Call it the sunshine talking, but if sunglasses have been falling a little short on your to-buy list, you might want to rethink your spend options. No, I'm not spouting off about the health benefits of protecting your retinas (though, you should!). Instead, I'm here to tell you that there's some pretty cool things happening in the world of shades rn. Let me explain...
When most people shop for some sun specs a typical scenario would be an afterthought purchase made extremely close to your Topshop cashdesk. But, with high street stores and designers a like moving over to distinctive shapes and cool colours, your standard Wayfarer is just screaming for an update. From celebrity favorites to Kickstarter pre-orders and even some under £100 (WITH PRESCRIPTION)there are more places than ever to pick up a perfect pair of shades. But before you start planning your summer road trip, check out my top 10 go to brands for stylish sunglasses.
IOLLA, is everything you would ever want or need in an eyewear brand - and at £65 with and without prescription - they prove just that. Ideal for the shopper who knows their preferred frame shape and is looking for something that's on-trend, affordable, but not comprimising on quality, IOLLA got you covered. No hidden costs, no shoddy workmanship, just great quality eyewear made for all. What's more? You can pick and mix your frame with what lense you like making it eyewear for you, your way. #glassesgoals
Launched in 2012, Finlay and Co has found its niche in reinterpreting what eyewear should look like. The brand's collection is heavily influenced by architecture with sharp lines, but it's the color options and luxe materials have us weak in the knees. Iconic British eyewear at it's finest.
Beyonce, Rhi Rhi, GaGa, just some of the faces that have donned the most iconic embellished eyewear known to man. From custom to striaght up stunning and sparkling, Amorir eyewear aren't just head turners, they are eye blinders. And right on time with the new pearl trend too!
Hand made sunglasses don't get much better than this! The brand has been creating eyewear since 1919, so you can be sure you are getting the highest quality of sunglasses.
If you've already heard of Krewe, we wouldn't be surprised. The brand was founded in 2013 but in the past two years, its exploded to become a celebrity favorite from Beyonce to the Hadiid's. Its colored lens, wire-framed designs are a refreshing reminder that we don't have to take our style too seriously.
Speaking of celebrity faves, Smoke x Mirrors is another new brand with a cult influencer following. Its collection is full of geometric shapes and edgy styles that you've probably found yourself tapping "like" for on one too many fashion blogger Instagrams.
Karen Walker has always been a firm favourite of mine. With her iconic eyewear campaigns featuring everyone from Ari Seth Cohen's Advanced Style crew, and Insta famous Toast Meets World, this season she she turned to an unlikely model, herself. Wearing different wigs and frames for each character, her creativity for newness knows no bounds. I don't know how, but this has made me fall more in love with the brand than ever before, and with frames like these that's a whole lot of love.
Well-known for mixing the kooky with feminine Alice + Olivia's new collection of sunglasses is just as whimsical as you think it is. Let me tell you, you ain't gonna find shapes like this kicking about the high street that's for sure!
If you didn't already know, sunglasses with matching frames and lenses is most definetely a thing and Australian it brand Poms, no it better than any other. You feel me?
Founded in 2014 by a trio of photographers, Tens is the real life instagram filter you've been waiting for. Making everyday life look and feel better, today marks the launch of their new S/S17 collection available now for pre order on Kickstarter. Proudly designed in Scotland, the frames are constructed with Mazzuchelli Italian acetate, Japanese wireframe and all featuring Tens signature lens tint. To see is to believe people!
Watch their new SS17 campaign.