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The 46 Best Pairs of Sunglasses for Summer 2021

Here's to sunny days.

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Pro tip: Before you start your sunglasses hunt, it's a good idea to determine the right style for your face. But no matter what you're looking for this season—from trend-driven pairs like ski goggle-inspired sunnies to classic shades like Ray-Bans—your favorite brands have you covered with both stylish new designs and fresh updates to the classics. Tortoiseshell continues to dominate this season, as do mirrored lenses, subtle gradients, and all the angles.

At Marie Claire, 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. And 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. 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.

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Best Limited-Edition Pair
Limited-Edition New York City 18K Gold Plated Sunglasses
Courtesy of Michael Kors
Michael Kors michaelkors.com
$349.00

Michael Kors' iconic aviator has set the gold standard in eyewear and now he's taken it literally with this 40th anniversary limited edition style plated with 18k gold. 

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Best Angular Frames
Florence Black/Smoke
Courtesy
Vehla vehlaeyewear.com
$160.00

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 Classic
RB3025 Aviators
Courtesy
Ray-Ban glassesusa.com
$161.00

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 on hand at all times.

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Best Eco-Friendly Pair
Francisco Acetate & Wood Sunglasses
Courtesy of Woodzee
Woodzee woodzee.com
$100.00

Woodzee makes sunglasses from wood, bamboo, and repurposed material from skateboards. We love this pink-lensed pair.

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Best Light Shades
Matera Modern Sunglasses
Courtesy
Free People freepeople.com
$25.00

These monochrome shades feel light as air thanks to their neutral colorway. Style them with an all-white outfit.  

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BEST REFLECTIVE CAT-EYE
Bonnie in Silver
Courtesy of Elisa Johnson
Elisa Johnson elisajohnson.co
$150.00

These futuristic yet retro pair from Elisa Johnson's line that debuted this summer will literally go with everything but will never get old.

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Best for a Budget
Polarized Sunglasses
Courtesy
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 Twist on a Classic
PO0009 JW Anderson
Courtesy of JW Anderson + Persol
JW Anderson x Persol persol.com
$417.00

It-Brit designer JW Anderson collaborated with iconic eyewear brand Persol for a funky take on classic styles.

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BEST HOMEGROWN PAIR
Atlas
Courtesy of Lowercase NYC
Lowercase NYC lowercasenyc.com
$350.00

These green-on-green shades are handmade (like all Lowercase NYC styles) in Brooklyn.

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

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

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BEST INNOVATIVE DESIGN
The Director
Courtesy of Genusee
Genusee genusee.com
$150.00

All of Genusee's sunglasses are made from post-consumer recycled water bottles and made in Flint, Michigan. 

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BEST TEAM EFFORT
Ivory Rex Sunglasses
Courtesy of Daily Paper x KOMONO
Daily Paper x KOMONO dailypaperclothing.com
€131.00

The collaboration between streetwear line Daily Paper and sunglass brand KOMONO is back for its second launch, and we're loving the etched detail on these.

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Best '70s-Inspired Frames
Vintage Retro '70s Sunglasses
Courtesy
Freckles Mark amazon.com
$12.98

I feel like my dad used to own a pair like this—I think that's the reason I love them so much. Cut your hair into shaggy layers and get curtain bangs to complete the look. 

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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 Tortoiseshell Sunglasses
Square-Frame Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses
Courtesy
Ray-Ban glassesusa.com
$172.00

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 '60s-Inspired
Navarre Sunglasses
Courtesy
Garrett Leight garrettleight.com
$360.00

If you saw Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood and thought, "I'm going to copy Sharon Tate's style," then these sunglasses from Garrett Leight were made for you. 

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Best Flat Top Sunglasses
Flat Top Sunglasses
CELINE nordstrom.com
$460.00

These sunglasses from CELINE will hide your entire face, so they're great if you forgot to put makeup on. Alternatively, pair them with a bright red lip for boss vibes.

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BEST UNEXPECTED NEUTRAL
Koki Y1
Courtesy of Gentle Monster
Gentle Monster gentlemonster.com
$1.00

These butter yellow babies from Gentle Monster are a surprisingly versatile color for summer, especially with the warm brown lenses.

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BEST ALL-AROUND CLASSIC
Penelope Sunglasses
Sézane sezane.com
$160.00

Cult favorite for ultimate French-girl style, Sézane, launched their first eyewear collection for this summer. The line is effortless and classic, just like the rest of the brand.

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Corso Como Sun
Courtesy
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 gives the frames a vacay vibe while still being completely wearable.

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Best for Feeling Bold
Hot Girl
Courtesy
SaniShades sanishades.com
$12.00

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 Pastel Frames
Isabel Marant Sunglasses
Courtesy
Isabel Marant shopbop.com
$140.00

Minty fresh! These light green frames by Isabel Marant are made to be shown off. These are best for round-shaped faces due to their square shape. 

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Best Out-Of-The-Box Glasses
Nancy Black Sunglasses
Courtesy
Illesteva shopbop.com
$250.00

The wavy arm design on this otherwise simple pair of lenses gives them a whole new life. Plus, they cover basically your entire face from the sun. 

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Best White Frames
Retro Vintage Tinted Lens Cat Eye Sunglasses
Courtesy
WearMe Pro amazon.com
$11.99

Who needs a black or brown pair of sunglasses when you can wear white? Plus, the price is so good you may just have to stock up on a few different pairs. 

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Best Bedazzled Sunglasses
Shining Oversized Round Rhinestone Sunglasses
Courtesy
SOJOS amazon.com
$19.99
$15.99 (20% off)

I love wearing a round pair of sunglasses—especially when they're covered in rhinestones. This pair from SOJOS fits the bill to a T. 

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Boyfriend Style Oversize Horned Rim Thick Plastic Sunglasses
Courtesy
SA106 amazon.com
$15.00

You probably saw these sunglasses on TikTok. And you didn't see them there, then you probably saw them on Instagram. Literally everyone loves these inexpensive lenses because of how, well, expensive they look. 

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Best Design
Infinity Dreamer
Courtesy
Haze hazecollection.com
$340.00

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 Instagram
Damien Black/Orange
Courtesy
Lexxola lexxola.com
£190.00

Consider these "Instagram sunglasses," because they'll get all the likes and comments. From the rectangular lenses to the warm orange color, they have all the trademarks of a trendy frame. Get them while they're still available. 

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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
Courtesy
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
Courtesy
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 olive green frames because no one will see your wandering eyes from afar. 

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Best Pink-Tinted Glasses
The Nu Bloom
Courtesy
Crap Eyewear crapeyewear.com
$79.00

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 Affordable Pair
Cat Eye Sunglasses
Courtesy
ZARA zara.com
$10.00

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 Brown Shades
Number One Sunglasses
Courtesy
Karen Walker shopbop.com
$230.00

These brown frames are semi-transparent, so people watching is officially a go. Plus, they look a little more relaxed on your face when compared to your normal old black pair. 

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Best Mirrored Lenses
Dusk To Dawn Sunglasses
Courtesy
Free People freepeople.com
$25.00

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
Courtesy
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 Wear-Anywhere Sunglasses
Pamela Sunglasses Candy Stripe
Courtesy
Illesteva illesteva.com
$220.00

This frame comes in multiple colors, but I love the simplicity of the tortoiseshell pattern. This pair will go with everything you own. Recommended for round faces, the cat-eye shape will fit and flatter. 

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Best Classy Pair
Butterfly Cat Eye Sunglasses
Courtesy
Burberry revolve.com
$294.00
$192.00 (35% off)

You'll look just as luxurious as you feel in this pair of classic designer frames from Burberry. Hide the patterned sides under your hair for a more subtle vibe.

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BEST TO GO INCOGNITO IN
Coxa Latte
Courtesy of Covry
Covry shopcovry.com
$155.00

These are big enough to add full sun protection... or disguise a hungover face. Your choice!

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Best Edgy Pair
Victoria Sunglasses
Courtesy
Prive Revaux amazon.com
$39.95

This retro frame gets a much-needed update courtesy of this vibrant orange hue at Prive Revaux. Wear these for when you want to look like a Gen-Z fashion icon 

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Best Classic Upgrade
Pioneer 55
Courtesy
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 for Feeling Groovy
Aerie Bright Side Sunnies
Courtesy
Aerie ae.com
$15.95

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
Courtesy
& Other Stories stories.com
$29.00

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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The Oversized Pick
Almost Ready
Courtesy
QUAY AUSTRALIA nordstrom.com
$85.00

If Saweetie created it, we're buying it. The rapper teamed up with Quay to design a collection of sunglasses and this oversized style is almost too cool for words. Of course, it'll fit oversize on you because Sawettie does it bold and loud. 

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Best Chain Sunglasses
Francis
Courtesy
3rdEyeView shop3rdeyeview.com
$32.90

Sunglasses chains are the best new accessory you didn't know you needed and at this price, it's totally worth dipping a toe into this trend.

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Best Sporty Frames
Mask Sunglasses
Courtesy
Saint Laurent shopbop.com
$475.00

Get your head in the game with these sporty Saint Laurent frames. Go ahead, make the splurge. 

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