Sunglasses share a quality with handbags or perfumes in that you often have a favorite that you come back to over and over again. In turn, it becomes part of your outer identity. (Not to mention that repetitive use lowers the cost-per-wear ratio.) The selection is very personal. It takes into account your tastes, the shape of your face and the trends of the moment. To help guide you on your next purchase, we’ve surveyed our employees to see which frames they prefer in their everyday outfit. From funky micro-styles to classic aviators, keep scrolling to check out the sunglasses we wear on a loop.
Jessica Teves, Content Manager
I love the oversized geometric design of these Prada sunglasses – they’re just angled enough to feel distinct, but the shape is so flattering, especially for someone like me who has wide, high cheekbones.
I love the strong and bold lines of these Céline frames. Although I’m not sure if I wear them every day, I like the contrasting and striking frames with more streamlined outfits like sportswear or simple dresses. It’s the style balance that I live by.
Another really solid option from Bottega that feels so modern and striking – the dark brown lens color is such a nice balance with the tortoise shell. Consider these classics that you will wear repeatedly for many seasons to come.
Halle Lagatta, creative producer
These sunglasses are really the this summer article – saw them on all the “cool” downtown girls. I love this pair because they can easily be worn indoors, and that is very very much my atmosphere this summer.
Velvet Canyon was co-founded by photographer Ali Mitton. I’m a huge fan of her work – everything she touches is gold, which is so evident when walking around the Velvet Canyon site. These playful wavy shades are a perfect way to spice up a simple summery look.
Everyone needs a giant square pair of sunglasses in their accessory closet. Those, paired with a silk scarf and maybe a dirty martini in my hand, is how I would like to spend my evenings this summer… cosplaying Monica Vitti.
Camille Freestone, Associate Style Editor
I’m not a huge fan of the ultra-trendy sunglasses styles, instead, I prefer the classic shapes that I can wear over and over again. This simple black D-frame style from Le Specs is a great option for everyday wear. Plus, the price can’t be beat.
Oliver Peoples never fails to design high quality, timeless eyewear. With a nod to old Hollywood glamor, these cat eye frames are perfect when I need a more feminine accessory. I like to add a vintage silk scarf when I feel the need to go all out.
This modern take on the classic aviator style has been part of my daily rotation for a few seasons now. I can pair them with anything from a t-shirt and jeans to a sundress. An added bonus: all Amavii frames are made in a sustainable manner.
Caroline Dunn, Affiliations Coordinator
Like all of Jenni Kayne, these translucent sunglasses are understated and cool. The quality is unbeatable and the nature of the sheer “pure glass” frame means it will go with literally everything in your wardrobe. The quintessence of a raised basic!
This is my favorite pair of sunglasses since last summer. I have found that I can wear them with just about anything in my wardrobe. The tortoiseshell detail sets it apart from your classic aviator, and the angular shape is very flattering on the face.
These sunglasses evoke an all-out ’70s Jackie O. vibe, and at $ 18 you can’t go wrong. I tend to gravitate towards tortoiseshell for everything, but there is absolutely something to be said for the sleek tropical black and green colorways.
Nick Papa, Brand Partnerships & Sales Manager
I never wear sunglasses, so for me this pair is my go-to no matter what. These are the ones I always grab when running outside knowing they’re sturdy, simple, and slightly raised.
OK, these are definitely crazy articles, but worth every penny. The craftsmanship of these glasses is taken to the next level, with each pair handcrafted in Japan through a process of over 300 steps, and they are the perfect addition to any simple summer uniform for you to wear. really felt together.
Jacques Marie Mage
I stumbled across this brand on a trip to Chicago a few years ago, and they have since become a brand that I continue to browse. The Maurice is a perfectly simple frame shape, but the colourway of these specific models adds a touch of visual interest, so they feel more than just a pair of black sunglasses.