Designer sunglasses: Look like a celebrity
If you are looking for designer sunglasses but are unsure which brand name is right for you, shop at a variety of stores so you can try on styles from many different lines. Check out online eyewear retailers as well.
Each designer has a certain image that he or she portrays through clothing and accessories, as well as through advertising and promotions.
Designer and celebrity sunglasses tend to be pricier, and often have more expensive upgrades such as jewels and inlays with unique patterns and designs. Attractive designer logos may be etched or inlaid in high-end frames.
There are many designer and celebrity sunglass lines to choose from, and price points can range from very affordable to highly extravagant. Choices abound!
Popular designer sunglass lines
Popular designer names in sunglasses include: Fenty, Hugo Boss, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Kenneth Cole, Dior, Fendi, Tom Ford, Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, John Varvatos, Diane von Furstenberg, Prada, and Vera Wang.
Typically, if you like the clothing styling from a designer, you probably will like the design of their sunglasses. Most designers maintain significant control over the design, pricing and imaging of their sunglasses. The lines then are produced under a licensing agreement with an eyewear company that has 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.
Choosing the best designer sunglasses for you
The true test of which designer sunglasses are best for you is not the brand — it's the fit, feel, and how the frame complements your coloring and facial features.
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.
Also, it's always a good idea to ask a close friend for his or her opinion of your favorite designer sunglass choices before you make your purchase.
And whether you choose to buy designer sunglasses at your eye doctor's office, at an optical store or online, start by seeing an eye doctor near you for a comprehensive eye exam.
If you have a mild refractive error (even if you don't currently wear corrective lenses)or a minor change to your current eyeglass prescription, having prescription lenses put in your designer sunglasses will make sure you're not just looking good, but seeing clearly as well.
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Page published in February 2019
Page updated in April 2022