Just like your shoe or bag collection, sunglasses are something you likely don’t overhaul season after season. You likely have a few go-to styles that you’ve worn with some regularity over the last few years, supplemented by some on-trend styles that ebb and flow by the year.
But with so much anticipation ahead of a summer that could actually be spent with people you love, we asked fashion experts for their absolute favorite, top-rated, under-$150 sunglasses styles.
The consensus? While frame shapes and styles are susceptible to the trend cycle, there are a few perennial favorites that crop up year after year, no matter what. “In my opinion, every well-dressed person should have a pair of oversized aviators in their arsenal,” says Shelby Hyde, a shopping editor at Harper’s Bazaar. “Along with a chic design, they are extremely versatile and can be worn with just about everything. Not to mention they look great on all face shapes.”
Ahead, top-rated under-$150 sunglasses that fashion editors recommend.
Quay All In 52mm Mini Aviator Sunglasses ($65; nordstrom.com)
“I’m not typically a fan of oversized frames, but these have been getting tons of extra wear in my closet,” says freelance fashion writer Danielle Naer. “I like pairing them with my favorite ’70s-era pieces: wide-leg denims and collared shirts.”
Wren Angular Rectangle Sunglasses ($16; urbanoutfitters.com)
“Angular sunnies in pastel colors are perfect for summoning spring. I love seeing these Wren sunnies styled with like-toned handbags and shoes for a monochrome moment,” Naer says. Customers agree: One reviewer calls these “super cute and a flattering shape.”
Warby Parker Abe Sunglasses ($145; warbyparker.com)
“I’m a fan of a classic aviator shape, but I’m liking this ever-so-subtly more angular version at the moment. It’s modern, minimal and takes up a little less face real estate,” says freelance fashion writer Gina Marinelli.
Spitfire Mexico ‘88 Men’s Aviator Sunglasses ($72; asos.com)
These aviators give a little bit of ’80s flair to any outfit with colored lenses and a retro style, including molded nose pads and a sleek brow-bar detail.
Le Specs Total Eclipse Sunglasses ($62.30, originally $89; shopbop.com)
“As much as I admire a statement frame, the truth is that you’ll catch me in a slightly oversized black pair most of the time,” says Marinelli. “I’m planning to add these to my rotation next.”
Ted Baker London 58mm Aviator Sunglasses ($149; nordstrom.com)
“I love a retro pair of sunnies, and these Ted Baker aviators are a ’70s dream,” says Angela Melero, The Zoe Report’s executive editor.
Marc Jacobs Women’s Cat-Eye Sunglasses ($120; bloomingdales.com)
“Every woman’s collection needs a cat-eye pair — a trend that Marc Jacobs dressed up by tying in glitter accents,” Naer says. “These are a personal favorite of mine for their edgy sophistication.”
Aster Chunky Rectangle Sunglasses ($16; urbanoutfitters.com)
“The Aster’s tortoise frame makes the pair extra versatile, pairing seamlessly head-to-toe black outfits just as well as, say, a tangerine sundress,” says Naer. “The boxy frame is for those who aren’t afraid to be a bit daring with their eyewear.” Plus, these have more than 70 glowing 5-star ratings.
Le Specs Recovery Sunglasses ($79; shopbop.com)
“Much like aviators, all-black sunglasses that cover the majority of your eyes are a daily essential,” says Hyde. “They’ll come in handy, for early morning flights especially.”
Lyon Men’s Sunglasses ($95; warbyparker.com)
These simple black sunglasses match with nearly everything, and their clean, rectangular shape and small blue detail ensure you’re looking sharp everywhere you go.
Margot Chunky Rectangle Sunglasses ($16; urbanoutfitters.com)
“To add a pop of color to your eyewear collection, stick with lucite pastels for a more subtle approach,” Hyde recommends. “This pair is particularly great for its featherweight but sturdy design.”
Sulu Eco-Friendly Sunglasses in Sand ($64.95; pelavision.com)
These sunglasses come in a nice light beige, which will be a perfect pairing with bright summer shirts. Plus, these sunglasses are eco-friendly and 100% biodegradable.
Warby Parker Morgan Sunglasses ($95; warbyparker.com)
“Round lenses are picking up steam for summer, and at $95, this pair will be the perfect pick for sunny days ahead,” Melero says.
Hancock Round Sunglasses ($35; italic.com)
Speaking of round sunglasses, these ones from Italic scream the Italian Riviera and come in two shades of tortoiseshell as well as black.
Cole Round Men’s Sunglasses ($20; urbanoutfitters.com)
Another pair of simple round sunglasses, these come in black or a neutral tortoiseshell pattern.
Ginger Slim Cat-Eye Sunglasses ($18; urbanoutfitters.com)
“Your summer essentials should include just one pair of playful sunglasses that can be worn on festive occasions,” says Hyde. “Opt for a retro cat-eye style to keep it sleek and chic.”
Warby Parker Rhea Sunglasses in Truffle Tortoise ($95; warbyparker.com)
These tortoiseshell-framed sunglasses are one of Warby Parker’s staff picks. “They’re modern and timeless at the same time,” the Warby Parker staff says.
Le Specs Luxe Women’s Deep Shade Square Sunglasses ($77.40, originally $129; bloomingdales.com)
“These sunnies give me a ’70s vibe, which is one of my favorite fashion decades,” says Micaéla Verrelien, a New York City-based model and influencer.
Le Specs For-Never Mine Sunglasses ($55.30, originally $79; shopbop.com)
“I always need a funky, novelty pair of sunnies for those days I want to make a statement,” Melero says.
Poppy Lissiman Stevie Sunglasses ($115; shopbop.com)
“These sunnies are fun and bold,” says Verrelien. “Everyone needs one pair of shades with a print.”
Fairfax Chunky Rectangle Sunglasses ($16; urbanoutfitters.com)
“I love colorful sunglasses. Not only are they vibrant, but they help get you summer-ready,” says Verrelien.
Fruit Punch/Aqua Sunglasses ($25; knockaround.com)
The ideal pair for a trip to the beach, these colorful specs from Knockaround are super lightweight and only $25.
Riley Sunglasses ($129; liingoeyewear.com)
These square frames come in a clear cobalt, so you can still add a little pop of color without overpowering your whole outfit.
BP. 50mm Rectangular Sunglasses ($15; nordstrom.com)
With exclusively 5-star reviews, these ’70s-inspired rectangle frames are perfectly on-trend.
BP. 50mm Cat-Eye Sunglasses ($15; nordstrom.com)
“There’s something timelessly cool about a pair of tortoiseshell sunnies,” Marinelli says. “In a retro cat-eye shape, this pair is super playful without veering into costumey or gimmicky.”