Now that summer is here, there's no better time to invest in the best sunglasses for this season and beyond. Whilst it may be tempting to scrimp on the accessory, it would be a false economy.
You want to look for good quality, hard-wearing frames and lenses that will protect you from harmful UV rays. Plus, the right timeless pair will last you forever (see Chanel or Celine cat eye sunglasses), making the cost-per-wear of the item very minimal.
Sunglasses trends 2023:
While some key shapes will never go out of style, including cat eye and aviator sunglasses, there's no harm in dabbling in trends for the new season.
You might argue that oval frames never went anywhere, and you'd be right. But for spring/summer 2023, they're getting the oversize treatment. Celine's Triomphe oval-frame sunnies have been everywhere this season, popular amongst fashion insiders and celebrities, while Prada has released a pair of oval cat-eye frames to rival last year's ever-popular rectangle shape.
Bright pops of colour are one of the biggest summer trends we've seen on the catwalk, and it applies to accessories too. As we embrace having fun with fashion again, we're looking for frames in sorbet hues and bold colours. Case in point: Loewe's flower-shaped sunglasses have been particularly prominent among the celebrity and influecer set (hello, Sofia Richie!).
For the more casual customers, sporty frames are the trend to back this summer. Think futuristic shapes, mirrored lenses and minimal frames.
Finally, you can't have missed everyone's obsession with Y2K fashion. The '00s are undoubtedly back, and when it comes to sunglasses, that means frameless styles with colourful lenses made popular by the likes of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera back in the day.
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. This service is available in most opticians and department stores.
One key thing is to make sure of the UV protection, as if your sunglasses don't protect you against UVB and UVA then they're essentially just a fashion accessory. Look for 100% protection to protect your eyes as much as possible.
Shop the best sunglasses for Spring and Summer:
Best rectangle sunglasses:
These were undoubtedly one of the most popular styles last summer amongst the fashion set, and we predict the shades will be just a popular this year too.
These shades are from The Attico's collaboration with Linda Farrow. The rectangle shape feels contemporary yet classic, as does the tortoiseshell colourway.
Best oval sunglasses:
Exuding '90s confidence, the iconic Outta Love sunglasses have been seen on the likes of both Gigi and Bella Hadid, making them an It-girl approved silhouette.
Another extremely popular style. These are a favourite amongst fashion editors and influencers alike. The sunglasses feature Celine's recognisable logo on the side too.
Best square sunglasses:
Made in Italy, these glasses feature Loewe's recognisable gold 'Anagram' hardware at the temples. They're the perfect oversize shape and will certainly protect you from the sun.
Made from a mixture of recycled content and bio-acetate, these Vivienne Westwood sunglasses evoke a nostalgic feeling. The oversize square frames are decidedly retro.
Best Statement Sunglasses:
When it comes to statement sunglasses, Loewe's styles are very coveted right now. Sofia Richie was just spotted wearing a beige iteration of this unique flower-shaped pair while on her honeymoon.
The fashion set absolutely loves this style. It was seen all over the streets of fashion week and definitely plays into this season's inflated "puffy" fashion trend.
Best Cat Eye Sunglasses:
Featuring a timeless cat-eye shade and equally classic tortoiseshell colourway, these Dior sunglasses are sure to remain in your rotation for years to come.
An updated take on Prada's iconic square-frame sunglasses, this year the label has released an oval cat-eye iteration. Finished with the same angular arm and Prada logo on the side, these are sure to make a statement.
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.