6 Sunglasses Brands And Styles That Every Woman Should Have

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Every wardrobe needs a stylish pair of sunglasses — or several. But hunting down the best sunglasses for women can feel like trying to find a needle in a department store bargain bin.

Fortunately, shopping for sunglasses no longer needs to be a chore and a half. Thanks to the Internet, you can now order sunglasses from the comfort of your home. Some companies even let you "try them on" with your smartphone! How cool is that?

Still, if you don't know exactly what you're looking for in a new pair of sunglasses, you might feel lost despite these fancy tech advancements.

If that's the case, though, all you need is a crash course in sunglasses and a few recommendations for the best sunglasses money can buy.

Yep, it's that easy.

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Shades for Every Face: Find Your Perfect Shape

One of the hardest parts of shopping for the best sunglasses for women is trying to decode each of the different frame styles. After all, what does "wayfarer" even mean?

If you don't know the difference between cat-eye and rimless, here's the place to start:

Square

Square sunglasses are exactly what they sound like. In fact, many women love square frames because they provide an angular contrast to their otherwise round- or oval-shaped face.

But with the simplicity of square sunglasses also comes a range of opportunity. For example, you can find square aviators, square cat-eyes, and countless other combinations that offer the perfect complement to your facial structure and fashion sense.

square sunglasses

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Aviator

When we mention aviator sunglasses, one of the first images that come to mind is probably Tom Cruise in "Top Gun." Or, perhaps what comes to mind is Hunter S. Thompson (or Johnny Depp roleplaying as the famous author). And, in either case, you're not wrong.

As the fairly straightforward name implies, aviator sunglasses originated with pilots. John MacReady, one of the earliest pilots to take to the sky in the early 20th Century, takes credit for coming up with the design.

Aviator sunglasses first came to fruition as a way to protect pilots' eyes from the harsh sunlight high in the atmosphere.

Since existing aviator goggles weren't dark enough (and removing them meant potentially losing your eyes) MacReady worked with Bausch & Lomb, eventual creators of Ray-Ban, to design a pair of glasses that did the job.

In the 1930s, these new glasses were sold to sportsmen as a way to fight the sun's glare on the lake or the golf course. Several decades later, women's aviators entered the market.

Today, aviator sunglasses feature wireframes and oversized, tapered lenses. You can find these sunglasses in all different colors, but there's nothing like the classic yellow-brown lenses for a retro look.

aviator sunglasses

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Round

On the subject of celebrities in sunglasses, The Beatles and round sunglasses go hand-in-hand. And with a renewed interest in vintage fashion, these iconic lenses have swiftly come back into style.

As you can probably guess, round sunglasses feature circular frames. Generally, you'll find these lenses fastened into place with wireframes. However, you can also find round sunglasses in almost any color, material, or size you can imagine.

round sunglass

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Cat-eye

This dramatic frame shape has a rather intriguing history. And they weren't always called cat-eye sunglasses.

Created by a woman named Altina Schinasi, the cat-eye style was a direct response to the lack of feminine eyeglasses available in the early 19th Century. She found inspiration in the Harlequin masks of Venice, and so the "Harlequin glasses" were born.

Then, the 1950s and 1960s came around, and the Harlequin shape was seen on the likes of Marylin Monroe, Audrey Hepburn (who wore a pair of oversized cat-eye sunglasses in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"), and other female fashion icons of the era.

This was also around the time when people stopped calling them "Harlequin" glasses and started referring to them as cat-eyes.

Now, cat-eye sunglasses are some of the most popular frames around. You can spot a cat-eye frame from a mile away thanks to the signature upturned shape, mimicking the shape of a cat's eye or winged eyeliner.

cat eye sunglass

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Butterfly

A close cousin to the cat-eye shape is the butterfly. While nowhere near as popular as its feline-inspired counterpart, these sunglasses were relatively trendy in the early 2000s.

This lens shape also pairs well with oversized frames, which are a must-have in any good sunglasses collection.

As the name implies, butterfly sunglasses are, more-or-less, shaped like butterfly wings. Some styles take this interpretation a bit further than others, though.

You can find butterfly lenses that just barely flair out like wings, otherwise maintaining a fairly rectangular profile. Others, though, literally look like butterfly wings. They even have scalloped edges to show where the top and bottom wings would overlap.

For those with a playful, feminine style, these are definitely some of the best sunglasses for women that aren't too mainstream.

butterfly sunglass

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Rimless

Large, statement frames are all well and good for some people. Others, though, prefer something a bit more understated. If this applies to you, may we suggest a pair of rimless sunglasses?

Rimless frames might still be some of the best sunglasses for women today, but the style actually dates back as far as the mid-1800s.

The rimless style started with a type of eyeglasses called "pince-nez" (if you think about it for a moment, you'll realize that literally means "pinched nose").

Instead of using temples to hold themselves in place, these glasses relied on pinching the nose to stay on the face. Obviously, rimless sunglasses of today don't share this design element. But it's still interesting to learn a bit about this trend's history.

When we talk about rimless sunglasses in modern terms, we're generally referring to glasses that have very, very slim wires around the lenses. From a distance, these glasses look — surprise, surprise — completely rimless.

Wayfarer

Have you heard the term Wayfarer, but have no idea what a pair of Wayfarer sunglasses actually look like? Or perhaps you've never even heard the term spoken before!

Either way, you definitely know what a pair of Wayfarers look like, you just don't realize it. They're what most people know as Ray-Bans.

The Ray-Ban brand might make countless sunglasses styles, but there's one silhouette they're famous for. In fact, their signature Wayfarers are so iconic that most people just call them "Ray-Bans."

On paper, the Wayfarer doesn't seem like it should be as popular as it is. Yet, these plastic, trapezoid frames have basically become the blue jeans of sunglasses.

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Shield

There's a very good chance you've never actually seen someone rock a pair of shield sunglasses in person. But that doesn't mean these aren't some of the best sunglasses for women with an eccentric taste in fashion.

Shield sunglasses, which look more like ski goggles than day-to-day eyewear, have been quite popular with Instagram influencers and celebrities in recent seasons.

And on top of being fashionable, these glasses will definitely protect your eyes and the surrounding skin from dangerous UV rays!

In short, shield sunglasses are oversized, square or cat-eye sunglasses with a lens that extends across both eyes. In other words, the nose bridge is covered by the middle of this singular lens. Again, just like ski goggles.

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Heart

Heart-shaped sunglasses are pretty self-explanatory. But this trend has held some interesting roles in pop culture throughout the decades.

While the first recorded pair of heart sunglasses is estimated to come from the 1950s, 1962 marked a jump in popularity for the unique eyewear.

You see, the controversial film "Lolita" (based off the book of the same name by Vladimir Nabokov) featured the heart-shaped frames. Actually, the sunglasses even appeared on the movie's official poster.

Since then, heart-shaped sunglasses have been seen on musicians, celebrities, schoolchildren, festival-goers, and people from all walks of life. And, honestly, who could avoid falling in love with such an adorable pair of sunglasses?

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Shades for Every Face: Find Your Perfect Shape

Do you think picking out the perfect pair of sunglasses is all about the shape? Well, think again. While those retro aviators or classy cat-eyes might look great on, are they actually doing their job as sunglasses?

If you want to get the most out of your new sunglasses, here are some questions to ask yourself:

Should you choose polarized or non-polarized?

When shopping for a new pair of sunglasses, you might see certain products labeled as polarized or non-polarized. But what does this mean?

Well, polarized lenses feature molecular-level lines that only allow vertical light to pass through. This means that light reflected off of horizontal surfaces, like car hoods and lake water, gets blocked out.

So, if you find that glare is a major problem even when wearing sunglasses, you might find that a pair of polarized lenses work better.

Although sportsmen, especially anglers, are one of the main markets for polarized sunglasses, many of the best sunglasses for women and men's fashion also use polarized lenses.

How much UV protection is enough?

Despite what many shoppers believe, not all sunglasses offer the same amount of UV protection. In fact, some lenses offer none at all.

Yes, the best sunglasses for women should look great. But what's the point of donning a pair of sunnies if they do nothing to protect your eyes and skin from the harsh sun?

Ideally, you want to find a pair of sunglasses that advertise 100 percent UVA and UVB protection or protection against UV400 (meaning they block all wavelengths under 400 nanometers).

If a pair of sunglasses you're interested in doesn't list the percentage of UV blocked by the lenses, it's generally a good idea to look for something else. The last thing you want is to trust your sunglasses to protect your face, only to learn they never did so when it's already too late!

However, there are ways to check for UV protection in a pair of sunglasses you already own. Most optical clinics can test your sunglasses in something called a photometer.

Remember, just because a pair of sunglasses feature dark or polarized lenses doesn't mean that they also protect against UV rays.

What size frames will fit best?

As we said, buying sunglasses has never been easier, thanks to the Internet. But how do you choose the right sunglasses when you can't physically try them on?

Of course, some online retailers offer virtual try-on sessions using an uploaded photo or a smartphone app. Still, this high-tech solution won't work for everyone.

For the best fit possible, we suggest measuring your face before starting your search. All you'll need is a ruler with millimeter markings and a mirror (or a helpful friend).

Most reputable sunglasses retailers list measurements for each pair of frames they offer. While some will only list one or two measurements, others will list all four. These measurements include:

Eye

This is the measurement from end-to-end of the frames, viewed from the front, at the widest point.

Lens

The width of each individual lens, viewed from the front, at the widest point.

Vertical

The height of each lens, viewed from the front, at the widest point.

Temple

This is the length of each temple, or arm, of the glasses.

Bridge

This is the length of the piece of plastic, metal, or other materials that connects each lens over the nose.

How We Reviewed

To put together a list of the best sunglasses for women, we first researched some of the most popular eyewear styles of the moment. We also looked into the various factors that go into finding the right pair of glasses for you, such as sizing and UV protection.

When it came time to narrow down our search to just a handful of products, we referenced ratings from organizations like the Better Business Bureau and expert reviews from sources like Shape Magazine and blogger Meredith Morgan.

We also looked to reviews from real customers whenever possible, since those are the opinions which matter most.

The 6 Best Sunglasses for Women That Will Never Go Out of Style

Ready to find a pair of sunglasses that makes all of your wildest dreams come true in an instant? Okay, so we probably can't make that happen. But we can introduce you to the best sunglasses for women who love a nice collection of eyewear!

While our list is numbered, it's in no particular order. We love all of these sunglasses equally.

SojoS Classic Aviator Mirrored Sunglasses


SOJOS Classic Aviator Mirrored Flat Lens Sunglasses Metal Frame with...
  • UV400 PROTECTION FOR YOUR EYES – SojoS's anti-glare lenses can block 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation. UV400 rated...
  • HIGH-QUALITY MATERIALS – These SojoS vintage aviator sunglasses are made of high-quality metal materials, colorful...
  • PERFECT ALL ROUNDER – These SojoS sunglasses are the perfect choice for outdoor sports and activities such as cycling,...

If you're looking for a pair of the best sunglasses for women with a sporty twist, the SojoS Classic Aviator Mirrored Sunglasses might be the perfect fit. These sunglasses feature the retro aviator silhouette but with a pair of modern mirrored lenses to step them up a notch.

You can pick from a variety of lens colors, including pink, olivine, or purple lenses. The metal framing is available in silver, gold, or black, depending on the type of lenses you choose.

While these sunglasses offer 100 percent UV400 protection, they are not polarized. The lenses are 58 millimeters wide and 50 millimeters tall. The bridge measures 15 millimeters, the temples measure 135 millimeters, and the total eye width is 143 millimeters across.

SojoS Fashion Round Sunglasses


SOJOS Fashion Round Sunglasses for Women Men Oversized Vintage Shades...
  • UV400 PROTECTION FOR YOUR EYES – SojoS's anti-glare lenses can block 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation. UV400 rated...
  • FASHION UNIQUE DESIGN – There are several colors available for this round style sunglasses: black, brown, pink, blue,...
  • HIGH-QUALITY MATERIALS – These SojoS vintage round sunglasses are made from high-quality plastic frames, UV400...

If you're looking for a pair of the best sunglasses for women with a sporty twist, the SojoS Classic Aviator Mirrored Sunglasses might be the perfect fit. These sunglasses feature the retro aviator silhouette but with a pair of modern mirrored lenses to step them up a notch.

You can pick from a variety of lens colors, including pink, olivine, or purple lenses. The metal framing is available in silver, gold, or black, depending on the type of lenses you choose.

While these sunglasses offer 100 percent UV400 protection, they are not polarized. The lenses are 58 millimeters wide and 50 millimeters tall. The bridge measures 15 millimeters, the temples measure 135 millimeters, and the total eye width is 143 millimeters across.

Blenders Eyewear Millenia


Nocturnal Q Millenia

  • Frameless Matte Black  
  • Smoke Polarized Superflash Lenses
  • Double Barrel Stainless Steel Hinge
  • These statement shield sunglasses will certainly turn heads but in the best way possible. Whether you're looking for the best sunglasses for women or for men, you're sure to love the Blenders Eyewear Millenia sunglasses.

    Available in three different colors, you can choose from a classic black pair or go with one of Blenders Eyewear's more vibrant options.

    Blue Phoenix is an ocean blue-turquoise that will light up any room while Autumn Fire is an orange-red gradient featuring flame accents on the temples and bridge.

    According to Blenders Eyewear, these sunglasses offer 100 percent UV400 protection and use polarized lenses. Each lens measures 55.5 millimeters wide and 50 millimeters tall, and the bridge is 10.5 millimeters across.

    Both temples are 142.8 millimeters long, and the total eye width is 138.6 millimeters.

    Kate Spade Lamonica Sunglasses


    Kate Spade New York Womens Lamonica/S
    • Spice up your day with the delightful Kate Spade New York Lamonica/S sunglasses.

    Kate Spade is an icon within the fashion world. While the late designer's handbags might be the trademark of her brand, her sunglasses are nothing to scoff at, either.

    The Kate Spade Lamonica Sunglasses offer a modern take on the round frame shape. While each lens is perfectly circular, each one is also framed by colorful plastic, metal accents, and tortoiseshell temple caps.

    You can choose from a range of different colorways, including black, blue, pink, and Havana (a brown tortoiseshell pattern).

    These sunglasses feature a 100 percent UV-protective coating but are non-polarized. Each lens is 54 millimeters across, and the temples are 140 millimeters long. The bridge is fairly wide at 21 millimeters while the entire eye width is 129 millimeters.

    Electric California Super Bee Sunglasses


    Electric Visual Super Bee Gloss Black/OHM Grey Sunglasses
    • Lifetime warranty
    • Made in Italy. California design
    • Oversized butterfly shaped frame with performance features

    While these sunglasses are named after another insect, there's no mistaking the frame shape as anything but a butterfly lens. The Electric California Super Bee Sunglasses are easily some of the best sunglasses for women who just can't let the oversized trend go.

    These classic plastic frames are available in multiple colors, including two different black colorways, tortoiseshell, rose, and olive.

    You can choose polarized lenses when you order the Gloss Black color, but all of the other colors come with non-polarized lenses. However, these sunglasses offer 100 percent UV protection and block up to 98 percent of harmful blue light.

    Each lens measure 55 millimeters tall, and the entire eye width is 144 millimeters across. Electric California does not provide any other detailed measurements.

    WearMe Pro Cupid Heartshape Sunglasses


    Women Metal Heart Shaped Metal Frame Mirror Lens Cupid Retro...
    • BRAND - WearMe Pro is a family-owned eyewear brand founded in the United States. WearMe Pro is passionate about...
    • UV PROTECTION - Our lenses provide 100% Protection Against Harmful UVA/UVB Ray. Protect your eyes in style!
    • MATERIAL - Metal frame, polycarbonate 100% UVB + UVA protection lenses, solid metal hinges, exquisite temples, all these...

    Did you think we'd go through our whole list of the best sunglasses for women without mentioning a pair fo heart-shaped lenses? Well, we're here to prove you wrong!

    The WearMe Pro Cupid Heartshape Sunglasses are the perfect compromise between cute and classic. While you get to rock the heart-shaped frames, you can do so in a more muted palette. These sunglasses are available in blue, brown, pink, and red mirror lenses.

    These adorable sunglasses offer 100 percent UV protection but are non-polarized. Each lens measure 55 millimeters wide and 46 millimeters across at the widest points, and the bridge is 18 millimeters. The temples are 143 millimeters long while the total eye width is 140 millimeters.

    Sun's Out Shades Out, Baby

    Whether you already own your ideal pair of sunglasses or are still on the hunt, there's nothing better than a stylish set of frames that also protect your face from harmful UV rays. Because, at the end of the day, some things are more important than fashion.

    But great-looking sunglasses that also offer plenty of protection don't need to break the bank, either. In fact, there've never been more options for the best sunglasses for women than there are today!

    So, what do you think? Are you more of a cat-eyed, Audrey Hepburn girl? Or a laid back aviator queen? Let us know in the comments below!

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