What is it about a really good pair of sunglasses that instantly makes one feel so instantly chic and, thus empowered, able to take on the world with the confident swagger of a movie star? When it comes to choosing the right prescription sunglasses, though, it is about more than just looking good (though this is, of course, paramount); it's about combining style, clarity, and eye protection. The right pair not only corrects your vision but also shields your eyes from harmful UV rays. With options like polarised lenses for glare reduction and a variety of frame styles, you can find sunglasses that best fit your lifestyle and taste – and there’s no need to compromise on style. These are the shades we love this summer that will not only look the part but enhance your vision and protect your eyes.

Cutler & Gross

1386 Square Sunglasses, £340

The 1386 is an iconic Cutler & Gross style and we have long loved its thick, almost graphic rims. Retro tinted lenses are one of the big sunglasses stories of 2024, and this pair channels that with its purple tint, all while keeping things classic (and thus wearable for many years to come). Buy them.


Britannia, £150

We love Cubbits, an independent brand founded by Tom Broughton in 2012, which specialises in chic yet restrained frames, with each pair made in King’s Cross. The Britannia, with its shield silhouette, taps into the SS24 trend for boldness and is endlessly cool, stylish and playful. Buy them.


SPR15Y, £232

We love the sculptural quality of these acetate Prada frames, with their marriage of graphic black and tortoiseshell, adding instant artsy chic to summer looks. Buy them.

Cutler & Gross

9926 Cat Eye Sunglasses, £385

Cat Eye sunglasses are another big trend this summer and you can’t get more feline than these dazzling green beauties. With a strong 1950s flavour, they add instant glamour and a perfect pop of colour to a pared-back outfit (or, indeed, a maximalist one). Buy them.


Square Sunglasses, £324

If it’s classic you’re after, then these Chanel sunglasses in dark tortoiseshell and with a polarised brown gradient simply go with everything. Buy them.


Goldington, £150

The expressive Terazzo tortoiseshell lends an instant artsiness to these oval sunglasses, which effortlessly evoke Jackie O – and frankly, what else are we aspiring to when choosing a pair of sunglasses? Buy them.


4140/G/S/X Sunglasses, £48 (Was £59)

Geometric sunglasses are another vibe this season, and these, from Polaroid, are slender and understated while rocking a heptagon shape. Plus, they’re a snip at £48. Buy them.


GG0061S Sunglasses, £235 (Was £340)
Prescription Gucci GG0061S Sunglasses

Graduated green lenses, John Lennon-style perfect spheres, and frames that feature a dash of red while keeping things understated: this is one endlessly cool pair of sunnies. Buy them.

Bottega Veneta

BV1035S Sunglasses, £239 (Was £350)
Prescription Bottega Veneta BV1035S Sunglasses

These give us strong Audrey Hepburn in Breakast At Tiffany’s vibes and, after all, there can be no higher praise for a pair of shades than that. Buy them.