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The 33 Best Pairs of Sunglasses Right Now

Here's to sunny days.

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Before you start your sunglasses hunt, you should first determine the right style for your face. Once you know what you're looking for, you can consider more trend-driven pairs in similar shapes, from Kardashian-esque ski-inspired sunglasses to angular cat-eye shades. But no matter what you're looking for this season, your favorite brands have you covered with both stylish new designs and fresh updates to the classics. Tortoiseshell continues to dominate, as do mirrored lenses, subtle gradients, and all the angles.

Of course, because sunglasses are 1) small and 2) often inexpensive, you should feel free to have fun with them. Want to try wacky Instagram-only styles? Do it up. Heart-shaped sweet shades calling your name? Add to cart. Sunglasses are not meant to be serious, no matter how much they cost. But that's not to say that sunglasses can't be sophisticated. In fact, a handful of pairs on this list will take the simplest outfit from snooze to stunning.

We're big believers in there being no such thing as too many pairs of sunglasses. If you so choose, you can and should own everyday sunglasses, pool-day sunglasses, early-evening sunglasses, special-occasion sunglasses, and so many more. We found the best new shades to shield your face for summer (and potentially the rest of the year, too). Check out 33 pairs that are oh-so-easy on the eyes.

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Best Angular Frames
Florence Black/Smoke
Vehla vehlaeyewear.com
$135.00

These angular sunglasses have been spotted on celebs from Sophie Turner to Irina Shayk, so they'll definitely for the cool gal. The black frames are versatile and add just the right amount of style to your usual summertime outfits.

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Best Prescription Sunglasses
Hayes
Warby Parker warbyparker.com
$95.00

Warby Parker is stepping up its sunglasses game with this on-trend pair of blue tortoise sunnies. The scratch-resistant lenses can come as prescription lenses, too. 

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Best for a Pop of Color
Fire Starter Sunglasses
Le Specs shopbop.com
$79.00

Your favorite translucent frames just got a splash of color and gold accents. The unexpected pop of gold makes this pair of sunnies feel fresh and cool. 

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Best Clasic
Classic Aviator Sunglasses
Ray-Ban glassesusa.com
$204.00

Everyone needs a pair of sunglasses they can throw on and have it magically match every outfit. These are the magical sunnies we like to keep in our accessories stash.

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Best for Cat-Eye Lovers
Juliet Black
Lefév shoplefev.com
$40.00

Not sure if these will frames fit your face? Determine your face shape and then buy sunglasses accordingly. This pair is great for people who love more angular shades.

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Best for a Budget
Polarized Sunglasses
H&M hm.com
$17.99

If your shopping budget is modest, opt for a pair of H&M sunglasses. These look luxe and, most importantly, the polarized lenses still provide UV protection.

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Best Statement Maker
All About The Benjamins: Ovalique
Nroda nroda.com
$120.00

These teeny frames with gold and rhinestone detail are perfect for making a statement.

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CORSO COMO SUN
Etnia Barcelona etniabarcelona.com
$299.00

I want to be whisked away  somewhere just so I can wear these sunglasses with a drink in hand. The tinted blush lens  give the frames a vacay vibe while still being completely wearable.

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Best for Feeling Bold
Hot Girl
SaniShades sanishades.com
$10.00

If you're known for being quirky, these blue sideways flame sunglasses are for you. They add a hint of cool to any outfit and will bring all the attention to your face.

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Best Classic Sunglasses
Le Pliage Gradient Cat Eye Sunglasses
Longchamp nordstrom.com
$139.00

You know Longchamp makes amazing bags and clothing—but its accessories, like these sunglasses, are gorgeous too. The style is neither too trendy nor flashy, making them the perfect shades to wear year after year.  

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Best Tortoiseshell Sunglasses
Square-Frame Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses
$222.00

These Ray-Ban sunglasses are a redesign from a '70s style, making the old new again. The thicker tortoiseshell acetate frames complement the tinted brown lenses. 

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Best Design
Infinity Dreamer
Haze hazecollection.com
$272.00

This brand draws its inspiration from architecture, and these sunglasses are unlike any others you may have come across. The cutout design on this one is memorable.

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Best for Aviator Lovers
Lickety Split 55mm Aviator Sunglasses
Quay
$60.00

Your favorite pair of aviators broke—don't despair! We found an under $100 option from Quay that will make you quickly forget about the old pair. 

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Best for Inclusivity
Aire Caramel Collection
Shades of Shades shades-of-shades.com
$325.00

Luxury eyewear brand Shades of Shades is on a quest to bring inclusive sunglasses shades in the "nude" category. If you haven't found your perfect color match yet, you may just find the one here.

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Best for Giving Back
Madison Crystal
Bold Dots
$155.00

If you're looking for a brand that gives back, Bold Dots runs an awesome initiative: For every frame purchased, the company will provide treatment and corrective vision frames to a person in need, mainly the elderly and young children in small villages in India. 

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Best for People Watching
Ward 24K Titanium + Matte Black to Brume
Krewe
$295.00

You love to people-watch, but what's more awkward than making accidental eye contact? Now you can observe in peace with these matte black frames because no one will see your wandering eyes from afar. 

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Best Tiny Frame Sunglasses
Ovale Sunglasses
Karen Wazen shopbop.com
$90.00

Look at the world through rose-colored glasses (literally) in this tinted pair of sunnies. The oval shape is right on trend for the season and we love the rimless gradient lenses for their sleek aesthetic. 

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Best Sustainable Pair
Barklae Zebra Classic Sunwear
Bôhten Eyewear bohten.com
$95.00

These Zebrawood frames are as lightweight as they are sustainable, and they don't sacrifice style.

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Best for Attention
D-frame Rose Gold-Tone Sunglasses
Fendi net-a-porter.com
$400.00

These mirrored lenses are an instant fashion flex when you arrive to the pool. The lightweight sunglasses have squared frame, which are best suited for round and heart-shaped faces. 

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Best Menswear-Inspired Sunglasses
Ashcroft Sunglasses
Madewell madewell.com
$58.00

A pair of translucent sunglasses are great for those who don't want to add additional color to their outfits. The menswear-inspired sunglasses (you don't have to steal bae's anymore) feature a slightly squared-off shape and a keyhole bridge.

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Best Striped Sunglasses
Pamela Sunglasses Candy Stripe
Illesteva illesteva.com
$240.00

This frame comes in multiple colors, but I love the uniqueness of the horizontal stripes. Recommended for round faces, the cat-eye shape will fit and flatter. 

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Best for Aviator Lovers
Vintage Reissue Aviator Sunglasses
MCM neimanmarcus.com
$183.75

Fans of traditional aviator designs will love this vintage style from MCM. Style with a leather jacket and pants for that calm, cool, and collected vibe. 

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Best for Optimists
Round-frame Acetate Sunglasses
Loewe net-a-porter.com
$310.00

Sleek, delicate, luxe—everything you could want in a pair of designer sunglasses. Wearing rose-colored glasses should probably be mandatory in 2021, just saying.

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Best Shields
Blockt Mask
Fenty fenty.com
$360.00

Of course Rihanna wouldn't do us wrong with some stunna shades: these shields are a major look. The terra cotta"colorway looks amazing on all skin tones, too. 

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Best Affordable Pair
Silver Colored Sunglasses
H&M hm.com
$10.99

You have a tendency to misplace your sunglasses and would rather not splurge on an expensive pair. Here's a cute and affordable pair of shades to get you through summer and beyond (that is, if you don't lose them).

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Best Classic Upgrade
Pioneer 55
Westward Leaning westwardleaning.com
$185.00

If you've worn the same Ray Ban Wayfarers for so long, these flatteringly shaped alternatives are a smart upgrade, fashioned from sturdy acetate frames and head-turning mirrored lenses.

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Best Mix of Styles
EOS-102
Coco and Breezy cocoandbreezy.com
$250.00

This pair has a lot going on with its mix of tints and textures, but somehow they're super neutral and will go with everything you own.

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Best for Feeling Groovy
Aerie Bright Side Sunnies
Aerie ae.com
$9.57

Praised for being trendy, comfortable, and sturdy, these shades come in five different colors, though this rainbow one embodies all those positive summertime vibes. 

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For the Serial Misplacer
Angular Cat Eye Sunglasses
& Other Stories stories.com
$25.00

Sunglasses are a chance for a cheeky fashion flex. If that's what you're looking for, I present these trendy affordable, and squared lensed stunners.

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Best for Feeling Like a Celeb
Reina
#QUAYXJLO quayaustralia.com
$39.00

If Jennifer Lopez created it, we're buying it. The singer teamed up with Quay to design a collection of sunglasses and this cat-eye style is almost too cool for words. Of course it'll fit oversize on you because J.Lo does it bold and loud. 

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