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• Updated on 8 April 2022 • Chloe from Kraywoods


Are you a fan of Browline sunglasses? If so, you might want to hear us out! In the 1950’s, Browline sunglasses were born and launched into the world. Later on, they came to be known as the famous Clubmaster sunglasses. They're great for men's sunglasses collection. We believe this frame shape in undeniably one of the most popular sunglasses, don’t you agree? Even celebrities tend to wear them! Come on, who doesn’t trust celebrities’ styles. They are often sported by Hollywood actors, musicians and fashion icons too!

Although these fashionable sunglasses tend to draw attention on their own, there are many different ways to style them. Don’t you want to look like a dashing gentleman? Are you ready for a detailed guide on the best ways to style your clubmaster sunglasses? Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Choose a pair that will match your style and personality.
  2. Wear clubmasters to any fashionable or elegant event.
  3. Avoid clubmasters for outdoor sports activities.
  4. Sport them with skinny jeans and a blazer combo.

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The History of Clubmasters

Many people believe that Clubmaster sunglasses were first created in the 1950s. Those years got better because of it. As mentioned earlier and at that time, they were known as browline glasses. Don’t worry, there is a specific reason for that too! The bold upper part of the frame looks similar to eyebrows over the lens part of the frame.

In 1947, Shuron Ronsirs first released the browline eyeglasses. They were invented by their vice president, Jack Rohrbach. Their aim was to allow the owner of the eyeglasses to entirely modify and customize the size, the fit and the color of their glasses. Made from substitutable brows, bridges and eye wires, the glasses were an immediate success. What was next? Dominating the prescription eyewear industry. Jumping to the 1960s, Ray-Ban was an impartially significant competitor in the market. Its owner Bausch & Lomb was one of the top producers of browline prescription glasses.

Today, the browline look is identical to the era when it first started. But the truth is, the clubmaster sunglasses have not become completely popular until Bruce Willis wore Shuron Ronsirs browline glasses with coloured lenses on a TV series named Moonlighting in the mid-1980s. So, it wasn’t until the famous actor wore them that Ray-Ban realized their market? That’s correct people, after spotting Bruce Willis, Ray-Ban launched their first browline sunglasses to which they named “The Clubmaster.”

Vintage Clubmaster Sunglasses By Ray-ban

The Clubmaster Trend

Almost instantly, sales were huge almost in the mid-80s. The clubmaster ranked as the third most popular style of sunglasses of the decade after Ray-Ban's Wayfarers and Aviators. Ray-Ban owned every revision of the original 1947 Browline glasses and started to offer these sunglasses as part of the Clubmaster series. From the bold brows to lightweight metal caps that were first initiated in the 1950s by Art-Craft and Victory Optical, the clubmaster sunglasses were made for a style that could pleasingly fit on any face shape.

You know how the evolution of eyewear trends grows rapidly over the years? The clubmasters were no different. The glasses became a Hollywood typecast for nerds and middle-aged people. Luckily, Ray-Ban dominated the sunglasses market and used product placement in movies, which was the reason for separating the clubmaster sunglasses from the Browline eyeglasses that became to be considered as old-fashioned.

With vintage fashion and retro eyewear designs trending all over again, the clubmasters are undergoing an extraordinary revival as a classic yet hip frame. They remain as one of Ray-Ban's most classic styles to this day. They have been imitated by many other brands in the market. The clubmaster sunglasses are famously spotted on unshaven hipsters, classic dressers and renowned Hollywood men like Denzel Washington in Malcom X and Michael Douglas in Falling Down. Talk about famous clubmaster wearers! It is an exquisite style for those looking for a refined retro look. The many different designs of clubmaster sunglasses range in price from low to more than a thousand dollars.

Bruce Willis Wearing Vintage Clubmaster Sunglasses By Ray-ban

Characteristics of Clubmaster Sunglasses

Clubmaster sunglasses are designed with a bold browline on the upper frame, which is contrasted by a sleek bottom structure made of thin metal. The lenses are characteristically held in place by the metal frame and are of a rounded square shape. This is the traditional look. The upper portion is also known as the cap or brow. It is made from thick solid plastic or acetate that is also used on the temples. The rest of the frame, with the eye wires and bridge, are typically made from metal.

For a modern appeal, you can find a clubmaster look made of sustainable material. Our very own, Black Jaguar, is made of Ebony wood temples along with adjustable nose pads for a maximum comfort. Not to mention the dark grey polarized lenses. Who doesn’t like a good polarized clubmaster sunglasses? The design can often replicate the round sunglasses but used a lighter shade or altered plastic on the bottom to showcase the upper part of the frame.

However, you can find these sunglasses with different materials, color combinations and sizes. The clubmaster is a timeless classic frame that looks flattering on most face shapes and complexions. The most popular colours of Clubmaster sunglasses are tortoiseshell or black acetate combined with gold or silver rims.

With a formal or professional outfit, Clubmaster sunglasses are an excellent option to accessorize with. Because of their versatile style, clubmasters are also a perfect option to enhance a casual outfit on the go. Unlike traditionally sporty sunglasses such as the aviator or the Wayfarer, the Clubmaster has a retro look that pairs pleasantly with country club attire, business suits and blazers. They also match well with different face shapes, mainly oval, round and rectangle face shapes.

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How to Style Clubmaster Sunglasses

These sunglasses are known to highlight the wearer's browline, hence the name. However, if you happen to like the frames but don't want to draw too much attention to your face, we have the perfect solution for you: style your outfit well. It’s all part of the same package: you dress well, you look well, you feel well. Here are a few tips on how to style clubmaster sunglasses:

  1. When wearing sunglasses, you want to choose a pair that will match your style and personality. This is important. If you like to have something classic that will match with all your outfits, black clubmasters with a silver rim are the way to go! However, if you're looking a bold pair of sunglasses that will add some edge to your style, you can choose tortoiseshell clubmasters with a gold-rimmed frame.
  2. Clubmaster sunglasses make for a stylish look on any gentlemen. You can consider accessorizing your look with them when you are on a date, going for an outdoor lunch with friends or office mates. Even so, you can enjoy your time at an afternoon cocktail party. In other words, these sunglasses are great for for an effortlessly fashionable and elegant look on any day.
  3. Clubmaster sunglasses may not be an ideal option for sports or other outdoor activities where you may need optimal protection from the wind or the sun rays. For these types of activities, we would recommend opting for a pair of wayfarer sunglasses instead.
  4. These specific frames are made for a specific style. As mentioned earlier, gentlemen you aim for an elegant yet charming look. So, why not sport them with skinny jeans and a blazer combo? You can even wear the clubmasters under a hat! Not only will the ladies come up to you but you'll have all the heads turn in the room for you!
  5. Lastly, clubmaster sunglasses go great with wooden bracelets too. They can complement your overall style and soon enough you'll find yourself standing out from the crowd. Beaded bracelets, made from high-end materials, can be worn on any occasion. You can go all formal and casual with your outfit. The clubmaster sunglasses, as final touches, will elevate your style and give you a polished look.

Over the years, have you ever asked yourself: are clubmasters cool? If so, it’s safe to say that the sunglasses have remained, without a doubt, a classic staple in eyewear fashion. You're not a true sunglasses lover if you haven't owned a pair of clubmaster sunglasses at least once. Depending on your preference, you can find clubmaster sunglasses made by many brands in various colours and materials such as acetate, metal, and wood.

All the material mentioned are perfect for accessorizing your attire with a unique appeal and a comfortable feel for long days in the sun. Now that you know all about clubmaster sunglasses and you've got all the styling tips you need, you're ready to shop for your next pair!

By Rachad Kabbara