I am really feeling sunglasses as a meaningful accessory right now. Maybe we need sunglasses even more than usual because we are all spending so much time inside these days. When we finally emerge, we are blinded by the light! A cool pair of sunglasses and a great mask can make quite the fashion statement too, no?
We’ve highlighted the major sunglasses trends happening right now, as well as some brands we thought you should know about. Do you have to wear prescription sunglasses? I feel your pain. Don’t worry, we’ve got you.
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Our Favorite Brands
I first discovered Carolina Lemke on my fashion trip to Israel, during which I bought a pair for myself and a pair for Kyle. Of course, now that I wear prescription sunglasses she owns both of the pairs. I loved mine so much though that I considered putting prescription lenses in them. The Berlin-based brand makes great quality, trendy frames that flatter a ton of different faces.
Diff calls their line Charitable Eyewear, as their mission is to give back with each eyeglass purchase. They have partnered with Sightsavers to provide over 1.5 million people with reading glasses over the last 4 years, but more recently have expanded to more vision health services including eye exams, surgeries, and medicines. Even further, through the month of June Diff is redirecting their charity efforts by pledging donations to the ACLU and NAACP.
If you love fun, maximalist accessories, Lele Sadoughi should be your first stop. We love her earrings and hair accessories, and her sunglasses are no exception. These sunglasses are like jewelry for your face.
Sunski makes polarized frames at fair prices. Their goal is to combine the benefits of performance sunglasses and the looks of stylish sunglasses. Plus their frames are made from recycled plastics.
Chimi describes themselves as “colourful shades for colourful people.” They’re based out of Stockholm, and that Scandinavian design is apparent. They have a core collection with 8 styles in 11 colors, plus a kids collection for an adorable matching moment. If you’re looking for more basic styles with a modern update, this is your brand.
Where to Go for Prescription Sunglasses
As previously mentioned, I now have to wear prescription sunglasses, which at first I found so sad. The fun part of buying sunglasses is trying out new styles. Of course you can’t do that when your sunglasses cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars. Warby Parker has great styles at pretty decent prices (unless you have an annoying prescription like mine), so they are a great option if you want more than one pair.
I only got over my dissatisfaction with my lack of a sunglasses collection when I found my Ray Bans. The classic style is chic and interesting, yet will never go out of fashion.
What are your favorite sunglasses? Let us know in the comments!
Real Life Style is a style consulting firm that teaches busy women to wear their power so they can live their lives fully and confidently. Lani Inlander and Kyle Dunphy are based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and serve clients across the country. We offer personal styling services, an on-demand e-course, corporate services, and training to become a personal stylist.
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