The chicest sunglasses that aren’t just for summer

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  • Don’t be fooled into thinking the best sunglasses are reserved for spring, because they’re not. Invest in the right timeless pair and they will last you forever.

    While there’s always room for the statement frame (Gucci, Le Specs and Bottega Veneta are great for this), certain trends such as cat eye sunglasses and aviators will never go out of style.

    Best sunglasses for women

    Here’s a sample of our favourite designer and high street styles available to buy now, and keep scrolling to shop an even bigger edit.

    BOTTEGA VENETA Hexagon-frame gold-tone sunglasses, £285 at Net-A-Porter

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    CHLOÉ Carlina round metal sunglasses, £265 at MATCHESFASHION

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    FENDI FF cat-eye acetate sunglasses, £229 at MATCHESFASHION

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    Izipizi Sunglasses, £29 at ARKET

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    What sunglasses are in style for 2021?

    Eyewear is the kind of thing you can justify spending on — bear in mind, if you buy them right, you’ll have them forever (read: Chanel or Celine cat eye frames). But, if you’re looking for a quick fix, there are pairs on the high street we’d wear for seasons too. Zara is particularly good for trend-led piece.

    In terms of trends though, expect a twist on your old classics. Curved aviator sunglasses get a hexagonal makeover for 2021, as seen at Bottega, Saint Laurent, Tom Ford and Hedi Slimane’s Celine.

    Our love affair with all things 70s is still going strong, with oversized tortoisehell frames and sepia lenses, though we’re starting to see some 80s influences with bold shades and angular shapes.

    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.

    How to choose sunglasses

    It’s always worth going to a specialist if you’re serious about investing in a good pair of shades, because they will be able to advise you on the best style to suit your face shape. There is a great department at Selfridges for this, though you can of course head to opticians too.

    The nest thing is to make sure the UV protection, as if they don’t protect you against UVB and UVA then they’re essentially just a fashion accessory. Look for 100% protections to protect your eyes.

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