear on the integration of high western fashion. While Gucci was always a successful apparel and accessories brand, Ford moved them into categories that they hadn’t dared step foot in before. Namely, for our discussion here, sunglasses. Now, three decades later, hundreds of thousands of their spectacles are in circulation, and new pairs come out every season.

To find yourself in a pair of Gucci sunglasses means a few things. First, you’ve dropped some serious coin on a pair of shades, but second, you’ve got a luxury piece of gear on. Hopefully, this kind of transaction encourages you to take your time, make the right decision, and ultimately respect and cherish the pair you buy.

The Best Gucci Sunglasses

Gucci GG BLACK/GREY SunglassesGucci GG BLACK/GREY Sunglasses (BEST CHOICE)

Our favorite pair on the list are these subtle but functional black square sunglasses. Gucci offers many styles with a ton of color and flare, but the simplicity of this pair speaks volumes of its sophistication. The only downside to this pair is a lack of polarization on the lenses, but that’s an easy fix with a quick trip to your local sunglass retailer.

Acetate plastic makes up the frames, while a set of ultra-lightweight titanium hinges keep the arms attached to the anterior of the specs. The lenses themselves measure 58 mm, which puts them at the upper-middle spectrum in terms of width. Given that these glasses feature slightly rounded but angular curves, they will compliment all sorts of face shapes.

Features:

  • Acetate frame
  • Composite lens
  • Non-polarized
  • Lens width: 58 mm
  • Bridge: 16 mm
  • Temples: 145 mm
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Gucci Green Multicolor One SizeGucci Green Multicolor One Size

Don’t let the Amazon image of these beauties fool you: those sunglass arms are a green and red combination matched with black frames. This unique and elegant combination of colors is a bit sportier than our previous model. We find these sunglasses stylish and unique at the same time. If we had a pair, they’d go straight from the beach volleyball court to an outdoor business mixer — after a quick rinse, of course.

At 58 mm, the lenses are on the wider end of the spectrum, but we consider them a unisex pair of sunglasses. Because of the angular lines on the end of the frame matched with the swooping bridge, these will look great on many different face shapes.

Features:

  • Acetate frame
  • Composite lens
  • Non-polarized
  • Lens width: 58 mm
  • Bridge: 17 mm
  • Arm: 150 mm
  • Non-polarized

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Gucci GG Black Gold Metal Aviator SunglassesGucci GG Black Gold Metal Aviator Sunglasses

Ray-Ban may be the progenitor of the aviator craze, but brands like Gucci have stepped in to fill the void of innovation. This particular model is one of the few on the list made in Japan. However, don’t let the origin throw you; these specs are still genuine Gucci.

Featuring a dark-rimmed, plastic ring around the lenses, this pair of shades is similar in width to the last pair, but their thin frames may make them appear larger. Gucci has added a second bridge above the nose for stability and a bit of fashion flair. The lenses are polarized and have a unique and stylish gradient from high to low, which, if you happen to be flying an airplane, is perfect for gazing back and forth between the dashboard and the open sky in front of you.

Features:

  • Metal frame
  • Composite lens
  • Polarized
  • Lens width: 57 mm
  • Bridge: 17 mm
  • Arm: 140 mm
  • 2-Year International Warranty

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Gucci GG Black/Gold Square Pilot SunglassesGucci GG Black/Gold Square Pilot Sunglasses

If the last pair of glasses didn’t beg to be in a cockpit, these Gucci Black and Gold Square Pilot sunglasses surely do! While we feel like they may be a better fit for a weekend-warrior pilot cruising their Cessna from Burbank to Santa Monica, you could rock them as well. Pilot your car down the highway, giving passersby the vibe that you’re one short car ride away from hitting your cruising altitude.

The listing describes the lenses as black, but upon digging into the Amazon reviews, it seems that the consensus is deep green. And at an MSRP of $219, your pockets had better be deep green as well. Quality costs money, and if you’re going to look like a top-notch pilot, these are your jam.

Features:

  • Metal frame
  • Composite lens
  • Non-polarized
  • Lens width: 57 mm
  • Bridge: 14 mm
  • Arm: 145 mm
  • 2-Year International Warranty

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Gucci Urban Oversized SunglassesGucci Urban Oversized Sunglasses

These things scream Italian machismo, don’t they? They probably look as good above a mustache as they do below a flowing black coiffure, speeding down a coastal highway in a convertible. But seriously, we love the “Urban Oversized” element of these shades.

With a 59 mm lens, these are borderline “large” sunglasses. Combined with a bold and broad frameset, these will take up some real estate on your face. They do a fantastic job of blocking out the sun, which is why you buy sunglasses in the first place. This particular pair, like the last, has an opaque black pair of lenses, that when looked through the right way, give off a deep, almost ocean green to them (so says the reviews).

Features:

  • Acetate frame
  • Imported
  • Composite lens
  • Non-Polarized
  • Lens width: 59 mm
  • Bridge: 11 mm
  • Arm: 145 mm

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Gucci GG 100% Authentic Men’s SunglassesGucci GG 100% Authentic Men’s Sunglasses

Now we’re getting closer to the fashion runway and away from the aviation airstrip. These semi-rimless beauties are a juxtaposition of angles, curves, metal, and plastic that only someone sure of themselves and their day’s garments should dare to wear.

One of the largest and widest lenses on our list, these sunglasses will offer plenty of unobstructed viewing if that’s your bag. We find the double bridge and reinforced nose stays to be minimally intrusive when it comes to keeping your eyes on the horizon. If these sunglasses speak to you, it might be time to hire you as an Improb fashion reporter!

Features:

  • Metal frame
  • Composite lens
  • Non-polarized
  • Lens width: 99 mm
  • Arm: 140 mm
  • Bridge: 11 mm
  • Imported
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Gucci GG RUTHENIUM/GREY CRYSTAL SunglassesGucci GG RUTHENIUM/GREY CRYSTAL Sunglasses

The aviator returns, with a slight bit of rigidity, style, and function blended in. This particular pair of shades offer you a slightly larger platform than the Aviators above as well. With a 140 mm temple-to-temple width and lenses reaching 63 mm, these are some of the biggest shades on the list; keep that in mind if you have a slim face.

With a grey and black frameset, and an opaque black pair of lenses, these sunglasses will match nicely with many outfit combinations. They could easily transition from the beach to the backseat of a Bentley (because no one drives themselves around in a Bentley, of course).

Features:

  • Metal frame
  • Composite lens
  • Polarized
  • Lens width: 63 mm
  • Bridge: 14 mm
  • Arm: 150 mm

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GUCCI Web Combi Mask Sunglasses Havana BrownGUCCI Web Combi Mask Sunglasses Havana Brown

Havana may be a destination, but it’s also a vibe. Known for more than just rum and revolutions, Havana is a place where the new world meets the old. It’s a place where you can go to forget your worries, and probably create some new ones while you are at it. These Web Combi Gucci sunglasses look and feel like the kind of shades you’d need for those Havana days and nights.

Aside from the blending of the angular and the curved (new meets old), one of the most distinctive styling elements of these particular sun blockers might be the height of the lens. At just over 60 mm in height, these babies are about as tall as your traditional lens is wide (maybe bigger). So, if these look like your vibe, be sure that your cheeks will accommodate such a bold choice, and that you’re ready to live your life to the fullest because these things are ready to party.

Features:

  • Metal & plastic frame
  • Plastic lens
  • Non-polarized
  • Lens width: 99 mm
  • Lens height: 60.2 mm
  • Bridge: 11 mm
  • Arm: 140 mm
  • 2-Year International Warranty
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Gucci GG YELLOW/LIGHT BLUE GOLD SunglassesGucci GG YELLOW/LIGHT BLUE GOLD Sunglasses

You may not be ready for these. Think long and hard about that wardrobe of yours. Do you have what it takes to flaunt these gold, clear plastic, and light blue sunglasses?

The lenses themselves, which are a unique element to these shades, are a light, crystal blue. While they do appear very opaque, they have a bit of a mirror finish so that you can expect some sun protection, but not a ton. But when these kinds of shades are your priority, fashion is probably the deciding factor, not so much their function.

Features:

  • Plastic frame
  • Composite lens
  • Non-polarized
  • Lens width: 57 mm
  • Bridge: 14 mm
  • Arm: 145 mm
  • 2-Year International Warranty

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Gucci GG BLACK/GREY RUTHENIUM SunglassesGucci GG BLACK/GREY RUTHENIUM Sunglasses

There will surely be no doubt what brand of sunglasses you’re sporting as you approach your friends at the bar. A strong GG upfront, boldly placed in the middle of the bridge ensures that your love for Italy and high fashion are on full display

These are shaped similarly to the other Havana options in this lineup, with a more boxy design upfront. Still, this particular model has a very bold and pronounced frame that combines acetate plastic and metal.

Features:

  • Plastic frame
  • Composite lens
  • Non-polarized
  • Lens width: 59 mm
  • Lens height: 53 mm
  • Bridge: 14 mm
  • Arm: 150 mm
  • 2-Year International Warranty

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Gucci Sunglasses Buying Guide

Features to Look for in Gucci Sunglasses

Like all luxury brands, there’s a wealth of knock off options floating around the marketplace. While all the retailers in our list here state that their sunglasses are authentic, we thought we’d take this opportunity to inform you on how to look for genuine Gucci sunglasses just in case you want to buy used someday.

If you look at the inner side of the arms of the sunglasses, the first thing you should notice is a sign that reads “CE,” which stands for “European Conformity,” additionally, there should be a “Made in Italy” insignia in there as well. If you take your nail and attempt to scratch at the paint that makes up the sign about the country of origin and it comes off easily, you’ve probably got a pair of fake glasses in your hands.

Beyond the check to ensure that they are authentic Gucci sunglasses, there’s a wealth of other things to consider when buying. Our buyers’ guide list should flesh most of that out for you, whether it’s the shape, size, color, or style of sunglasses, make sure you do your research before buying. There’s a whole world of options out there!

Shape – Gucci sunglasses come in many different shapes, colors, and sizes. They offer everything from aviator-style shades to more formal formats for a night (or day) out on the town. Most sunglass manufacturers recommend that you choose a form that is the opposite of your face. So, if you have a more angular face shape, you might choose a pair of shades that have more rounded edges. Conversely, those with a slightly more round profile should consider sunglasses with hard edges and fewer curves.

However, if you find a pair of shades and they break all the rules but look great on you, go for it! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and we want you to look and feel your best.

Style – Gucci refers to its style as “eclectic, contemporary, and romantic.” So take that for what you will, but when they design your shades, that is their aim. It’s important to remember that every fashion season brings a new spin on old styles, so the eyewear you see in this selection is a representation of a variety of seasonal styles.

Lenses – Of the two main components to a pair of sunglasses, your lenses have to be a priority if you want a pair of shades that both look great and have great functionality. Like many sunglasses brands, there’s a great marketplace for aftermarket lenses, but we recommend sticking with the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) due to better fitment and warranty options.

Gucci sunglasses come in both polarized and non-polarized options. Colors range from light gray to green, and into all sorts of gradients. Lens size is also a consideration when purchasing a new pair of sunglasses. Gucci’s lens widths range from as narrow as 48 mm and as wide as 80 mm, which means that you also really want to consider how much eye-coverage you need when making your buying decision.

Material – Most Gucci sunglass frames are acetate plastic, which is an injection molding process that creates a smooth finish. Some feature a combination of metal and plastic, and few options, like the aviators, are entirely made of metal. There’s a material for every occasion.

Polarization – Most people are unaware of the benefits of a polarized lens. Typically, polarization is a thin treatment applied to the back of the lens. The back-side treatment is not visible to the naked eye, but the benefits can be noticeable when switching between a pair of shades that have polarized lenses and those without polarization.

Polarized lenses reduce glare by ensuring that the light entering the lens does not hit the back of it at the wrong angle. Polarization aligns light sources and ensures that the light coming in both increases clarity and reduces strain on the wearer’s eyes.

If you spend a lot of time on the water, in the mountains, or are just prone to eye strain, a pair of polarized glasses should offer you a lot of benefits you’ll notice as soon as you put them on. Gucci sunglasses come in both polarized and non-polarized options. If you find a pair of frames you love, but they don’t have a polarized lens, you can always swap them out for a replacement set. Either your local sunglass shop can do it for you, or tune in to one of the hundreds of videos on YouTube about how to replace sunglass lenses.

It’s worth noting that polarization, when applied to the front of the lens, isn’t functional, but does add an iconic element of reflective, metallic flare.

History of Gucci Sunglasses – In 1906, a young Italian man named Guccio Gucci founded a saddlery (horse tack) in the beautiful city of Florence. At the time, the store was called “House of Gucci” and was a scrappy upstart in the world of equestrian leather goods. But the story of Gucci’s iconic foray into leatherwork began a decade earlier. As a teenage boy, he worked as a bellboy for hotels in Paris and London. Gucci was impressed by the luggage he saw the patrons bringing into the establishment, and this is what sparked a global luxury brand.

As the dawn of the 20th century came to pass, Gucci would eventually modify his craft to build leather goods for patrons of his store as they transitioned from horseback to cars and horse-drawn carriages. In 1921 the luxury brand that you recognize today became a reality.

Fast forward a third of a century and the brand had landed stateside. The first Gucci store in the United States found itself in the middle of everything: New York City. At this time, Gucci began to slowly and meticulously bring his apparel and accessories into the mainstream via the upper-class culture of Midtown Manhattan.

When Tom Ford took over in 1990, the Gucci brand was a global fashion icon, mostly known for its quality handbags, luggage, shoes, and iconic loafers. Ford and his executive staff decided to launch the brand into a new direction with accessories and personal products, successfully expanding its empire around colognes, perfumes, cosmetics, watches, and eventually sunglasses.

Since then, many of the top names in Hollywood, fashion, and even politics wear sunglasses adorned with the ubiquitous “GG” on the arm. Gucci is now a household name, though most households cannot afford their wears. A nice pair of sunglasses might be a great place to start, if new to the Gucci brand.

Research

History of Gucci Sunglasses & Who Wears Them – Mainline Menswear

Guccio Gucci Biography – Biography.com

Guccio Gucci – Cat Walk Yourself