Best sunglasses for your eyes
Whether you go for a classic, Risky Business-style Wayfarer or the mirrored shades celebs are loving right now, you need to be sure they protect your peepers. First, make sure your shades have 100% UV protection to filter both UVA and UVB rays—this is the most important thing you can do to save your eyes. You can further protect yourself with oversized and wraparound frames that offer more coverage to protect the soft tissue around your eyes (which can help prevent wrinkles). Finally, you have the option of choosing polarized lenses, which make it easier to see in very bright conditions and can keep eyestrain at bay. The following 10 sunglasses pass the test—your eyes will thank you later.
Illesteva Mirrored Matte Sunglasses
Take tortoiseshell and give it a modern update, and you've got this pair imported from Italy. Mirrored green and blue lenses aren't just eye-catching—they also reduce glare in bright situations.
To buy: $177; bloomingdales.com
ASOS Metal Angular Aviator Sunglasses In Rose Gold
You probably know ASOS for here today, gone tomorrow fast fashion. And at 20 bucks, you can afford to buy this pair and a more expensive version, though there's no need: despite the low price, they still offer 100% UV protection.
To buy: $19; asos.com
Smith Optics Bridgetown Aviator Sunglasses
Blend classic cool with fashionable flair with this this subtle update to the aviator. And this pair has substance in addition to loads of style: Smith Optics is known for its high-performance lenses that let you see the world as nature intended.
To buy: $169; nordstrom.com
Westward Leaning Vanguard Square Sunglasses
Smoke-colored lenses are a great option for reducing glare but without distorting color. This sporty style works for a sail around the bay, a day lounging at the pool, around town…you name it, these glasses will protect your eyes and look stylish doing it.
To buy: $225; saksfifthavenue.com
Kingsfield Havanna Tortoise
Want to try a vintage-inspired style? These tortoiseshell specs protect your eyes while also staying firmly on your face with wire core temples that prevent sliding.
To buy: $140; bloomingdales.com
Tifosi Optics Jet
Need high-performance shades to get you through all your runs, bike rides, and triathlons? The Tifosi Optics Jet is shatterproof, slip-proof, and extraordinarily lightweight, all while still protecting your eyes from the elements.
To buy: $40; zappos.com
Target Women’s Gelato Surf Sunglasses
Prone to scratching your shades? The polycarbonate lenses help prevent that from happening. Plus, they look as good shredding the waves as they do on the boardwalk.
To buy: $13, target.com
Tory Burch Cat Eye Sunglasses
These sultry cat-eye shades from Tory Burch aren’t just a classy call to the 1950s—they also provide 100% UV protection, so you won’t be squinting while poolside.
To buy: $175, bloomingdales.com
Toms Gavin Sunglasses
Who knew these champagne-hued shades (which come with full UV protection!) could do good in the world? For every pair of Toms sunglasses you buy, the brand funds a full eye exam for someone in need. Double yes.
To buy: $149, bloomingdales.com
Quay Cherry Bomb Sunglasses
No glare here: These high-shine mirrored lenses come with UV protection and a stylized brow bar. Plus, they’re made by Aussie brand Quay, so you know they’re beach day appropriate, mate.
To buy: $55, urbanoutfitters.com