Best Sunglasses for Summer Travel
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.
Straight-Brimmed Frames, $95, Warby Parker
Buy a pair, give a pair through Warby Parker’s VisionSpring program. Like the Winston shown here, all are priced at $95.
Headway, $209, Revo
A (detachable) leash and buoy mean that if you drop these crystal-clear, highly scratch-resistant lenses in the water, it’s a piece of cake to fish them out.
Breakwall, $159, Maui Jim
Saltwater-safe lenses and frames make these super-light rimless sunglasses perfect for beach activities.
Cat-Eye Gradient Sunglasses, $69, Vogue
These retro-chic shades are darker at the top of the lens for extra sun protection.
Two-Tone Acetate Frames, $70, Fossil
These sleek shades will complement your most elegant days of summer for a fraction of the price.
Mother-of-Pearl Frames, $138, Coach
These pearly shades have an easy, breezy look that’s just right for the season.
Metal Detailed Aviator Frame, $99, MICHAEL Michael Kors
A new take on an old style; you’ll put pilots to shame (available only in-store, Michael Kors, 866-709-5677).
Mega-Oversize Frames, $20, Asos
At only $20, these shades are a guilt-free way to mix up your summer routine.
Gradient Lenses, $110, Guess by Marciano
These Breanne sunglasses are sturdy—and classic—enough for many summers’ worth of getaways.
Cat-Eye Frames, $90, Kenneth Cole New York
The ultimate retro shape will put you in the mood for poolside martinis.
Rubberized Frames, $109, Ray-Ban
These petite sunglasses sit pretty on just about anyone.
Polarized Sunglasses, $295, David Yurman
Having breakfast at Tiffany’s? These squarish shades are an instant way to channel vintage cool.
Retro Shades, $150, D&G
Here comes the sun, so keep covered with these glamorously sized, more contemporary sunglasses.
Wire-Bridge Sunglasses, $310, Prada
A modern take on cat-eye glasses that pairs nicely with a colorful scarf and floppy hat.
Jet-Black Frames, $295, Sol Moscot
Stand out from the beach crowds with these bold sunglasses; this square silhouette is flattering on most anyone.
Trunk-Studded Sunglasses, $650, Louis Vuitton
The round Anthea model has come full circle from 1950. It’s a style investment you’ll show off for summers to come.