The sun’s out and there’s no getting away from the glare, so now’s the time to seek out a great pair of shades. Finding frames that not only protect your eyes from harmful UV rays but that also make you feel and look good can be a real struggle, so to make things a little easier we’ve selected our top picks of the most fashion-forward sunnies on the market. From Lennon-esque mirrored sun specs to vintage-inspired cat eyes, no matter your budget we’re here to help you find the perfect pair.
1. Ray-Ban Fold Up Sunglasses: £175, Selfridges
Ray-Ban has been combining style with practicality since 1937 and this foldable version of its Sixties-inspired round sunnies is no exception. They have gold-tone frames, come with the classic tinted lenses and the best bit is that you can fold them up and stick them in your pocket.
2. Spitfire Teddyboy 2 Yellow Sunglasses: £26, Urban Outfitters
This striking pair of yellow shades will get you feeling super summery. London-based creative label Spitfire is known for its quirky urban aesthetic and this style combines rounded, acetate frames with metal hardware and exposed metal tips (with a plastic coating for comfort). Distinctive but still classic-looking.
3. River Island Green Cat-Eye Sunglasses: £14, River Island
Embrace your inner Audrey Hepburn and try out a feline, feminine look this season with a pair of cat-eye sunglasses. The retro design, which was made popular in the 50s and 60s, is characterised by a dramatic upsweep at the outer edges. We think this pair from River Island has it perfectly executed. The pastel-green frame and gold hardware add a contemporary feel to an old favourite.
4. Topshop Aviator Sunglasses: £18, Topshop
The aviator shape was originally developed in 1936 for pilots to protect their eyes while flying, and this pair from Topshop gives it a 2016 update. With teardrop-blue tinted lenses and a silver double bridge frame, these feel a contemporary way to do your own version of Top Gun cool.
5. Poppy Lissiman x Lazy Oaf Pastel Biscuit Sunglasses: £48, Lazy Oaf
If bubble-gum brights are more your thing, then look no further as Aussie accessories designer Poppy Lissiman has joined forces with independent graphic label Lazy Oaf to create a collection of super-eccentric sunglasses. Our favourites are these pink round frames with contrasting aqua and lilac arms. Each acrylic pair comes complete with a colourful soft pouch and cloud-print cleaning cloth.
6. Hindsight Vintage Gonzalez Aviator Sunglasses: £20, ASOS
All Hindsight Vintage’s glasses are genuine vintage pairs and this pair is another slick take on classic aviators. The dark tinted lenses are subtly squared off and the thick, gold metal frame gives them a rock ‘n’ roll vibe. Cooler still, the brand gives five per cent of its profits to charities working to prevent blindness in developing countries.
7. Marni Edge Hexagonal-Frame Sunglasses: £408, Matches Fashion
These Marni sunglasses are top of our designer eyewear wish list. The cherry red, hexagonal frames with brown-tinted lenses instantly make a statement and the contrast in volume guarantees you’ll stand out from the crowd. They also come in dusty pink and tortoiseshell acetate, but for high-fashion impact, we love this red pair.
8. Mango Tortoiseshell Retro Sunglasses: £20, Mango
If you’re looking for something a little more understated, then this retro-style pair ticks all the boxes. The half rim, tortoiseshell frame oozes casual-cool while the dark graduated lenses keeps things low key.
9. Les Specs Rapture Cat-Eye Sunglasses: £35, Net-a-Porter
This pair of oversized cat-eye specs will make an excellent addition to your accessories collection and with a fiercely angled frame, you’re guaranteed to turn heads. They may be bold but the glossy black outer and grey-tinted frames make them versatile enough to go with anything.
10. Quay High Emotion White Marble: £35, Topshop
Aussie brand Quay has taken the accessories world by storm with its affordable range of fashion-forward sun specs. There are loads of designs to choose from, but we like these white marble-look plastic frames with cool, blue-mirrored lenses.
Ray-Ban’s Fold Up pair have to be our favourite for looks and practicality. If you’re after something a little more playful, then try the Poppy Lissiman x Lazy Oaf sunglasses, a pair that are guaranteed to get you noticed.
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