Summer Sunnies: The Best Sunglasses For SS23
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Summer Sunnies: The Best Sunglasses For SS23

Looking for the perfect pair of shades? We round up this season's must-haves...

Looking for the perfect pair of sunglasses this season? From the staple to the statement, our hot list has you covered with the best picks for SS23.

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The SS23 Sunglasses Edit

Sunglasses are notoriously tricky to prescribe; a purchase that differs between each and every person depending on face shape, lifestyle and of course, fashion sense. After oversized cat eyes for planned yacht lazing? Or retro rounds for festival lounging? Perhaps it’s classic aviators for sporting pursuits? Or a strategic throwback to oversized shades in order to hide last night’s questionable third round of drinks? Whatever your preference, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect pair with our edit:

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Pink frame sunglasses

Temperley London

The Florence Sunglasses, £‌129

White cat-eyes

Jimmy Choo

Addy Cat-Eyes, £260

Brown glasses


Oversized Sunglasses, £195

Green frame sunglasses


Paula’s Ibiza Glasses, rent from £35.02

Clear glasses

Cutler and Gross

Square Acetate Sunglasses, £375

Blue glasses

Salvatore Ferragamo

Blue Transparent Glasses, £210

Circular sunglasses

Tom Davies

PHYLLIS Col.1721

Woman in pink glasses

Simone Rocha x H&M

Pink Statement Sunglasses, rent from £30.19

Blue and orange sunglasses

Dolce&Gabbana x Persol

PO3295S, £292

Butterfly shaped sunglasses

Stella McCartney

Butterfly Glasses, £168

Dark brown glasses


Vera Sunglasses, £180

Tortoise Cat Eye Sunglasses

Miu Miu

Tortoise Cat Eyes, rent from £8

Heart-shaped glasses

Saint Laurent

Loulou Heart-Shaped Snake-Print Acetate and Gold-Tone Glasses, £475

Blue cat-eye glasses


Blue MissDior B1U Cat-Eye Gold-Tone Glasses, £340

Woman in glasses

Bottega Veneta

Rent Cat-Eye Tortoiseshell Glasses, rent from £31.40

What Makes A Good Pair Of Sunglasses?

UV Protection

Ideally, you want sunglasses that will protect your eyes from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, as prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation can lead to eye problems – like cataracts, macular degeneration and even eye cancer – later down the line. You’ll usually find a sticker on the sunglasses you’re after or a note on the product web page which will say if they protect against UV.


A polarised lens helps to reduce the glare from reflected light, making it an ideal quality for sunglasses during summer (or even outdoor activities like skiing, fishing or driving). They can also help to reduce eye strain, while providing clearer vision and contrast.

Lens Colour

Did you know the colour of your lenses can improve your eyesight for certain activities? While many of us tend to stick to black, it’s worth trying out other colours depending on your eyes and the activities you’ll be undertaking. Brown lenses, for example, help enhance contrast, making them ideal for sporting activities where you have to keep an eye moving objects (like tennis, golf, baseball), while grey reduces brightness without distorting colours (which makes it a better choice for activities like painting or photography) and green creates good colour balance and visual clarity (so may be better suited to days out or activities like birdwatching).

Prescription Options

If you wear glasses on a daily basis, and prefer not to wear contact lenses, you might want to consider finding a pair of sunglasses that can be kitted out with your prescription. This way you can protect your eyes without compromising on your sight itself.

How Do You Know Your Sunglasses Fit?

The general rule is that your sunglasses should sit comfortably on your face, while shielding your eyes from the sun at all angles. The frame itself should sit snugly on the bridge of your nose without pinching, and the arms should go past your temples so that sunlight doesn’t come through from the sides.

Featured: Temperley London