If there’s one thing that should be on your summer essentials list, it’s sunglasses. Whether you’re a fan of thin metal frames, retro round lenses or a classic wayfarer, there’s no shortage of choice when it comes to picking your perfect pair.
However, if you’re looking to stand out from crowd this season, why not consider a statement pair of sunnies?
From coloured lenses to unique frame shapes, we’ve rounded up ten of our favourites on the current market, proving that shopping for eyewear needn’t be boring.
1. Topman Brown Striped Sunglasses
These striped shades by Topman offer a whole lot of bang for your buck, coming in at just £12.
However, the strong gradient stripe, shapely curves and tinted lenses push these sunglasses in a more premium direction, creating a stylish statement pair that will flatter a whole array of face shapes and skin tones.
Available at Topman, priced £12.
2. Acne Studios Spitfire Large In Palladium Green
When Swedish label Acne Studios launched its first ever eyewear collection in April of this year, we expected nothing less than strong statement sunglasses with a Scandi twist.
This aviator-style pair ticks all the boxes, with its slim palladium silver frame, deep green lenses and ceramic nose pads combining to produce a pair of slick minimalist shades we just can’t wait to wear.
Available at Acne, priced £280.
3. Kirk Originals Notorious Sunglasses
Hot off the back of its 2014 relaunch, British eyewear brand Kirk Originals has reworked some of its classic frames with bold contemporary detailing – and its Notorious frame is our pick of the bunch.
Handcrafted from clear Italian acetate, reflective blue lenses add depth to this strong style, which not only looks the part, but offers 100 per cent protection from UV rays too.
Available at Kirk Originals, priced £295.
4. Oliver Peoples Gregory Peck Acetate
If you’re seeking a similarly translucent pair with more of a classic appeal, take a look at these retro shades by Oliver Peoples.
Designed as a tribute to iconic acting talent and style icon Gregory Peck, these sunglasses hail back to his mid-century heyday, coming complete with simple round lenses, a raised nose bridge and delicate thin arms.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £435.
5. Ray-Ban Round Folding Flash Lenses
Inspired by 1960s counter-culture, this classic pair of Ray-Bans instantly transports us to back to the era of peace, love and freedom fighters.
However, the most exciting thing about these shades is the intricate folding system – six hinges are concealed in its delicate construction – which allows you to collapse them and slip them in your pocket whenever you’re on the go. Just don’t sit on them.
Available at Ray-Ban, priced £188.
6. ASOS Wayfarer Sunglasses With Mirrored Lens
ASOS’ great value sunglasses range always serves up some exciting styles, and the e-tailer has remained true to form this summer.
We’ve got this tortoiseshell pair of shades on our radar for a style that’s sure to be noticed, but still retains an air of elegance thanks to its thin arms, masculine shape and gold hinge detailing.
Available at ASOS, priced £10.
7. Illesteva Leonard Round Frame Acetate Sunglasses
The Leonard frame has endured as the hero style for New York-based eyewear brand Illesteva since its 2010 inception, with its chunky form and round lenses proving popular season upon season.
This summer, the label has updated its signature style in a handsome blonde shade, providing a vibrant take on an eyewear favourite.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £140.
8. Carrera 82 Sunglasses
Italian eyewear brand Carrera is renowned for its bold flight styles, offering us yet another eye-catching pair this season.
Vibrant blue to green gradient lenses are both striking and summer-appropriate, while the deep brown frame and metal arms keep things sophisticated.
Available at Sunglass Hut, priced £105.
9. River Island Block Texture Wayfarer Sunglasses
Texture and tone are the key ingredients in this highly affordable pair of summer shades, with black, blue and blonde hues blending across a simple square frame.
A stipple effect adds another layer of interest to these sunglasses, which your friends are sure to be fighting to slip on themselves.
Available at River Island, priced £16.
10. Cutler And Gross 0676 Blue Turtle Sunglasses
London-based independent label Cutler and Gross is world renowned for its innovative approach to eyewear design; a reputation it has upheld for 46 years.
For summer 2015 the label has been as brave as ever, bringing us this bulky blue and black pair for the more daring dresser. Mixing sharp lines and sweeping curves, these shades are guaranteed to get you noticed.
Available at Cutler and Gross, priced £310.