Stylin' Summer Sunnies

Protect your eyes in style.

by VAISHNAVI VARMA   ★    JULY 3, 2018

From Anna Wintour’s staple dark shades to Louis Vuitton’s retro cat-eye frames, sunglasses are the perfect accessory. But being on a college student budget means designer shades are not always accessible.

Update your summer sunglasses collection with affordable designs. We have compiled a list of five brands that are not only on-budget, but are also on-trend. 

Urban Outfitters

Although this “hipster” brand is an obvious choice for clothing, it also offers several options for fashionable sunglasses at a very reasonable price. From polarized retro sunglasses and half-moon frames to metallic cat-eye sunglasses and soft tinted square frames, there is an option for everyone. With their vivid colors and trendy looks, these sunglasses can be worn at a music festival or at the pool.


Goga Vionnet , Creative Director of Vionnet Paris

Goga Vionnet, Creative Director of Vionnet Paris

This Barcelona based brand morphs simple, stylish and sustainable into one. With its unique concept of manufacturing, Sea2See sunglasses are produced with plastic waste collected from the sea. Not to mention, with every purchase, 10 euros are donated to Ambient Europeo, an organization dedicated to ocean and beach waste collection. If you are in an environmentally friendly mood and want to pay it forward, definitely visit Sea2See. With its casual styles, this brand offers the perfect addition to your summer internship outfit.

Gigi Hadid Vogue Eyewear 

Sporting these sunglasses from the new Gigi Hadid collection is like having direct access to the model’s closet. From petite cat-eye glasses to vintage round frames, this collection features several styles that come in a variety of colors. A huge hit among fashion bloggers and models around the world, this brand offers classy styles that can be worn at a casual brunch with your girlfriends or at a fancy wedding with your family. Not only will you be on trend if you rock these sunnies, but you will also be giving off 90s vibes all day long!


If you are feeling bold, this emerging brand should be your go to. While TopFoxx does have a large of array of styles, it is well known for its unique vivid colors and polarized lenses. Wear a pair of larger framed sunnies for a powerful, sophisticated look. Whether you wear them with a monochromatic colored suit or a pair of boyfriend jeans, these sunnies will add poise to any outfit.

Quay Australia

Quickly rising in popularity, Quay Australia is the perfect choice if you want to capture an Instagram worthy picture. This brand offers a wide range of styles from lightly tinted and polarized sunnies to classic aviators and large, dark sunnies. Instagram fashion bloggers like @negin_mirsalehi, @songofstyle and @camiliacoelho are all endorsing Quay, proving it to be a legit and super trendy brand.


Whether you love Audrey Hepburn’s iconic dark sunglasses or Rihanna’s thin frames seen on the Cannes Film festival carpet, sunglasses add a statement to any outfit. So make sure to protect your eyes in style this summer with a cool pair of sunnies. Happy shopping!

Tayler Bradford