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 most lightweight frame 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 modern 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 have never been more popular. Whether you’re at the beach or out on the town, we think the Ray-Ban New Wayfarers are the absolute best women’s sunglasses this year.
Fun and flirty New York style defines the Kate Spade aesthetic, and particularly the Jalena, 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.
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 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 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 best fashion sunglasses for women. 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 offering in fashion sunglasses for women 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 Vera Wang V470 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 the V470 by Vera Wang for its bold style without overpowering a smaller canvas.
Models, actresses, political 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 as the Best Women’s Aviator Sunglasses. This might be the easiest choice we’ve made and should be as easy for you.
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 a Three-Point Fit and their Prizm™ lens technology. Whether you need the UV protection in harsh environments or just love the style, the best sport sunglasses for women 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—which is why the Ray-Ban RB4175 Oversized Clubmasters are our pick for the best sunglasses for women over 50. 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.