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.
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.
I'm obsessed with the olive shade of these sunglasses.
Australian brand Quay serves up amazing retro-inspired shades such as this modern rectangular style.
Designed by COS, these sunglasses are mindfully made in collaboration with Yuma Labs, a sustainable circular brand using recycled plastic to create fully removable frames that can be disassembled and recycled at the end of their life.
These ivory-toned rectangular shades are just the pop your summer outfit (and tan) need.
Featuring wide cat-eye frames for a statement-making look, these sunglasses from Swedish Monokel Eyewear are handcrafted from premium acetate, a plant-based and biodegradable alternative to conventional plastic.
These acetate sunglasses are made of 100% recycled polycarbonate, and the hue of the frame is very on-trend.
These chic round sunglasses will see you from season to season.
Made from a colored havana acetate, these sunglasses feature a geometric lens in gradient smoke, Bally Grip detailing to the front and a laser-etched Bally logo to the arm.
These cat-eye plastic frames are tinted and feature UV-protective lenses. A good budget buy.
These white square-framed sunglasses work well on round and heart-shaped faces.
Not only are these sunglasses stylish, they're made from repurposed rosewood from furniture waste.
These sunglasses are biodegradable and recyclable. The acetate is made from sustainable wood and cotton fibres making it oil-free, eco-friendly, and importantly biodegradable.
Try this cool update on the oval Fram from this sustainable sunglasses brand, which uses recycled plastic for its styles, as well as grass fibres and recyclable thermoplastic.
If you're not into aviator sunglasses, try this more subtle visor style.
Add a pop of colour to your outfit with this cute style, which will look much softer on your face than the classic round frame.
Beloved by celebrities including JLo and Beyonce, this brand of statement sunnies are perfect for standing out from the crowd.
Cult vegan leather and sustainable fashion label Nanushka is launching sunglasses, and we're already hooked.
This style mixes the aviator and 70s trends perfectly.
Loewe's accessories are as recognizable as its cult bags - these sunglasses are detailed with the brand's gold 'Anagram' hardware at the temples.
A contemporary update on one of the brand's many iconic designs, the sleek Leonard sunglasses are crafted from brown tortoiseshell acetate, showcasing a softly squared silhouette.