Our pick of the pairs we want

After a few brief heatwaves, summer is definitely starting to stick around, with days getting longer and the sun making more frequent appearances. So what better way to embrace the new season than with a new pair of sunglasses for summer 2018?

But let’s be honest, they’re not just a seasonal trend, they’re an all-year-round must. Even when it’s not sunny, they’re still an impossibly chic way to hide those under eye bags after a night out.

SS18 sunglasses trends

This season, they’re cooler than ever. Sunglasses are the kind of thing you can justify spending on — bear in mind, if you buy them right, you’ll have them forever (read: Céline cat eye sunglasses). But, if you’re looking for a quick fix, there are pairs on the high street we’d wear for seasons too.

In terms of shapes, you’ve got the two iconic styles beloved by all: aviators and cat-eyes, though they are getting a makeover.

The classic bottle green and mirror aviator sunglasses will never go out of style, but this season, the offering is much more colourful, with acid yellow lenses and blue frames. Just look at our edit of the best Ray-Ban sunglasses and we defy you not to fall in love.

On the other side of things, if you want a bit of a departure from your classic black cat eye sunglasses, try OTT frames. Think loud prints, 3D detailing, glitter and gems. There’s no such thing as too much in this instance.

If you don’t fall into either of those two camps, there’s a new(ish) style in town: the 90s style, small frames. They come in muted tones, but we recommend donning them in bright red or pink for a more current look – Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez are fans.

Here are the best sunglasses to shop now and wear all season…

Best Sunglasses 2018: Cat Eye

Celine Black Mirrored Cat-Eye Sunglasses

If there’s a pair of cat-eye sunglasses you’ll keep forever, it’s this pair. The white version we had our eye on sold out in a flash, though this black pair will go with any outfit and add a dose of cool girl chic.

Celine Black Mirrored Cat-Eye Sunglasses

If there’s a pair of cat-eye sunglasses you’ll keep forever, it’s this pair. The white version we had our eye on sold out in a flash, though this black pair will go with any outfit and add a dose of cool girl chic.

Gucci Aviator Gold Tone Sunglasses

We saw yellow and golden toned lenses pick up speed over the past couple of months and this pair of Gucci sunglasses melds the trend with a classic silhouette. If we ever get a Top Gun remake, we bet these would make Maverick’s discerning cut.

Best Sunglasses 2018: Round

Louis Vuitton Nue Au Soleil Sunglasses

These dark Louis Vuitton sunglasses are a timeless classic. With sophisticated gold hardware detailing and the barest hint of an LV logo, they’re a total designer investment piece you’ll want to hang onto forever.


Le Specs has truly been stealing the show this year – there was one point last month where we saw their Lolita glasses literally everywhere and we’re expecting this new drop will get the same treatment. With a 90s inspired silhouette and cute heart details, it also comes in black and ‘hot pants pink’.