I vividly remember riding in the back seat as a middle schooler and observing my friends’ moms in their Chanel or Guccisunglasses as they whipped us around L.A. like the 13-year-old diva bosses we were. I could tell the sunglasses were deliberate stylistic choices based on the way they would talk about them and carefully place them in bulletproof cases, but I had no idea what the hype was about. Now, as an adult, I totally get the allure of sunglasses, especially the pairs that fulfill a need that is more than purely functional. As my collection grows, the process of picking between the different pairs feels more like a calling because each of them embodies an entirely different personality. Maybe my favorite part of statement sunglasses is that they have an extremely high payoff in comparison with how low-maintenance they are, which I’m sure you know by now is one of the hallmarks of my style.
Below, I’ve gathered some of the most beautiful statement sunglasses across the internet, including some vintage picks that will have you racing to checkout. As one of the most affordable designer accessories that exist, they’re a great investment piece and will hold their value for quite some time. With sporty shades and metal-framed pairs, keep scrolling to meet your new personality (or two).