A stylish pair of shades is as essential to summer fun as ice cream, sunshine, an engrossing beach read and a fruity cocktail. And not just because they protect your eyes (which of course they do, from UVA and UVB rays, as well as wrinkles!) but they're also an easy way to shake up your new summer look. Which means it’s time for an upgrade – and we’ve got best sunglasses inspo from the runway and the A-list to help you do just that.
Plus, this must-have summer accessory is typically less expensive than a new It bag or pair of sky high heels, but can just as easily elevate a look. Whatever your face shape or style, there's a pair of chic sunglasses waiting for you. This season's best sunglasses are ultra flattering and will take you from beach to happy hour to barbecue to bar seamlessly. Discover the shades you'll be seeing everywhere this summer (so says Mido, an eyewear show dedicated to the latest styles, who gave Asda a little insight into what's on-trend now). Bring on the sun!
Opulence is a big trend this summer, with Dolce and Gabbana's floral embellishments and Gucci's glittering golden shades leading the way on the catwalk and being translated into a more wearable style on the high street. Ideal for holidaying in Ibiza or along the Italian Riviera.
The only time it's cool to be square is when sunglasses look THIS good. Favoured by style icon Victoria Beckham and California girl Jennifer Aniston, team black sunnies paired with a leather jacket or black blazer for a chic take on the trend. OR add some denim and a pop of colour and opt for a tortoise shell pair – sold in store at Asda.
Cat eyes have been around since the 50s but this summer, the retro shades are making a strong come-back. Single toned styles, as seen on the Dior runway this spring, are effortlessly chic, but for those summer days that turn into summer sunsets, an ultra glamorous pair à la Olivia Palermo is all the rage. Embellish your cat eyes with jewels and prints, or opt for an ultra exaggerated style to make serious statement.
Soaking up some sun (responsibly, of course) this summer? Now you can grab a pair of sunnies to match your golden glow, thanks to a slew of bang on trend metallic shades hitting the scene. All-over mirrored metallics are in, but if you’d rather dip your toe into the trend then opt for sunglasses with metallic detailing instead, like the ones below from Asda. Hey, if it’s good enough for Gigi Hadid…
Few sunglasses are as iconic as the aviator style. Universally flattering, it's no surprise that these 70s-inspired frames were seen all over the runway this year from Channel to Armani. Hey, it's a classic for a reason. For serious inspiration for how to style your Aviators, look no further than supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Flawless.
Visit the opticians in your nearest Asda store to choose your favourite pair of sunnies for your holiday