Our pick of the pairs we #want
It’s not just our imagination here, but days are getting a little bit longer here. After what feels like months of about 18 hours of darkness a day, we’re starting to (tentatively) think about spring. And what better way to embrace the new season than with a new pair of sunglasses?
But let’s be honest, they’re not just a seasonal trend, they’re an all-year-round must. Even when it’s not sunny — bar those impossibly bright lunchtime dashes to Itsu — they’re still an impossibly chic way to hide those under eye bags after a night out.
This season, they’re cooler than ever. Sunglasses are the kind of thing you can justify spending on — bear in mind, if you buy them right, you’ll have them forever (read: Céline cat eye sunglasses). But, if you’re looking for a quick fix, there are pairs on the high street we’d wear for seasons.
In terms of shapes, you’ve got the two iconic styles beloved by all: aviators and sunglasses, though they are getting a makeover.
The classic bottle green and mirror aviator sunglasses will never go out of style, but this season, the offering is much more colourful, with acid yellow lenses and blue frames. Just look at our edit of the best Ray-Ban sunglasses and we defy you not to fall in love.
On the other side of things, if you want a bit of a departure from your classic black cat eye sunglasses, try OTT frames. Think loud prints, 3D detailing, glitter and gems. There’s no such thing as too much in this instance.
If you don’t fall into either of those two camps, there’s a new(ish) style in town: the round frames. They come in muted tones, but we recommend donning them in bright red or pink for a more current look – Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez are fans.
Here are the best sunglasses to shop now and wear all spring/summer…
How cute are these?
Arthur Arbesser for Silhouette’ is a collection of four unisex frames inspired by the lifestyle of Arthur Miller during the time he was married to Marilyn Monroe. The resulting collection brings exciting contrasts in colour and shape, stylishly blending round and angular design elements with warm and cool colours.
How could you not fall in love with this perfect pair of cat-eye sunnies?
The aviator style is back and bigger than ever. Ralph Lauren have nailed it for SS17 with this cool pilot style.
See the world through Armani’s rose tinted glasses. A good time guaranteed.
*Adds to shopping basket*
They’re called the Heartbreaker because they are STUNNING. And quite frankly if we don’t own a pair our hearts will be broken.
We picture wearing these on the slopes — making the most of the polarised lenses.
These super cute Monki sunglasses are the perfect addition to your summer outfit.
Cat eye glasses can risk looking a bit basic, but this Weekday pair saves the style with the chunky plastic.
This blue-tint tortoiseshell is the dream.
We’ll be wearing these on the beach under a sillily big hat.
That Pepto-Bismol pink is just what we need to get us out of the bad weather funk.
The pinky lense tinge will make you feel like you’re on a gap year — in a good way.
A rounder version of the cat eye. Still, packs a serious style punch.
For a bolder look, it’s got to be the cat eye sunglasses.
A squared out cat eye adds a modern touch to proceedings.
You can’t ever go wrong with a pair of black cat eye sunglasses.
Pair with a dash of red lipstick.
Tortoiseshell is one of our favourite finishes for cat eye sunglasses.
Not one for the faint hearted, these statement sunnies are best worn with a chic black dress.
Tortoiseshell with a twist.
The subtle geo detailing elevates an otherwise simple pair of sunglasses.
These beauties will never go out of style.
Add a pop of colour to a white t-shirt with these sunnies.
Hark back to the 50s with this quirky style.
So you can view the world with a rose tinted lense. Literally.
This style will suit most face shapes.
The magpie in us loves this glitter style.
A bit of architectural fun.
Pop these on and you might as well be a member of the pink ladies.
Simple and elegant.
Keep things simple with these Michael Kors frames.
The perfect shade for summer.
You’ll certainly get noticed in these.
Art deco style at its best.
Pretty in pink.
The House of Holland sunnies are a great summer buy for any occasion.
For the minimalist fan.
If you’re not a fan of the classic aviator style, try this rounded shape instead.
Mix two trends in one with these tortoiseshell aviators.
This taps perfectly into the sports luxe trend.
For a retro take on summer.
A great way to add a pop of colour to your summer wardrobe.
The matte frame on these sunglasses gives them a luxe silhouette.
A contemporary twist on a classic style.
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