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Summer is the most popular time to wear and buy sunglasses. Who doesn’t want to look fashionable in the summer time strolling down the High Street or on the beach with a pair of stunning sunglasses? But sunglasses are also a way to liven up your look or try something you normally wouldn’t wear – something futuristic, graphic, colourful or retro.

Iconic women have immortalised and glamorised summer eyewear fashion, such as Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn. These styles have now returned again, with many brands showcasing retro-looking sunglasses. Ray-Ban even has sunglasses called the Jackie OHH! These retro-styles are timeless and elegant, perhaps something that should be in every eyewear wardrobe? Many people now tend to have some sunglasses that are timeless and some that are highly fashionable. With so many options out there, why settle on just one pair?

Sunglass trends of course change every year and summer is a great time to buy into the latest trend. For the 2015 summer, fashionistas are pointing out the following trends in eyewear:

·       Colour lenses – funky colour lenses of the 1980s are back, with runway models wearing, yellow, blue, maroon tinted sunglasses. For the sporty look, see Oakley or for something more elegant, Prada’s sunglasses. Maui Jim also has a range of different coloured lenses with light metal frames.

·       Colour frames – this season, it’s not only the lenses that are becoming colourful, so are the frames. Most designers are now carrying frames in all kinds of colours and playful graphic designs. Take a look at Dolce & Gabbana or Versace. Vogue also has a wide range of coloured frames.

·       White frames – one trend that has been eye-catching on the runways in Europe has been sunglasses with white frames. The lenses can vary, from dark, almost black to semi-opaque to almost sheer. Both Oakley and Dolce & Gabbana carry white framed sunglasses.

·       Retro look – the retro-look continues to be popular and fashionable. Whether it’s John Lennon’s round glasses or Jackie O’s over-sized sunglasses, these shapes from the 1960s and 1970s remain trendy. Most fashion designers carry these types of sunglasses, such as Gucci, Chanel and Valentino.

However, sunglasses should not only be bought solely as a fashion accessory. Strong UV rays and glare from water can be extremely harmful to eyes - buying eyewear with no UV protection can cause irreparable damage!

Make sure sunglasses have UVA and UVB protected lenses (now up to 100% protection are available) and if you are spending a lot time on the beach or near water, it is always best to buy sunglasses with polarised lenses.