There are few accessories to wear on a daily basis like a pair of sunglasses. Sure, you might favor a pair of shoes or a handbag for a few days at a time, but a regular pair of sunglasses might have one of the lowest wear costs of all your accessories.
While we’re no strangers to on-trend styles that come and go like mini shades or the mirrored ski goggle inspired trend, finding a pair of shades that fit your face, match your style, and won’t feel not tired in six months is like hitting the jackpot.
Here, we ask seven fashion insiders about their most timeless pair of sunglasses, the signature pair they’ll return to time and time again.
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âI spend a lot of time outdoors, so my favorite sunglasses need to be polarized, light, and sit on the bridge of my nose. Covalent’s matte black pair captured my heart, because they tick all of those boxes, and they’re made by turning greenhouse gases into a biomaterial that replaces the need for plastic and reduces carbon in the atmosphere. When I work or run around town for dates, I like to elevate this sporty pair with some spectacular jewelry and tailored clothing. On weekends, I wear them with a wide-brimmed hat and recycled nylon shorts. –Rachael Wang, stylist
Huntington AirCarbon Sunglasses
A softer update to the classic square shape for minimalists at heart.
My favorites are the Versace Medusa Biggie Sunglasses. For me, these are the quintessence of timeless glasses. Not to mention, this is the updated version of the iconic style that Biggie made popular in the ’90s. Aside from the fact that I can see myself wearing them for years to come, I really like it. The appearance of this shape on my face – certainly my most flattering pair of sunglasses. –Maria alia al-sadek, model, creative consultant, digital strategist
Medusa Biggie Sunglasses
All black with serious bling for the true Versace lover.
âI’m obsessed with these sunglasses from Elisa Johnson! The oversized aviator shape has a sexy ’70s vibe that’s perfect for summer 2021 and beyond.” –Nikki Ogunnaike, director of the Harper’s BAZAAR website.
Jane in red turtle
An aviator with an avant-garde makeover for those who prefer retro vibes.
âThese Gucci flat tops are my favorite pair of sunglasses. I wear them everyday and my daughter is just as obsessed! The oversized frames and lenses are perfect for protecting me from the sun on a daily basis. I also like that they work well for any occasion. You can wear them for running errands or for a night out outdoors in the early evening. âCaroline Maguire, Fashion Director at Shopbop
Guilloche Plate Sunglasses
Oversized for the woman who prefers a punchy sun.
âThe Bottega Veneta cat-eye frames are such a timeless piece that can enhance any look. They really define your cheekbones and give a playful touch to almost any outfit. I love wearing them with an oversized white shirt. , denim shorts, and slip in summer or elevate them with heels, pants and a dramatic top paired with a red lip for something more dramatic. ” – Sai De Silva, founder and creative director, @scoutthecity
cat eye sunglasses
Cat eyes are for sheer glamor.
âI don’t have ‘forever’ sunglasses, because I lose mine all the time – they’re all prescribed, so I wear them all the time and they’re on the bottom of oceans all over the world. But my go-to standard is the black-rimmed Ray-Ban with a color tint and still light enough to show my eyes. Please God let Ray-Ban see this and either give me a lifetime discount or make me their spokesperson for the old lady. –Elizabeth Stewart, stylist
Classic Wayfarer II
These shades were as beautiful thirty years ago as they are now.
âMy absolute favorite frames are the Alain Mikli Le Matin sunglasses. I love the modern version of a cat’s eye. It’s a bit thinner across the eye, but then it has a long, over-the-top stitch that gives the style a futuristic feel. They are available in many colourways for all your moods, but my favorite is the black and white checker. I love incorporating a little punk into all of my looks, and the checkered pattern is the perfect accent for that! –Alexandra Mandelkorn, stylist
Le Matin sunglasses
For the daring, a cat’s eye with a graphic pattern.
âYou can never go wrong with a pair of clean, classic black sunglasses. Trends come and go: oversize, mirror, colorful, etc. But you will never tire of a timeless silhouette. Much like a little black bikini, these SALT sunglasses have always been my favorite pair. They’re polarized, have the most amazing lenses, and look great whether I’m at the beach in Tahiti or in the back streets of Paris. –Oleema Miller, Co-Founder and Creative Director of MIKOH
A must have shape with a subtle touch – they are modern without feeling trendy.
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