Sunnies Guaranteed To Jump Start Your Summer

Trendy styles to stand the test of the sun
June 5, 2019
June 4, 2019
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There’s one thing you definitely don’t want to forget on a bright summer day, and that’s your trusty sunnies. Few things more painful than riding down the coast, headed for the beachy abyss - with the sun in your eyes - blinding you the whole live long way. So when you’re packing that getaway bag, make sure you have an extra pair, or two or three (because ya know, Instagram). And you’ll always want backup in case, you accidentally snap them in half during that Vegas pool party.

Here’s the deal - our shades should block out 75-90% of visible light along with 100% harmful rays - and it’s important we keep our eyes good and healthy because overexposure to radiation can cause a whole lot of unpleasant problems down the line. We’ll spare you the details, but just trust us on this one, alright? So grab your shades, some sunblock and a good read - and get ready to roll up onto that warm summer sand. We’ll even encourage you to go a little wild and get it up between your toes. Yesss, you know what we’re talkin’ about.

Whatever your style, you’ve got options my friend. From tortoise to ultra-thin, round vintage, polarized, and micro cat-eye (shoutout to the ladies). So if your local Sunglass Hut is lacking inspiration, or maybe just fair prices, we encourage you to take a step back, scour your online options and order up these summer stunners. Maybe they’ll turn up just in time for you to throw on as you’re hopping into the back of your friend’s summer convertible as you head off toward the beach. Fine, a touch extravagant but we’re allowed to dream. Ok?

Scroll on down for some spec-tacular shades - and as always, drop us a comment if you so wish. Happy summer-ing.


Trendy, fairly priced sunnies - plus they help you make a DIFFerence. Diff is helping people see, quite literally - with their buy-a-pair, give-a-pair promise and over 1 million donated reading glasses. What’s more is that Diff has an arsenal of celebs that can’t get enough of their styles - so don’t be surprised if you spot your style on the Bachelor cast or even the Kardashians (if you’re into that stuff and all). You certainly wouldn’t be the first.

The Goods

✓   Sunnies in a variety of trends

✓   100% UVA/UVB protection

✓   Each pair is cut from single sheet acetate for more flexibility

✓   Virtual try on - check it out!

Why We Stand Behind Them

✓   Donated over 1 Million pairs since 2015

✓   Local charitable initiatives

David Kind

David Kind makes incredible, luxury-quality eyewear - bringing a whole new level of quality straight to your door. If there’s one pair of shades you should seriously invest in this summer, this is it. Founder David Barton focuses on true craftsmanship - with an intricate process and the top quality materials you’d expect from luxury brands - no corners are cut when it comes to delivering the finest product that you’ll love for years to come. Their patented home-try-on experience allows them to offer frames directly to you, made by the best manufacturers in Cadore, Italy and Sabae, Japan.

The Goods

✓   Classic silhouettes

✓   Zyl, pure titanium, and stainless steel

✓   Anti-reflective and scratch resistant coating

✓   Patented photo measuring for perfect fit

✓   No obligation home try-on

✓   10-year warranty

Why We Stand Behind Them

✓   An obsession with quality

✓   Disrupting the eyewear industry with a new approach


The founders of MVMT set out to disrupt the watch industry back in 2013 - and shortly thereafter expanded into eyewear. And aren’t we glad they added super cool sunnies to their repertoire? Starting under $50, these are great for throwing around all summer long without breaking the bank. This brand is inspired by the go-getters and dreamers of the world. And hey, they’re helping us dream with their 100% UV protected sunnies.

The Goods

✓   Classic & trendy styles

✓   Materials: Custom handmade cellulose acetate and stainless steel

✓   Akulon-coated German screws for durability

✓   100% UV protection

Why We Stand Behind Them

✓   Los Angeles based design headquarters

✓   Disrupting the fashion industry

✓   24-month warranty

Warby Parker

Warby Parker may run the prescription eyewear game, but they know a thing or two about sunnies too. Check out their selection of shades - ranging from trendy summer wares to yearlong classics. Starting at the same friendly $95 prices as their everyday eyewear, their options won’t disappoint. Decision fatigue? Check out their sunnies quiz (ladies, gentlemen) to help you find the perfect pair.

The Goods

✓   Every pair is hand assembled and polished

✓   Hypoallergenic stainless steel

✓   Hand polished cellulose acetate

✓   Scratch resistant lenses

✓   Blocks 100% UVA & UVB Rays

Why We Stand Behind Them

✓   Buy a pair, give a pair donation program

✓   Brings vision-care to school-age students in classrooms

Felix Gray

Meet Felix Gray– the brand that founded themselves on the opposition of dreaded blue light filters from your computer screen. So don’t you inherently trust them to also remove bad UV rays from the sun? Yea, us too. Makes sense that they’ve reimagined sunnies with features like thinner polarization, color enhancement and backside anti-reflective coating. In summary, you can trust that these shades will keep your eyes happy all summer long.

The Goods

✓   Unisex styles in an array of classic silhouettes

✓   Thinner polarization

✓   Color enhancement

✓   Backside anti-reflective coating

Why We Stand Behind Them

✓   Gender neutral options

✓   Live chat customer service

✓   Eye health info available on site


With their downtown, New York vibes, Illesteva brings us handmade eyewear from Italy and France. This is a brand worth splurging on - and we’re pretty into the fact that they name their shades after edgy NYC streets. They’ve also collaborated with the likes of Rashida Jones and the Michael Jackson Estate to bring us special limited-edition styles. So def check em out!

The Goods

✓   Uses hand mixed acetate/stainless steel

✓   UVA/UVB protection

✓   Designed by New Yorkers

✓   Easy-to-use face shape guide

Why We Stand Behind Them

✓   Bringing us luxury quality at a fair price point

✓   Made in family-owned factories in Italy and France

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