Cop It, Then Rock It
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For those of you that are already planning summer vacation outfits, don’t forget to cop some SS18 sunglasses before you hit the beach. While sunnies can often be a pain to shop for in terms of size, shape, and color, we’ve compiled a list of pieces in a range of styles, from luxury fashion brands and the somewhat more affordable high-street retailers.

Whether you want to make a statement with flamethrower lenses from Planet i, or something classic like Gucci’s aviators, the following list has got you covered for every budget and every face shape. If you need a refresher course on shopping for sunglasses, peep our guide oto buying the perfect shades here.

Check out the full list of items below and be sure to get those purchases in early, so that you can welcome in the sun ahead of all the others.

Matrix Style

This SS18 sunglasses trend is a throwback to the styles sported in ’90s movies such as The Matrix, Leon: The Professional and Blade. We’ve pulled some super affordable options from Urban Outfitters and Le Specs for you to try the trend for yourself, or if you’re wanting to really commit there’s the Vector 03 frames from Gentle Monster in red/gold.

Square Frames

For more face coverage, try out these square frame sunglasses for SS18 with options from Berlin brand R.T.CO or the bright blue shades from OFF-WHITE with “FOR YOUR EYES ONLY” printed on the temple.

Clear Frames

If you’re seeking a little more, er, transparency, why not opt for these clear frames. Here we’ve tracked down the futuristic Axis Y glasses from Percy Lau that were making waves at Shanghai Fashion Week, or there’s a cat-eye frame from Kuboraum made from acetate in a clear champagne colorway.

A Little Extra

If extra eyewear is your thing, then look no further. The Meteor Shades from J Zhong eyewear are literal flames or for a skiwear vibe check out the Blaze MD8s from Mykita with a pink/orange gradient lens.


Gucci have been killing it with accessories recently. Here’s we’ve picked out our favorites from their SS18 sunglasses range including classic Aviator styles, tortoiseshell frames, and a more athletic off-white/green pair with signature Gucci stripes on the temple.

Check out our run-down of all the movies that pioneered the small sunglasses trend over 20 years ago. 

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Candice Nembhard is a writer and journalist based in Berlin.

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