An interesting fact people may overlook when considering the often pricey facial accoutrement that tends to appear with warmer weather and dangerously plentiful sun: there are fundamental medical benefits to wearing sunglasses. This, of course, in addition to the more popular and obvious: looking like you holster mad swag.
Maybe you don’t know this about me but I am a violent hypochondriac. I’ve spent years reading up on cancer prevention and forfeited processed sugar nearly two months ago because I’m pretty sure that I’d been teetering on the brink of diabetic. As would happen, my condition has left me entirely committed to keeping my sunglasses on through the morning, well into the night and even while forced to yell, “I can’t see!” inside a dark movie theater if it means I will never face UV ray fostered eye damage, skin cancer by way of eyelid, cataracts, or straight up blindness. I don’t feel bad about it though, this actually makes spending money on sunglasses a little more digestible.
Frankly, I’m only feeling a little sorry for how judgmental I’ve been toward what is potentially the large slew of hyper-cautious people that I come upon on subways or at night or most recently, yelling “can I merge?” while in a car, driving down an empty Houston street and so forth.
In the spirit of rebuking my wrongful approximations until this point and understanding that the investment in fancy sunglasses right now will transcend the boundaries of the current season, here are eleven pairs for you, by us that we’d recommend you try your hardest not to lose. We know that it’s inevitable sometimes, but just try.
4. In a tri-cross among a cat eye, a wire frame and semi-sheer lenses, these Prada, ’50s car inspired shades hail from a large mass poking around at Loehmann’s right now. $164
5. You may not be into sling shots, but I’d bet you appreciate a lucite frame, clad in golden arms just as much as the next female trying to preserve her eyesight. Am I right? Thierry Lassry, $435
6. In a third adaptation of the popular cat-eye, these cage fighters come from Henry Holland and look as scrumptious (scrumptious?) as their backdrop’s sandwich likely tastes. Hate my joke? Ditto. $220
7. Ralph Lauren’s houndstooth keyhole frames have long championed that curiously chameleonic, perfect-for-every-face-shape thing. $192
8. And if you’re into looking like your kitchen furniture–which, I don’t know, you might be–and enjoy the idea of being able to plausibly call yourself “a square times two,” Cast Eyewear has it out for you. $260
9. While we’re on the topic of Cast Eyewear, this particular pair, deliberately photographed over a book titled, Surreal Objects, make you feel like you’re watching the world in 3D for as long as you’re wearing them. Though nothing will actually appear in special effects, the people around you will be like, what? And that, compadres, is priceless. $240
11. And finally, there’s Charlotte! She’s covering an entire side of her face but only to demonstrate that even though these plastic chunkers care of the queen of eyewear, Karen Walker, are quite large in size, they’re not too big to make an 80s combover look rad. $250
There is, of course, always an astonishingly on-point blend of sunglasses available at Nasty Gal and on Asos, but if we’re talking investment and lifelong camaraderie, “A little [indulgence] now and then is relished by the wisest men.” Which are you leaning towards?