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 for women's sunnies.
These are the frames that make a statement, possess versatility (both within their fashion niche and across styles), and boast superior construction. And they do it all with the most lightweight frame materials and performance lenses.
Plus, adding a top-of-the-line tinted lens offers the protection your eyes need from harmful UV rays. These combinations allow for top performance.
From the likes of eyewear icon Ray-Ban, to the legendary fashion label Kate Spade, we’ve collected what we think are the top sunglasses for women this year. Whatever your look, we have you covered. (And you can add prescription lenses to many of the styles!)
As we determined the optimal pair of shades, it was no surprise that Ray-Ban made the cut. It is, after all, one of the best women’s sunglasses brands.
Ray-Ban takes everything you love about the original and touches it up for today in the timeless yet modern New Wayfarer. With its smaller profile, the New Wayfarer is the perfect pair for a woman’s face. And with celebrities from the worlds of film, sports, and fashion reaching for them, these Ray-Ban frames have never been more popular.
Whether you’re at the beach or out on the town, we believe the Ray-Ban New Wayfarers are the absolute best women’s sunglasses this year.
Among the top sunglasses brands for women, you’ll find Kate Spade.
Fun and flirty New York style defines the Kate Spade aesthetic. This is particularly true of the Jalena model, which is why we’ve deemed it the best women’s designer sunglasses frame this year.
With six color options to choose from, including bold animal and playful floral prints, the Jalena's cat-eye frame shape is a testament to your own personal style.
Wraparound protection and an ultra-lightweight yet durable O Matter™ construction make the Oakley Cohort our top pick for the best women’s sports sunglasses.
Oakley makes eyewear with the active wearer in mind. And these athletic frames are no exception with their Three Point Fit and Prizm™ lens technology. Whether you need the UV protection in harsh environments or just love the style, these frames outperform many others.
A square frame may seem like a simple choice, but this shape is among the hottest trends this year for women worldwide.
Whether it be an oversized frame or one with standard proportions, square shades have made appearances on red carpets and across Instagram as the preferred frame shape for celebrities and influencers.
In our opinion, no brand turned out black square frames better this year than Gucci, with the GG0418S. These oversized sunglasses are perfectly chic, featuring the iconic fashion label’s logo in showy Swarovski crystals on the temples. They’re the perfect combination of classic and glamorous.
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 nicely, but also look great on your face shape.
The Vera Wang V470 is available with narrower rims and shorter temples for the woman with smaller features. The vintage-inspired keyhole bridge offers a secure, stable fit.
The bold style and fit work together seamlessly without overpowering a smaller canvas. With all this in mind, the V470 earns our vote for the best sunglasses for women with small faces.
Shopping for sunglasses for older ladies? Look no further.
We’re asked all the time to suggest sunglasses for "older women" and "women over 50." Well, sunglasses are all about personal style, so it’s nearly impossible to say which sunglasses are for someone of a certain generation. If you want to wear "youthful" sunglasses, then do it! Try a frame that embodies the way you feel.
While trends in sunglasses tend to come and go, some frames never really go out of style. That’s why the Ray-Ban RB4175 Oversized Clubmaster is our pick for the best sunglasses for women over 50. They look as timeless as you feel — the perfect combination!
Harsh glare can affect your vision whether you’re captaining a fishing boat on the Gulf Coast or driving to work on a rare sunny morning in Seattle. But a polarized lens can help provide some much needed shade to relieve your eyes.
Polarized lenses are designed to block glare, helping keep your vision clear and your eyes protected. We named the Costa 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.
With timeless style that hearkens back to 1950s and ’60s fashion icons, these full-rim clubmasters are everything you want in a pair of luxury sunglasses for less than $200.
The Shuron Escapades (Ronsir) 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 delivers both performance and style, Shuron Escapades are easily the best women’s sunglasses under $200.
With tiny sunglasses becoming increasingly popular among fashionistas, the Ray-Ban RB3447’s slim metal rims and small profile make it our pick for the most stylish sunglasses for women.
The Ray-Ban Round Metal frame nods to ’60s counterculture and ’80s starlets. But it still 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. The Ray-Ban RB3447 is far and away the best offering in trendy sunglasses for women this year.
Models, actresses, and political candidates have all 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 Large Metal Aviator is unrivaled as the best women’s aviator sunglasses. This might be the easiest choice we've made and it should be just as easy for you.
So, what will it be? Oversized square frames, narrow rims, or some funky designer shades? No matter what you choose, we’ve got you covered with the style, UV protection, and glare-blocking lenses you crave.
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