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Shady Lady: 14 Achingly Cool Pairs of Sunnies

Summer is on. It’s time channel some Jackie O-style cool with these stylish shades.

Audrey Hepburn. Jackie O. John Lennon. Marlon Brando. Grace Kelly. Brigitte Bardot. Elvis: a quick tally of the most well-known sunglasses wearers the world has ever known does seem, rather uncannily, to also namecheck some of the coolest people ever to have lived. If, then, we can channel even an ounce of their nonchalant, easy style by throwing on a pair of sunglasses, then we shall do so. No, we might not immediately be mistaken for Holly Golightly as we sashay to Tiffany’s for a spot of early morning, post the night before browsing. But it’s a start – and we shall at least be protecting our peepers from harmful UV rays in our endless quest for cool.

These are the ones we’re eyeing up to deliver a soupcon of the mystique of Ms Hepburn et al. What is it that they say about aiming for the stars again…? We can but try.

By Nancy Alsop
July 2021

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Alaia

Oversized Square Acetate Sunglasses, £300

Sienna Alexander

Belgravia Brown Gradient Sunglasses, £119

Komono

Dax Havana, €59

Toast

Finley and CO Daphne Sunglasses, £140

Anthroplogie

Le Specs Flossy Cat-Eye Sunglasses, £70, NOW £40

Victoria Beckham

Square Tortoiseshell-Acetate Sunglasses, £240

Linda Farrow

Dunaway Tortoiseshell-Acetate Butterfly Sunglasses, £345

Celine

Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses, £320

Toast

Dick Moby Valencia Sunglasses, £155

Zara

Square Acetate Sunglasses, £25.99

Gucci

Stars Oversized Embellished Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses, £265

Izipizi

Let Me See #G Sunglasses Tortoise, £40

Cubitts

Langton, £125

LF Markey

Sasha X Amber Gradient, £390

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