The best sunglasses to wear this summer

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  • Don’t be fooled into thinking the best sunglasses are reserved for summer, 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
    Designed with hexagon frames, these have been expertly made in Italy from gleaming gold-tone metal and fitted with brown UV-protective lenses.

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    CHLOÉ Carlina round metal sunglasses, £300 at MATCHESFASHION
    Chloé reworks its signature Carlina sunglasses with grey gradient-tinted lenses for the new season. This oversized style suits heart-shaped faces best.

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    GUCCI Horsebit square tortoiseshell-acetate sunglasses, £265 at MATCHESFASHION
    Gucci’s brown tortoiseshell-acetate sunglasses are shaped to an oversized-square silhouette that will bring a 1970s slant to everyday edits.

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    MONROE BY MADELAINE PETSCH, £35 at Privé Revaux
    The A-list brand is the brainchild of Hollywood actors Jamie Foxx, Ashley Benson and Hailee Steinfeld, as well as celebrity stylists. We love this statement style, courtesy of Riverdale actress Madelaine Petsch.

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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 some great styles on the high street come courtesy of Zara and ARKET.

    In terms of trends though, expect a twist on your old classics. Curved aviator frames 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 frames to suit your face shape. There is a great department at Selfridges for this, though you can of course head to opticians too.

    The best thing is to make sure of 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% protection to protect your eyes.

    Don’t forget to check our Marie Claire vouchers site before you shop for the latest offers and discounts from your favourite brands – think, LUISAVIAROMA, Net-A-Porter and Wolf & Badger.

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