It’s Time to Upgrade Your Sunglasses

Picking a new pair of shades involves considering equal parts protection and style.

July 19, 2019

If you’re traveling to an exotic location for your next extended vacation, or you simply want to spoil yourself, consider investing in a new pair of fashionable sunglasses. Sunglasses not only help us from squinting so that we can fully experience that beautiful horizon, but they also protect us from harmful rays.

Our list of best sunglasses for men and women has pairs best suited for traversing the open waters or lying poolside on a quiet, sunny morning. Consider picking up a pair of Ray-Bans for an afternoon outing with the family or a significant other. Or go with a modern Aviators look with products from Versace and Ray-Ban.

Whatever your eyes need, there’s sure to be a pair of glasses fit for you and your face.

Oakley Gascan

Oakley Gascan for Men

Can’t go wrong with Oakley. Amazon

Oakley has been around for more than four decades, producing some of the world’s most famous eyewear. And Oakley’s Gascan sunglasses definitely live up to the brand’s name.

Featuring non-polarized, plastic lenses with a plastic frame and a lens width of 60 or 61 millimeters, this pair comes with a cleaning kit that includes a one-ounce spray bottle, a mirror, a screw driver/key chain and a folded microfiber cloth.

The Gascan style comes in 16 different colors, depending on lens width, and a two-year warranty.

Mod Evolution

Prada Women’s Mod Evolution Sunglasses

Style and power in one pair of sunglasses. Amazon

Look your best while effortlessly commanding respect with this pair of Prada sunglasses. The Mod Evolution Sunglasses have non-polarized, 43-millimeter plastic lenses that can be one of seven colors.

Additionally, depending on lens color, you can choose from one of seven colors for the frame. There is an adjustable clear nose pad, and the Prada logo is engraved on the temples on either side.

Cats 5000 Aviators

Ray-Ban Cats 5000 Aviators

Look like Tony Stark in a pair of these. Amazon

For good reason, one of the most popular sunglasses brands is Ray-Ban. Check out this pair of Aviators that carries the quality of the renowned eyewear brand. The lenses are glass and non-polarized contained in a plastic frame. Lens width is 59 millimeters, and the lens height is 48 millimeters. Each purchase comes with a protective case that can come in a variety of colors.


The RB4125 Cats 5000 Aviator Sunglasses are available in seven different colors.

BE4216 Sunglasses

Burberry Women’s BE4216 Sunglasses

My favorite kind of berry. Amazon

The Burberry BE4216 Sunglasses are made of a composite frame with non-polarized, glass lenses. The lens width is 57 millimeters, and the lens height is 46 millimeters. You can purchase in one of three colors: black, Bordeaux or Havana.

Tiffany Cats Eyes

Tiffany Cats Eyes Sunglasses

Elegance epitomized in a pair of sunglasses. Amazon

These Tiffany tortoise cats eyes sunglasses are comprised of a plastic frame with plastic, non-polarized lenses. They have a lens width of 58 millimeters, and each arm length is 140 millimeters. The bridge is 16 millimeters.

Ho’okipa Sunglasse

Maui Jim Ho’okipa Sunglasses

These lenses are hopefully as blue as the waters you traverse. Amazon

The Ho’okipa from Maui Jim Sunglasses seem like the perfect vacationing eyewear for a tropical, sunny destination. They feature a plastic frame with plastic, polarized lenses that have 100 percent UV Protection coating. The lens width is 64 millimeters, and the lens height is 39 millimeters.

Maui Jim’s PolarizedPlus2 lens technology both provides protection and enhances colors. The Blue Hawaii lenses that come with this model has a cool-blue mirror applied to the front of a neutral-grey lens.


Persol Unisex

Pair these glasses with a fashionable business-casual look. Amazon

Crafted with an acetate frame and temples, these Persol unisex sunglasses have 100 percent UVA/UVB polarized crystal lenses with Iconic Supreme Arrow metal hinges. The Meflecto technology provides flexible arms, and a protective case is included, too.

These Italian-made sunglasses are most complementary with oval- and square-shaped faces.

Gucci Oversize

Gucci Oversize Square Sunglasses

Gucci sunglasses to go with your Gucci belt. Amazon

Command the attention of strangers and your peers when walking around in this pair of Gucci oversize square sunglasses. They’re made of a plastic frame with non-polarized, plastic lenses. The lens width is 54 millimeters, bridge is 25 millimeters and each arm is 140 millimeters.

Each pair is available in one of three lens colors. Depending on that, you can choose one of six frame colors, too.


Arnette Boiler

A classic pair with a familiar, reliable look. Amazon

Arnette’s Boiler sunglasses have polarized, plastic lenses that have 100 percent UV protection coating. Its lens width is 56 millimeters, and its lens height is 38 millimeters. The bridge is 17 millimeters, and each arm length is 128 millimeters.

Included is a protective case. The frame color is black, and the lens color is “gray polarized.”

Medusa Aviator Sunglasses

Versace Women’s Medusa Aviator Sunglasses

A pair of sunglasses for someone who doesn’t need others to tell them they look good. Amazon

The quality is in the brand name itself: Versace. These Versace Medusa sunglasses are made of a composite frame with non-polarized, glass lenses. The lens width is 62 millimeters; its bridge is 14 millimeters, and the arm lengths are 140 millimeters each.

The lens color is available in one of three options. Depending on the color, you can choose from one of four colors for the frame.

Blackfin Sunglasses

Costa Del Mar Blackfin Sunglasses

Another strong pair of eyewear for protection and style. Amazon

Take to the waters comfortably and safely with a pair of Costa Del Mar Blackfin Sunglasses. This U.S.-made eyewear has lenses that are made of Costa’s 580 Polycarbonate, providing significant clarity and impact and scratch-resistance. The lenses are also blue-mirror polarized, best for the brightest of days.

You can choose from one of 13 lens colors; depending on your lens, you can choose one of 13 frame colors.

Bold Square Sunglasses

Dolce & Gabbana Women’s Bold Square Sunglasses

Like picture frames around your eyes Amazon

Pair these Dolce & Gabanna bold square sunglasses with an elegant, boujee look. They’re made of a plastic frame with non-polarized, plastic lenses. Its lens width is 51 millimeters, and the lens height is 46 millimeters. The bridge is 22 millimeters, as each arm extends about 135 millimeters.

Each purchase is available with one of two lens colors, and, depending on the lens color, there are three different colors for the frame, too.


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