13 classic sunglasses that will never go out of style

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The most stylish accessory anyone can possess is the perfect pair of classic sunglasses, so we have rounded up the best ones to see you through this summer and beyond. 

The power of accessories should never be underestimated. Layers of gold necklaces will always bring an element of glamour to any look, a bright bag will add a splash of colour to even the plainest of looks, and a simple beaded hair clip has the ability to raise any outfit. 

When we think of accessories we are often turned towards new It bags or the latest must-have trainers, however, a simple pair of sunglasses remains the most effective weapon in our arsenal of accessories to change up your look, and often comes in at the most affordable price. 

The understated accessory holds tremendous transformative muscle – it can take your loungewear from simple to sophisticated in a quick snap and it can elevate your simple jeans a T-shirt from pared-back to effortlessly cool. Their universal appeal (and protective qualities) have meant that sunglasses have remained a style staple. 

Jackie Kennedy gives big classic sunglasses energy.

Naturally, like all stylish things, sunglasses have seen their fair share of fad trends and we can’t help but just dip our toes in. Who can forget the tiny sunglass trend of 2018 that saw us all looking like extras for The Matrix? Or rewind a couple more years to the supersized sunglass trend that was inspired by Rachel Zoe’s army of Zoebots (think Mischa Barton, Nicole Ritchie, Paris Hilton etc).

Alongside the more experimental shapes there has always been the classics to temper those stylised versions; sophisticated cat eyes, retro aviators and universally flattering wayfarers with the timelessness of these styles making them worth the investment. 

Shop our curated edit of the best classics now. 

  • Totême

    Totême havana sunglasses
    Classic sunglasses: Totême

    Totême has fast become a fashion insider favourite, thanks to its well-crafted, minimal but luxurious collections. Now, the brand has launched sunglasses – just two pairs, one in black and one in havana – that fit into its classic sophisticated aesthetic. Snap up yours fast, these sunglasses aren’t going to hang around. 

    Shop tortoise shell sunglasses, £240, Totême

  • Loewe Paula’s Ibiza

    Loewe Paula's ibiza sunglasses
    Classic sunglasses: Loewe Paula’s Ibiza

    Loewe’s black and white acetate sunglasses are part of a collaboration with Paula’s Ibiza, and the fashion pack can’t get enough. From prominent editors to the most stylish street style stars, Loewe’s retro looking sunglasses are one of the most desired accessories of the year. 

    Shop retro sunglasses, £280, Loewe

  • Celine

    Classic sunglasses: Celine

    Celine’s square tortoiseshell sunglasses have become a cult classic with everyone from Kim Kardashian to Meghan Markle counting themselves as fans. Large but not too large and glamorous without being over the top, we can see why these sunglasses are so popular. 

    Shop square tortoise acetate sunglasses, £330, Celine 

  • Chanel

    Classic sunglasses: Chanel

    As classic as their 2.55 quilted handbag (but at a fraction of the price), Chanel’s retro-looking sunglasses add an element of old-school Hollywood glamour to any look. For maximum effect, wear yours with a bardot dress and a straw hat. 

    Shop oval sunglasses, £310, Chanel 

  • Ray-Ban

    Classic sunglasses: Ray-Ban

    It doesn’t get more iconic than the classic Ray-Ban wayfarer sunglasses. From James Dean to Kate Middleton, their universal appeal make these an accessories must. 

    Shop original wayfarer classic, £91.70, Ray-Ban

  • Gucci

    Classic sunglasses: Gucci

    Since Alessandro Michele’s reign as creative director at Gucci, we have seen some of the boldest and brightest sunglasses to date. However, this style with a subtle hint of 70s makes for a modern classic. 

    Shop oversized round glasses, £270, Gucci 

  • Marni

    Classic sunglasses: Marni

    Not an obvious classic, Marni’s quirky cat eye glasses are way more wearable than you might think. We’ll be wearing ours with oversized sweatshirts and jeans for an effortlessly cool look. 

    Shop spy sunglasses in acetate blue, £255, Marni 

  • Mulberry

    Classic sunglasses: Mulberry

    Coming in a little bit smaller than a wayfarer, but with considerably more cat eye, Mulberry’s sunglasses hit that sweet ‘midi’ spot that you are about to see erupt. A total summer staple. 

    Shop tortoiseshell sunglasses, £190, Mulberry 

  • Oliver Peoples

    Classic sunglasses: Oliver Peoples

    Known for their incredibly crafted opticals and sunglasses, Oliver Peoples has long been the go-to brand for those in the know. If it’s a feminine shape with a bit of an edge that you’re leaning towards, look no further. 

    Shop cat eye sunglasses, £348, Oliver Peoples 

  • Persol

    Classic sunglasses: Persol

    With the same kind of classic appeal as Ray-Ban, Persol constantly delivers timeless staples like these ideal round tortoiseshell sunnies. 

    Shop round sunglasses, £153.30, Perso

  • Saint Laurent

    Classic sunglasses: Saint Laurent

    Leave it to Saint Laurent to bring an element of rock and roll to your accessories wardrobe. All you need now is a crisp white T-shirt and a leather jacket. 

    Shop black sunglasses, £260, Saint Laurent 

  • Taylor Morris

    Classic sunglasses: Taylor Morris

    Relatively new to the sunglasses scene, British brand Taylor Morris has made a name for itself by delivering substance and style in equal measure. Wear yours with an easy slip dress and stomper boots. 

    Shop rollright sunglasses, £180, Taylor Morris 

  • Victoria Beckham

    Classic sunglasses: Victoria Beckham

    Victoria Beckham knows a thing or two about sunglasses, which is why her signature oversized shape has become such a classic. Let these tinted aviators bring a retro style to your summer look. 

    Shop aviators, £355, Victoria Beckham 

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