Sunglasses

Update: This post has been updated on February 27, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

Summer may be officially over, but it’s never too late for a good pair of sunglasses, right? Case in point: these geometric, wire-framed “Love Punch” shades. When I first saw celebrities and style bloggers flaunting these shades, I assumed they were by a big household name like Dior or Prada, but I then learned that these are actually by a South Korean eyewear brand named Gentle Monster which until then hasn’t been on my radar yet. I looked at the rest of their collection and these guys certainly know their stuff when it comes to designing beautiful sunglasses, so splurging on these razor-thin $345 shades might be a substantial but smart investment. However, if you can’t justify this kind of price tag, keep on reading to find a couple of budget-friendly alternatives that won’t break the bank.

Gentle Monster Love Punch Geometric Sunglasses in silver and gold

Gentle Monster Love Punch Geometric Sunglassesls
($345, Nordstrom)

P.S.: Also available at Shopbop & Vestiaire Collective.

Style Bloggers Love Gentle Monster

Personal style bloggers such as Aimee Song (Song of Style), Coco Bassey (Millennielle) and Sara (Style MBA) have all been spotted wearing Gentle Monster Love Punch Geometric Sunglasses.

Personal Style Bloggers wearing Gentle Monster Love Punch Geometric Sunglasses

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BP. 51mm Thin Brow Angular Aviator Sunglasses

Update (02/27/2017): Came across another spot-on dupe of the Gentle Monster Love Punch sunnies at BP.. They’re available in either rose gold or gold/silver and cost only $12! Total steal deal alert!

BP. 51mm Thin Brow Angular Aviator Sunglasses in rose gold and silver (Gentle Monster Love Punch dupes)

BP. 51mm Thin Brow Angular Aviator Sunglassesls
($12, Nordstrom)

SojoS Cat Eye Mirrored Sunglasses

So these sunglasses by SojoS are an absolute dead ringer for the “Love Punch” shades by Gentle Monster except these will cost you $12.99 instead of $345. They come in a variety of different lense and frame colors, so feel free to opt for more than one pair at that price. Don’t expect them to last a lifetime, but if you just want to wear them for a season or two, these are a good alternative.

SojoS Cat Eye Mirrored Sunglasses (Gentle Monster Love Punch dupes)

SojoS Cat Eye Mirrored Sunglassesamazon
($12.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Similar versions are also available at Amazon #2amazon, Choies, Romwe, SheIn & MakeMeChic.

Aldo “Qilalla” Sunglasses

Another great and possibly more durable Gentle Monster “Love Punch” dupe would have to be these sunglasses by Aldo. They cost slightly more ($16!), but also look sturdier and less fragile than the SojoS sunnies, so if you’re a clumsy person like me and happen to accidentally sit on your sunglasses from time to time, these Aldo shades might be the smarter choice for you.

Aldo "Qilalla" Sunglasses in gold and grey (Gentle Monster Love Punch dupe)

Aldo “Qilalla” Sunglassesls
($16, Aldo)

P.S.: Also available at Aldo (Canada)ls & Aldo (UK)ls.

Image source(s): Gentle Monster, @songofstyle Instagram, Song of Style, Millennielle, Style MBA, Nordstrom, Aldo, Amazon

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Real vs. Steal – Dior So Real Sunglasses

by Irina on February 1, 2017

Update: This post has been updated on February 1, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

When it comes to setting fashion trends, Dior seems to be on quite a roll at the moment. First, we had the Mise En Dior craze and now we have everybody lusting after their uber-cool “So Real” sunglasses. Karen Walker and Céline, move over! If we could crown one pair of shades the official sunglasses of 2015, it would definitely be Dior’s “So Real” frames. And even though these sunglasses are everything but affordable at $595, virtually every fashion influencer – from bloggers to fashion editors to supermodels to celebs (and let’s not forget about all the countless Instagram sightings) – has been spotted wearing these sunnies. They come in a wide range of great styles, but if I had to pick a “So Real” favorite it would probably be the crystal (clear)/silver version with the blue mirrored lenses (last one pictured below). But no matter how much hype is still to follow on these lovely shades, there’s no way I would lay down almost $600 on a pair of trendy sunglasses that’ll probably be so passé 6 months from now.

Dior So Real Sunglasses

Dior So Real Brow Bar Sunglassesls
($545-$595, Saks Fifth Avenue)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Nordstromls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Barneysls, Harvey Nichols, Bloomingdale’s, Amazonamazon, Solstice Sunglasses, Sunglasses Shop, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Dior

Celebs such as Rihanna and Olivia Palermo as well as personal style bloggers like Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) and Kristina Bazan (Kayture) have all been spotted wearing Dior So Real Sunglasses.

Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad), Rihanna, Olivia Palermo and Kristina Bazan (Kayture) wearing Dior So Real Sunglasses

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Forever 21 Mirrored Clear Sunglasses

Update (02/01/2017): Came across these cute and almost spot-on Dior So Real dupes at Forever 21 today and they cost only $7.90! Total steal deal alert!

Forever 21 Mirrored Clear Sunglasses in clear and blue (Dior So Real dupes)

Forever 21 Mirrored Clear Sunglasses
($7.90, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls, Forever 21 (UK) & Forever 21 (EU).

Mango “Sarah” Tortoise Arm Sunglasses

Update (02/01/2017): Also spotted this Dior inspired black/tortoise version at Mango which costs $29.99. So pretty, isn’t it?

Mango "Sarah" Tortoise Arm Sunglasses in black (Dior So Real dupes)

Mango “Sarah” Tortoise Arm Sunglasses
($29.99, Mango)

P.S.: Also available at Mango (UK)ls & Mango (EU).

Steve Madden SM875101 Brow Bar Sunglasses

Update (06/21/2016): And the Dior So Real dupe list grows bigger once again! Check out these Dior inspired sunglasses I discovered at Steve Madden, currently on sale for $26.98. Another great Dior So Real dupe are Steve Madden’s SM465123ls sunnies which come in gold and all-black and cost $28.98.

Steve Madden SM875101 Brow Bar Sunglasses in black and tortoise (Dior So Real dupes)

Steve Madden SM875101 Brow Bar Sunglassesls
($26.98, Steve Madden)

Target Round Sunglasses with Raised Bar

Update (06/21/2016): Also stumbled upon this lovely and spot-on Dior So Real sunglass dupe at Target. Price: $16.99. More colors and variations available in Target stores.

Target Round Sunglasses with Raised Bar in black (Dior So Real dupe)

Target Round Sunglasses with Raised Bar
($16.99, Target)

P.S.: Also available at Target in silver/black or black/grey.

Free People “Mystic River” Metal Frame Sunglasses

Update (03/10/2016): Here are more Dior So Real look-alikes which I have discovered at Free People for $25 a pop. Really like these!

Free People "Mystic River" Metal Frame Sunglasses (Dior So Real dupes)

Free People “Mystic River” Metal Frame Sunglasses
($25, Free People)

Aldo “Bonadomane” Brow Bar Sunglasses

Update (03/10/2016): Also stumbled upon these lovely Dior inspired brow bar sunnies by Aldo which are available in either transparent or black and are on sale for $7.98.

Aldo "Bonadomane" Brow Bar Sunglasses in clear transparent and gold black (Dior So Real dupes)

Aldo “Bonadomane” Brow Bar Sunglassesls
($7.98, Aldo)

P.S.: Also available at Aldo (Canada)ls & Aldo (UK)ls.

GoJane Style Blogger Vintage Sunglasses

Update (10/12/2015): Spotted these fantastic Dior So Real dupes at GoJane which are currently on sale for less than $10! Available in various colors and lens finishes.

GoJane Cool Kid Reflection Sunglasses (Dior So Real knockoffs)

GoJane Style Blogger Vintage Sunglasses
($7.50, GoJane)

P.S.: A similar version is also available at MakeMeChic.

Missguided Metal Frame Sunglasses

Update (10/12/2015): And here’s a great Dior So Real alternative for all of our European readers which we’ve discovered at Missguided. Only $13.60!

Missguided Metal Frame Sunglasses (Dior So Real knockoffs)

Missguided Metal Frame Sunglasses
($13.60, Missguided)

P.S.: Also available at Missguided (UK) & Missguided (International).

ZooShoo Retro Vision Sunglasses

Update (09/27/2015): Spotted another dupe-worthy Dior So Real sunglass look for less option! This time at ZooShoo. Price point: 22.

ZooShoo Retro Vision Sunglasses in black and gold (Dior So Real knockoffs)

ZooShoo Retro Vision Sunglassespjx
($22, ZooShoo)

Gant Brow Bar Sunglasses

Luckily, there are quite a few great Dior So Real dupe options available like this one by Gant, so you don’t have to break the bank to try the trend. Like the real deal, these sunnies also come in a broad range of styles (I counted 17!), so there’s a huge selection to choose from. And at $11.90 per pair, why not pick two?

Gant Brow Bar Sunglasses (Dior So Real knockoffs)

Gant Brow Bar Sunglassesamazon
($11.90, Amazon)

P.S.: Similar versions are also available at Amazon #2amazon, Romwe & SheIn.

Choies High Bar Retro Sunglasses

I also discovered these lovely Dior So Real dupes at Choies which I just had to include in this post because I’m absolutely obsessed with the rosegold version. They’re currently on sale for a little under $8, so I suggest to stock up on them while they’re still available.

Choies High Bar Retro Sunglasses (Dior So Real knockoffs)

Choies High Bar Retro Sunglasses
($7.90, Choies)

Express Mirrored Retro Brow Bar Sunglasses

If you’re a fan of the tortoise Dior So Reals, then check out this fab steal version by Express which looks just like the real, but costs only $29.90 instead of $595.

Express Mirrored Retro Brow Bar Sunglasses in tortoise (Dior So Real knockoffs)

Express Mirrored Retro Brow Bar Sunglasses
($29.90, Express)

Image source(s): Barneys, The Blonde Salad, Pinterest, Olivia Palermo, Forever 21, Mango, Steve Madden, Target, Free People, Aldo, GoJane, Missguided, ZooShoo, Choies, Amazon, Express

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Update: This post has been updated on January 31, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

Dior has done it again! Once again they created THE hottest pair of sunglasses to have this season and I think the Split sunnies are my absolute Dior sunglass favorite yet! I just adore the horizontal lens band on the classic aviator shape (so unique!) and the luxe-looking color combos. AH-mazing! But also extremely expensive as these shades will set you back $555.

Dior Split 59mm Aviator Sunglasses in gold, silver and pink

Dior Split 59mm Aviator Sunglassesls
($555, Nordstrom)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Solstice Sunglasses, Barneysls & Amazon.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Dior

Celebs such as Rihanna and Kendall Jenner and personal style bloggers like Aimee Song (Song of Style) and Michelle Koesnadi (Glisters and Blisters) have all been spotted wearing Dior Split 59mm Aviator Sunglasses.

Aimee Song (Song of Style), Rihanna, Kendall Jenner & Michelle Koesnadi (Glisters and Blisters) wearing Dior Split 59mm Aviator Sunglasses

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Aldo “Crossetto” Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

Update (01/31/2017): Spotted this amazing and spot-on Dior Split sunglass dupe at Aldo for just $16. Steal deal alert, so grab a pair while you can!

Aldo "Crossetto" Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses in gold (Dior Split dupes)

Aldo “Crossetto” Mirrored Aviator Sunglassesls
($16, Aldo)

P.S.: Also available at Aldo (Canada)ls.

GoJane Colorblock Party Aviator Sunglasses

Update (06/21/2016): Stumbled upon another Dior Split alternative at GoJane today. Available in various colors for less than $10. Steal deal alert!

GoJane Colorblock Party Aviator Sunglasses in pink, blue and grey (Dior Split knockoffs)

GoJane Colorblock Party Aviator Sunglasses
($7.90, GoJane)

Juli Eyewear Mirrored Round Aviator Sunglasses

If you can’t afford the real deal and/or don’t want to spend your rent money on a pair of sunglasses (smart choice!), check out these Dior Split dupe shades by Juli Eyewear which will give you the coveted designer look for a fraction of the cost. These budget-friendly sunglasses come in a variety of 8 different color combinations and cost $16.90, so you can shop these by the dozen and still be able to pay your rent.

Juli Eyewear Mirrored Round Aviator Sunglasses in gold, silver and pink (Christian Dior Split knockoffs)

Juli Eyewear Mirrored Round Aviator Sunglassesamazon
($16.90, Amazon)

P.S.: Similar versions for men are also available hereamazon and hereamazon at Amazon.

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Update: This post has been updated on August 28, 2016. Scroll down to see the new adds.

Are you familiar with these futuristic-looking sunglasses by Dior? The “So Real” shades have admittedly stolen the thunder from Dior’s “Technologic” sunglasses last year because both models were released around the same time, but now that I actually had the chance to try the “So Real” sunnies on myself, I’m kind of over them because they didn’t suit my face as much as I hoped they would. I did like the architectural concept of the “So Real” however and that’s where the “Technologic” sunglasses come in because they’re like the grown-up and sophisticated sister of the “So Real”, a modern and updated spin on the classic aviator silhouette. But “Made in Italy” or not, there’s no way I’d spend more than $500 on a pair of sunglasses. Sorry, Dior!

Dior Technologic Brow Bar Aviator Sunglasses

Dior Technologic Brow Bar Aviator Sunglassesls
($560, Saks Fifth Avenue)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Barneysls, Solstice Sunglasses, Amazonamazon, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis, Farfetchls & Vestiaire Collective.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Dior

Celebs such as Kendall and Kylie Jenner and personal style bloggers like Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) and Aimee Song (Song of Style) have been spotted wearing Dior Technologic Sunglasses.

Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad), Aimee Song (Song of Style) wearing Dior Technologic Sunglasses

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Express Jackie Brow Bar Aviator Sunglasses

Update (08/28/2016): Express came out with a second variation of their Dior Technologic sunglass dupe which now comes with a rosegold frame and sapphire blue lenses. Price: $29.90! I looooove these!

Express Jackie Brow Bar Aviator Sunglasses in rosegold and blue (Dior Technologic look-alike)

Express Jackie Brow Bar Aviator Sunglasses
($29.90, Express)

Nasty Gal Set the Bar High Shades

Update (08/28/2016): And if you’re a fan of warm-toned lenses, check out these shades I discovered at Nasty Gal which look spot-on Dior but will cost you only $20.

Nasty Gal Set the Bar High Shades in rosegold (Dior Technologic dupe)

Nasty Gal Set the Bar High Shadesls
($20, Nasty Gal)

Free People “Top Down” Aviator Sunglasses

Update (03/10/2016): Here’s another great and budget-friendly alternative to Dior’s pricey Technologic sunnies which I have discovered at Free People for $25. A rounded lens version is available here.

Free People "Top Down" Aviator Sunglasses in blue and grey (Dior Technologic dupes)

Free People “Top Down” Aviator Sunglasses
($25, Free People)

Aldo “McCooey” Aviator Sunglasses

Update (02/29/2016): Spotted another Dior inspired pair of fab aviator sunglasses at Aldo and they’re $16 only, yay!

Aldo "McCooey" Aviator Sunglasses in blue (Dior Technologic dupes)

Aldo “McCooey” Aviator Sunglassesls
($16, Aldo)

P.S.: Also available at Aldo (Canada)ls & Aldo (UK).

GMAT Retro Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

Luckily, there’s no need to spend half a grand to get the coveted Dior look because you can get a spot-on dupe for less than $20. These sunglasses by GMAT are probably the closest you can get to the real deal for such a steal price at the moment.

GMAT Retro Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses (Dior Technologic dupes)

GMAT Retro Mirrored Aviator Sunglassesamazon
($18.90, Amazon)

P.S.: Similar versions are also available at Romwe, SheIn, Amazon #2amazon & Oasap.

Forever 21 Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

If you’re looking for something cheaper, you might want to check out these silver/grey shades I discovered at Forever 21. Total Dior dupe for less than $10! Steal deal alert!

Forever 21 Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses in silver grey (Dior Technologic dupe)

Forever 21 Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses
($9.90, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (US) (similar), Forever 21 (Canada)ls, Forever 21 (UK) & Forever 21 (EU).

BP. Geo Bar Aviator Sunglasses

These BP. sunglasses are missing a couple details to be considered a spot-on knockoff, but the front is almost identical to the Dior “Technologic” shades. $12 only. Plus, I love the blue mirrored lenses on these!

BP. Geo Bar Aviator Sunglasses in blue mirrored (Dior Technologic dupes)

BP. Geo Bar Aviator Sunglassesls
($12, Nordstrom)

GoJane In Shades Flat Brow Bridge Sunglasses

Another great steal alternative for under $10 are these sunnies from GoJane.

GoJane In Shades Flat Brow Bridge Sunglasses in grey (Dior Technologic dupe)

GoJane In Shades Flat Brow Bridge Sunglasses
($8.50, GoJane)

P.S.: A similar version is also available at MakeMeChic & Windsorpjx.

ZooShoo Fine Line Sunglasses

ZooShoo has also a few fabulous and spot-on Dior dupes for a little over $20. I’m totally digging the gold mirrored pair!

ZooShoo Fine Line Sunglasses (Dior Technologic dupes)

ZooShoo Fine Line Sunglassespjx
($22, ZooShoo)

Express Brow Bar Aviator Sunglasses

Last but not least, I had to include these gorgeous shades from Express. At $29.90, they’re the most expensive “Technologic” dupe in this list, but I simply looooove their rose-tinted lenses.

Express Brow Bar Aviator Sunglasses in pink rosegold (Dior Technologic dupe)

Express Brow Bar Aviator Sunglasses
($29.90, Express)

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