We’re not sure exactly what it is – maybe it’s a residual effect of Paris Hilton – or Britney Spears from their iconic outing days in the early 2000s – but there’s something about the sunglasses that feel so celebrity. Of course, we may not all be pop stars or lifelong hotel heiresses, but even though we are what elected officials consider plebeians, we still deserve to splurge every now and then. Especially for a glamorous pair of sunglasses that will stand the test of time—and style.
11 affordable luxury sunglasses
Do you want to live like the rich and famous? Want to pretend you live in an affluent zip code, even for a day? These are our top 11 picks for the most affordable luxury sunglasses, all under $ 400. As always, the prices shown may fluctuate over time.
First of all, we can’t count Warby Parker outside of the luxury sunglasses game. While it may be known as an affordable brand, WP makes high quality shades on par with just about every other luxury company. And their prices are not to be neglected. Their Aubrey marzipan tortoiseshell glasses are so glamorous that Audrey Hepburn herself would probably have approved of this pair.
They are made from hand polished cellulose acetate, feature Akulon coated screws for ultimate durability, and come with scratch and impact resistant polycarbonate lenses that block 100% of UV rays.
For any fan of big brands, some Gucci eyewear is a coveted top of the wish list. What if we told you that it was quite possible to buy Gucci frames for a few hundred euros? #You’re welcome. The Gucci GG0208S 49 gray-black sunglasses are oversized – so you can rock the Nicole Richie vibes from the early 2000s – feature gradient lenses and of course, the iconic GG logo and two stars on the temples.
Plus, Ray-Ban is a go-to in the sunglasses conversation! We love the iconic Wayfarer style (and price) of the Ray-Ban RB4184 non-polarized sunglasses in timeless matte black. With a newly invigorated look (with a slightly larger rectangular shape), these Ray-Bans don’t pair well with everything. They are also compatible with prescriptions.
Oh, and sure enough, you can’t ignore that signature Ray-Ban logo located right on the temples.
You might love Tory Burch for her stylish bags and flip flops, but you’re also about to fall in love with the brand for their sunglasses. With 4.6 stars on Sunglass Hut, the Tory Burch TY6061 are loved for their gold detailing and classic shape.
Each element of these shades come together to produce an alluring vintage feel.
Another standout choice from Warby Parker’s, the Downing Tortoiseshell Walnut Sunglasses, are crafted from hand-polished cellulose acetate and feature the brand’s signature rounded lenses. With a refined shape and fade-resistant and scratch-resistant polycarbonate lenses, these glasses also 100% block UV rays and offer the option of adding a prescription.
Prepare to feel straight out of an Anne Hathaway movie with these stunning Prada sunglasses. Made in Italy with uncoated and mirrorless lenses, the Prada PR 03XS sunglasses offer 100% UVA and UVB protection even on the sunniest days and feature a sleek shape and silhouette that can range from Hamptons in Hollywood.
Aviators will never go out of style! The Ray-Ban RB3025 Metal Aviator Sunglasses feature glass lenses with a mirror coating and of course that classic aviator shape we all love made from metal frames. There’s something about aviators that, you know, is different. You’ll especially like the durability, flexibility, and badass vibe of these. Just slip them on and they effortlessly enhance any outfit.
A la Jay-Z, it’s a pipe dream to rock just about anything with the name “Tom Ford” written on it, and these Italian-made sunglasses are no exception. The famous logo is inscribed on the lenses themselves (which also offer 100% UV protection, by the way), but for me these are the black frames and the 63mm purple lenses.
They shout, “dear!”
Want to wear sunglasses endorsed by James Bond himself? It couldn’t be better than the Edge 1613 from the Edge collection by Vuarnet. Approved by the best thing next to 007 himself – of course he’s the actor who most recently played him, Daniel Craig – these bezels are made of stainless steel and an acetate rim but don’t sacrifice anything in terms style and edge.
With a unique, almost completely circular frame shape, these shades are polished, high quality and most importantly, beat a different drum in a sea of travelers.
If you can’t afford a Celine bag – which we all know typically costs around $ 1,000 for their “cheapest” style – then get yourself some sunglasses! For a few hundred dollars, the Black Frame 04 Acetate Sunglasses are some of the highest quality luxury sunglasses you can get for under a thousand dollars. Available only in transparent gray, despite the product name, these square frames have a convenient 0.8 inch nose bridge length and protect your eyes from UVA and UVB rays.
So chic as not to be believed, passers-by on the streets may mistake you for a celebrity if you step out in public wearing these high class girls.
These sunglasses may not feature Burberry’s iconic beige check pattern, but they’re just as luxurious as the brand’s other beloved accessories. With square frames and a standard fit that fits almost anyone, the Burberry BE4327 51 sunglasses have polyamide and gradient lenses and even come with a microfiber case or pouch included. Most importantly, this ode to classic British style is as comfortable as it is fashionable and elevates every look.
Throw in those bad boys and you’ll feel as lavish as the Real housewives.
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