Discover this summer’s best sunglasses trends: all the hottest brands are bringing their best eyewear fashion game for you for SS17!
There’s no better way to make an entrance in the summer season than wearing a brand new pair of shades. Designer sunglasses are an affordable way of owning a piece of a world-famous brand. Not only do they give you much-needed protection for your eyes, but they can also make you go from someone to the one in just about the time you pop them on.
Whether you’re looking to invest in a pair that you will cherish year after year or you’re a savvy wanting to expand your eyewear collection, we’ve got you covered! In this guide, you’ll find everything you need to know about the best sunglasses of 2017 from the top 20 most well-known sunglasses brands.
Stay tuned to find out the top 20 designer sunglasses brands list and what they have in store for you. Only the best names of this year’s fashion trends!
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- 1. Marc Jacobs: Cool Cutting-Edge Sunglasses
- 2. Prada: The Most Collectible Sunglasses
- 3. Tom Ford: Timelessly Elegant Sunglasses
- 4. Versace: Remarkable Contemporary Sunglasses
- 5. Miu Miu: Extravagant Transparent Sunglasses
- 6. Maui Jim: Casual & Cool Polarized Sunglasses
- 7. Christian Dior: The Most Desirable Sunglasses
- 8. Burberry: Classic Oversized British Spectacles
- 9. Carrera: Creative Sports Aviator Sunglasses
- 10. Chloé: Feminine Chic Sunglasses
- 11. Michael Kors: Sharp Flattering Sunglasses
- 12. Persol: Innovative Sunglasses
- 13. Dolce & Gabbana: Impressively Desirable Sunglasses
- 14. Fendi: Luxurious Cat Eye Sunglasses
- 15. Céline: Bold Statement Flat Top Sunglasses
- 16. Gucci: Clear Rimmed Sunglasses
- 17. Alain Mikli: Avant-Garde Sunglasses
- 18. Ray-Ban: The Most Iconic & Famous Sunglasses
- 19. Tory Burch: Easy-Going Round Preppy Sunglasses
- 20. Saint Laurent: Stylish French Sunglasses
1. Marc Jacobs: Cool Cutting-Edge Sunglasses
One of the most talked-about names in the fashion world, Marc Jacobs has been the artistic director of Louis Vuitton since 1997. He also has his own label and keeps very different styles between the two brands. For his own lines – Marc Jacobs, Stinky Rat and Little Marc – the designer has created a cutting-edge, street-savvy aesthetic that is wildly popular with young fashion fans.
These amazing shades announce that the future is here! With its round flat lenses, cat-eye wire frame, stone-studded rim and overall futuristic look, this pair of avant-garde Marc Jacobs sunglasses ticks just about every major trend in sunglasses this year. Get this bad ass sunglasses style while it’s hot!
2. Prada: The Most Collectible Sunglasses
Prada is one of the most bought sunglasses brand in history. The famous Italian fashion brand was founded by Mario Prada in 1913 and has gained a cult following since. It is now owned by his granddaughter, Miuccia Prada, who is seen as ‘fashion royalty’ and is one of the most influential businesswomen in the world.
The brand is best known for its luxury leather bags and travel accessories, but also offers shoes, ready-to-wear and other fashion accessories. The Prada style is characterized by sophistication and diversity. It caters to a range of styles and personalities, their approach giving rise to some of the most appreciated and outlandish designs.
Prada Eyewear offers some of the most luxurious sunglasses ever. These geometric oversized frames are bold and unconventional, shining in bright tortoiseshell, with on-trend blue lenses. Prada sunglasses are worn by powerful, independent women with a strong sense of style.
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3. Tom Ford: Timelessly Elegant Sunglasses
Tom Ford is an American fashion designer who created the label with the same name in 2006, after ending his collaboration as creative director for Gucci and Saint Laurent. At first, the label was focused on menswear, eyewear, and accessories, incorporating a womenswear line only later on. Tom Ford designed the suits for the last three James Bond films, as well as for Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” music video, gaining notoriety quickly thanks to celebrity endorsement.
The butterfly shape is one of the up-and-coming trends in eyewear and for good reason – it’s sleek and universally flattering, adding glamor to a classy outfit. These Tom Ford sunglasses feature the iconic tubular temples and the designer logo is subtly embossed in gold at the end of the arm.
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4. Versace: Remarkable Contemporary Sunglasses
The Milanese brand founded by Gianni Versace in 1978 has grown to international recognition thanks to its sex appeal and brazen glamor. Known for its flashy designs and colorful patterns, Versace is the ultimate label for ostentatious fashion gurus. Versace became famous very quickly in the 80s, helping supermodels such as Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell launch their careers.
Try the double-bridge aesthetic trending this season with a pair of sharp Versace sunglasses. The screwed-on lens gives this tortoiseshell aviator style a distinctively contemporary feel, while the ‘Medusa’ logo shines attractively on the side.
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5. Miu Miu: Extravagant Transparent Sunglasses
The rebel younger sibling of luxury fashion house Prada, Italian label Miu Miu was founded in 1993 by Miuccia Prada. The brand is aimed at a younger audience and is a more affordable way of incorporating Prada designs in your wardrobe. In contrast to Prada’s intricate and thought out designs, Miu Miu is more free-spirited and immediate, integrating contemporary trends with refined experimentalism.
This year, watch out for the clear plastic frames trend! These gorgeously painted Miu Miu sunglasses will highlight your funky, rebellious look. The coquettish curved browline of this statement frame adds extra drama, while the playful logo quietly gleams from the transparent arms.
6. Maui Jim: Casual & Cool Polarized Sunglasses
An American brand that has its roots in Hawaiian culture, Maui Jim is a sunglasses designer and manufacturer that sells its products all over the world. With a strong focus on technology and design, Maui Jim celebrates innovation and craftsmanship. Their high-quality eyewear lenses filter excess light to give you a sharp, multi-tonal vision with vibrant colors.
7. Christian Dior: The Most Desirable Sunglasses
A true game changer in the fashion world and one of the best-loved designers of all time, Christian Dior founded the eponymous French label in 1946. After his unfortunate death in 1957, Yves Saint Laurent took over the house which nowadays is part of the LMVH group, the world’s largest luxury conglomerate. Dior styles exude elegance and refinement, and they are particularly coveted by fashionistas for their cutting-edge mix of new and vintage design.
The Dior So Real sunglasses caused quite a stir when they first came out, quickly becoming some of the most wanted sunglasses ever. This futuristic upgrade to the aviator style is revered far and wide for good reason – it’s a true fashion statement that reflects Dior’s forward-thinking approach to design.
8. Burberry: Classic Oversized British Spectacles
The Burberry eyewear brand is a hallmark of classic British style. Upper-class Londoners are likely to be seen wearing beige Burberry trenchcoats, or rain boots in the emblematic checkered pattern. But for the rest of us living in sunnier places, a pair of Burberry sunglasses is a much more accessible way of owning a piece of British design.
The square oversized sunglasses trend is big this season, so make room for another pair! These shades come in classic black and feature the distinctive Burberry pattern on the arms.
9. Carrera: Creative Sports Aviator Sunglasses
Carrera is an internationally known sunglasses brand which creates edgy sports designs for high-end eyewear enthusiasts. Their signature style is the aviator, which has recently seen a number of reinterpretations in line with the latest trends.
Carrera sunglasses are some of the best-selling sunglasses worldwide. They are appreciated by fans for their modern look and high-quality craftsmanship. If you’re a fan of the athleisure style, Carrera is the perfect brand for you!
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10. Chloé: Feminine Chic Sunglasses
French Luxury brand Chloé, founded in 1952 by Gaby Aghion, is known and loved by francophone fashionistas worldwide. Celebrities like Marion Cotillard, Emma Stone, and Clémence Poésy are often seen wearing feminine Chloé looks with effortless grace and charm. The brand also offers lines for young people (See by Chloé) and for girls.
Their 2017 collection is focused on the wear-anywhere styles of the ‘70s. These perfectly round Chloé sunglasses are on-trend and they reflect that attitude. The metallic rings enhance the feminine flair of this soft pink frame that will easily complement an edgy hippie outfit.
11. Michael Kors: Sharp Flattering Sunglasses
Michael Kors is a luxurious American brand created in 1981. MK has become a lifestyle brand through its wearable evening pieces, as well as its casual streetwear and athletic wear. Most of the accessories created by the designer are recognizable from their prominent MK brass logo. Michael Kors is very popular with millennials and you’re likely to see their designs in expensive nightclubs and at high-end parties.
These Michael Kors sunglasses in classic tortoiseshell come in an elegant retro-inspired cat-eye shape that never gets old. They are some of our most reliable sunglasses and will match up a number of different outfit styles. These sunnies are a perfect accessory for a fashionable yet unpretentious wardrobe.
12. Persol: Innovative Sunglasses
Founded in 1917 and dedicated exclusively to creating sunglasses, Persol is another Italian brand with an impressive international following. Persol sunglasses are nothing short of extraordinary, combining exquisite craftsmanship and technology with aesthetics.
Part of the recent Calligrapher edition, these Persol sunglasses are created for the pickiest and most design-conscious wearers. They come in a classic amber color and reflect contemporary trends in metallic eyewear. There’s no need to put a logo on these beauties – anyone with half a fashion sense can recognize excellence, especially if it’s hand-made in Italy.
13. Dolce & Gabbana: Impressively Desirable Sunglasses
While other fashion houses tried for over a century to attain the same status, Dolce & Gabbana managed to build a solid following very quickly. The luxury brand with a distinctly Italian voice was founded in 1985 in Legnano by designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. Inspired by the glamor of Italian beauty queens like Sophia Loren and Monica Bellucci, D&G designs radiate style and sophistication.
These Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses feature a trending squared cat-eye / butterfly style that will bring a mixture of drama and finesse to your look. The signature D&G golden nameplate shines discreetly on the arms of this robust frame, for an intriguing appearance.
14. Fendi: Luxurious Cat Eye Sunglasses
Another iconic Italian label, Fendi was founded in Rome in 1925 and has gained its popularity with its fur pieces and accessories. The collections exude elegance and sophistication and they are under the artistic direction of Silvia Venturini Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld. Fendi is one of the most recognizable fashion brands today and a true symbol of status.
The Fendi EyeShine cat-eye shades are some of the most popular sunglasses in the world right now and it looks like the style is here to stay. Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, and Kate Hudson are all in love with this high-shine, updated version of the classic cat-eye.
Check out the store for more exquisite styles of Fendi sunglasses if you’re not afraid to stand out!
15. Céline: Bold Statement Flat Top Sunglasses
French brand Céline is known for its high-end ready-to-wear styles and luxury leather goods. Founded in 1945 by Céline Vipiana, the brand is currently owned by the LVMH group and is one of the most widely-known fashion brands worldwide. The brand’s appeal lies in its modern approach to femininity and its luxurious spirit.
These Céline sunglasses are highly eccentric and destined for the self-confident fashionista who is not afraid to break the rules. The bold flat-brow is a big trend this season, infusing catwalks with a new wave of masculinity while also retaining a forward-looking feel.
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16. Gucci: Clear Rimmed Sunglasses
The Gucci brand has become a universal symbol for luxury, status, and style. Founded in 1921 in the Italian city of Florence by Guccio Gucci, the house creates luxury fashion and leather goods with a distinctively sexy look. The brand is currently the 38th most valuable brand in the world and has seen continuous celebrity following, with Gucci garments often appearing on red carpets across the globe.
The aviator sunglasses style is still very popular this season and you can see it around in various interpretations. These Gucci sunglasses in see-through acetate take the aviator style to another level, featuring a double bridge and a sleek matte finish.
17. Alain Mikli: Avant-Garde Sunglasses
French-American eyewear designer Alain Mikli has been creating high-end handmade eyeglasses and accessories for over 35 years.
He is one of the leading voices in avant-garde design and his styles are widely appreciated by celebrities on both sides of the ocean. Alain Mikli creates some of the most coveted sunglasses designs and they stand for both maximum comfort and unceasing devotion to art.
Round eyeglasses are still staying with us this season, but like their long-lasting siblings, the cat-eyes, and the aviators, round frames also get some updates. Ahead of the curve, these Alain Mikli sunglasses tap into two emerging trends for this year: colored (pink) lenses and embossed round frames. This is avant-garde design at its finest.
18. Ray-Ban: The Most Iconic & Famous Sunglasses
Ray-Bans don’t really need an introduction. They are probably the most famous sunglasses brand in the world, appreciated by fashionable wearers everywhere. An American brand dedicated exclusively to eyewear, Ray-Ban was founded in 1937 by Bausch & Lomb and has gained a substantial following for its iconic wayfarer and aviator styles. Ray-Bans are some of the most versatile sunglasses money can buy, with classic designs that are built to last.
The classic Ray Ban sunglasses styles are updated every year to bring you the latest in eyewear trends alongside old-time favorites. We recommend the contemporary round clubmaster, with an elegant browline that is not too thick and on-trend funky polarized pink lenses.
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19. Tory Burch: Easy-Going Round Preppy Sunglasses
Tory Burch is a leading American designer brand established in 2004. The look of the brand is largely appreciated for its easy to wear preppy-bohemian styles. The designer sold out its entire collection on the opening day of their NYC boutique in Nolita after being named ‘the next big thing in fashion’ by Oprah.
These Tory Burch sunglasses have a crisp round cat-eye shape and a distinctly high-end feel. They are also among the most versatile sunglasses in our collection, a true mark of the Tory Burch brand. The recognizable T-shaped logo shines discreetly in gold on the side of the frame.
20. Saint Laurent: Stylish French Sunglasses
Yves Saint Laurent is said to be the most influential designer of the 20th century. In 1983, he was the first living designer to have an exhibition the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. He designed under the Dior name after Christian Dior’s death in 1954 and founded his own fashion house in 1962. Presently, the brand has been renamed to Saint Laurent and is part of the Gucci group.
Geometric lenses are one of the hottest eyewear trends in 2017, and we’ve seen them in all sorts of shapes and colors. These Saint Laurent sunglasses have a subtle geometric shape, which reflects the undying elegance of the brand. They also feature a flat brow, another key feature for this year’s eyewear collections.
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Closing Thoughts on 2017’s Summer Sunwear Trends
This season is full of crazy new designs and re-interpreted classic shapes!
If you’re investing in a pair of designer sunnies for the long run, we recommend choosing a style that won’t go out of style very quickly. But if you’ve already got that classic pair of shades, have fun expressing your personality with these amazing new shapes. Which ones are your favorites?
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