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Sunglasses evoke a lot of my bile: people who wear them indoors/in clubs/anywhere where there's no sunlight are pretentious twats. The latest fad for wraparound sunglasses is one I hate, even though Sid Vicious was a fan of the style and I loved him. (They're still featured here because not everyone shares my view.) But, that said, sunglasses are essential when there's sunlight: they protect your eyes and they stop you squinting. Loads of designers are now making sunglasses and some of the best come from Calvin Klein and Dolce e Gabbana (the latest designer to launch eyewear). You can pay hundreds of pounds for a pair or you can pay a tenner; just make sure that they conform to BS 2724:1987, the British Standard that measures the degree of protection and distortion and the strength of the lens. Most sunglasses use CR39 lenses - a high standard lens which is among the best available for everyday use - and also make sure the lenses are big enough to shield your eyes - those teeny tiny oblong lenses may look great, but you'll still be squinting.

Clockwise from bottom left: black wraparound glasses, pounds 12.99, Top Shop, branches nationwide, inquiries: 0171 636 8040. clear frame with punched mtal arms, pounds 45, Diesel, 43 Neal St, London WC2, stockist inquiries: 0171 497 5543.

Clear framed glasses with orange lenses, pounds 12.99, Top Shop, branches nationwide, inquiries: 0171 636 8040.

Faux tortoiseshell frame, pounds 12.99, Top Shop branches nationwide, inquiries: 0171 636 8040. clear grey frame and lens, pounds 69, Ray Ban from branches of David Clulow and Optica nationwide, stockist inquiries: 0181 863 8111.

Gold coloured frame and green coloured lens, pounds 275, Matsuda, branches of David Clulow and Optica as before. Green lens set into white pillow frame, pounds 118, Calvin Klein from Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London SW1; inquiries: 0800 72020.

Catseye frame, faux tortoiseshell, pounds 12, Marks & Spencer branches nationwide, inquiries: 0171 935 4422. square faux tortoiseshell frames, pounds 79, Anglo American from branches of David Clulow and Optica nationwide, stockist inquiries: 0181 863 8111.

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