Understated sunglasses are a thing of the past. Modern takes on classic styles are on trend this summer, says Kate Hutchinson.
Not your everyday sunglasses and most definitely not for the faint-hearted, cat-eye styles are going a whole lot further in sophisticated femininity this summer. Opt for frames with plenty of embellishments and sparkles — diamantes, gold and silver detailing, you name it — upping the elegance factor of any outfit. Choose metallic frames with brown, purple or smoky grey lenses and team with your finest jewellery. With these bold frames, the more bling, the better. Dolce & Gabbana Cuore Sacro $460
Introducing the hottest style this season. A reinvention of the iconic cat-eye shape we know and love, the latest frames mix flat lenses with splashes of subtle colour, tortoise shell as well as leopard print to give a them a bit of a retro look. There are no added embellishments on these sexy shades, so keep a pair for lazy weekends where messy, salty hair is the order of the day and a shirt and shorts is your go-to look. Ray-Ban Nina $215
Grab yourself a pair of amped-up aviators and you’ll have the most stylish shades this summer. They’re the most versatile shape, making these everyday classics no longer just for those casual brunches at the local cafe. New style offerings with crystals on the rims and shiny silver, gold or pink mirror lenses will lift your outfit from beach to street and day to night. Sports gear, a sarong or a skimpy LBD – your tricked-out aviators will go with pretty much anything. Michael Kors Miami $324.95
Back from the 60s, the classic wayfarers are ready to reclaim centre stage. This time around they have more of an edge — think that Mad Men feel. Shiny, striped and transparent frames in a range of colours will be seen from the beach to the best bars. Gold mirror, light gradient, pastel or just standard black lenses are all on trend. Your wayfarers will be the standout of your look, so you’ll want to adjust your ensemble accordingly. Ray-Ban Meteor $255
Shields will never go out of style, but this season they’ve had a bit of a switch-up. The original shapes, which provided great coverage from the summer sun with a wrap, have taken on the latest trend: flat metal lenses. With their bold, oversized shape, fine flat metal temples, upper bridge and unique one-piece nose pad, these sunnies are designed to transition from a day at the races to an afternoon soirée. Shields come in an array of colours — from gold to black, silver and gunmetal frames — all of which are perfect for summer. Ray-Ban Wings $255
If you aren’t ready to rock the ostentatious full shield, complement your athleisure gear with these sophisticated luxury versions. The semi-rimless front is highlighted by a sleek metal bridge, refined temples and simple graphic details. Choose from a selection of hues like smoky charcoal, shaded blue, coal or mirrored silver. They’re perfect to pair with an everyday look for chic simplicity. Splurge on these beauties (an early Christmas present to yourself, maybe?) and you’ll definitely turn a few heads. Prada Linea Rossa $310