Sunglasses might be a small accessory, but they have a large impact. A great pair can elevate your outfit and your style, but the best sunglasses for women can boost your mood, too. After a year spent mostly indoors, this spring and summer call for getting outside—and you’re going to need a great new pair of shades when you do. (To avoid foggy lenses, be sure to wear a mask like this one.)
So what does spring have in store for eyewear? An everyday exuberance to match the season’s optimistic fashion. On the runway, the season brought us bright-colored clothing and eccentric prints, and for sunglasses, this means a pair of statement-making glasses.
Among the best offerings, shop pairs with square-shaped rims and colored tinted lenses or cheeky cat eyes done up to look like a new classic. Or, consider a style that delivers a quirky take on a mainstay trend like oversized ’60s mod shades or retro aviators. Should you want your glasses to make a statement that all can hear, opt for a pair that doubles as jewelry. An option from Chanel comes complete with a pearl-strung sunglasses chain, while Magda Butrym’s collaboration with Linda Farrow is decked out in removable bling.
As spring sets in, it’s time to pick up a new pair—or two—for more hopeful and sunnier days ahead. Below, shop the best sunglasses for women.
These bug-eyed shades landed on Mars long before NASA’s 2021 Perseverance rover. Reminiscent of the bold, space-age goggles made famous by the likes of Pierre Cardin, Andre Courrèges, and Paco Rabanne, they are the perfect match for that mini skirt you’ve been dying to bust out this spring.
Move over, Elon Musk! More aerodynamic than a tricked-out Tesla, these sleek, wraparound frames are perfectly molded for sport and fashion. Whether it’s a slick metallic shield from Balenciaga or a slime-colored goggle from Bottega, your summer is sure to be state-of-the-art.
Narrow but not too thin, these rectangular-shaped shades feel just right. The everyday silhouette gives a subtle nod to ’90s style without feeling overly trendy. The right angle shades strike the perfect balance between subtle cool and easy wearability.
The Butterfly Effect
These quirked-out cat-eye frames have a sci-fi, almost extraterrestrial look. Whether you prefer a sharp point from the likes of Karen Walker and Marni or rounded edges à la Celine, take these butterfly-shaped shades under your wing this spring.
New Age Aviators
Aviator sunglasses have made a triumphant return the past few seasons, and the iconic large frames once made for pilots are now beloved by all. This season’s iterations have been reworked and remade with thicker, substantial acetate frames instead of thin and fragile metal rims.
Long-lasting wardrobe staples and utility-focused basics are more important than ever, and that goes for our accessories, too. You can never go wrong with a timeless sunglass silhouette like the classic ClubMaster from Ray-Ban. The best sunglasses for women are practical, no-fuss shapes that will stand the test of time, and these come with standout details such as tinted lenses, colored frames, and a tortoiseshell cat-eye.
Who needs fine jewelry when you can turn heads with pre-accessorized shades that come complete with built-in bling? From glass pearl croakies to dangling strands of diamante fringe, these glitzy chains are the definition of eye-candy!
Fair and Square
In gradient acetates, tinted lenses, and fresh color palettes, these sunglasses go with everything. Since they’re understated and simple, throw on a pair for everything from sanity walks to backyard tanning sessions.