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Whether you’re protecting your peepers from UV rays or flashbulbs, summer brings a few good reasons to refresh your collection of sun protection. You can bet that 2022 will continue the trend of “go big and go bold” silhouettes designed to outshine past years’ dressed-down looks — and that extends to eyewear.
The best sunglasses for women include styles inspired by 2022 runway trends. Expect Y2K twists on classic aviators and wayfarers, sporty styles and cat-eye designs that bring on the drama. And now that the summer festival circuit has indeed returned, you can shade your peepers with frames from celebrity collaborations (such as Paris Hilton’s collection for Aussie brand Quay or Rosario Dawson’s capsule for Warby Parker), under-$50 pieces from Hollywood-backed brand Privé Revaux (founders include Hailee Steinfeld, Jamie Foxx and Ashley Benson) and logo-covered shades from Gucci, Chanel, Balenciaga and other luxury fashion houses.
Ahead, see the best women’s sunglasses for welcoming warmer weather in style to go with your effortless denim jackets, low-rise jeans and retro sneakers.
1. Ray-Ban Classic Polarized Aviator Sunglasses
Whether Top Gun: Maverick has inspired your eyewear aesthetic or you’re looking for a silhouette that looks great on every face shape, Ray-Ban’s classic polarized aviators are one of the best sunglasses for women who want to add a timeless pair of frames to their collection. They’re available in 55-, 58- and 62-millimeter lens widths and a ton of colorways, from matte black/green and matte gold/fuschia to gold/purple and brushed bronze/grey lilac and more.
2. Quay x Paris Hilton Show Up Sunglasses
Paris Hilton’s eyewear collaboration with Australian brand Quay includes statement-making frames such as these playful oval sunglasses. The vintage-inspired style calls to mind Kurt Cobain’s iconic Christian Roth sunnies that are perfect for all of those upcoming spring events.
3. Privé Revaux The Ingrid Sunglasses
Luxe eyewear brand Privé Revaux’s starry backers include Jamie Foxx, Hailee Steinfeld, Ashley Benson, and Jeremy Piven as well as Jennifer Lopez-beloved stylists Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn — but you don’t need an A-lister’s income to afford the label’s trendy specs. Oozing effortless Hollywood glamour, these square sunglasses with a cat-eye edge feature attention-grabbing gold enamel detailing from the frame corners to the temples. Available in black, chocolate brown and merlot, this stylish pair features anti-glare and scratch-resistant lenses and spring hinges for all-day comfort.
4. Balenciaga Eyewear Dynasty D-Frame Sunglasses
Kim Kardashian recently went head-to-toe Balenciaga at the luxury house’s Paris Fashion Week show — and her hand-wrapped packing tape outfit was paired with small oval sunglasses. You can get a similar look (you’re on your own with the tape, though) with the brand’s black Dynasty D-frame sunnies that are finished with dark tinted lenses and gold-tone logo hardware at the temples, offering a laid-back luxe look by the poolside or when worn for everyday errands.
5. Wild Fable Metal Heart Sunglasses
Add these fun rainbow-gradient heart glasses to your festival kit and you’ll no doubt be ready for whatever stylish situation comes your way.
6. Toms Bellini Sunglasses
One-for-one label Toms took style notes from the French Riviera when creating the Bellini sunglasses, which have a round frame made of acetate. The polarized Zeiss lenses are oil- and water-repellent, and the style comes in other colors.
7. Zenni x Iris Apfel Cat-Eye Sunglasses
From centenarian fashion icon Iris Apfel’s affordable eyewear collection with Zenni, these embellished cat-eye sunnies let you channel the stylish legend’s statement-making approach to dressing without breaking the bank. They also come in a champagne shade.
8. Linda Farrow Dunaway Sunglasses
Eyeing a getaway to Paris or Rome? Linda Farrow’s Dunaway sunglasses certainly look the part — especially if you’re going for an Audrey Hepburn vibe — thanks to the stylish scarf detail and oversized square frames.
9. LoveShackFancy Hawkins Sunglasses
LoveShackFancy’s ruffled wonders (frequently seen on Hollywood stars like Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union) were practically made for summer, and which is why you’ll want to wear these playful Hawkins frames — from the brand’s first sunglasses collection — for those upcoming garden parties or Bridgerton-inspired fêtes. (If you prefer to turn up the floral factor, try these playful pink acetate frames finished with enamel flowers.)
10. Raen Mystique Unisex Square Sunglasses
Be a square in Raen’s cool unisex sunglasses, which are inspired by 1960s and ’70s jazz and come in vanilla, black and tortoise colors.
11. Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses
You really can’t go wrong with Ray-Ban’s original Wayfarer sunglasses, especially if you’re seeking an iconic silhouette that works with practically every style. Whether you’re going for an Old Hollywood vibe (Bob Dylan, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe all wore the design) or a modern aesthetic (à la Reese Witherspoon, Kate Middleton and Olivia Wilde), the acetate frames lend themselves to a timeless look.
12. EyeBuyDirect Surge Sunglasses
You can blame Stranger Things for the resurgence in ’80s fashion, and these sporty Surge sunglasses (available in two colorways) are here to bring ski resort style to summer.
13. Lapima Teresa Oversized Frames
Rebecca Hall, Harry Styles and Adriana Lima are just a few stars who’ve worn Lapima’s artisan-made sunnies. These oversized Teresa frames let you pull off the movie star look by way of the luxe tortoiseshell acetate and gradient lenses.
14. DL Pelican Sunglasses in White
Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy’s eyewear brand includes bold Rose family-worthy frames, including these cellulose acetate cat-eye sunglasses.
15. Wires 180 Sunglasses
Available in five colorways, Wires’ sustainable and sleek round sunglasses are made of 3D-printed biomaterial created from castor beans. These eco-conscious frames feature an invisible hinge design and offer 100 percent protection from UVA/UVB and UVC rays.
16. Warby Parker x Rosario Dawson Essex Sunglasses
Ahsoka actress Rosario Dawson has put her own starry spin on Warby Parker’s Essex frames, resulting in one of the coolest pairs of oversized sunglasses in forest green and mauve. The sunnies come with an exclusive cleaning cloth from the star’s African-inspired fashion label, Studio 189.
17. Gucci Women’s Square Sunglasses
For a classic square frame that goes with the rest of your designer wardrobe, these Gucci sunnies are among the best designer sunglasses to add to your logo-happy accessories collection. They feature the Italian luxury label’s iconic red and green stripe and a gold logo on the arms.
18. Muse x Hilary Duff Lucille Sunglasses
Younger star Hilary Duff has lent her name to a line of fashionable frames for Muse, and these round aviator sunglasses from the collection are great for anyone seeking a retro-chic wire-rim design. Available in other colorways, they feature a double bridge style and can be customized with prescription lenses.
19. AG Jeans x Dom Vetro Rafael Sunglasses
Worn by Jodie Foster, Bradley Cooper, Rami Malek and countless other A-listers, Dom Vetro’s unisex specs are fitting for anyone seeking effortless, season-less frames. The Italy-born, Los Angeles-made eyewear company teamed with fellow LA brand AG Jeans on a collection of eyewear that brings a modern twist to retro silhouettes. One of the best sunglasses with an aviator-inspired design, the Rafael sunglasses feature a dual brow bar, Italian tortoise frames and brown tinted lenses made from sustainable polar mineral glass.
20. Prada 55mm Cat-Eye Sunglasses
Aubrey Plaza sported a pair of oversized Prada cat-eye sunglasses similar these ones from the luxe label during her Zoom-powered press tour for Happiest Season. (She also credited stylist Jessica Paster in her pup-filled Instagram photo in which she sported a black lace mini-dress by The Vampire’s Wife and Schutz boots.) These acetate frames feature gradient lenses and UVA/UVB protection.
21. Pela Case Sulu Sunglasses in Lavender Seaglass
Known for its compostable phone cases, Pela’s sustainable Sulu sunglasses boast a stylish round frame in five chic shades (including lavender, tortoise, peach and more). They’re made using a process that requires 33 percent less carbon emissions, 34 percent less water and 82 percent less waste. When you’re ready to let your glasses go, you can return them to the brand which will properly dispose of them using their closed-loop program.
22. Gentle Monster Chameleon O2(BR) Cat-Eye Frame Sunglasses
Emily Ratajkowski, Gigi Hadid, and Miranda Kerr are among the stars who reach for South Korean eyewear brand Gentle Monster’s avant-garde accessories. The minimalist Chameleon O2(BR) cat-eye frames offer the label’s signature retro-futuristic look, thanks to the combination of oversized frames and brown-tinted gradient lenses.
23. MBB x Vogue VO4169S Sunglasses
Enola Holmes star and producer Millie Bobby Brown teamed with Vogue Eyewear on a collection of playful frames. The budding fashion and beauty mogul dreamed up these wraparound oval sunglasses that blend a rimless style with a metal frame (available with or without a prescription). Plus, take 40 percent off for a limited time with code DESIGNER40.
24. Dior Logo-Embossed Tinted Sunglasses
A mix between cat-eye and rectangular styles, Dior’s retro sunglasses are made of luxe gray acetate and feature tinted lenses and curved tips.
25. Isabel Marant 58mm Gradient Cat Eye Sunglasses
Effortlessly cool designer Isabel Marant’s cat-eye sunglasses will get you in a summer-ready mood, thanks to the chic pink and turquoise gradient frames and elongated silhouette. (Vanessa Paradis, Anne Hathaway and Selena Gomez are among stars who have worn the globally inspired brand.)
26. Dolce & Gabbana DG6177 Sunglasses
These Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses are fit for anyone bold enough to wear this season’s sportswear-inspired trend. Calling to mind ski-resort style, these white visor sunnies have a rectangular shape that features the brand’s logo on the bridge.
27. Loewe Square Sunglasses
Torn between classic square styles and statement sunnies? Go for both with Loewe’s tortoise acetate sunglasses, which put a whimsical take on the traditional frame. They’re finished with the luxury brand’s script logo on the temples.
28. Chanel Pilot Sunglasses
Logo lovers won’t be able to take off these unmistakably Chanel sunglasses, which take cues from the ’90s with an oversized shield-style frame. The quilted temples with the French fashion house’s double-C logo add a classy finishing touch.
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