Where Can You Find The Best Designer Sunglasses For Under £250?

Including both Meghan Markle's and Rhianna's favourite brand...


by Hannah Banks-Walker |
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If ever the phrase ‘you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone’ was appropriate, it’s surely when in reference to lost sunglasses. Even the least enthusiastic accessoriser would agree that an alfresco lunch spent squinting through one eye does not a happy summer’s day make. While al fresco lunches may only be possible for those lucky enough to enjoy a garden right now, those daily walks might still require some dark glasses.

Investing in a great, long-lasting pair, then, seems like a sensible idea. And while some of the most exciting style on offer at the moment come courtesy of fashion’s power players (Givenchy, Tom Ford, Burberry) you can also scoop a pair for less than £200.

That’s right – if you assumed you’d have to spend a fortune on designer sunglasses, think again. From smaller labels such as Le Specs (a celeb fave) through to New Zealand designer Karen Walker, there are pairs available that won’t completely break the bank. This year, there’s also a wealth of options from some of fashion’s cult, mid-market brands, meaning they’re more affordable. Self Portrait, for example, and Ganni both have excellent sunglasses. Similarly, the aforementioned Le Specs – renowned for sell-out collaborations with the likes of Adam Selman – are consistently worn by Bella Hadid, Rihanna, Dakota Fanning and the Duchess of Sussex, and some styles start at just £40.

If your love for the big names knows no bounds, you could always consider re-sale sites like Vestiaire Collective, which currently has sunglasses from Chanel, Dior, Chloe, Saint Laurent and Moschino – to name but a few – all for just over £100. If you’re a Burberry fan, rejoice: Ricardo Tisci’s new design direction has extended to shades, meaning you can pick up some statement 'B' frames for £253. Or, if you’re not quite over the micro shades trend (you do you, and all that) then George Keburia is the one for you. If RiRi's a fan so are we.

Whichever you go for, just be sure to keep them stashed in your bag, ready and waiting for the sun to break free of its cloud-shaped shackles. Nobody likes a squinter.

SHOP: The Best Designer Sunglasses Under £250


The Best Designer Sunglasses Under £200

Vera Wang Eyewear, V497, £1451 of 15

Vera Wang Eyewear, V497, £145

Jimmy Fairly, The Cinnamon, £1492 of 15

Jimmy Fairly, The Cinnamon, £149

CHIMI, The High Priestess Red, £1103 of 15

CHIMI, The High Priestess Red, £110

Le Specs, BANDWAGON, £544 of 15

Le Specs, BANDWAGON, £54

Bloobloom, The Bookworm, £955 of 15

Bloobloom, The Bookworm, £95

For Art's Sake, Stainless Steel Aviators, £1876 of 15

For Art's Sake, Stainless Steel Aviators, £187

Illesteva, Leonard Mirrored Sunglasses, £140.157 of 15

Illesteva, Leonard Mirrored Sunglasses, £143.14

Burberry, The Sunglass Hut, £213.68 of 15

Burberry, The Sunglass Hut, WAS £240 NOW £192

Lacoste, Shield Metal Urban Corner Sunglasses, £1499 of 15

Lacoste, Shield Metal Urban Corner Sunglasses, £149

Neubau, DOMINIK, £14510 of 15

Neubau, DOMINIK, £145

Privu00e9 Revaux, Candy, £3611 of 15

Privé Revaux, Candy, £36

POLITE WORLDWIDE, Terra, £9412 of 15


QUAY X MALUMA, On The Fly, £3913 of 15

QUAY X MALUMA, On The Fly, £39

Silhouette, Sun C-214 of 15

Silhouette, Sun C-2

George Keburia, Oversized Round Sunglasses, £8015 of 15

George Keburia, Oversized Round Sunglasses, £80

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