Repellers on a budget, unite!

Leandra Medine | May 14, 2012
…Part 5. Despite a particularly gloomy May, sunglasses are on the mind. Mine, at least, see: this story on white lenses, this one on Australian Fashion Week that features one particular homage to the reflective lenses of Westward Leaning, and this crazy pair to help complete my the general crazy lady aesthetic. After reviewing the above though, I noticed how expensive these offerings have become and speculated their real purpose. Retina protectors, yes, but also the accessories most commonly misplaced, broken, deployed to the trenches of toilets and so below I offer you ten pair–plus one for good luck–of my favorite sunglasses from around the interwebs that run for no more than a whopping $40. Forty, I tell ya. Four zero. Buy one, all, none, whatever, it’s most important that you enjoy. So do that too.

From top left: Yellow circular frames clad in reflective lenses from Asos, Red circular wire frames from Topshop, some Spitfire two tone cryptic cat-eyes, more circular lenses with aviator wire and aqua-turquoise lenses somewhat reminiscent of a certain pair of Jeremy Scotts, from Asos, heart lenses via Topshop, black circle dudes from Spitfire and to the right, to the right: Miu Miu looking yellow brow freaks by Asos, striped Zebra meets Kanye wayrers via Forever 21, Pleasant-ville pink lady cat-eyes from Forever 21. Finally, a hybrid frame marrying most the cat eyes and circular lenses previewed above by, Spitfire. And break.

  • Elise and Margot

    cool selection :-)
    x For Happy Days

  • Tinacious Me

    great picks! love the round ones!
    Tina @ http://Www.Tinacious.Me

  • Khia

    Love the selection, i don't know wich one choose?

  • style sprite

    love spitfire's tortoise cat-eye (which would be a great name for an all girl 70's heavy metal band, whose mascot is a terrapin named Bruce…taking applications now!)


    A big fat YES for the black circle ones from Spitfire. I ran straight over to their page, and they don't ship to Denmark. Duh.

  • Hannah

    hahaha i love the title of this post!I have to admit, i love the heart shaped glasses the best!

  • The PvdH Journal

    Swoon! I just bought the yellow ones. First ASOS purchase 😉

  • sunny

    fantastic collection! and good to know that there are still some bloggers out there who realise that most people don't have a crazy amount of money to spend on clothing.

  • WearAbouts

    I'm so in love with allll of these sunnies ! :)
    Enter my $50 Captiv giveaway!

  • Donna

    Obsessed with the ones on the bottom left. Would kill for those.


    Loooove cheap shades! Great finds – esp dig the striped Forever 21 and heart-shaped sunglasses.

    Sea and Swank

  • jenaly enns

    definitely some good ones there

  • Sketch42

    Im a sunglasses hoarder. I want them all!

  • thestyleflux

    Ooo I want all of those!! :)

    Kaye Awatin

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  • Natasha Fatah

    Well seeing as just broke my sunglasses this weekend, this post could not be more timely!

    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

  • the (un?)social butterfly

    I do have a collection of cheap, bizarre (that is, man repelling) sunglasses plus some fake Chanels, and I understand their purpose as I have broken and lost more than one pair of Ray Bans and even opticals (and you would think those would be hard to miss, since you depend on them for seeing things). However, I just cannot get over those white Prada minimal baroque sunglasses. Man repelling at its finest — although until your post featuring them I had not yet realized they had such property.

  • Rachel

    Love the tortoise shell ones. Great post!

  • Collections

    Those Asos glasses shall be mine.


  • The Antifash

    Coppped the Miu Miu looking in black/brown. These girls were laughing at me on the train.


  • sydney

    Love your selection of shades, especially the neons!

  • McKenzie

    The blue ones are so cute!

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  • amarabubz

    definately considering purchasing the ASOS 'brow freaks'
    LOVE the way you write, i literally can't get enough of it, you definately need to get a biography out, you're bloomin hilarious

  • Mickey Lynn Jewelry

    LOVE the plain wire ones with the purplish-pink lenses!

  • Sharon
  • Gabrielle @ LookSharpSconnie

    Thanks for this.

    I was contemplating writing up a post whining about how obnoxious it is that something weird and relatively unflattering can only be "fashionable" if it's obscenely priced. (I realize that this has been done, but everyone needs to vent.)

    But you've made me think twice. Despite your drool-worthy financial state, you still take a little time to cater to us bottom-feeders who enjoy offending passersby on a budget.



  • Satin Briefs

    Loving the cat eyes – great post!

  • Jessie

    Blue sunglasses all the way!

  • eb’s factory

    these sunglasses are so lovely, and it is so nice they are cheap.

    i really love to read your posts, so fun:)

  • Ms.Fashionista

    Happy to see you feature something that my student budget can afford LOL. I think I might go and buy those tortoise cat eye sunnies in the bottom right hand, and you feel even better purchasing something that could pass for designer but isn't.


  • Irina Bugai

    The sunnies that you selected are so fun and fabulous!

  • Hannah

    Those aqua ones from ASOS do tug at my heartstrings…might have to land myself a pair!


  • steph

    i was just thinking i needed new ones.. thanks for the man repeller edit!

  • Sabina

    All very chic–especially the tortoise shell cat eyes.

  • Her Persona

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  • Kate

    I love this selection of glasses! x

    Kate {Something Fabulous}

  • Xen

    summer vibes full on ;}

  • Gita

    I'm checking out ASOS right away. Thanks for sharing!


  • pinkmate

    these are great selection of glasses!


  • Cathy, your poor Little It Girl

    My blog is all about affordable, Under $100 fashion so I absolutely LOVE this post! These sunnies are perfect for the girl on a budget!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  • Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..

    love the heart sunnies!!

  • monkeyshines ♥

    amazing picks!


  • Chila

    Great selection of sunnies!

  • Sheyla

    It's great to see some affordable fashion here!
    Take care.