Best sunglasses for under $100
You know you need to get new sunglasses ASAP because your trusty old pair is damaged, outdated or, more likely, lost. (Did you check under the backseat of your car, or in the depths of the backpack you took on your last vacation?)
But the cost! Between frames, lenses and accessories (yes, you need a case and a microfiber cleaning cloth), it can really add up — especially if you are partial to designer looks and superior craftsmanship.
Fortunately, you don’t actually have to choose between price and quality — it is entirely possible to get a really great pair of stylish and durable sunglasses without the sticker shock you would expect.
In fact, affordable sunglasses options are plentiful! We’ve rounded up the best sunglasses for you under $100 (and some are well under $100).
Tom Cruise in “Top Gun.” Al Pacino in “Scarface.” Danielle Craig as Bond, James Bond. Need we say more? Aviators make an impression, and you don’t need the budget of a Hollywood blockbuster to snatch up a pair of your own.
Available in black or silver, the Good Vibrations Aviator has hundreds (literally, hundreds) of five-star reviews. And unlike some shades, which are unequivocally masculine or feminine, the classic aviator style looks great on everyone.
If you need to add prescription lenses or special features, no worries — you can! Will it up the cost into the unaffordable zone? Nope! An extra $20 will get you the quality prescription lenses you need.
With bright yellow frames and ocean-blue lenses, these sunglasses aren’t just great for a summer day at the beach; they look like a summer day at the beach.
And if that isn’t enough, well, the Makani comes with a lifetime warranty, offers maximum UV protection on its polarized lenses and is even constructed with Sunski’s own proprietary recycled materials (sustainability is a priority for the brand).
These sunglasses are also available in tortoise/purple but, honestly, we're partial to the yellow/blue combo.
This subtle cat-eye frame from GlassesShop.com proves that basic is anything but boring. The sparkle detail adds that little something extra without being over the top.
And no need to hem and haw over color. The Barbara shades get straight to the point — they come in black/silver only. You do have choices on your lenses, of course. Polarized, mirrored, prescription and even readers are available.
Arnette Fire Drill Sunglasses, $89.95
If you need sunglasses for fishing, hiking or any other outdoor activity, you can never go wrong with the timeless Wayfarer style. They look great, of course, and they're also extremely functional.
The choices are pretty much endless when it comes to Wayfarers, so why this particular pair? First of all, at under $90, these are a veritable steal — especially considering that this iconic style in some brands can easily set you back $200 or more.
Plus, Arnette sunglasses are known for durability and comfort. Not just a win, but a win-win-win. Available with gray or mirrored blue lenses.
Looking to up your street cred? The Arnette Lizard sunglasses in silver/gunmetal/grey can help. High style but still very wearable, the Lizard is made of lightweight plastic and is well-suited for oval and square face shapes.
Also available in orange/yellow and black. Prescription lenses are available too, but they will cost you a few extra bucks.
With sleek tortoise frames and gold-tinted lenses, these affordable sunnies from Armani Exchange are elegant, sophisticated and the perfect balance of trendy and classic. You’ll want to reach for them every day, whether you're dressed to the nines or just chilling in distressed denim and flip-flops.
Prefer a more mysterious vibe? These sleek sunglasses are also available in black/grey, which somehow appear decidedly different despite the fact that the color is the only variant.
At this price, maybe grab both for a no-nonsense approach to changing up your look now and then?
If you decide to go for these swank (yet budget-friendly) sunglasses, be prepared — the paparazzi might mistake you for Meghan Markle, who made them famous when she wore them to her baby shower in 2018. Or, you may just turn a few heads.
Either way, you are going to look good while wearing these semi-geek-chic shades. The fact that they also offer great eye protection? That will feel like a bonus. Available in black, black navy, tort and toffee tort (a.k.a. tortoise).
Big, round, bright, cat-eye, aviator. When it comes to sunglasses, you can’t go wrong with any of them. But sometimes, you just need something a little more understated. That’s where these classic round sunglasses come in. The Deja Vu Round Black Sunglasses are simple, yes, but they are also extraordinarily stylish.
Add mirrored lenses if you want some additional customization, and don’t forget you can get them with polarized or prescription lenses too (for a nominal upcharge). Also available in brown & tortoise and blue & floral if understated isn't really your thing.
Ready to shop for sunglasses?
Maybe some of our best sunglasses under $100 caught your eye. Maybe just talking about sunglasses has you eager to visit an optical store nearby or shop online for your dream sunnies.
Whatever you do, read those product descriptions. You want sunglasses that not only look good but also protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
Published February 2020