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Sunglasses buyer's guide: Styles & sun protection

Brianna Martinez is a graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. She received her bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with an emphasis in digital media. After graduating, she jo...

Stylin' shady lady

Finding the perfect pair of sunglasses can be overwhelming with all the different styles and colors. We narrowed down the most stylin' pairs of shades for you, made popular by Tinseltown's hottest. Check out our fave picks below to shed some light on your search.

Made in the shade

Check out our top sunglasses styles to help you narrow down you search for the perfect pair.

Round sunglasses
1

The Big "O" 

This style not only marked Jackie O's signature style, but we can thank her for making this look ever-popular. Celebrities like Lauren Conrad, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie are often spotted flaunting this style. To get their look, rock a pair of Marni's round sunglasses or  Tory Burch's tortoise shell rounded sunglasses.

 

Keyhole sunglasses
2

The Keyhole Look

Think Elton John performances and the many faces of Mary-Kate Olsen. These sunglasses have an artistic, yet sophisticated look. They're a bit more on the funky side, so if you choose this look - own it! Topshop offers a pair for only $32, whereas Ralph Lauren offers a more swanky look (though quite a bit more expensive).

 

Wayfarer
3

The Wayfarer

Though this style was dubbed trendy via Tom Cruise in Risky Business and stuck throughout the '80s, Ray Ban Wayfarers have successfully made a comeback. Michelle Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Mary-Kate Olsen and Selena Gomez are among the large mass of actors seen spotted in these classic shades. Betsey Johnson also offers wayfarers in bright colors and designs for a funky look. 

 

Clubmaster
4

Clubmaster

The clubmaster style from Ray Ban is much like the older brother of the wayfarer. The clubmaster is very hipster-chic and is the perfect style for those already too cool for the wayfarer. It comes in many different styles and colors, so, in other words, the clubmaster is what you graduate to after wayfarers. 

 

Aviator sunglasses
5

Aviator Sleek

Many brands and designers have brought back the smooth look of aviators. Ray Ban is, yet again, known for their classic aviator style, but Tom Ford is one designer who also makes this style in a sleek, finished look. Carrera is another international brand known for their edgy, slick aviators. 

 

Cateye
6

Cat-eye

This retro look has taken over sunglasses styles this season and can be seen perched on Hollywood's hottest faces. Many brands and designers have taken to this style including Ray Ban, Betsey Johnson, Gucci and many more. For a flirty, but classy cat-eye look, try the Gucci Havana Striped Stem Cat Eye Sunglasses. Urban Outfitters also has many colors in this particular style.

Remember when shopping

Before splurging (or saving) on your ideal perfect pair of shades, consider these two tips that could help you make a better buying decision.

Sun protection

Though style is essential when choosing the right pair of sunglasses, sun protection plays an important role, as well. Sunglasses with polarized lenses keep out the sun's blinding rays that cause eye strain. Sunglasses with UV protection are another safe choice because they block out the harmful rays that can damage eyes. 

UV stands for ultraviolet -- a type of electromagnetic radiation that's present in sunshine, and has a wavelength shorter than that of visible light.

Don't cheap out

When shopping for a pair of stylish sunglasses, remember that quality is important, as well. Even though a pair of sunglasses may be super cute and super cheap, they might not last half as long as a more expensive pair will. Don't break the bank, but think long-term use instead of short-term day at the beach use-- unless that's what you're looking for.

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