Choosing sunglasses you won't get sick of—but aren't bored by—can seem like a daunting shopping mission. Rest assured, though, that there are a handful of shapes that consistently feel on-trend, making them a stylishly safe bet.
If you're looking to invest in one well-made pair of sunnies this year, look no further than the four categories below. Each is a trusted classic, a fact confirmed by decades' worth of popularity, that you'll be sure to wear on repeat.
Kate Spade New York Dalia 2 Sunglasses
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From the cockpit to the red carpet, aviators are the most versatile shape around, making them suitable for any occasion. Buy with the confidence that they can be styled with even the most basic of outfits (we're talking whatever you pull on for Saturday morning yoga).
When shopping, seek out styles with a twist. Tortoiseshell arms and subtle metallic accents are different without being too dramatic.
Kate Spade New York Joshelle Sunglasses
Kate Spade New York Karina Sunglasses
The flirty, spunky, upward angled shape of the cat-eye—a look associated with 1950s style—hasn't lost any of its glamour. Its classic appeal, though, means it's not so over-the-top that wearing them with casual clothes feels off.Today's take features larger, rounder lenses and a gentler winging out of the frames. Both provide a modern touch to this retro style, keeping them from feeling too costume-y.
Kate Spade New York Jabrea Sunglasses
Kate Spade New York Karrie Sunglasses
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Even if simplistic by nature, circles still don't make for boring frames. Play up the vintage vibe by pairing with wide-leg pants and ribbed tees, or let them be the accessory of your look by wearing with a basic sundress.
Scalloped edges give this throwback frame a fun feel, and the amber color creates a striking contrast against the black lenses.
Kate Spade New York Akayla Sunglasses
Kate Spade New York Mackenna Sunglasses
The vintage vibe of oversized geometric shades makes this pair a must for anyone shopping for a bold look that doesn't risk feeling dated. Wear them with breezy summer dresses and little white anything (the shape's also perfect for pairing with a wide-brim sun hat).
Another smart benefit to the large lens? Beyond packing a stylish punch, the extra inches are ideal for protecting the delicate skin around your eyes. Win, win.
Kate Spade New York Kiyah Sunglasses