Sunglasses are our favourite summer accessory – there’s a style to suit everyone, you can spend a little or a lot, they protect our beloved eyes and they add an instant cool factor to any outfit. Plus, they cover those eye bags when we haven’t quite managed to get our 8 hours!
But where to start when shopping for a new pair? Protection is key; long term exposure to sunlight increases the risk of cataracts, and you can even suffer from sunburn to the surface of the eye, which can permanently scar the retina and alter your vision. You can pick up a reasonably priced pair of sunglasses with the essential 100% UV protection, just look out for the CE Mark, which signifies they’ve met European standards for UV protection, and the UV 400 label. With these important stickers you can rest assured that your eyes are protected.
If you’re simply shopping with a fashion focus, why not try something a bit more out of your comfort zone? The great thing about sunglasses are that you can dip your toes into the most outrageous of fashion trends, but with minimal risk. We love this chunky frame tortoise shell pair from Next above. The cat eye shape is super flattering and the light colouring won’t be too harsh on your skin tone.
See more styles in our edit below, along with our advice for finding the perfect frames to suit your face shape…
Feeling fancy? Jazz up any outfit with these gorgeous Jimmy Choo sunglasses. Perfect for those who like to add a little bit of sparkle, these will add instant glamour to even the most simple of outfits. Then what’s even more fabulous is you can remove the corners to reveal a classic sleek black frame too. Two pairs in one!
This modern take on the cat eye style will have you looking pretty in pink in no time. We love Le Specs’ range of sunnies, all are glamorous, unique and don’t come with a large price tag. With stone frames and diamond mirror lenses this style stands out from the crowd and more importantly they have maximum UV protection.
If your face is oblong shaped, you’ll look great in a pair of oversized sunnies. Look for styles with more depth than width for the perfect flattering glasses – this style from Next will make a real statement with their pink lenses and soft tortoise shell frames.
No sunglasses round-up would be complete without an original pair of Ray Bans, and we think their classic wayfarer style is a must have. If you have a round face this classic shape will look great on you. Plus black goes with everything!
This summer the 70’s has made a comeback and that means the circle sunnies are back in style. Debenhams have got the perfect pair for easing you in to the trend and at £14 you can’t go wrong. These will look great with a floaty maxi dress this summer.
Don’t be afraid to have bit of fun with these gold geometric sunglasses from Quay. We can’t get enough of this new sunglasses brand, they have great shapes and styles, excellent protection and all for a reasonable price. The geometric shape adds angles to your face and will be sure to make a statement this summer. Perfect styled with sleek all white or black.
These Topshop sunglasses stand out thanks to the two-tone frames, and will instantly add a cool vibe to any outfit. The monochrome round lenses are most flattering on oblong shape faces as they widen and soften your features.
No sunglasses edit would be complete without a classic pair of aviators and this cool silver pair will never go out of style. They feature graduated lenses, a double bridge and lightweight arms so you can wear them and be protected all day long.
With a strong straight bridge this style will ensure your sunshine style is right on trend. The glossy gold arms and detailing polish off the look and add a touch of glamour – gaining you style points and making the most of your fabulous features.