Although our line of Matrix sunglasses is basically unisex, some brands carry separate lines for both men and women. This might seem odd, because in most cases the same pair of sunglasses can be worn by either gender, but sometimes there are cosmetic differences that make this implausible. These differences basically boil down to the frame: specifically, the frame color, size and shape.
The color of the lens is probably the deadest giveaway. Although old fashioned gender delineations are blurring, most men would still not want to wear shades with pink, baby blue, pastel green or red frames, just to name a few. Men generally stick with neutral-colored frames that are black or gray. Interestingly, this gender delineation only applies to men, as women will wear sunglasses with the aforementioned color schemes as well as the more neutral colored frames that men typically wear.
Secondly, size matters – in fact, it is probably the second most obvious difference. For one thing, oversized sunglasses are trendy right now for women. Many female celebrities like to wear super-sized shades, and as we all know what the celebs are doing always has a huge impact on popular culture. Men, on the other hand, wouldn’t be caught dead in oversized sunglasses. Not only is this not considered stylish for males, but it is also more difficult to achieve an oversized look on men because their heads are generally larger than women’s.
The final difference relates to the shape of the frames (and by extension…the lenses too). This is probably the least obvious difference but it definitely exists. Women can generally get away with a greater variety of lens shapes than men. For example, on a reality show last week I saw a woman wearing sunglasses shaped like a moon crescent. It looked ok on her, but a man would look like a total tool wearing a similar style. Other shapes, like stars, tortoise shells or hearts, would also look foolish on a man but a woman might be able to get away with it.
To sum it up, the overarching difference between men’s and women’s sunglasses is the variety of acceptable options. Women can wear a much greater variety of frame colors, sizes, and shapes. Conversely, men prefer to stick with neutral colors and more traditional frame shapes and sizes. But other than these extreme differences, unisex sunglasses will work for either gender at least 80% of the time.