17 Best Sunglasses For The Beach

by Eliza Florendo

You know the saying: Sun's out....sunglasses out (at least for me). Now that temps are staying above the 70s, only one thing is on our mind — water. And of course, crop tops, denim shorts, and sunglasses for the beach. So after a long, long winter of snowstorms, hail, and broken umbrellas (really, NYC, screw you), it's time to bask in the sun we've been waiting an entire year for.

Nothing says summer quite like a pair of sunglasses. Of course, bathing suits, hats, cover-ups, and towels are all fun, but a cool pair of sunnies are the ultimate accessory. And, essentially, you can throw as much shade as you want and hide behind them. That's why I love them, at least. If you remember one thing to bring to the pool or beach, it's sunglasses. It's a strong statement, but it's true.

While we all wear sunnies all year long, something about the summer and glasses feels so satisfying. Like you've earned the sunshine. I can look back in my life and identify the summer based on the sunglasses I was wearing that year. Seriously. In 2008, it was a pair of Marc Jacobs oversized glasses. In 2010, aviators with a gold frame. The year 2012 was topped off with a super cool cat eye. Beyond an accessory, they're a benchmark. A reminder of all the fun memories of each year.

Anyone feel this love for them like I do? This year, these are the sunnies that'll change your summer and make you remember it for the rest of your life. Just add a killer bathing suit and hat and you are set, my friend.

1. The Classic Aviator

Ray Ban Mirrored Flash Aviator Sunglasses, $165, Nieman Marcus

Gold and pink are the ultimate combo.

2. Round

ASOS Oversized Metal Round Sunglasses With Blue Flash Lens, $15, Asos

So. Dope.

3. The Cat Eye

Quay Kittie Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $50, Urban Outfitters

Love the reflection, too.

4. The Geometric Shape

Le Specs Thunderdome D-Frame Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses, $80, Net-A-Porter

These are SO COOL.

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5. The Floral Pattern

Smith Optics Sidney 52mm Sunglasses, $89, Nordstrom

So subtle, yet so pretty.

6. The Super Retro

Valley Marmont Limited 51mm Sunglasses, $200, Nordstrom

Major old school vibes.

7. Gold & Black

Bueller II Shades, $20, Nasty Gal

No better combo.

8. Luxe Notes

Self Portrait + Le Specs Round-Frame Acetate And Gold-Tone Sunglasses, $75, Net-A-Porter

Half on, half off.

9. Tortoise

Illesteva Leonard Mirrored Lense Sunglasses: Tortoise, $178, Intermix

Nothing beats classic tortoise.

10. Sleek Black

Quay Kitty Shades, $50, Nasty Gal

Vote's in: These are the sleekest shades of all.

11. Clear Frames

Sun Buddies Clear Type 04 Sunglasses, $131, Ssense

With this olive green glass? Yes, please.

12. The Luxe Orange

Illesteva Wynwood Round Stainless Steel Sunglasses, $177, Nieman Marcus

BRB, ordering these right now.

13. Speckles

Steve Madden Rylie, $29, Steve Madden

101 Dalmatians vibes right here.

14. Half & Half

Sunny Rebel Hudson Bicolor Round Frame, $29, Gilt

So mod, I can hardly take it.

15. No Middle Man

Illesteva Mykonos Round Sunglasses, $177, Barneys

I really don't think these could be any cooler.

16. Pink & Clear

Retrosuperfuture Super Gals Pool, $209, Blue And Cream

This summer is all about pink hues.

17. Clear Cat Eye

Wildfox Women's Grand Dame Cat Eye Sunglasses, $40, Nordstrom

This blue reminds me of the sea.

Memorial Day is just around the corner, which means summer is practically here. There are officially 15 weekends in summer — make 'em count.

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