If you’re in the market for a pair of sunglasses with a realistic price tag – neither cheap as chips or equal to half a month’s rent – then these cool and contemporary brands are worth checking out. From the Aussie brand giving Celine a run for its money to the high street find that creates fun, trend-led frames, we’ve rounded up eight of the best affordable sunglasses brands to dress your peepers with this summer.
When it comes to boho beach dresses, cool swimwear and on-trend sunglasses, the Australian brands are where it’s at. Le Specs is no exception. The Aussie brand was founded in the 1970s, relaunched to a new audience in 2006, and offers some of the best sunglasses on the market for their price point right now. Top tip: their D Frame sunnies are a great Celine Dupe for a fraction of the price.
Look to them for chunky styles inspired by New York street style and the Stockholm music scene, as well as some epic collaborations with the likes of Solid + Striped and Christopher Kane’s ‘More Joy’ campaign – great for hiding under when you’ve had less than your eight hours.
If you’re a regular ASOS scroller you’ll have come across Jeepers Peepers, the young, fun sunglasses brand known for bold colours and statement shapes. Ideal if you want something on trend but don’t want to spend a fortune, Jeepers Peepers do everything from bright green square frames to classic cat eyes.
From lemon sherbet shades to jet black cat eye shapes, Jeepers Peepers is the brand for sunnies under £20.
This British eyewear brand was set up by four friends back in 2012, designing here in London and making their chic frames in the home of great eyewear, Italy. On the slightly more expensive end of the spectrum, they offer premium frames with personality and there is sure to be a style to suit you.
Highlights of the collection include the sleek metal hexagonal style of the Stanley frames and the tortoiseshell chunky Charlotte sunnies that will pretty much go with everything.
When one half of your founders is an ex-Made In Chelsea star who’s married to Millie Mackintosh, you’ve got connections to get your product all over Instagram.
Taylor Morris, the joint venture between Hugo Taylor and longtime pal Charlie Morris, has just that and their shades can be spotted on everyone from Mollie King to Emma Roberts and just about every UK influencer worth their salt.
The brand’s design influences lie everywhere from British design to Hollywood glamour and a rock ‘n’ roll bohemianism. The result? A line that feels cool but classic and styles that you’ll keep for seasons to come. Luxury frames with a more realistic price point is what they do best.
Jimmy Fairly is the brand on the lips of London’s style set right now. Not only thanks to the impossibly cool frames, but the brand’s dedication to a more conscience, ethical future too – they have promised to make their much-loved frames with Bio Acetate, a biodegradable composition, going forward.
Plus, for every pair of Jimmy Fairly sold, one pair will be donated. Their solidarity program started 10 years ago and so far they have given away over 600,000th pairs of glasses.
Add to that an adorable kids’ line, realistic price points and an exciting collaboration with Rixo this summer – it’s safe to say we’re big fans.
Whether you’re into classic aviators or the round shapes of the ’60s, London-based eyewear brand take much-loved shapes and make them contemporary.
With interesting colourways, the finest craftsmanship (all of the frames are handmade in Italy) and the best technology (every pair of their prescription glasses is fitted with the world class ZEISS lenses), KITE are reimagining affordable luxury specs. They do fall at the higher end of “affordable” but these are shades you will keep for years to come.
Bestseller include the Rocco frames – described as “chalet chic for urban peeps,” and the Jean style which will make you look like a modern day Farah Fawcett.
Stylish frames and your prescription for as little as £100 all in? A few years ago this would be unheard of but Ace & Tate are leading the way when it comes to affordable eyewear that doesn’t look like you picked it up at the chemist.
There range of unisex sunglasses is just as good with shapes ranging from the cool clear curves of the Monty to the extra large, dark shades of the Hudson.
This is a brand leading the way when it comes to affordable eyewear that doesn’t look like you picked it up at the chemist.
Paris-based IZIPIZI specialise in stylish frames at frugal price points. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re after quirky colourways or chic black frames. Plus, everything’s available with prescription lenses if need be.
It’s worth checking out their children’s and babies’ lines too for all their best shapes shrunk down into adorable mini me sizes.