The search for flawless frames is never a quick process. It's a never-ending personal journey that involves careful research and sometimes visits to—gasp!—brick-and-mortar retailers to try on the eyewear in the flesh. Not to mention, as with most accessories, sunglasses trends evolve with the season. One day, oversize frames are in, the next they’re replaced by tiny spectacles worn by the likes of Kendall Jenner—it's hard to keep up, I know. To top it all off, there are hundreds of eyewear brands out there. Because shopping for sunglasses can be a struggle if you don't know where to look, I'm kick-starting your search with a list of the most high-quality, covetable, fashion-forward sunglasses brands out there, and the pair we're lusting over from each one.
New Aussie eyewear brand Vehla is one you should keep on your radar. Founded in 2019, the brand aims to elevate a women’s everyday look with its modern and luxe frames. The brand has both acetate and metal options that are timeless and can easily be worn with anything; they're the perfect addition to your tee and denim look. Vehla eyewear has been spotted on Bella Hadid, Alessandra Ambrosio, Romee Strjid, and Irina Shayk. The frames range from $150-$170.
Our pick: Vehla Willow, $160
Aperçu, a effortlessly cool new eyewear brand, strives to create easy-to-wear frames for all shapes and looks. The brand offers acetate frames in three essential shapes: the rounds, the cat-eye, and the squared. Along with the essentials, newer Aperçu collections continue to add of-the-moment frames.
Our pick: Aperçu Alyssa in Mustard, $189
When it comes to high-quality eyewear at an accessible price point, Féroce eyewear is your answer. The direct-to-consumer brand launched May 2019, and all of its frames are handmade with Italian acetate and polarized lenses. The brand's timeless yet modern pieces will be the accessory to finish off your favorite look. Fun Fact: Féroce in French means "fierce."
Our pick: Féroce Heather Classic, $110
Zimmerman, known for their romantic and chic ready-to-wear line, also has some amazing accessories. The brand's eyewear collection launched June of last year and is the perfect addition for your 2020summer look. The collection consists of both wire framed and acetate frames; prices for the frames range from $280-$320.
Our pick: Zimmerman Shoreline Acetate Sunglasses, $240
Barcelona based eyewear brand Kaleos is known for its fun and sophisticated eyewear. The brand has an extensive line, offering wire, rimless, and acetate frames. Each frame has its own personality; it should be easy to find one to match yours.
Our pick: Kaleos Arcos, $330
6. Diff Eyewear
Similar to TOMS' giving-back model, for every pair of glasses bought Diff Eyewear donates a pair to someone in need. Since the brand launched in 2015, it has donated more than 1 million pairs of reading glasses around the world. Both its optical and sunglasses are designed in its SoCal studio and uses high-quality materials. The frames are hand-cut from a single piece of acetate, which makes them comfortable and flexible. Fans of the brand include Shay Mitchell and Demi Lovato.
Our pick: Diff Eyewear Isla Gradient Lens, $85
7. Privé Revaux
For those on a budget, Privé Revaux has affordable sunglasses that don't lack in style. Every pair is $30 and has potential in spades for the 'gram, whether you're on a rooftop enjoying drinks or tanning on the beach. There are over 100 handcrafted styles, so you'll have no trouble finding the perfect one for summer. Celebrity followers include Ashley Benson, Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Lopez, and Emily Ratajkowski. If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me.
Our pick: The Escobar, $30
8. Lyndon Leone
For undisputed Miami vibes, you'll want a pair of sunnies from Lyndon Leone. The label draws its design inspirations from the art and culture of the city and makes the sunglasses right in downtown Miami. Styles range from oversize aviators to geometric shapes that'll make you do a double take. If you're looking for one-of-a-kind sunglasses, you'll find them here.
Our pick: Lyndon Leone Venetian, $120
9. Warby Parker
If you've ever found yourself wandering from the prescription glasses to sunglasses in Warby Parker, you'll know they have a good selection. The frames come in super wearable hues, from black and brown to clear and marble designs. They even offer frames sorted by width or bridge, so you can find the pair that sits the most comfortably on your nose. (Confused about what this means? They explain it all here.) Did we mention, like its optical selections, the sunglasses are affordable? Warby is a win-win for me.
Our pick: Warby Parker Aubrey, $95
The rise of Roberi & Fraud sunglasses can be traced back to Bella Hadid, who was the first star to be spotted in the brand when the site launched last year. Founded by Ali Mehrdad Soudbakhsh and Stefan Foster, the young label offers '80s and '90s-inspired frames—a nod to sunglasses from their parents’ pasts—for around $200. This means there’s no longer any need to sacrifice your entire paycheck for that one pair of trendy frames you just had to have because Rihanna wore something similar.
Our pick: Roberi & Fraud Purple Dorris, $250
11. State Optical Co.
What sets this five-year-old brand apart from its competitors is the fact all of State Optical Co.’s eyewear is made exclusively in the United States: Chicago, to be exact. (Go Bulls!) The luxury sunglasses retail from $381 to $429, and are meticulously handcrafted by an in-house team of "eyewear artisans," who ensure that the sunglasses or optical lenses (they make standard glasses, too) are of the highest caliber.
Our pick: State Optical Co. Augusta, $429
The design of every HAZE piece is inspired by architecture, which you’ll undoubtedly notice. Take the “Nott” sunglasses, whose strong lines and split lenses mirror the details of the Caruso St. John Nottingham Contemporary Building in London, I'm told. A quick Google image search reveals the resemblance between the sunglasses and the building is...a little uncanny.
Our pick: HAZE Nott, $276
13. Poppy Lissiman
Poppy Lissiman’s eyewear creations fall into the popular category of "very Instagrammable." The Australian-born designer started her eponymous label in 2008 and ventured into the specs space in 2015. The sunglasses are playful, quirky, and come in vibrant sorbet hues. Some frames are even designed with crystal embellishments or star prints—perfect for music festivals, if that's what you're into. Prices range from the super-affordable $95 to a moderate $130.
Our pick: Poppy Lissiman Stevie, $105
The brainchild of Stirling Barrett, Krewe (pronounced “crew”) is a Louisiana-based eyewear brand that’s gained a legion of star-studded followers, from Beyoncé to Selena Gomez. The stunning designs vary from acetate polarized lens to titanium matte aviators—not your run-of-the-mill frames. Depending on the style, prices for sunglasses range from $215 to $375 and opticals come in just under $300.
Our pick: Krewe Cohn Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $295
When you shop for sunglasses, one of the most important aspects is how well they sit on your face. Covry tackled this elusive issue by creating “elevated fit” spectacles that feature longer nose pads, reduced frame curvature, and a narrower nose bridge. In layman's terms: Now your sunglasses won't slide down your nose every time you glance down at your phone.
Our pick: Covry Prima White, $115
16. Le Specs
Australian label Le Specs should be on your radar, if it isn’t already. The brand has collaborated with the likes of Self-Portrait and Adam Selman, offering wallet-friendly designer shades for just under $130. The Selman partnership gave birth to the popular style "The Last Lolita," a coveted summer staple of models like Gigi Hadid. Le Specs gets my vote for being stylish and affordable.
Our pick: Le Specs Le Ovoid, $129
14. Vita Fede
The accessories brand is known for its amazing selection of jewelry and now it'll be known for its eyewear too. Handcrafted in Japan, the sunglasses exemplify design and quality at a price point of $295 to $390. (The accompanying chains range from $190 to $220.) You won't find any "boring" styles here; every piece is rich with details like cool cut outs or delicate chains. The best part? You can pair any of the sunglasses with an equally-pretty piece of jewelry from the brand. Your accessories game will be on point from all angles.
Our pick: São Tomé, $355
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