We see hundreds of new women's sunglasses frames each year, and while we wish we could take them all home, we do have preferences for the best contemporary and classic options in women’s sunglasses.
These are the frames that make a statement, possess versatility (either within their fashion niche or across styles), and boast superior construction, with the best lightweight frames materials and performance lenses. From the likes of eyewear icon Ray-Ban to the legendary fashion label Kate Spade, we’ve collected what we think are the best sunglasses for women this year. Whatever your look, we have you covered.
Ray-Ban takes everything you love about the original and touches it up for today’s trends in the timeless yet current New Wayfarer. With its smaller profile, the New Wayfarer is perfect for a woman’s face, and with celebrities from the worlds of film, sports, and fashion reaching for them, these Ray-Bans are here to stay. Whether you’re at the beach or out on the town, we think the Ray-Ban New Wayfarers are the absolute best-all-around women’s sunglasses this year.
Fun and flirty New York style defines the Kate Spade aesthetic. The Jalena from Kate Spade exudes these qualities and more, to yield what we think is the best pair of designer sunglasses for women this year. With six color options to choose from, including bold animal and playful floral prints, the Jalena’s cat-eye frame is a thesis on your own personal style.
Harsh glare can affect your vision whether you’re captaining a charter fishing boat on the Gulf Coast or simply driving to work on a rare sunny morning in Seattle. Polarized lenses are designed to block glare, allowing for better vision and protecting your eyes. We named the Loreto the Best Polarized Sunglasses for Women because Costa engineers its lenses with best-in-class polarization technology. In a versatile aviator style, the Costa Loreto packs rugged performance into a go-anywhere, fashion-forward frame that deserves consideration from any woman looking for the best option in polarized sunglasses.
These full-rim Clubmasters are everything you want in a pair of luxury sunglasses. A timeless style that hearkens back to ’50s and ’60s fashion icons, these shades boast quality materials and design from a heritage eyewear brand known as the originator of this classic eyewear shape. If you’re looking for a pair of affordable sunglasses that sacrifices neither performance nor style, Shuron Escapades are easily the best women’s sunglasses you’ll find under $200.
Media mogul Popsugar named retro round sunglasses one of the top sunglasses trends of 2020 and we don’t see any signs they're going out of style. The Ray-Ban Round Metal frame nods to ’60s counterculture and ’80s starlets, but pairs perfectly with most of today’s looks, from boardroom chic to weekend athleisure. You don’t have to live a fashion-forward lifestyle to enjoy the look of retro round sunglasses, and we think the Ray-Ban RB3447 is far and away the best in fashion sunglasses this year.
If you have a petite face, finding sunglasses that fit well can be difficult. Narrowing down the options by eye measurement can help you find a selection of shades that not only fit well, but look great. The V449 is available with narrower rims and shorter temples for the woman with smaller features, and the vintage-inspired keyhole bridge offers a secure, stable fit. Our vote for the Best Sunglasses for Women With a Small Face goes to these fetching shades by Vera Wang.
Models, actresses, presidential candidates—all have reached for the Ray-Ban RB3025 Aviator this year and who can blame them? When choosing the best of anything, it’s natural to consider the original. But in this case, we think the original Ray-Ban Aviator is unrivaled. This might be the easiest choice we’ve made and should be as easy for you.
Wraparound protection and Maui Jim’s famous glare-blocking polarized lenses make the Kipahulu our top pick for the Best Women’s Wraparound Sunglasses. Whether you need the protection in harsh environments or just love the style, these sunglasses simply perform.
We’re asked all the time to suggest sunglasses for “older women" or “women over 50." Sunglasses are all about personal style, so it’s nearly impossible to say, “these sunglasses are for someone of this generation." If you want to wear “youthful" sunglasses, then do it. Need a little more guidance? How about going with a frame that references your youth. Trends in sunglasses are often cyclical, and some frames never really go out of style—the Ray-Ban RB417f Oversized Clubmasters are an excellent example. Why not go with these shades that are as popular now as they were in the ’50s and ’60s? We have no doubt you’ll look great!
Black, square sunglasses are among the hottest trends this year for women worldwide. Whether in oversized or standard proportions, they’ve made appearances on red carpets and across Instagram as the preferred frame shape for celebs and influencers. In our opinion, no brand turned out square sunglasses in black better this year than Gucci, in the GG-0418S. These oversized frames are perfectly on-trend, and feature the iconic fashion label’s logo in showy Swarovski crystals on the temples.