Summer Style: 7 Chic Sun-Guarding Shades

Sun’s out, which means one of two things: you’re either the soaker or the sucker. With winter in the rearview, we’re all too eager to re-expose ourselves to those beloved UV rays we’ve missed so much. But before you rush out the door and debut your fabulous off the shoulder silhouettemake sure to protect yourself before you wreck yourself. Last year we compiled our favorites, and this year we’ve made a brand-new list of our favorite in-season, super-chic, UV-protective, to-die-for (or live for?!) sun-friendly fashions. 

THE LENS

First in the series: sunglasses. With sunglasses, the bigger the better. If the higher the hair the closer to heaven, then the bigger the blocker the closer to… a crow’s-feet-free lifetime? Make sure to keep an eye out for UV-protective lenses, too—not all oversized sunglasses offer UVA/UVB protection. We recommend asking for these specifications before ordering to make triple sure. Here are our favorites this season! (Here are last year’s.)

1. Oliver Peoples + The Row—Don’t Bother Me, $340

Oliver Peoples teamed up with the Row to make these gorgeous under-cover sunglasses. With super-wide arms, your temple and the corners of your eyes are well-protected. Italian-made acetate and the slightly cat-eye shape is so Hollywood—they’ll look great with your sun protective scarf. 100% UV-protective lenses.

The Best Sun Protection Sunglasses While Stile Looking ChicThe Best Sun Protection Sunglasses While Stile Looking Chic
2. Fendi Jungle, $480

No doubt the city can be a jungle sometimes—but so can the beach, you know? These tall-cornered, wide-frame sunglasses are perfect protectors, and the height means even the top of your cheekbones (so prone to dark spots) will be partly protected, too.

Cate Blanchett Wearing Fendi ShadesOur top sun shade picks

3. Ralph Lauren Woven Shield Sunglasses, $349

Shield says it all: the lens on these Ralph Lauren frames crosses and protects the bridge of your nose, offering a vital extra dose of protection for one of the most vulnerable parts of your face. Italian-made metal and acetate with 100% UV protection.

Our top summer sunglass picks

4. Le Specs Self Portrait—Edition 2, $125

Cool, calm, rose-tinted glamour: Le Specs’ Self Portrait line is a super excuse for selfie. The frame comes in matte blush (which we love, seen here), pearl tan, or gold. The category 3 lenses offer the maximum in UV sun protection.

Our top summer sunglass picks

 

5. Karen Walker One Splash, $300

When it comes to crow’s feet (and the elevens) squinting is your enemy. Not only are these Karen Walker frames large enough to protect from the sun, the lenses also offer high sun glare reduction—you’ll be smiling even if you’re not oceanside.

Our top summer sunglass picks

6. Chloé Carlina, $346

Oh so ’70s, these oversized Chloé lookers lend instant glamour with transparent frames in a perfectly round silhouette; you’ll be instantly transformed into Bridget Bardot. Not only do these gorgeous rounds offer full coverage, they’re also super cute.

Our top summer sunglass picks

Our top summer sunglass picks

 

7. Celine CL 41026, $450

A classic and timeless pair of shades with great coverage. The straight top line guards from the sun while highlighting your great brows—these are a favorite of the one-and-only Kim K.

Our top summer sunglass picks

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Did you know that eating the right foods can enhance your sun protection? Seriously.
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