With sunny skies and 60-degree weather becoming standard, days spent out in the Quad or at Lantern Point basking in the mid-April weather are sure to be a regular occurrence. As you spend more of your days outside, you’ll want to protect your eyes from the sun’s bright rays. But not just any sunglasses will do; only the most stylish and budget-friendly frames will keep your eyes guarded and your outfit on point.
Although Ray-Bans are likely the most popular brand of sunglasses, there are many other brands available that provide comparable style and protection at a fraction of the cost. Price is just one factor, though if you are like me and constantly lose sunglasses, price is the most important factor. Before purchasing a pair of sunglasses, you should also consider your face shape and the silhouette of the glasses you are looking to purchase. In order to determine the shape of your face, glasses retailer Lenscrafters recommends taking a mirror selfie with your face completely relaxed and tracing the outline of your face in a photo-editor app so you can see the shape your face creates. Once you do that, you can find a host of guides online that help you determine the shape that most closely aligns with yours — oval, round, square or heart — as well as the styles of glasses that will look best on you. After you know exactly what styles you’re looking for, check out these stores to find your new favorite pair of sunnies:
Nordstrom Rack’s online destination is perhaps the perfect place to start looking for sunglasses. With over hundreds of items to choose from, there is an abundance of designer men’s, women’s and unisex styles that range from the classic pair of aviators to more trendy cat-eye and geometric looks. Perhaps the best part of Nordstrom Rack’s inventory is the pricing. For example, women can purchase a pair of Derek Lam sunglasses — originally priced at $150 — for only $29.97, while guys can try out a pair of Bvlgari retro sunglasses that previously retailed for $350 for $89. With steep discounts on tons of designer shades, Nordstrom Rack should be the first place you look to find your next go-to pair of sunglasses.
While MVMT is primarily known as a watch retailer, this online destination also sells sunglasses all priced under $100. Offering more classic looks done in a retro brown and gold tortoise shell pattern to even lookalikes of Ray-Ban Wayfarers, what’s unique about MVMT’s stock is that almost all of their glasses are labelled as unisex, offering a very inclusive line of shades that truly has something for everyone.
Likely the trendiest option of the three is Quay Australia. A sunglasses-only retailer, Quay boasts a diverse selection of styles that are all very modern and sleek. With rose-gold lenses, cat-eye silhouettes, oversized frames and even mirrored styles, Quay offers almost every style you could possibly want for under $60. The ‘Flint’ men’s glasses, for example, fuse the trendy half-rimmed style with traditional elements like tortoise shell for only $50, while the women’s ‘Lexi’ style poses a hybrid between an aviator and cat-eye silhouette with a hidden frame for $60.
With all kinds of sunglasses to choose from, the rest of your spring in Stag Country is looking sunny side up.