The best cat eye designer sunglasses

Nathalie Salmon

Cat’s eye is an eternal classic optical frame shame, and no summer wardrobe is complete without them. From smaller options to oversized pairs that frame the face, there are cat-eye sunglasses for every style and mood.

Who can wear cat-eye sunglasses?

This shape of sunglasses is almost universally adored because the feline foil elongates the eye, accentuating the cheekbones, which means they suit virtually any face shape.

What is the history of cat-eye sunglasses?

Cat-eye glasses first appeared in the 1930s after being invented by heiress, socialite and artist Altina Schinasi Miranda in the late 1920s. They were originally called “harlequin” glasses. “. Sunglasses had a huge resurgence in popularity in the 1960s when, you guessed it, Audrey Hepburn donned them in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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Here we list our 5 favorite cat-eye sunglasses to wear now:


Gucci’s interlocking GG logo has been a symbol of the brand’s craftsmanship and meticulous design for over 80 years, and it appears on each arm of these sunglasses. They’ve been made in Italy from tortoiseshell-effect acetate and have an oversized frame with slight cat-eye tips. The shiny velvet hard case will be so easy to spot in your bag.

Cat-eye tortoiseshell acetate sunglasses, £265, Net-A-Porter


The Specs Cat Eye

On the affordable side of the designer comes Les Specs. It’s safe to say that Le Specs’ Air Heart sunglasses are Olivia Palermo’s favorite pair, rarely seen without them. Another celebrity fan is Meghan Markle. Slightly oversized, they’re made from shiny acetate and topped with a gold-tone metal band that defines the cat-eye shape. Blackened lenses will complement virtually any outfit.

Air Heart cat-eye and gold acetate sunglasses, £55, Net-A-Porter


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Celine Cat Eye

Celine Eyewear’s oversized sunglasses have become one of the brand’s most coveted styles. Featuring a sleek cat-eye frame, this pair has been made in Italy from black acetate and fitted with gradient lenses. Keep yours in the case that comes with it between uses to avoid scratches.

Oversized cat-eye acetate sunglasses, £330, Net-A-Porter


Dior cat eye

Flagship model of the new Dior Eyewear line, the MissDior B1U sunglasses have a cat-eye shape inspired by the 50s which, thanks to their small size, have an ultra modern look. This pair has a thin gold metal frame and blue lenses with 100% UVA/UVB protection. So you’ll be protected while looking stylish.

MissDior B1U Cat Eye Sunglasses, £340, My Theresa


Chanel Cat’s Eye

These acetate-framed beauties feature pearl detailing, making them unmistakably Chanel. This rounded pair is a modern homage to Audrey’s pair in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and we are here for that. A true classic if we’ve ever seen one. Buy them now and wear them forever.

Black Cat Eye Sunglasses, £426.00, John Lewis


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