The one accessory that can take an outfit from boring to wow is a cool pair of shades.
With the days getting longer and the sun shining brighter, it’s time to find the right pair of sunglasses to complement your look through this season.
They’re often overlooked, but it’s the one accessory you cannot leave as an afterthought when planning your seasonal wardrobe. Sure, watches and belts are important too, but if you plan on spending long hours in the sun (which you probably will this spring and summer) you need something stylish that offers some protection from those harmful UV rays.
Since we assume you’ll be spending ample time in the light, we gathered up a few of our favorite pairs of sun blockers that we think are cool enough to add some swag to your look.
Nothing says cool quite like a pair of gold frame aviators. This pair from Toms is polarized for 100% UV protection and equipped with spring hinges for a comfortable fit. The aviator is best for oval and square faces.
Persol is one of the most popular brands of sunglasses around the globe for good reason. The 714 Series features an aviator shape, a full acetate frame, and polarized lenses. The best part about the 714 Series is it’s foldability which allows you to break them down for easier storage when the clouds roll in.
Raen recently released a brand new line of sunglasses handmade in France. The Wiley is our favorite from the new collection because of its lightweight square frame, slim arms, and stylish look for any spring adventure in the sun. This pair compliments round and oval faces and also features 100% UV protection.
This pair of shades has cool written all over it, with its oval shape, gold accents, and matte finish. The Maui from Kapten & Son is perfect for a day full of fun under the sun, and comes in at a very affordable price point. This frame is best for square and oval faces.
If you’re looking for a pair of shades with unique flare and design, look no further than this gem from Remo Tulliani. These are handcrafted in Italy with stainless steel hardware and a sturdy frame. The frame is tortoise, but it also fades to a “nude” or somewhat light caramel color for a distinctively cool look that is perfect for spring.
If you’re a baller living on a budget, then this pair of shades takes the cake. For just $70, you get a clean pair of high-quality sunglasses from a brand that also makes some pretty rad watches. These are similar to the shape of the classic Wayfarer and feature MVMT logo branding on the arms.
Garrett Leight partnered with menswear designer Mark McNairy and made a sweet pair of shades that might be the most unique of them all. The Valdese’s frame is military-inspired and features silver lightning bolt plaques on each side. The coolest part about these sunglasses? It has to be the flip clip design. The flip clip adds a touch of vintage to your look which is totally in this spring.
So lets be honest, no sunglasses roundup is complete without a pair from the most iconic brand of shades – Ray Ban. This spring, it’s all about the return of the legendary Signet which dates back to 1953. The Signet is an easy choice for spring because of it’s tasteful gold finish, distinctive style, and echoes to the past.
Shwood is an eyewear brand that we had the great pleasure of getting to know last summer at the Capsule show at NYFWM. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest in Portland, Oregon, this brand is known for keeping it all-natural. The Francis is a pair made from sustainably-harvested wood and stained with a rich, attractive walnut color which really gives off some wavy West Coast vibes. This frame is best for square, oval, rectangle, heart, and diamond shaped faces.
The Indio from Wonderland is perfect for a beach day on the California coast or a stroll on a nice spring day in the city. This pair features a circular frame, 100% UV protection, and stylish gold accents.