Whether you’re lounging lakeside or commuting to work, sunglasses are a staple to top off any look. We asked local eyewear experts to explain the latest trends and pick out a few pairs of statement shades so you can catch rays in style.
FOR THE GUYS
Selected by Hannah Weer, accessory buyer for MartinPatrick3
Retro frames with vibrantly colored flash lenses (pictured above)
For a guy looking to make a statement, these sun-ready specs have a past-meets-the-future vibe. Note: not for wallflowers–these are for men who take risks with pattern and color.
Designs with Creative New Materials
Forget pedestrian plastic and metal; wood, slate, and other new materials are perfect for innovative guys who appreciate a handcrafted look.
Shwood Canby Select Ebony and Maple Burl sunglasses. Photo via MartinPatrick3
FOR THE LADIES
Selected by Beth Ulrich, C.O.O. at Spectacle Shoppe, Inc.
Aviators of all shapes and sizes
Aviators are a style that’s consistently popular every year and are sure to serve you well. The classic look is always a chic choice, especially to flatter a heart-shaped face. To mix it up, try mirrored flash lenses or unique shapes and colors.
Oliver Peoples Piedra Aviators. PHOTO VIA Spectacle Shoppe
New and fun-colored thick plastics
Show off a bold personality in bright-colored plastic frames. Shades that fade from dark at the top of the frames to a lighter hue of the same color at the bottom are also a must-have right now, says Ulrich.
Dolce and Gabbana DG4149 sunglasses. Photo via Spectacle Shoppe
Debating if you should spend the extra cash on a nicer pair of sunnies? Weer says you won’t regret it–they will provide more UV protection than cheap pairs, and they look and feel better on your face. (And you’ll probably be less likely to lose them.) Just make sure to take care of them: keep them in a case when you aren’t wearing them and use a lint-free cloth to keep lenses clean.