10 stylish shades to jazz up your summer wardrobe

Temperatures are finally on the rise, and as you eagerly shop for flowing dresses and lightweight tops in preparation for the warmer weather, don’t forget about the key accessory for any summer wardrobe: sunglasses. This season, round frames, cat-eye shapes and mirror lens are taking centre stage, but with some major contemporary upgrades. Scroll down to see a list of our favourites.

Dior

These Dio(r)evolution sunglasses are a reworked version of the aviator shape, with a mix of acetate and metal (in a gold or silver finish) providing a contemporary twist. The small star at the bridge is a nod to one of Mr. Christian Dior’s many lucky charms.

HK$5,000 from Dior

Chanel

Inspired by the camellia flower, these sunglasses from Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2017 eyewear collection feature white nylon petals that blossom around pink mirrored glass, forming a cat-eye silhouette.

HK$3,700 from Chanel

Dolce & Gabbana

With an exuberant style and luminous, vivid colours, Dolce & Gabbana took inspiration from a joyful tropical world to create these Mambo sunglasses. The hand-decorated frame features sparkling Swarovski crystals as well as a metal structure adorned with gold-coloured beads.

HK$4,650 from Lane Crawford

Bottega Veneta

These hyper-feminine cat-eye sunglasses from Bottega Veneta’s new eyewear collection feature hand-polished acetate with a double-lens construction, which is then completed with a special mirror coating and, of course, a die-cast intrecciato motif — the brand’s signature.

HK$3,560 from Puyi Optical

Sacai x Linda Farrow

Linda Farrow has collaborated with Parisian brand Sacai on a unique range of edgy sunglasses that showcase timeless yet innovative aesthetics. This pair features industrial-metal frames overlaid with highly polished acetate silhouettes that are inspired by Sacai’s FW17 ready-to-wear collection.

HK$3,550 from Linda Farrow

Gucci

Gucci reinterprets the classic cat-eye silhouette in a fresh way this season. These tortoiseshell acetate sunglasses have sculpted frames that lightly skim over the eyebrows, completed with oval-shaped, brown-tinted lenses.

HK$1,891 from Matchesfashion

Givenchy

These Bridges sunglasses by Givenchy feature miniature, light, metallic frames that are characterised by an extremely round bridge design. Apart from the silver with grey-green lenses seen here, these are also available in other colours including matte gold with brown lenses, and matte brown with mirror-blue lenses.

HK$2490 from Star Optical

Tilda Swinton x Gentle Monster

Part of the Flatba series, a collaboration between Gentle Monster and British fashion muse Tilda Swinton, these Newtonic sunglasses offer a glamourous combination of metal and acetate for a very strong look.

HK$2,350 from Gentle Monster

Valentino

Part of Valentino’s very first eyewear collection, these large, squared-off sunglasses are characterised by a series of overlays held together by functional, discreet studs. The nylon profile and coloured lenses work to create an unexpected, ethereal effect.

HK$2,500 from Valentino

Max Mara x Shantell Martin

These limited-edition sunglasses by Max Mara are one of the 1,000 pieces created from a fragment of an illustration by artist Shantell Martin, who took inspiration from prisms and the multi-faceted personalities of contemporary women.

HK$3,120 from Max Mara