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The Coolest Statement Sunglasses Available Now

Interesting shapes and cool colors, tinted lenses and the ilk.

the lucid blur sunglasses
Crap Eyewear

It's important to remember that first and foremost sunglasses serve as a protective filter from UV rays capable of causing both immediate and long-term damage to your eyes. Issues like dryness, splotchy vision, photokeratitis (sunburn but on your eyes), premature macular degradation (a contributor to age-related blindness), and, with excessive, repetitive exposure, cataracts can be avoided altogether simply by wearing shades. But, be sure yours block 99- or 100-percent of UV rays and are big enough to cover both your eyelids and eyeballs.

Not only are the elements of your actual eye — the retina and its macula — dangerously delicate but the skin around them is more sensitive there than other places on your body. (The Aesthetic Surgery Journal confirmed human skin is thickest on the hands and feet but thinnest around the eye.) Further, there is a window — typically between 10 AM and 4 PM — when UV rays are strongest and even situations where their impact is roughly doubled; think: when you're by water (on the beach or on a boat) or in a car. Simply put, whenever both direct light and reflected light reach you.

To be fair, these warnings are not my way of saying you should walk around wearing UV-blocking goggles at all hours of the day. Don't. Do your best to pick out a pair that not only protect you but complement your personal style, too. I'd argue you're more likely to remember to put them on — as if the glaring sun isn't reminder enough — if you like how you look in them. So, splurge a little (or a lot). Spend more on sunglasses that make a statement, whether through shape or size, color or kind of lens. These are cool sunglasses — works of accessorial art, I'd argue — with fuller acetate frames your eyes are surely safe behind.

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1 Eastcastle Sunglasses
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Cubitts

While there's nothing too crazy about their color scheme, the shape of these Cubitts sunglasses catch the eye. The combination of squared off edges and hourglass-shaped metal rivets prove quite the match.

  • 100% UV protection
2 The Lucid Blur
Crap Eyewear
Crap Eyewear

Crap's (yeah, tough name) The Lucid Blur sunglasses are made from bioacetate, a biodegradable material made with petroleum. The colors? Crystal Hemp and Plum. 

  • 100% UV protection
3 Yellowstone Forever Fellini Sunglasses
Mr Porter
Jacques Marie Mage

Inspired by Federico Fellini and made in partnership with Yellowstone Forever, the park's non-profit organization, Jacques Marie Mage's sunglasses reinvent a classic shape with rich colors.

  • 100% UV protection
4 Brown Clip Sunglasses
Ssense
Grey Ant

Grey Ant's Brown Clip sunglasses are like aviators but made from acetate. If you dig that shape, these ease the transition to something bolder — and with two bridges.

  • 100% UV protection
5 Rhevision Sunglasses
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Rhude x Thierry Lasry

These super-thick acetate sunglasses are a collaboration between Rhude designer Rhuigi Villasenor and French eyewear maker Thierry Lasry. Just look at 'em. Put these in the Louvre!

  • 100% UV protection
6 Vasto Sunglasses
Farfetch
Retrosuperfuture
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It's the mixing of acetates that make these Retrosuperfuture sunglasses interesting. Oh, and the square-like lens shape. 

  • 99% UV protection
7 Zed Sunglasses
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Akila

Pink lenses? Vintage tortoise acetate? Hell of a pairing. Plus, there's an inscription on the inner arm that reads, "WHAT WOULD TUPAC DO." I don't get it, but it's cool nonetheless. 

  • 100% UV protection
8 Grace Sunglasses
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Carhartt x Sun Buddies

A slight cat eye might scare at least a few folks away, but Carhartt and Sun Buddies' collaborative Grace sunglasses, in a vibrant blue hue, should make you want to at least try. Yes, there are quasi-rules for what looks right with particular face shapes, but be open.

  • 100% UV protection
9 Apollo Sunglasses
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Akila x Facetasm

Marble sunglasses? Well, not actually. These are made from acetate meant to look like marble. Complementary blue tinted lenses add a luxurious touch.

  • 100% UV protection
10 Tortoiseshell Paula's Ibiza Big Square Sunglasses
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Loewe

There's something après-ski about these Loewe sunglasses. Maybe it's that they're as big as goggles? I'm joking, but they certainly are more substantial than others. Go big or go home! 

  • 100% UV protection
11 Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses
Mr Porter
Cutler and Gross

Cutler and Gross takes cues from post-modernist architecture and translates them to sunglasses. Hence why you see perfect circle lenses encased in a winged acetate frame.

  • 100% UV protection
12 Crystal and Yellow Sunglasses
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Dita Muskel

Crystal clear acetate isn't the star of the show here — even though there's a lot of it. The yellow lenses do all of the talking. They're a unique finishing touch to an interesting pair of shades to start with.  

  • 100% UV protection
13 Green A1 Sunglasses
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Kuboraum

I want to poke fun at the look of these A1 Kuboraum shades but I secretly really want them. The matte lime frame matched with rich brown lenses looks too good to pass on.

  • 100% UV protection
14 Elia Sunglasses
Brain Dead
Brain Dead

Brain Dead gets it. The brand's line of eyewear is called Post Modern Primitive Eye Protection. Protection is paramount! Plus, the blue bioacetate these are made from looks brilliant. 

  • 100% UV protection
15 Orange 'Les Lunettes Soleil' Sunglasses
Ssense
Jacquemus

You should've known there'd be a trendy, rectangular pair on this list. (I snuck it in at the bottom.) But really, these look a bit like paper 3D glasses, and kind of like a level, but they don't look nearly as drastic on as they do photographed on white. 

  • 100% UV protection
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