Sunglasses

Trendy Summer Essentials

by Irina on June 29, 2017

July is right around the corner and summer is in full swing! Staying on top of your fashion game in sweltering heat can be pretty tough when all you want to do is wear as less as possible. But I did a little style research and found a couple of awesome summer essentials that are so on trend right now without being too complicated or overboard (OK, minus the flamingo maybe). We mostly focussed on accessories here, so you can take them off or put them down at any time and let them shine right next to you in your pool lounger. So if you want to make your summer absolutely #instagrammable, take a look at our list below and pick your favorite three for maximal ♥ ♥ ♥! From straw bags to lemon and banana leaf prints to eye-catching ball drop earrings, this is what fashionastas all around the world are loving and wearing right now.

Trendy Summer Essentials - Straw Bags, BonBon Earrings, Lemon Banana Leaf Print, Pom Pom Sandals, Inflatable Flamingo

Go Shopping:

  1. Moon River Lemon Print Midi Dressamazon, $92
  2. Unique Vintage Mrs. Parker Watermelon Ombre One Piece Swimsuitamazon, $85.80
  3. SojoS SJ1049 Mirrored Cat-Eye Sunglassesamazon, $13.99
  4. Intex Flamingo Inflatable Ride-Onamazon, $19.99
  5. Paula’s Choice EXTRA CARE Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50, $17
  6. Miuco Handmade Bamboo Tote Bagamazon, $66.99
  7. Zealmer Harness Body Chainamazon, $7.89
  8. Steve Madden “Carly” Pom Pom Embellished Slide-On Sandalsls, $79.95
  9. Mingchen “Bonjour” Handmade Tote Straw Bagamazon, $21
  10. AprilJuly Silk Bon Bon Ball Drop Earringsamazon, $25
  11. ZTY66 Off-Shoulder Flared Top w/ Banana Leaf Printamazon, $5.69
  12. Ellen ‘n James Round Rattan Basket Bag, $65

Image source(s): Amazon, Etsy, Paula’s Choice, Steve Madden

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So how adorable are these purple/pink gradient cat eye sunnies from Quay Australia? VERY I’d say. And apparently so do a lot of you because these pastel-hued shades kept selling out in a hot minute and were constantly out of stock for weeks. The craze has finally calmed down a little, so if you find these sunglasses as cute as I do and have the shopping budget to opt for the real deal, happy shopping! However, if you’re looking for a quick and cheap sunglass fix to get your face fashionably through summer, check out the $18 sunnies I discovered at Urban Outfitters which look so much alike. The saving potential of $42 is quite convincing here, don’t you agree? What’s your opinion on this sunglass shopping matter: cheap ($60) or cheaper ($18), which one would you pick?

Cheap vs. Cheaper - Quay All My Love vs. Urban Outfitters Gradient Cat Eye Sunglasses

Go Shopping:

Quay’s “All My Love” Sunglasses are also available at Amazonamazon, ASOS, Bloomingdale’s, Urban Outfitters, Zappos, Quay Australia, Zalando, SmartBuyGlasses, Amazon.deamazon & The Iconicls.

Shhhhhh: another, very similar version is available at Aldols for just $16!

Image source(s): Quay Australia, Urban Outfitters

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Update: This post has been updated on June 13, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

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 $290 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
($290, Nordstrom)

Also available at Shopbopls, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

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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H&M Geometric Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Update (06/13/2017): Stumbled upon Gentle Monster inspired sunglasses at H&M which come in either grey/silver or rosegold and cost $12.99.

H&M Geometric Cat-Eye Sunglasses in grey silver and rosegold (Gentle Monster Love Punch inspired)

H&M Geometric Cat-Eye Sunglasses
($12.99, H&M)

Nectar “Villas” Polarized Geometric Sunglasses

Update (06/13/2017): Check out these fab Gentle Monster Love Punch look-alike shades I found at Nectar. They come in 3 colors and retail for $44.99. Nectar offers free shipping on all domestic orders and I love that part of the proceeds go to Bee Cause which helps repopulating honeybee hives across the United States.

Nectar "Villas" Polarized Geometric Sunglasses (Gentle Monster Love Punch dupes)

Nectar “Villas” Polarized Geometric Sunglasses
($44.99, Nectar Sunglasses)

Also available in gold/gold or gold/grey.

New Look Bar Top Sunglasses

Update (04/25/2017): And here’s another Gentle Monste Love Punch dupe to add to the list! Found at New Look. Price: £8.99. Also available in black/violet.

New Look Bar Top Sunglasses in gold (Gentle Monster Love Punch dupes)

New Look Bar Top Sunglasses
(£8.99, New Look)

Urban Outfitters Under The Sun Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Update (03/30/2017): Found another spot-on Gentle Monster sunglass dupe at Urban Outfitters. Price: $18.

Urban Outfitters Under The Sun Cat-Eye Sunglasses in pink (Gentle Monster Love Punch dupes)

Urban Outfitters Under The Sun Cat-Eye Sunglasses
($18, Urban Outfitters)

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)

Express Brow Car Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Update (02/27/2017): Also found this spot-on Gentle Monster Love Punch dupe sunnies at Express which are a little more expensive though at $29.90 (now on sale for $19.90).

Express Brow Car Cat-Eye Sunglasses in gold and grey (Gentle Monster Love Punch dupes)

Express Brow Car Cat-Eye Sunglasses
($19.90, Express)

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)

Similar versions are also available at Amazon #2amazon, Sunglass Warehouse, Choies, Romwe, SheIn, Karmalooppjx & 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)

Also available at Aldo (Canada)ls & Aldo (UK)ls.

Image source(s): Gentle Monster, @songofstyle Instagram, Song of Style, Millennielle, Style MBA, H&M, Nectar Sunglasses, New Look, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Express, Aldo, Amazon

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When it comes to sunglasses I have no strict budget policy because I’m slightly obsessed with sunglasses and both own designer shades priced upwards of $200 as well as super cheap $5 sunnies I randomly picked up at souvenir shops and pretty much everything in between. I like to have a large variety to choose from and will often buy designer dupes first before I later decide to splurge on the real deal if I happen to fall in love with a particular designer style. Opting for cheap sunglasses is often a smart choice because you don’t want to be constantly worrying about breaking your favorite $300 designer shades or getting them stolen at the beach or a fun festival weekend. Now let’s talk about these fabulous Céline sunglasses. I think I have confessed my love for Céline eyewear before and these “Tilda” sunnies are my latest obsession! I feel like I’ve mostly worn round cat-eye shapes lately, so I’m craving a change and these super square sunnies are a refreshing new style and would be a great addition to my ever-growing sunglass collection! I just love how big and masculine they are yet they seem to be universally flattering on almost any head shape. They definitely have the potential to become my latest pair of designer sunglasses. But before I spend $250 on them, first I’ll need to figure out whether this is just a momentary fling or an eternal love that could last a lifetime.

Céline CL 41076 Tilda Oversized Square Sunglasses in black and havana tortoise

Céline CL 41076 Tilda Oversized Square Sunglasses
($254.95, SmartBuyGlasses)

Also available at Amazonamazon, SmartBuyGlasses (UK), Sunglasses Shop, SmartBuyGlasses (EU), Vestiaire Collective, The RealReal, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.deamazon, Amazon.framazon & Overstock.

Style Bloggers & IGers Love Céline

Various style bloggers, influencers and IGers such as Lima Ché (IG: @limaswardrobe) and Marie M (IG: @marieandmood) have been spotted wearing Céline CL 41076 Tilda Oversized Square Sunglasses.

Style bloggers, influencers and IGers wearing Céline CL 41076 Tilda Oversized Square Sunglasses

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GoJane Square Away Thick Sunglasses

Test-drive your love for Céline by first opting for these spot-on “Tilda” dupes I discovered at GoJane. Get the exact French designer look for under $8 a pop! At this price you could easily pick up every one of the available styles without overdrawing your shopping budget. Steal deal alert!

GoJane Square Away Thick Sunglasses (Céline Tilda dupes)

GoJane Square Away Thick Sunglasses
($7.58, GoJane)

JuicyOrange Oversized Flat Square Frame Sunglasses

Here’s another spot-on “Tilda” dupe that’s almost just as cheap as the GoJane version. This one’s by JuicyOrange and costs a little over $10. Score!

JuicyOrange Oversized Flat Square Frame Sunglasses in black (Céline Tilda dupes)

JuicyOrange Oversized Flat Square Frame Sunglassesamazon
($10.95, Amazon)

Similar versions are also available hereamazon (mirrored), hereamazon (clear glasses) & hereamazon (degradé).

Mango “Carol” Oversize Square Sunglasses

And lastly, Mango. Same spot-on design as seen on Céline’s real deal with a much nicer price tag of $39.99; that’s roughly 85% less than the designer price. I also love the maroon frame color which would be great to wear in the Fall. Add to cart, please!

Mango "Carol" Oversize Square Sunglasses in burgundy red (Céline Tilda dupe)

Mango “Carol” Oversize Square Sunglasses
($39.99, Mango)

Also available at Mango (UK)ls & Mango (EU).

Image source(s): SmartBuyGlasses, Instagram: @limaswardrobe @marieandmood, Partial to Pink, Pinterest, GoJane, Amazon, Mango

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Update: This post has been updated on May 16, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

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)

Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Solstice Sunglasses, Barneysls, Amazon, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

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

Who wore Dior best?

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Sunglass Warehouse “Daniels” Two-Toned Aviator Sunglasses

Update (05/16/2017): Came across these Dior inspired aviator sunnies at Sunglass Warehouse which would be a great and budget-friendly alternative if you don’t want to spend over $500 on the real deal. Use promo code “TAN30” to get 30% off your order at Sunglass Warehouse! Offer valid through May 23rd, 2017.

Sunglass Warehouse "Daniels" Two-Toned Aviator Sunglasses (DiorSplit dupes)

Sunglass Warehouse “Daniels” Two-Toned Aviator Sunglasses
($13.95, Sunglass Warehouse)

Pilgrim “Emilia” Aviator Sunglasses

Update (05/16/2017): Also stumbled upon these Dior inspired aviator sunglasses by Pilgrim which cost £30.

Pilgrim "Emilia" Aviator Sunglasses in rosegold and grey (Dior Split inspired)

Pilgrim “Emilia” Aviator Sunglassesamazon
(£30, Amazon.co.uk)

Also available at Debenhams.

Aldo “Crossetto” Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

Update (01/31/2017): Discovered this amazing and spot-on Dior Split sunglass dupe at Aldo for just $16. A definite 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)

Also available at Aldo (Canada)ls & Aldo (UK)ls.

Jessica Buurman “Matte” Bi-Color Aviator Sunglasses

Update (08/27/2016): Spotted another set of Dior Split sunglass dupes today! They can be found at Jessica Buurman, cost $39 and come in 11 variations. Make sure to use promo code “XOXOJESS” to get 10% off your order!

Jessica Buurman "Matte" Bi-Color Aviator Sunglasses (Dior Split dupes)

Jessica Buurman “Matte” Bi-Color Aviator Sunglasses
($39, Jessica Buurman)

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)

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

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