Sunglasses are the ultimate accessory. Small but mighty, they can finish an outfit perfectly or simply add a little ‘instant-cool’ to your look. Every summer, there’s usually a ‘shade of the season’ – the ultimate statement sunglasses that every celeb, socialite and it-girl dons to finesse their summer ensembles. While summer might feel like a distant dream for us right now, our friends in the Northern Hemisphere are lapping up that glorious sunshine (sigh!), and we can’t help but notice what’s been shading their pretty peepers.
Sure, you have your go-to shades, perhaps an understated pair of black wayfarers or a go-with-anything tortoiseshell pair, but this season in the shade department, it’s all about going anything but incognito, it’s about making a statement in a big way with your sunglasses – from bold frames to mirrored lenses to crazy colours to embellishments and out-there shapes…
If, like us, you’re lusting after sun-filled summer days already (we’re sooooo close!) – we hear you, and we raise you 8 of the best statement shades. Come on, sunshine!
#1 The ultimate it-girl shades
Dior | So Real Sunglasses
Ah, the Dior So Real – part aviator, part art-deco chic, 100% worthy of allll the dollars. It would be easier for you to find an A-lister or it-girl that wasn’t wearing a pair of Dior So Reals this season, from Olivia Palermo to Rihanna to Italian blogger-babe Chiara Ferragni. Opt for these shades in mirrored silver – and make sure you get them while they’re still cool!
Available from Otticanet.
#2 For the floral-lover
Gucci | Cat-eye printed acetate and metal mirrored sunglasses
A subtle cats-eye, tick! A floral-printed acetate, tick! A mirrored lens, tick! These Gucci sunglasses are the perfect summer shade and fail-proof way to make an otherwise boring outfit pop! Featuring hues of emerald to bright-orange to red and plum – there’s no floral summer dress these won’t complement.
Available online from Net-a-porter.
#3 For the girl who’s forever losing her sunglasses
QUAY Australia | My Girl sunglasses
We’d be weeping too if we lost $700 sunglasses. If you’re forever err… “misplacing” your sunglasses (AKA losing them in the ocean, leaving them on the table at brunch) – you too can make a style statement without having to worry about wasting your weeks wage on a pair of shades. QUAY Australia’s ‘My Girl’ shades are available in number of statement colour combinations, all finished with an eye-catching mirrored lens. From bright cobalt blue paired with black to coffee and sunset pink. We say opt for the black and blue mirror colour shade, they’ll make your teeth appear whiter! They also cost less than lunch, so you’re basically making money here, people.
Get them online here.
#4 For those who embrace a bohemian-chic vibe
Chloe | Carlina sunglasses
If you’re all about the wide-leg pants, maxi-skirts, layered lace tops and carefree tousled waves, chances are, we won’t see you wearing a pair of leopard-print mirrored lenses. Make a style statement sans the gaudiness and opt for Chloe’s shade of the season with the ‘Carlina’ round wire-frame sunglasses. They’re oversized, round and Rachel-Zoe-worthy.
Available online here.
#5 For the sparkle-lover
Miu Miu | Crystal-embellished cat-eye acetate sunglasses
Miu Miu’s signature cut-off silhouette makes a comeback this season. Love a bit of sparkle? They’re embellished with shimmering crystals and complete with their eye catching half frame. While these shades are not for the faint of heart, they’re basically black, which makes them almost a classic, right?
Available online here.
#6 The wear-with-everything mirrored shades
Rayban | Round metal sunglasses in copper flash
We’ve spotted our favourite it-girl of the moment, Gigi Hadid, donning these shades all summer. Mirrored lenses, a 60’s inspired silhouette finished in a hue coined copper flash that mimics a lust-worthy Mexican sunrise, it’s any wonder these shades are Gigi’s sunglass of choice. These shades are a fun statement, without being too OTT, their round silhouette also softens almost every face shape. No need to compromise your laid back demeanor or signature style, these sunglasses can be paired with everything. You’ll wear them for seasons and seasons.
Available from Ray Ban online.
#7 The ultimate black sunglasses – with a twist
FENDI | Crystal-embellished cat-eye acetate sunglasses
A fusion of Coachella, lady-like glam and European fashion-blogger-style; these futuristic Fendi frames pack a serious punch. Cats-eye frames, asymmetrical arms and finished with oversized embellishment on either side. They’re black, so they’ll pretty much go with everything while you make a real statement… Whoever said black had to be boring?!
#8 Shades fit for a (glamour) queen
Tom Ford | Nastasya Cat-Eye sunglasses
Tom Ford’s Nastasya’s shades have been on the scene for a little while now – but that doesn’t mean we love them any less! A killer style statement in rose gold, finished with a mirrored lens and an exaggerated cat-eye, you’ll never have to worry about out outfit looking ‘blah’ with these frames. And, I mean, how can you possibly go wrong with Tom Ford?!
Find them online.
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Image credit: ASOS, Fendi