Sunglasses are a year-round accessory — our peepers need protection from harmful rays every day — but this time of year it's almost impossible not to ogle all the new shady styles and colors.
No single style stands out more than another, but they all have one thing in common: They make a big statement.
“The great thing about sun wear this season is how diverse everything is,” said Alex Bratton, buyer for On a Whim stores in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Take your pick of classic yet sporty aviators or retro round shapes with a boho feel. Sexy, exaggerated cat-eyes add a bit of glamour, and reflective lenses are just too cool. Decorated and printed frames give interest, and bold colors such as orange, pink, yellow and cobalt are more popular than ever. And it wouldn't be summer without some bright white.
Like almost every accessory, sunglasses are available in all prices, from a few dollars to a few hundred. Depending on where you shop, you can build a wardrobe of this summer's most eye-catching styles for less than $30 or invest in a designer pair that will be your signature piece every day of the year.
This season, big styles tend to overshadow small, making it easier to hide behind a pair of trendy, oversize round sunglasses or add instant impact to an outfit with a pair of printed or striped frames.