Best women's sunglasses
12 August 2019
With about a hundred styles and brands out there, it can be difficult to know where to begin with women's sunglasses. Handily, Mumsnetters have a few suggestions up their sleeves.
Best sunglasses for less than £50
Looking for bargain sunnies? Preferably from the high street? These models are praised by Mumsnetters for not sacrificing quality or style, despite their reasonable price tags.
ASDA Pilot Sunglasses, £6
If you don't want to splash too much cash, ASDA is a safe bet. These stylish aviators have rose gold frames and claim to provide 100% UV protection – not bad for less than a tenner. Plus, if you've got a square face and are looking for sunnies to soften it, this is the shape for you.
“My £4 pair from Asda lasted me all summer last year.”Buy now from ASDA
Topshop METRO Round Sunglasses, £12
With their classic, old Hollywood style, these cheap and cheerful sunglasses will elevate any outfit. Complete with black lenses, gold frames and tortoiseshell temples, you'll be pushed to find an ensemble they don't complement.
“I'd recommend Topshop. Very good quality and very on-trend.”Buy now from Topshop
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Bloc Tortoiseshell Sunglasses, £28
These large-framed, tortoiseshell beauties will flatter both round and square faces. With their butterfly shape and brown, tinted lenses, you'll ooze sophistication as you whip them on to mooch over to the pool. They're also durable, lightweight and under £30 – so if you're looking for a cheap alternative to designer shades, this might be the pair for you.
“They make me feel very glamorous.”
“Bloc are a good make and last as well as any.”Buy now from Amazon
Quay Rumors Sunglasses, £45
When Mumsnetters ask for the best women's sunglasses around, Quay often crops up. An Australian brand 'born roadside on the festival circuit', their emphasis is on stylish yet affordable women's sunglasses. We think this pair fits the bill – with the cat-eye shape and chic branding along the arms.
“I love my Quay sunglasses – I think some start at around £25.”Buy now from Amazon
Best designer sunglasses
As tempting as it is to buy a cheap pair of sunglasses, they're an accessory worth investing in – if you can afford to. So if you've got a few more pennies to spare, consider these Mumsnetter recommendations.
Prada Square Sunglasses, £164.41
You'll feel straight out of Breakfast at Tiffany's in these Audrey-esque sunglasses. Swoon over the gradient grey lenses; those signature gold letters on the arms; the complete UV protection.
“My last pair were Prada and lasted a good six years. I wear them all year round, too, as I have very sensitive eyes.”Buy now from Amazon
Ray-Ban Round Metal Sunglasses, £136
Ray-Bans' women's sunglasses also offer great value. These shades have a fun, retro feel – inspired by the 'legendary musicians' and 'counter-culture of the 1960s'. They come in a range of colours, including copper and green and black and light blue. The round lenses are particularly flattering on square and heart-shaped faces.
“I used to opt for a cheap pair and would replace them frequently. Then I snapped a frame so borrowed the husband's Ray-Bans and – OMG – I'm converted. They're so much more comfortable – both for my eyes and in terms of the actual frame on my face. They've also not broken in two years now – unlike my previous purchases, which would only last a few months.”Buy now from Ray-Ban
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Dior Clear Lens Sunglasses, £129.99
For some, only designer sunnies will do – and Dior are up there with the most coveted brands. Elegant and timeless, you'll certainly turn some heads in these black beauties. Excellent quality, they'll stand you in good stead for years to come (and you'll have the manufacturer's warranty for extra peace of mind).
“I have a Dior pair I've had for nine years and I love them. I get loads of compliments on them.”Buy now from Amazon
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