Has there ever been a bad year for sunglasses? They are always in fashion, but now, more than ever, wearers recognize them as an important component of eye health. And — let’s be honest — they just make us look cool. Sunwear in 2016 embraced sustainability, high fashion, patterns, color, retro looks, performance and new materials. Here is our selection of the year’s standout sunglasses. (And there are obviously many, many more where these came from.)
Look good, feel good, do good is ECO’s mission and model DON, from their biobased line, does just that. Made from 63 percent renewable non-food oil — certified by the USDA — ECO encourages customers to reuse their packaging and donate their unwanted eyewear. Plus, a tree is planted for every frame sold.
(800) 223-7610 | modo.com
It was such a big year for model Concorde (it helps when Kendall Jenner is a fan), that it’s now available in an elegant (and exclusive) limited edition of brushed 18K rose gold. Add it to your holiday wish list.
(310) 754-0885 | ahlemeyewear.com
Kate Young for Tura
Nothing evokes classic chic better than an oversized black sunglass in an interesting shape. Inspired by Tura’s own library of vintage sunglasses from the ’80s, model K513 is a retro style infused with Hollywood glamour that feels totally modern.
(800) 242-8872 | tura.com
Straight off the runway, stunning model DIORUMBRAGE in purple foliage makes a bold, sophisticated statement. The shape is made of a juxtaposition of Havana acetates and the mirrored lenses were developed exclusively for Dior.
(800) 631-1188 | safilo.com
Two words: Floating. Frames. Form meets function in model L816S, fabricated utilizing an injection molding technique that allows these sporty sunglasses to float. No more diving to the bottom of the pool. The color’s not bad, either.
(800) 645-1300 | marchon.com
The days are getting shorter, but there are still opportunities to shine in drought-proof model Gleam, a fun and flirty floral that keeps the spirit of summer alive all year long. No watering required.
(800) 414-7656 | imagewear.com
Cazal turned 40 this year, but you wouldn’t know it judging by model 661, which recalls the tradition of the iconic brand while also making a modern statement. Still coveted by music and fashion types, the best way to describe these is: Mic. Drop.
(800) 645-3710 | eseyewear.com
The ultra-lightweight model BF766 SAN DIEGO actually embodies California: innovative, stylish, glamorous ... and slender. The combo of contemporary materials and retro ’70s design has us (California) dreamin’.
(877) 889-0399 | villaeyewear.com