Advertisement
Slideshow will continue in seconds. Click to skip
From the '80s-esque Wayfarer to the oversized Jackie O, click through to see and shop the only five styles of sunglasses you really, truly need in your closet.
The Retro Wayfarer
Introduced in the 1950s by Ray-Ban, the Wayfarer's distinctive sharp-cornered shape and plastic frame immediately made it stand out against the rest of the eyewear pack. The style picked up steam once again in the '80s, when Tom Cruise sported it in Risky Business and Bret Easton Ellis referenced it often in his zeitgeisty novels. Today, this edgy shape's a unisex favorite amongst the celebrity set. Click through to shop the best Wayfarer-style sunglasses.
The Ageless Aviator
Easily identified by their teardrop-shaped lenses, whisper-thin metal frame and double bridge, aviators were first invented as a way to protect pilots' eyes during flight. First marketed by Ray-Ban, they're now produced by pretty much every eyewear brand on the market. Today, men and women alike still can't resist the opportunity to look like Tom Cruise in Top Gun (seriously, what is it with Tom Cruise and classic shades?!). Click through to shop the best aviator sunglasses.
The Classic Cat-Eye
Those Pink Ladies knew what they were doing when it came to eyewear. This '50s-inspired shape has always been a hit with pinup beauties and retro glamour girls—and if you're uncomfortable in a pair with a super-sharp swoop, fear not! There are tons of less-extreme options out there featuring softer edges and a more oversized shape. Click through to shop the best cat-eye sunglasses.
The Jackie O-Style Lady Shades
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is arguably our country's most stylish First Lady of all time—and while she was celebrated for her tweedy suits and pillbox hats, her signature oversized shades are perhaps the most iconic element of her look. Beloved by Hollywood actresses both past and present, this style's particularly flattering on those with longer or more angular face shapes—or those with a predilection for partying or pulling all-nighters. Click through to shop the best Jackie O sunglasses.
The Mirrored Party Pair
Spraaaaang breeeeeak! Every girl should own a statement pair of sunglasses, and mirrored lenses are one of your best bets. Though particularly popular amongst sci-fi film heroes and, yes, spring breakers, super-reflective shades are available in every shape under the rainbow—round, oversized, aviator—so you're guaranteed to find one that works for you. Party on! Click through to shop the best mirrored sunglasses.