Whether you use them for driving, for walking, or for looking good at the beach, every woman needs a good pair of sunglasses. Not only do they make you look sophisticated and mysterious, but they also help to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Before you get out your credit card and start shopping, though, there are a few things you need to know. It is important to keep in mind what exactly you want in a pair of sunglasses and how much protection you need. You might also want to know what the current trends are and how each shape complements your face. So here is a bit more information before we jump into our list of the 10 best women’s sunglasses for 2018:
How to Get the Most Protection from Your Sunglasses
Sunglasses are surely a great fashion statement, but that shouldn’t be their one and only purpose. Sunglasses are made to protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays produced by the sun, which can lead to things like cataracts, astigmatism, and even macular degeneration. If you want to make sure that your sunglasses are giving you as much protection as possible, be sure to follow these guidelines:
- Find sunglasses that provide you with 99-100% protection from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA and UVB are two different bands of harmful light that can damage your skin, as well as your eyes. Be sure to pick out glasses that are listed as blocking out the maximum amount of these unwanted rays, so that you know your eyes are fully protected.
- Choose sunglasses with big frames. Celebrities don’t just wear these to hide their identity from paparazzi. Sunglasses with big frames, or even wraparound frames, have been shown to block out more light, keeping your eyes that much more protected. The less light that gets in around the edges of your glasses, the better. (But check the next section to see how your face would agree with certain styles before choosing a comically large pair of glasses!)
- Consider polarized lenses. Not only do polarized lenses block the sun, but they actually reflect it away from your eyes. These specialized glasses eliminate glare and keep you from having to squint at things the sun is shining on. So, in a way, they are even better for your eye health!
- If you also need prescription glasses, consider photochromic lenses. Photochromic lenses change from clear to dark in the presence of harmful UV rays. Not only will this make you feel like a high-tech robot in a movie, it can protect your eyes without you even having to think about it!
What is Trending in Sunglasses in 2018?
For many us, the only thing necessary in a pair of sunglasses is that it looks good on our face, and it blocks out the sun. Others, though, want to make more of a statement. And to those people, we say: we’ve got your eyes covered.
Every year brings new trends in sunglasses, and 2018 is no different. This year there are four main trends, according to outlets like Vogue, PopSugar, and the runway models who set these trends in the first place. These trends vary from shape to color to overall style, and all four can be found below, along with a picture you can reference when you set out to find your own.
Cat Eye Frames
Cat eye frames range from small, slender cat eye shapes to enormous, oversized cat eye shapes to even rectangular cat eye shapes, which are a more angular take on this particular style. As you can see from the image above, these sunglasses get their name due to the fact that they resemble the shape of a feline’s eye – a shape that is often emulated in eye makeup as well.
Basic black is boring. This year, women are embracing bright, colorful frames that have an endearing childish, almost cartoonish quality. Multi-colored frames make a big statement, and are perhaps even more eye-catching than the cat’s eye glasses above. The key, though, is to get a pair of glasses that has more than one color. Whether these colors are complementary or not, they will be sure to draw attention. Find a color scheme that goes well with your favorite outfit, or find one that goes with everything!
The frames aren’t the only place where you can add a splash of color to your sunglasses. This year, colorful tinted lenses are in high demand. The most popular colors are in the pastel family – mostly yellows and pinks – so finally you can have the chance to see the world through rose-colored glasses! (And we’re not kidding: these glasses, unlike regular black sunglasses, really do change the colors of the world around you, so be careful with that!)
No, you’re not looking at John Lennon’s daughters: round sunglasses are back in! This throwback look appeals to the inner hipster in everyone, and gives you the opportunity to show off your quirky personality. You can customize everything from the size of the frames to the details and decals around edges the lenses (embellished frames are big this year too!). There is really no end to the possibilities with these glasses… just don’t be offended if someone mistakes you for a Beatle!
How to Pick a Winner
If all of these trends (or none of them – hey, not everyone is a trendsetter!) appeal to you, you might be wondering which one you should choose. The best way to figure out which sunglasses would fit you best would be to take your face shape into account. Whether you have a round face, a square face, a heart-shaped face, or something in between, there is a perfect pair of sunglasses out there for you. To find out which shape would best compliment your face, check out these helpful posts from PopSugar and Oprah.com.
And now, without any further ado, here are the top ten bestselling sunglasses of 2018. Happy shopping!
The Top 10 Best Women’s Sunglasses of 2018
1. Clubmaster Sunglasses
These unisex Clubmaster sunglasses are great for the outdoorsy type. They are great for fishing, hiking, or mountain climbing, because they reduce glare from the sun with their polarized lenses. Their rounded shape also puts them firmly within the realm of being trendy this year, so you’ll look totally fashionable wherever you wear them! They come in several different colors at a price that won’t break your budget.
2. Dollger John Lennon Round Sunglasses Steampunk Metal Frame
If you want in on the round glasses trend, these sunglasses are the ones for you. Inspired by John Lennon himself, these Dollger sunglasses don’t provide any polarization (or much protection from UV rays), but they sure do make you look cool. Their lenses are mirrored so no one will be able to see what you are thinking and they come in twelve different colors to help you express your personality. Groovy!
For those women looking for a more “traditional” pair of sunglasses, Maui Jim has some great options. These Punchbowl Sunglasses are cute and stylish, and they are prescription ready. This means that in addition to the sunglass lenses that come already attached, you can also have your optometrist add in a layer of prescription lenses. That means that your glasses can be both functional AND stylish!
According to the trends we listed above, these sunglasses are the height of 2018 fashion. Not only are the oversized square frames embellished with a lively crystal border, but the lenses are also available in a wide array of tinted colors. At just under fourteen dollars, you can’t ask for much more fashion jam-packed into one pair of glasses!
5. ROYAL GIRL Oversized Square Sunglasses
This next pair of sunglasses is square and oversized as well, but they also incorporate two different colors on the frames. You can choose from a bevy of different color and pattern combinations, all while knowing that you are going to be completely protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays. These glasses are durable but fun, making them sure to stick around long after this summer is over.
6. GQUEEN Retro Round Steampunk Polarized Sunglasses
If you want to look like John Lennon but actually want your eyes to be protected from the sun while you do it, these are the glasses you need. You can choose both the color of these round frames and the lens color, enabling you to create the perfect look for your personality. The lenses are polarized to offer you maximum protection from the sun and are certified as having 100% UV protection, all at an affordable price. You can’t get much more rock and roll than that!
If you read the trend list above, you are probably wondering, “where are all the cat eye sunglasses?” Well, here they are! These retro glasses look like something straight out of a sixties movie and offer the perfect cat’s eye shape to make your face stand out in a crowd. The lenses are not polarized, but they still offer 100% UV protection. These are designer glasses at a price that will make even the grumpiest kitty purr!
8. Kate Spade Women’s Annora/PS ANNORPS Polarized Rectangular Sunglasses
Kate Spade has long been one of the top names in fashion. If you are looking for something a little more upscale in a style that never goes out of style, Kate Spade has you covered. These rectangular sunglasses are polarized and offer 100% UV protection. They even come with a carrying case so that they won’t get scratched in your purse!
9. Kate Spade New York Women’s Kia Cat-Eye Sunglasses
More cat eyes coming at you! Kate Spade’s take on this 2018 trend is pretty in pink, with a colorful design on the sides to make them even more fashionable. These non-polarized lenses provide complete protection from the sun, while making you look like a movie star in the process. Act fast, though, these go out of stock quickly!
10. UV 400 Sunglasses
Last on our list are some more unisex glasses that can work for any occasion or location. These polarized lenses are bright, vibrant, and a fun mix of black and orange. The mirrored lenses reflect the sun’s rays while also offering 100% protection from UVA and UVB. These glasses are stylish, strong, and durable, making them a great choice for everyone who wants to get outside and get active this summer.
Did you find the sunglasses you were looking for? Share a picture of you with them on in the comments so we can see your high fashion!
Know a guy who needs some shades too? Check out our list of the top 10 men’s sunglasses of 2018.