How To Step Up Your Shades Game

First off, I want to say I was very impressed with the amount of throwbacks I saw out there for palmerfest and palmer place fest. I saw some good ones, I saw some bad ones, and I even saw two kids wearing toon squad jerseys, which I mentioned in an earlier post as being nothing short of saucy.

Today I want to focus on a topic that is commonly overlooked when it comes to the fashion life of a certified bro. By now, you own some throwbacks, snapbacks, and girls you meet are giving you call backs, but the shade game is often underestimated, and for all of you wondering if the pair of shades you roll up morton hill with every day is cutting it, this post should feed those cravings. Oh and by the way, if you are wearing aviators… it’s not.

First thing to consider is brand name, and pretty obviously, Oakley is the way to go, phenomenal selection, and a great place to make some custom shades, which can include anything from an argyle frame to an embroidered name in the lens.

Lets get to color coordinating, I have mentioned how crucial it can be if you can find a way to match, but not go overboard, your snapback with a nice pair of shorts and your throwback; however, when it comes to shades, they really can live a life of their own. When it comes to the color of the frame, we live for bright colors: vibrant greens, blues, and pink for those that can pull it off.

dece shades bro

Now we can move on to lens color, and the coordination between lens color and frame color is crucial to pulling it all together. They either need to be very similar, or completely opposite. With bro’n out shades, an absolute contrast works just as effectively as absolute symmetry. Take this picture for example:

Pretty fresh pair of Broakleys

Notice how the purple fade of the lens goes perfectly with the purple fade of the frame. It has been rumored that if you wear these pair of shades with a pair of cargo shorts, you will explode on the spot, not pass go, not collect $200, and be sent straight to bro hell. Now compare those with these:

Contrast = Beaut

Notice how instead of cutting into a tealish lense color with the teal frame, they fade back into a tangerine-like color and contrast dramatically. I’m really hoping someone that plays for the Miami Dolphins owns these, probably Ricky Williams to hide the fact his eyes are more glazed then an 8-pack of timbits at Tim Hortons.

The most important accessory however is yet to be discussed: Croakies. If you do not know what croakies are, then I feel like I have failed you as a writer. They are the attachment that you hook to the back of your shades so you can wear them around your neck. The benefits of these are not only will they not interfere with your flow, but they also allow you to stare deep into a broads eyes, and wheel, wheel, wheel.

The shade game can be a tricky one, but when everything comes together, it is an absolutely beautiful sight. Please bros, throw your aviators away.

Bro Hard OU.


About brodupfromthetoesup

I'm a 20 year old sophomore at Ohio University double majoring in online journalism and english. I write for Thread Magazine, Ohio University's only online fashion magazine about "Bro" Fashion - the do's, the don'ts, and everything in between. So keep your flow long, your mid-calfs pulled up, and your throwback jersey on nice and snug.
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