Best Sunglasses for Summer Travel

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Channel your inner style icon, whether it’s Jackie O. in Cape Cod or Brigitte Bardot in St.-Tropez, with these classic black or white sunglasses.


You’ve packed your new swimsuit and tucked that SPF into your carry-on, but before you hit the road, double-check to be sure you’ve got summer’s most important travel accessory: sunglasses.

Whether you’re boarding the Jitney for a weekend in the Hamptons or a plane for an extended European getaway, sunglasses are one item you don’t want to forget. Working double-duty to shield harsh UV rays—and hide any trace of jet lag or a late-night out—sunglasses should be as fashionable as they are functional.

Enter Revo. Last year, the company introduced a new type of lens on its fashionable frames: the Crystal Water. It’s not only effective at deflecting the sun’s rays but is also highly scratch-resistant—perfect for anyone who accidently tosses their keys and sunglasses into the same pocket. And for those prone to water-based accidents, Revo’s Headway model even comes with a leash and floating buoy.

Another company thinking about what might happen to your sunglasses at the beach is Maui Jim: its Breakwall model features saltwater-safe lenses and frames. Bonus: the rimless glasses are also super-light.

But sometimes it’s all about the classics. The wayfarer frame—first introduced by Ray-Ban in 1953—is reported to be the best-selling sunglass style in history. These sunglasses have been spotted on John F. Kennedy, Bob Dylan, and Andy Warhol.

Today, Ray-Ban’s best seller is made with either a plastic or rubberized frame and offered in an array of colors and prints. It’s also been re-created by many brands. Warby Parker’s reimagining of the wayfarer, the Winston frame, features the straight-brimmed brow with a modern twist. It looks good and feels good to sport those Winston frames: with each purchase made, the company donates a pair of glasses to the needy.

Another vintage look that’s back this summer: the glamorously round shades sported by none other than jet-setter Jackie O. Her iconic look—Hermès scarves, multistrand pearls—wouldn’t have been complete without those oversize frames. You won’t have to search far for a pair of sunglasses that looks as if it’s been pulled straight from Jackie’s personal collection. Prada’s white oversize wire-bridged sunglasses are the perfect updated example and worthy of a splurge.

Read on to find the black or white frames that will complement your summer style.

Best Sunglasses for Summer Travel

Channel your inner style icon, whether it’s Jackie O. in Cape Cod or Brigitte Bardot in St.-Tropez, with these classic black or white sunglasses.


You’ve packed your new swimsuit and tucked that SPF into your carry-on, but before you hit the road, double-check to be sure you’ve got summer’s most important travel accessory: sunglasses.

Whether you’re boarding the Jitney for a weekend in the Hamptons or a plane for an extended European getaway, sunglasses are one item you don’t want to forget. Working double-duty to shield harsh UV rays—and hide any trace of jet lag or a late-night out—sunglasses should be as fashionable as they are functional.

Enter Revo. Last year, the company introduced a new type of lens on its fashionable frames: the Crystal Water. It’s not only effective at deflecting the sun’s rays but is also highly scratch-resistant—perfect for anyone who accidently tosses their keys and sunglasses into the same pocket. And for those prone to water-based accidents, Revo’s Headway model even comes with a leash and floating buoy.

Another company thinking about what might happen to your sunglasses at the beach is Maui Jim: its Breakwall model features saltwater-safe lenses and frames. Bonus: the rimless glasses are also super-light.

But sometimes it’s all about the classics. The wayfarer frame—first introduced by Ray-Ban in 1953—is reported to be the best-selling sunglass style in history. These sunglasses have been spotted on John F. Kennedy, Bob Dylan, and Andy Warhol.

Today, Ray-Ban’s best seller is made with either a plastic or rubberized frame and offered in an array of colors and prints. It’s also been re-created by many brands. Warby Parker’s reimagining of the wayfarer, the Winston frame, features the straight-brimmed brow with a modern twist. It looks good and feels good to sport those Winston frames: with each purchase made, the company donates a pair of glasses to the needy.

Another vintage look that’s back this summer: the glamorously round shades sported by none other than jet-setter Jackie O. Her iconic look—Hermès scarves, multistrand pearls—wouldn’t have been complete without those oversize frames. You won’t have to search far for a pair of sunglasses that looks as if it’s been pulled straight from Jackie’s personal collection. Prada’s white oversize wire-bridged sunglasses are the perfect updated example and worthy of a splurge.

Read on to find the black or white frames that will complement your summer style.

Charles Masters

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