Listen, we know simplicity is chic—an adage that certainly extends to the world of sunglasses. Basic Wayfarers have their time and place, and you can never go wrong with classic Jackie O. frames or sleek gold aviators. That said, considering the eyes are the windows to our souls, why not protect 'em with something a little wild, crazy, and wonderful? Here are a few of our favorite statement-making shades that are sure to earn you a little eye contact as the dog days of summer wind down.
Prada Baroque sunglasses, $290,
Rock n' scroll, baby. These ombré stunners boast the most intricately-accented temples of any pair we've seen.
Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony, $455,
Created in collaboration with Barton Perreira and inspired by Andy Warhol muse Candy Darling, these cutesy-quirky shades are so very Virgin Suicides, no? We, um, heart them. In a major way.
Karen Walker Eyewear Bunny, $180,
Back to the fuchsia! New Zealand design maestro Karen Walker's got a way with shades, and the proof is in this super-bright pair. You've got to love the arrow graphics on the temples, too--they're the designer's signature.
Rodarte for Opening Ceremony Roy Orbison, $152.60,
Sure, the Ray-Ban-inspired silhouette might seem classic, but these sunnies boast frames wrapped in dusty floral fabric. We'd expect nothing less from the wacky, wildly talented Kate and Laura Mulleavy. And this pair's currently on sale, so snap 'em up before they disappear!
House of Harlow 1960 Sasha, $149,
Upon first glance, these appear to be your fairly standard pair of round-eyed shades. So what's the catch? Check out those removable golden tassels adorning the temples! It's tortoiseshell with a very glamorous twist.
Elizabeth and James Anza, $265,
Want to talk geometry? These hexagonal frames hit all the right angles, and the berry hue is unexpected without being overly bold.
Suno + Warby Parker, $175, warbyparker.com/suno
Available for fall 2011, this limited-edition collaboration consists of a trio of frames in Suno's trademark colorful prints. And in keeping with Warby Parker's philanthropic philosophy, for every pair purchase, a pair of glasses will be donated to someone in need. What better reason to stock up on all three styles?