5 Affordable Sunglass Brands the Hadids, Jenners and Kardashians Buy
An It bag can consume an entire month’s rent, so surely sunglasses do less damage? Not if you have a Gucci habit (a pair of its crystal-studded frames are an eye-popping £865) or your heart’s set on Acne’s cult Mustang frames (they’ll run you a cool £240). Three figures don’t bode well if you’ve been known to sit on your shades after a round of sundowners.
For the accident-prone and budget-conscious, the good news is that sunnies costing as much as a long-haul flight aren’t the only ones the A-listers have been tucking into their T-shirt collars. Bella Hadid has been sporting rectangular shades that look like something off a sci-fi film set, while her sister, Gigi, favours a space-age cat eye in silver. Both are from Le Specs and are a mere £75 a pop.
The Australian brand is at the forefront of this new wave of affordable sunglass labels. They all specialise in shades that are sturdy enough to survive a hen do in Ibiza and won’t give your credit card a beating. Keep reading for the brands that give a big bang for a little buck.
Style Notes: The fastest way to look like a Jenner or Hadid this summer is to get a pair of Le Specs. If the Flex is too angular for your taste (or reminds you of something you’d wear in a 3D cinema), try Leandra Medine’s favourite: the Last Lolita extreme cat-eye specs in lipstick red.
Style Notes: Don’t be put off by the name: L.A.-based Perverse makes unisex sunnies at pleasingly low prices and counts Olivia Palermo among its fans. You do have to pay shipping and duties from the UK, so why not club together with friends and split the extra cost? All its frames are under £100 and range from retro squares with playful marble prints to ultra-sleek gold aviators.
Style Notes: If you want to stand out in a sea of Wayfarers, then head to Spitfire. The London brand has sunnies that are big on statement details for under £50—hexagonal frames, metallic lenses, you name it. My picks are the bug-eyed Apex and the graphic Postpunk.
Style Notes: Quay Australia is another favourite of the Hadid and Kardashian sisters. Its sunglasses are all around the £40 mark—the perfect price for experimenting with shapes that might not be on-the-nose next summer. The Harper’s elongated points must be an homage to Dame Edna Everage’s eyewear, while the Cafe Racer’s boxy frame will help you keep a cool head (literally) on your commute.
Style Notes: Megastar she might be, but even Beyoncé still appreciates a bargain, and Jeepers Peepers sunglasses get her vote. Frames can be bought for £24 and under, ideal if your holiday includes a field of rowdy campers and mud up to God knows where. Queen B favours the circular frames—the Hunter is kooky enough to be in Willy Wonka’s wardrobe, but the cat-eye Carmen is perhaps a safer bet.