9 best novelty sunglasses

Get that holiday feeling with a pair of eye-catching frames

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There are weeks of beach holidays and festival to come, so make the most of summer with a novelty pair of sunnies. From fruity designs to feline-inspired accessories, we’ve found pairs for every budget.

1. Pineapple Sunglasses: £8, claires.co.uk

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Pineapples are everywhere this season, so embrace the tropical trend with these fruit-shaped plastic frames. Teamed with on-trend mirrored lenses, they will add some fun to your summer wardrobe and will get you in holiday mode as soon as you put them on.  Wear with a pina colada in hand, obviously. 

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2. Spangled Queen Dino Sunglasses: £40, asos.com

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Following the release of the latest in the Jurassic Park’s franchise, dino-inspired pieces are everywhere. The London-based label jumped on the bandwagon with these unusual round glasses. They’re embellished with blingy beads and two small blue dinosaurs (Apatosaurus, to be exact) perched on the top of the frames. Unlike some cheaper novelty sunnies, these are comfortable on – and will make you stand out from the crowd.

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3. Sophia: £55, vowlondon.com

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If pink and glitter sounds like a match made in h

eaven, then this cat-eye pair might be for you. The sixties-inspired shape amps up the glam factor, while the mirrored lenses add a futuristic touch. They’ve got 100% UV protection and are also available in white.

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4. Brown Tortoiseshell Cat Ear Sunglasses: £5.99, newlook.com

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Channel your inner feline with these cat ear- frames. In tortoiseshell and with brown-tinted lenses, the shape is a lot of fun to wear, without being as out-there as some of the coloured options on the list.

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5. Light Pink Flower Frame Round Sunglasses: £15, riverisland.com

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We love this sixties-inspired, floral-embellished pair.  The pink frames are decorated with blossoming daisies and the arms are made of contrasting metal. Groovy, baby!

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6. Moo Desire 2 Sunglasses: £420, brownsfashion.com

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If you have an A-List budget, then splash out on a pair by Thai-born, London-based designer Moo Piyasombatkul. Lady Gaga’s a fan and you can image the singer wearing these from Piyasombatkul’s ”Baroque Eyes” collection. They  have seventeenth century-inspired, gold-tone porcelain embellishment on the frames, giving them a glam cat-eye shape and helping you make a serious statement.

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7. Chain Temple Shades: £12, stories.com

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These look like conventional sunnies from the front , but look closer and you’ll see that in the place of arms are chains with tortoiseshell pendants that go behind the ears. The overall effect looks a bit like you’re wearing a pair of statement earrings – they’ll definitely be a conversation-starter.

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8. Moschino Women’s Oversized Sunglasses: £185, amazon.co.uk

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If you can stretch to a designer pair, these hot pink, heart-shaped ones from designer Jeremy Scott’s Barbie-themed spring/summer 2015 collection for Moschino are our pick for the holidays. They give 100-percent UV protection but have the fun-factor of novelty sunnies. Snap them up quickly as they’re are selling fast.

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9. On A Metal: £180, houseofholland.co.uk

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London-based designer Henry Holland is known for his psychedelic, playful prints. These round metal sunnies are equally eye-catching thanks to the message etched on the frames.  They also come in black and white, with other wording to choose from.

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Verdict:

If you’re on a budget (and less worried about full UV protection), we recommend Claire’s pineapple shades. We love Vow London’s glittery pink mirrored shades for any day of the week (if you’re feeling bold). Any designer aficionados should snap up a pair of Moschino’s Barbie-themed glasses while they’re still available.

 

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