Best Sunglasses for Summer 2021

A great pair of sunglasses is an essential accessory to complete your summer look – especially as we are all spending more time outside as we meet with friends and family in outdoor settings.

But finding the right sunglasses to suit you can be a challenge. The good news is that there are plenty of styles that are set to trend this summer so you are sure to find some fantastic frames on the high street or online.

If you’re searching for some sunshade inspiration, we’ve gathered together our pick of the best sunglasses, from classic aviator styles to quirky glasses for a truly individual look.

Classic Aviator sunglasses

These iconic sunglasses were originally designed in 1937 for US Aviators – and the classic Ray-Ban style has remained much the same almost 90 years later.

Offering high-quality and comfort the lens provide 100% UV protection and a choice of lens colours that include brown, green or a polarised option that helps to eliminate glare and reduce eye strain.

There are styles and colours to suit men and women – and if you order online at the Ray-Ban website, you’ll also benefit from free shipping.

Sustainable shades

Many of us are turning our backs on ‘fast fashion’ and looking for more sustainable clothing and accessories. Monc is meeting the needs of fashionistas who want a sustainable alternative with their range of handcrafted sunglasses.

Prices start from £210 for the Lymington sunglasses which balance smooth curves and angles with practical features such as hardened glass UV400 lenses and tough stainless-steel hinges.

Monc pledge to use responsibly sourced materials such as mineral glass, and cleaning cloths that are not made from microfibres, but instead use a biodegradable by-product from cotton production known as cotton linter.

Square sunglasses

The retro square-style of sunglasses is bang on trend for summer 2021. Square sunglasses look dramatic and are oversized, which means they offer exceptional eye protection from bright sunlight.

If you dare to be square and want to go designer, opt for the Gucci GG0053S sunglasses with acetate frames and the classic interlocking Gucci logo detailed in gold. They are not the cheapest option, priced at £210, but they will certainly be the envy of all other sunglasses’ wearers.

For a more affordable square pair of shades, the Quay website offers a wide range with prices from just £39.  The best feature of this website is that you can upload a photo of yourself and try on the frames virtually before you buy, so you can be sure they’ll suit your face shape.  Our favourite pair are these oversized tortoiseshell glasses with brown-tinted polarised lenses which are a steal at just £49.

Statement sunnies

If you want to make a real statement with your shades this summer, then these goggle-style sunglasses are sure to turn heads.  Originally designed to be worn by supermodel Donyale Luna on the cover of Vogue magazine in the 1960s, these Linda Farrow X Paco Rabanne oversized round acetate frames feature 22 karat gold metal logos and chic gradient lenses.

Keeping with the Sixties style, these round-framed sunglasses provide UVA and UVB protection as well as a whole load of colour, with six brightly tinted lenses to choose from.  With prices starting from just £9.99, you can purchase all the colours of the rainbow to mix and match with your summer outfits!

Cats-eyes sunglasses fit for royalty

Cats-eye sunglasses are a huge eyewear trend for the summer and will suit almost any face shape, making them an easy style to wear. You’ll be in good company with this style of frame, as they were favoured by Hollywood icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.

More recently, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge was spotted wearing cat-eye sunglasses at Wimbledon, with a sleek frame from Bulgari that boast detailed diamante arms.

Get active with a pair of polarised sunglasses

If you want a pair of sunglasses to wear for activities on the water, such as boating, jet-skiing or fishing, then opting for polarised sunglasses is a good choice.

The glasses are coated with a chemical that reduces the glare from water and bright conditions, making it easier to see without squinting. They’re a great option for driving into the sun on summer days too thanks to the glare reduction.

We’re loving these Vittini polarised glasses for women, with a one year warranty, free shipping and a stylish fawn frame with brown tinted lenses.

Amazon also has a great range of affordable polarised sunshades with these ultra-light metal-framed men’s driving shades for just £20.39.

Prescription sunglasses problems!

If you’re a glasses wearer, you’ll have undoubtedly experienced the discomfort of wearing your prescription glasses on bright days when the sun is glaring into your eyes.  Some people have even resorted to putting sunglasses over their specs, which soon becomes uncomfortable – and doesn’t look very chic either!

Specsavers is currently offering a pair of prescription sunglasses free with their 2 for 1 offer on single-vision glasses. This means you can enjoy the summer sun, stay stylish and stay safe!

Best children’s sunglasses

Parents understand the importance of protecting their kid’s eyes when they are outside playing and exploring and the Babiators range of sunglasses has a size and size to suit little ones from babies to teens.

Girls will love the cute heart or flower-shaped collections available in a range of rainbow colours, while boys can rock the mirrored Scout sunglasses which are suitable for all ages.

Because kids are kids, Babiator sunglasses are made with flexible rubber frames that are virtually indestructible and have shatterproof lenses which offer 100% protection from the sun.

If your children are water-babies and want to spend time at the pool or beach this summer, the firm also do a range of UV-resistant swimming goggles to provide additional protection for little eyes.