NOTE: If you want to win a pair of classic shades from Black Lapel, scroll down to the bottom of the page for details on the Ray-Ban Giveaway.
Shady characters stand the test of time. From Darth Vader to Hannibal Lecter to Walter White, bad guys have been stealing the show since the dawn of shows.
The best sunglasses are just as timeless. A good collection of shades should get you through any situation. Keep the following trio of sunglasses styles on hand and you’ll be ready to play any role you want.
The Corporate Cutthroat – He’ll bulldoze the bird sanctuary to build a mall, he’ll crush the witness in a cross-examination and he’ll buy your dad’s airplane manufacturing company, then sell it for parts. And when he’s done with all that, he’ll put on his classic shades and walk out without a second thought.
How To Play Him:
This character is old-school and deserves old-school shades. Sure-fire frames for vintage seekers are the Tommy Hilfiger – DM88, Ralph Lauren – Keyhole, and the legend of the genre, the Ray-Ban Classic – Wayfarer*.
You don’t have to be a heartless suit to rock these shades with a suit. In fact, these are a go-to for dressing your sunglasses up a bit. That said, these babies are so versatile they’ll also serve you well at the beach or on a lazy Sunday afternoon at your local beer garden. One word of caution, though. Since they look pretty good on almost anybody, you find them on almost everybody. Every hipster on the planet is wearing some derivative of these retro classics. Sidestep being pigeonholed by not over styling yourself when going retro. You always want your cool to appear effortless.
Ray-Ban Classic – Wayfarers ($200)
The Intelligent Asshole – He’s smart enough to be dangerous. Maybe he’s even a bestselling author, but he’ll still toss your dog down the garbage chute. Still, we gotta admit, he rocks those tortoise shells.
How to Play Him:
Tortoise shells scream intellectual and are often spotted on guys who pride themselves on being the cleverest man in the room. The truly wise man knows he doesn’t know everything, though. As for styles, we like the Persol – 714, Warby Parker – Percey, and the Cutler and Gross – Dark Turtle. Skip the intellectual clichés like sporting these with jackets with elbow patches and a pipe and, instead, add just a dash of east coast, prepster by pairing these with khakis, knit ties and that most intellectual accessory of all, a book (preferably one you’re actually reading).
Persol – 714($260)
The Douchebag Cop – He runs his small town with an iron fist.
How To Play Him:
Randolph Engineering – Concorde ($195)
Whether you’re looking to embrace your inner villain or just looking to get through the summer without squinting your way through your days, these shades will have you made in the shade.
Each of the character descriptions above includes a popular movie reference. Did you spot them all? Show off your movie knowledge in the comments below and you can win a pair of Classic Wayfarers from Black Lapel. Here’s how to enter:
1. Create a Black Lapel account, and be sure to join our mailing list for regular updates from The Compass and Black Lapel when you do. (If you’re already a subscriber, skip to step 2)
2. Leave a comment below naming the three movies we referenced by 11:59pm Sunday July 28th (EST). We will hide all of your answers, right or wrong, until the contest is over.
We’ll pick one winner at random from all of the correct answers and send that lucky guy a pair of Ray-Bans Classic Wayfarers like the ones featured above.
WE HAVE A WINNER!
Congratulations to Scott, whose correct answer was chosen at random and he will be getting a pair of Classic Wayfarers!
Thanks to everyone else who commented with their answers.
We also had to show some love for some of our favorite answers. So we are sending a pair of Knockaround Originals to the gentlemen who gave our three favorite answers:
- Mike, who recognized one of the references before we even posted the Giveaway;
- DJ, whose reference to the “Mockingbird” scene in Dumb and Dumber and accompanying photo had us all laughing; and
- Andy Buboltz, whose well-researched, photo enhanced answer showed that he takes his trivia seriously!
Finally, we’re sending link to a free introductory month of Netflix* (okay, so we should probably mention that everyone gets a free introductory month of Netflix) to our favorite wrong answer man, Leon, who missed all three movie references. We kid, Leon, but seriously, man, bone up.
Congratulations to all our winners and thanks to all who participated!