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, $345 || Nordstrom
Style Bloggers, Influencers & IGers 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.
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, $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, $44.99 || Nordstrom Rack
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, £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, $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, $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.
Express Brow Car Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $29.90 || 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, $12.99 || Amazon
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, $16 || ALDO
Also available at ALDO (Canada).
Image source(s): Gentle Monster, H&M, Nectar Sunglasses, New Look, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Express, ALDO, Amazon