Shades of Summer

Gratuitous E.L. James pun not intended at all whatsoever nu-uh. Not here, not now, pal.


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.

1. Green Oliver Peoples amber lenses–which kind of sort of maybe a little bit make Muscle Marc look like a cross between Terry Richardson and Robin Williams ca. One Hour Photo. $380

2. Warby Parker Lennon shades–decent on a gilded skeleton, better on your face. $95 (which is essentially free when considering how closely you will resemble an Olsen twin).

3. Two-tone red and pink Christian Dior cat-eye sunglasses as relished by a pack of Chiquita bananas. $275

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

10. Here I rock some sensible, smart-to-invest-in Oliver Peoples Gregory Peck shades–made for a man but certainly deserved of use by a woman. $420

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?

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  • Them Chiquita bananas dope af! & I do believe investment in sunnies is necessary bc I find most cheap ones uncomfortable/ill-fitting.

  • There’s nothing that makes the face look better than a pair of sunglasses. Instant swag,as you mentioned. And maybe we can chalk up your eschewing of the Cronut (TM) to your hypochondria? Surely there’s diabetes to be had in the midst of those hybrid pastry layers.

  • Those Henry Holland ones remind me of the Eiffel Tower, and I WANT them!

    Dannielle | Chic-a-Dee

  • Love your photos- so tongue-in-cheek and creative. Also, I wouldn’t mind having the red Dior sunnies!


  • i have invested time and time again and it’s never gone my way. my raybans are somewhere in washington square park, my persols are circling the globe on a plane, and my karen walkers are still at brunch. i’m cut off.

  • I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who has hypochondriac tendencies. The more you read, the worse it gets. My advice is to stay clear of all health blogs and any random ‘died from banana overdose’ style headlines. Stay Fresh, Stay Clean 🙂

  • I recently bought the Karen Walker Super Duper Strength sunglasses in tortoise – my first new pair in 3 years! 3 years! Couldn’t be happier with them. Karen Walker shades are amazing.

  • Karis Bonheur

    Please check out my new blog and first post!

  • Can’t go wrong adding sunglasses to an outfit!

  • monkeyshines
  • Nico
  • ASULikeIt

    Well, Leandra, the sun never sets on a badass.

  • brunetteletters

    I think spending on good sunglasses, is a great investment. Love it!

    Brunette Letters Blog

  • Oh Leandra, you make me laugh so much! You know, it’s the end of hard day’s work in France, and this is good for me actually, reading your post! You should prescribed to burned-out people, effect guaranteed!
    I love some of those sunglasses, but my favourite picture is the one with the banana (and you and your silly smile of course).

  • Renée Strauss

    Are these all designed/manufactured by Luxottica in Italy? I saw the 60 Minutes special on this fascinating company…Just found your site…AWESOME!

  • Inquisitive Mind

    Anyone know who makes her blouse?

    • Leandra Medine

      mine is Isabel Marant–Charlotte’s is a vintage dress

  • kayla_ntrndy

    Is it strange that I get excited whenever Mr. Marc Jacobs makes an impromptu Man Repeller appearance!?

    Kayla 🙂

    • Leandra Medine

      Absolutely not.

  • Oh hey – I think you forgot clip-ons, for those of us who think that four eyes aren’t enough.

    ’cause irony’s kool

  • Thierry Lassry. I can assure you I would not be loosing a pair of sunglasses like that one!

  • CarolinaG

    Love your blog!!!!
    I’m posting looks from Los Angeles and accessories:

  • I am loving those Warby Parker’s! I have heard nothing but great things about the brand. I have a hard time spending a copious amounts of money on sunglasses, as I am notorious for losing them, having them fall off my face and stepping on them or falling off my head into lakes… all true stories. <3 this post though! Proud that you can keep sunglasses on your face at all times. 🙂

  • the coattail effect

    I am also a hypochondriac…every time I eat my cereal in the kitchen, I can’t help but read the fridge magnet about signs of a heart attack, thinking that, yeah, my chest is actually feeling a bit tight…

  • Paris

    Love your creativity in those photos, it’s so cute! These are some funky glasses I weirdly want to buy. Great choices! I wouldn’t have ever known they existed.

    my myStorey

  • I’m a huge fan of sunglasses, and love the ones from Warby Parker as well!

  • The red Dior ones are amazing! Love them

  • Anna

    every summer I spent lot of money on new glasses, thats my obsession 🙂

  • fiona flanagan

    the real question though, where can i get some heroin & cocaine?
    *i mean those s&p shakers

  • The Christian Dior cat eye sunglasses. Should i add hashtag “swag” here?

    Cheers from Jakarta,

  • Sartorial Revenge

    The Eiffeltower-like sunglasses by Henry Holland are to die for! Must. Have. Now.
    As for the hypochondriac tendencies…I feel you. It’s a pain in the ass, but sometimes I think, maybe it’ll pay off in a couple of years…

  • closetremixapp

    What holds me back from not having more high quality sunglasses (awesome design, pro eyes protection) is that I’m always losing them. It just drives me mad!!! And then I promise myself not to spend more than 5 bucks on the next ones (a promise I obviously don’t follow through!).

  • StyleNonsense

    I’ve Never Been A Sunglass Type Girl… You’ve Convinced Me!

  • heheh I like the sling-shot-shot

    fling the dior pair my way please :3

  • CarlotaLMorais

    Love your salt and pepper set where is it from???

    • Leandra Medine

      I got it on The Fancy!

      • CarlotaLMorais

        Love the site Never heard of it before! Thank you!!

  • ela’s world

    Nice shades!

    Also, check out the latest from ela’s world here:

  • Alice

    Hypochondria… I could swear that Woody once declared himself a hypochondriac in an interview. A common writer’s neurotic itch perhaps?

  • I want karen Walkers!! 🙂

  • anna

    scandinavian people think jews have a very strange face, especially the nose is very bad-looking,kinda scythe-like they say, . They call it ” Ful nasa”. the word “ful” is pronounced like the english word “fuel”. i kind of feel sorry for them, but maybe its the testosterone.. i´ve heard it increases the tissues inside the nose, especially bone mass.

    It´s intresting to note that the hebrew work “nasa” can mean both “to marry” and “to lift” and “to desire” among many other verbs..

    In scandinavia people think jews have a very strange face, especially the nose is very bad-looking,kinda scythe-like they say, . They call it ” Ful nasa”. the word “ful” is pronounced like the english word “fuel”. i kind of feel sorry for them, but maybe its the testosterone.. i´ve heard it increases the tissues inside the nose, especially bone mass.

    It´s intresting to note that the hebrew work “nasa” can mean both “to marry” and “to lift” and “to desire” among many other verbs..

  • StyleGodis

    Never really found sunglasses very much attractive until now. Loved this post!


  • Shellie Cooper

    Absolutely disgusted with the sunglasses and salt and pepper shaker labeled Heroin and cocaine! You should be ashamed of yourself. Do you have a clue to how many lives have been destroyed by these two drugs. Yet you need to promote sunglasses like this? Sickening!