The Best Sunglasses Brands to Buy Now and Wear All Summer

Listen, I could tell you that “sunglasses are the perfect finishing touch to any summer outfit” or that they’re an “easy way to add a pop of personality to your warm weather looks” but c’mon, who are we kidding? The real and only reason to wear sunglasses is that they look so fucking cool.

The sheer amount of s available online of stylish celebrities stunting in sunglasses (that I may or may not have spent the better part of an hour scrolling through “for research”) is astounding. Has any one accessory inspired more people to put together such massive fits?

I’m a huge advocate for wearing your shades year round, indoors and out. I have a friend who routinely rocks sunglasses out at night and he always seems to pull it off with panache. (And by friend I mean me. Yes, I am that dude. I’m a dick. Nice to meet you, too.) Lately I’ve been really feeling tinted shades (I’ve got a pair tucked into my breast pocket as I write this—y’know, for emergencies), and when any Nosey Nancy asks why I’m wearing sunglasses inside, I shame them immediately by saying my eyes are permanently stunted from constant exposure to every screen I own and now I have no choice but to look way cooler wherever I am (for proof, see: Nicholson, Jack).

Future’s so bright you GOT to wear shades!

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Huckberry

Huckberry – Weekenders Sunglasses huckberry.com

$35.00

OK, so, Huckberry might not be a pure-play sunglasses brand—not by any stretch—but when a company is offering up timelessly styled shades with polarized lenses for a scant $35, you pay attention.

Warby Parker

Warby Parker – Morgan Sunglasses warbyparker.com

$95.00

The DTC darling and envy of investors the world over earned its reputation as the gold standard for digital disruptors by not skimping on the details when it comes to its shades. 

Oakley

Oakley – OO9013 Frogskins Sunglasses amazon.com

$142.00

$99.40 (30% off)

Oakley’s not just about unabashedly bright wraparound shades anymore (though those do offer exactly the right amount of over-the-top oomph for this era of maximalist menswear). The brand’s classic styles, like the Frogskins you see here, are starting to look real solid right about now, too. 

Ray-Ban

Ray-Ban – Wayfarer Ease Sunglasses amazon.com

$161.00

$112.70 (30% off)

Ray-Ban is the first and last name when it comes to sunglasses, with the catalog of now-signature styles to back it up. If Wayfarers were good enough for Tom Cruise in Risky Business, they’re sure as hell good enough for you now. 

Raen

Raen – Remmy 49mm Polarized Round Sunglasses

$135.00

Raen may not have the long history of some of the other brands on this list—it started in 2008—but the brand still delivers timeless style in spades. Inspired by surf culture, the California-based company offers up handmade sunglasses that cost a lot less than you’d expect.

Randolph Engineering

Randolph Engineering – Aviator Sunglasses in Matte Chrome randolphusa.com

$219.00

One of the few big brands doing sunglasses in the U.S. of A., Randolph produces its signature aviators—built to military specifications, so you know they’re tough as nails—in Massachusetts using a process that takes a whopping 200 steps. Oh, also, the president wears ’em. So that’s a decent endorsement.

Carrera

Carrera – 57MM Round Plastic Sunglasses saksfifthavenue.com

$155.00

Carrera has been making its signature racing-inspired sunglasses since the ’50s, and a few decades later it received the ultimate stamp of approval: acquisition by Safilo, one of the biggest names in the business. 

Maui Jim

Maui Jim – Cruzem Sunglasses huckberry.com

$250.00

A beachside staple, Maui Jim makes sunglasses that live up to the rigors—er, well, maybe not rigors—of spending all day in the blazing sun. Polarized lenses and superlight materials are only some of the features that’ll keep your eyes happy all summer long.

Coco and Breezy

Coco and Breezy – Lively 55mm Gradient Square Sunglasses nordstrom.com

$285.00

Founded in 2009 by twin sisters Corianna and Brianna Dotson, Coco and Breezy has produced sunglasses in collaboration with Hershey’s and Ciroc, and even made some for the late, great Prince. If there’s a stronger cosign, I’m not sure what it is.

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen – Romance 54MM Rectangular Sunglasses saksfifthavenue.com

$315.00

Sharp, clean lines. Attitude to spare. Exceptional craftsmanship. You could apply all of those things to Alexander McQueen’s ready-to-wear offerings, of course, but it just so happens they’re equally true of the brand’s sunglasses.  

Moscot

Moscot – Genug D-Frame Acetate Sunglasses mrporter.com

$320.00

Moscot’s been in the sunglasses game for a minute now (and by a minute I mean over a century), and the fifth generation (!) of Moscot family members currently work at the company. Any label that inspires that level of loyalty is worth checking out. 

Garrett Leight

Garrett Leight – Hampton 46 Round Acetate Sunglasses matchesfashion.com

$360.00

Garrett Leight comes by the sunglasses trade honestly. The son of Larry Leight, the founder of Oliver Peoples, Garrett launched his own namesake label in 2011 after learning the ropes working for his dad’s company, and today makes some of the best sunglasses around. 

Gucci

Gucci – Web 60MM Aviator Sunglasses saksfifthavenue.com

$375.00

Big, bold, and (sometimes more than) a little quirky? You can always count on Gucci to deliver the goods.

Tom Ford

Tom Ford – 53MM Square Sunglasses saksfifthavenue.com

$395.00

Very few bona fide fashion brands have managed to become as solid a resource for sunglasses as Tom Ford. It helps that the designer himself is rarely seen without a pair these days, and that he’s his brand’s own best ambassador. 

Persol

Persol – 714SM Steve McQueen saksfifthavenue.com

$480.00

Persol is the ultimate in Italian luxury sunglasses. The brand was a personal favorite of Steve McQueen’s ever since the King of Cool showed up to the set of The Thomas Crown Affair rocking a pair of the brand’s 714 shades (a style that now bears his name). 

Off-White

Off-White – 56MM Square Brow Bar Sunglasses saksfifthavenue.com

$495.00

You can always count on Virgil Abloh & co. to bring hard-edged industrial design—check out those sharp angles, not to mention the chain-link temple pieces—to the fore. 

Celine

Celine – 51mm Square Sunglasses saksfifthavenue.com

$500.00

As creative director of Celine, Pheobe Philo transformed the once-sleepy French fashion house into a critical darling deeply (and I mean deeply) beloved by discerning women around the world. Philo left her position a few years ago, but the technically unisex sunglasses she introduced are still around, and remain some of the best options for men and women alike. 

Oliver Peoples

Oliver Peoples – 50MM Cary Grant Polarized Round Sunglasses saksfifthavenue.com

$511.00

Oliver Peoples’ sunglasses make you think of sun-drenched California days and the seemingly endless opportunities of a long summer weekend. Is there any better endorsement than that (besides for maybe a particularly memorable American Psycho shoutout)?

Jacques Marie Mage

Jacques Marie Mage – Zephirin Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses mrporter.com

$620.00

If you want to get just a little wild with your eyewear while remaining in “actually wearable” territory, Jacques Marie Mage is the name to know. The brand makes its sunglasses in Japan in small batches, laboring over every detail to ensure your pair is an investment that lasts.

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