2021 Hot Summer Shades to Keep You Cool

What’s in for shades this season? We’re so glad you asked! There are plenty of returning favorites, such as aviators and sport, but with a 2021 twist. Plus newer major trends like 70s-inspired staples, chunky rectangular, and futuristic avant garde.

Ready to look on the sunnies side of life? Let’s dive in.

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70s INSPIRED

Big squares, giant Le Sport glasses, and over-the-top round silhouettes. This season’s 70s inspo covers everything from Jane Birkin to Bianca Jagger. If this is what you’re diggin’, here’s our favorites in every price range to suit you…

TOP END ($300 +)

Alexander McQueen, Pink Rounds $465

Prada, Oversized-frame Tinted Sunglasses $398

Loewe, Tortoiseshell Rectangular Chunky $525

MID RANGE ($100 – $300)

Warby Parker, Adeline in Forest Green $145

Ray-ban, Oversized Square Frames $165

DIFF Eyewear, Becky IV $109

IT’S A STEAL (under $100)

Polygonal, Oversized Frame Sunglasses $4.99

Aeropostale, Oversized Sunglasses $7.80

Zenni Optical, Watermelon Rounds $32.95

CHUNKY RECTANGLES

On the other extreme, elongated rectangles are equally trending. Their squat, thick frames that, at first seem to be channeling Chuckie Finster, actually come across as edgy and mod. Especially chic on rounder faces, they can also work well if your chin line is oval (provided the frame edges are rounded and tapered).

TOP END ($300 +)

Balenciaga, Gray Rectangular $575

Off-White, Arthur Rectangular $325

Loewe, Tortoiseshell Logo Rectangular $525

MID RANGE ($100 – $300)

Marc Jacobs, White The Logo $250

Vogue Eyewear, Soho Studded Rectangular $140

MCQ, Orange Rectangular $135

IT’S A STEAL (under $100)

Zenni Optical, Sunny Rectangle $15.95

A New Day, Tortoiseshell Rectangular $15

Wild Fable, Blue Rectangular $12

TINTED AVIATORS

Subtle (and not so subtle) colored lenses are an instant update to the classic aviator this season. By far, dark greens are the runaway favorite, but if that’s not your fancy there are many, many other options from sorbet-colored pastels to soft melting ombres.

TOP END ($300 +)

Prada, Gold Aviators $402

The Row, Gold Ellerstons $505

Alexander McQueen, Aviator Gradient $507

MID RANGE ($100 – $300)

Warby Parker, Raider in Blue $145

DIFF Eyewear, Koko in Pink $195

Ray-ban, Gold & Blue Aviators $169

IT’S A STEAL (under $100)

Knockaround, Gold/Snow Opal Aviators $30.00

Aeropostale, Lavender Aviators $7.80

US Polo Assn., Metal Aviator in Ombre $17.99

 

CLEAN SPORTY

With all the joggers, comfy slides and loungewear continuing to dominate, it’s no wonder really that so many of us would be craving the clean lines of casual sport sunglasses. Like your favorite pair of sweats, they slip into place and feel instantly comfortable. This season, the classic shape gets a 2021 upgrade in the form of unexpected frame and lenses color combos. But if we had to pick one over them all? Transparent would be the clear winner (ahem, yes we’ll see ourselves out now…)

TOP END ($300 +)

Balenciaga, Swift Silver $630

Moncler Genius, Sport Wrap Sunglasses $400

Krewe, Laborde Active $335

MID RANGE ($100 – $300)

Stella McCartney, Mirrored Square $261

adidas, Sport Sunglasses SP0025 $120

Oakley, Frogskins Gradient Lens $136

IT’S A STEAL (under $100)

Knockaround, Clear Jelly/Purple Sport $25.00

Puma, Rubber Eyes $79.99

 

Burberry, Polarized Sport Frames $99

FUTURE FORWARD

Eclectic, eccentric and downright avant garde, designers this season are going unabashedly futuristic. The spring runway shows were filled with all sorts of delicious fantasies that won’t just UV protect, they’ll turn your peepers into works of art.

TOP END ($300 +)

Gucci, Crystal Havana Cat $1,095

Kuboraum, Mask B2 Interstellar sunglasses $1,101

Balenciaga, Future Ski $444

MID RANGE ($100 – $300)

M. Missoni, Rimless Pink $145

adidas, Originals OR0016 $170

Vogue Eyewear x Millie Bobby Brown, Visor $111

IT’S A STEAL (under $100)

Zenni Optical, Silver Geometric $32.95

Fendi, Mirrored Pop $99

Hallow Out, Triangle Frame $6.00

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