Listen up, y’all: as much as we collectively love and need the sun in our lives, we have to protect our eyes from its damaging rays. You only get one set of corneas in this life! Before the sun takes up a full residence in the sky this summer, make it a priority to get right with the perfect pair of sunglasses. Beyond being a crucial accessory, shades enable a license to have fun — there's no wrong way to wear them, and even wackier styles like Kelsey Lu's mint and rose colored pair, pictured above, go well with conservative and "office-appropriate" fits.
Below, we've listed some of the most universally flattering styles in cool colorways that will keep you and your eyes looking sharp and protected all season long.
1. Exaggerated shapes
Takesh Eyewear combines the retro cat-eye shape with the novelty of heart-shaped sunglasses for a style that's elegant with limitless personality.
2. Glittery lenses
Sure, colored lenses are playful, but why not step it up with glittery ones? Sunglasses innovators Planet i supply glittery lenses in tons of styles, so everyone has the chance to get intergalactic.
3. Futuristic designs
Tiny glasses are divisive, but regardless of how you feel about them, the Matrix-adjacent look is still going strong. Thankfully, Korean line Gentle Monster designed a refreshing pair with inverted lenses and sleek detailing to keep things interesting.
4. Be there and be square
Incorporating a deep red with an understated silhouette is striking without any effort. Crap Eyewear brings the breezy, chill mentality of their home base of Venice, California to all their designs, which is what we should all be trying to achieve this summer.
5. Classic tortoiseshell
Tortoiseshell anything feels like the quintessential Rich Woman print — just imagine someone wearing them with a tweed Chanel suit — but luckily, shades in the style pair well with every look. Just think of Charli XCX, who wears hers with a white tee and no pants. Still chic!
6. Heavy metal
Offset knows how to turn a look. He doesn't shy away from flashy prints, but often keeps his signature sunglasses on the minimal side. A pair with thick metal rims and a double-bar bridge are a timeless option with edge.