The end of summer doesn’t spell the end of sunglasses season. Find your perfect pair of shades from our seasonal hot list – including both British and International designers, from Le Specs to Alexis Amor and everyone in between…
The Sunglasses Edit
Sunglasses are notoriously tricky to prescribe; a purchase that differs between each and every person depending on face shape, lifestyle and of course, fashion sense. After oversized cat eyes for planned yacht lazing? Or retro rounds for festival lounging? Perhaps it’s classic aviators for sporting pursuits? Or a strategic throwback to oversized shades in order to hide last night’s questionable third round of drinks? Whatever your summer plans, find the shades to suit in our edit, below…
If it’s prescription sunnies you seek, look no further than Alexis Amor, whose bold and beautiful designs are handmade from the finest quality materials. Visit Alexis’ headquarters in Richmond and experience cutting edge precision eye testing with his expert team, choose your frames (we vote for these, the chunky ‘Rae’), and then walk away with your perfect match with on-the-spot glazing.
Dare to be different this summer in statement specs in the form of these bold Marni Spy frames. The angular cat eyes are softened with the blush pink colourway to keep the look feminine.
Austrian urban sustainable brand neubau eyewear focuses on the conscious use of resources and regional Austrian production, taking sustainable initiatives seriously at every level including packaging, printed and in-store material. We love these lightweight retro aviator frames.
Chloé has thrived with Natacha Ramsay-Levi at the helm, and her recent reinterpretation of the label’s most iconic sunglasses is a testament to her penchant for daringly feminine style. The classically retro round shape is given a makeover with a hand-painted enamel finish and whimsical detail. Accessorising the frame with Chloé’s eyewear jewellery will definitely earn you some extra fashion points.
Perfectly timed, the Greek accessories brand Zeus + Dione have extended into sunglasses this summer and our pick from the covetable range has got to be the aptly named ‘Hexagon’ frames in this eye-catching but sophisticated mosaic colourway. Hanmade by local artisans in Greece, they’re the perfect pair to sport on the beach in Mykonos.
This fun love-heart pair are practically the sartorial equivalent of a sunset and will take you to festival season and beyond. And if you’re after something especially unique, the luxury British designer offers customers a fully bespoke service using the highest quality materials, principally sterling silver, natural horn, pure titanium and cotton acetate.
Add some colour into your summer wardrobe with these playful red oversized cat-eye shades. Perfect for hiding behind at festivals when you’ve had less than the requisite eight hour’s beauty sleep.
You can’t go wrong with black and you can’t go awry with an oversized square cut; it’s a classic for a reason. Seriously chic and equally wearable, this Finlay pair are the LBD of the sunglass world and a staple in any modern woman’s wardrobe.
Made from polished silver-tone metal and glossy black acetate, this Le Specs style takes the brow bar from our favourite Ray Bans and pairs it with a narrow oval lens for a fresh supermodel-esque take on a classic.
Thought rimless shades were done to death? Add purple smoked lenses, a delicate Paisley motif, and a round cat-eye silhouette and voila; another season’s mileage.
Haven’t you heard? Grey is the new black, and this pair of Celine shades confirms it. Simultaneously neutral and bold, these chic translucent grey sunglasses fitted with light brown shades have got us questioning our obsession with black.
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