15 Pairs of Sunglasses to Complete Any Summer Ensemble
Now that the sun's out, it's time to invest in a new pair.
Sunglasses share a quality with handbags or fragrance in the sense that you often have one favorite you return to over and over again. In turn, it becomes a piece of your exterior identity. (Not to mention, the repetitive use sends the cost-per-wear ratio way down.) The selection is highly personal. It factors your taste, face shape, and trends of the moment. To help guide your next purchase, we've polled our staffers to see which frames they favor in their day-to-day wear. From funky micro styles to classic aviators, continue scrolling to discover the sunglasses we're donning on repeat.
Jessica Teves, Head of Content
Love the oversize geometric design of these Prada sunglasses—they're just angled enough to feel distinct, but the shape is so flattering, particularly for someone like myself, who has high, wide cheekbones.
Unisex Flat Top Square Sunglasses, 60mm
I love the strong, bold lines of these Celine frames—while I'm not sure I would wear them every day, I love contrasting, statement-making frames with more pared-back outfits like athleisure or simple slip dresses. It's the style balance I live by.
Cat-eye Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses
Another really solid option from Bottega that feels so modern and striking—the deep brown lens color is such a beautiful balance with the tortoiseshell. Consider these classics you'll wear on repeat for many seasons to come.
Halle Lagatta, Creative Producer
These sunnies are very much the it item of the summer—I've been seeing them on all the downtown "cool" girls. I love this pair because they can easily be worn indoors, and that is very much my vibe this summer.
Velvet Canyon was co-founded by photographer Ali Mitton. I'm such a huge fan of her work—everything she touches is gold, which is so evident when perusing through the Velvet Canyon site. These playful wavey shades are a perfect way to spice up a simple summer look.
Everyone needs a giant square-shaped pair of sunglasses in their accessories closet. These paired with a silk headscarf and perhaps a dirty martini in hand is how I'd like to spend my evenings this summer…cosplaying as Monica Vitti.
Camille Freestone, Associate Style Editor
Le Phoque D-frame Acetate Sunglasses
I'm not a huge fan of super-trendy sunglass styles—instead I prefer classic shapes that I can wear again and again. This simple black D-frame style from Le Specs is a great option for everyday wear—plus, the price cannot be beat.
Oliver Peoples never fails to design timeless, high-quality eyewear. With a nod to old-Hollywood glamour, these cat-eye frames are perfect for when I need a more feminine accessory. I love adding a vintage silk scarf when I'm feeling the need to go all out.
This modern take on the classic aviator style has been in my daily rotation for a few seasons now. I can pair them with anything from a t-shirt and jeans to a summer-y slip dress. An added bonus: All of Amavii's frames are sustainably made.
Caroline Dunn, Affiliate Coordinator
x Garrett Leight Clement Sunglasses in Pure Glass
As is everything from Jenni Kayne, these translucent sunglasses are understated and cool. The quality can't be beat, and the nature of the "pure glass" clear frame means that these will go with literally everything in your closet. The epitome of an elevated basic!
This has been my go-to pair of sunglasses since last summer. I've found I can wear them with just about anything in my wardrobe. The tortoiseshell detail sets it apart from your classic aviator, and the angled shape is very flattering on the face.
Frances Oversized Rectangle Sunglasses
These sunglasses evoke a total '70s Jackie O. vibe, and at $18, you can't go wrong. I tend to gravitate towards tortoiseshell for everything, but there's absolutely something to be said for the sleek black and tropical green colorways, as well.
Nick Papa, Brand Partnerships & Sales Manager
Unisex SL 342 Sunglasses
I am never not wearing sunglasses, so for me, this pair is my go-to no matter what. They are the ones I always reach for when I am running out the door knowing they are sturdy, simple, and slightly elevated.
Zephirin Round-frame Acetate Sunglasses
OK, these are definitely a splurge item, but worth every penny. The craftsmanship of these glasses is next level, with each pair handmade in Japan through a more than 300-step process, and they are the perfect addition to any simple summer uniform to really make you feel put together.
Maurice in Black Forest
I randomly discovered this brand on a trip to Chicago a few years back, and they have since become a brand I continue to browse. The Maurice is a perfectly simple frame shape, but the colorway on these specific ones adds a touch of visual interest, so they feel more than just a plain pair of black sunglasses.
Top photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@lexxola
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