Designer sunglasses: High fashion and the latest brands
Designer sunglasses are sunglasses that fashion designers or other prominent individuals have agreed to attach their name to for marketing purposes.
The amount of input that this individual personally has in the design and manufacturing of the sunglasses varies considerably from brand to brand.
Designer and celebrity sunglasses tend to be more expensive and may have special features such as jewels and inlays with unique patterns and designs. Designer logos also may be etched or inlaid in the frames.
To help you decide which designer or celebrity sunglasses style best fits your personal style and budget, here are examples of how top brands are advertised at high-end boutiques and other retail stores:
Calvin Klein. Often found in the economical range, many Calvin Klein sunglasses feature classic aviator shapes in wire rim or rimless styles.
Chanel. The pricier Havana is one signature Chanel style, available in bold plastic frames with brown gradient colors and matching lenses.
JLO by Jennifer Lopez. This sunglasses collection for trendy women is one of many examples of recent lines launched with branding that uses celebrity names. Some JLO styles are available in the at reasonable prices.
Other brands of designer sunglasses include lines by Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Prada, Versace, Persol, Dior, Tom Ford, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss, Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Fendi, and many more.
Most optical shops, department stores and sunglasses specialty stores will have promotional materials in the sunglasses section that portray the images of the designers' lines they feature.
You also can question the sales staff about the qualities of each designer sunglasses line.
Check the fit and look of the sunglasses
The true test in determining if a particular brand of designer sunglasses is for you is to try them on and see how you look and feel wearing them.
To choose the best designer sunglasses for you that you will love wearing, start by reading the tips in our article, The best glasses for your face shape and skin tone. Some designer brands are more conservative, some are feminine, some are urban and cutting-edge, and some are understated but beautifully designed.
If you like the clothing styling from a designer, you also will like the sunglasses that carry the same brand. Many designers maintain significant control over the design, pricing and imaging of their sunglasses.
Designer sunglasses typically are produced under a license with an eyewear company that has great experience and knowledge in manufacturing and distributing eyewear. The result is a product that is right for that fashion designer and the designer's loyal customers.
Celebrity sunglasses collections
In addition to famous designers, many celebrities have worked with eyewear manufacturers to create their own brands of sunglasses.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Rihanna, Sean Combs, Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake, Sofia Vergara, and Jerry Garcia are just some of the celebrities who currently have or have had sunglasses collections bearing their names.
Each celebrity has an image created through movies, television shows and appearances, modeling, music performances and books he or she has written. The celebrity's eyewear typically is consistent with this image.
Page updated September 2020