Summer doesn't just mean soaking up some sun in swimsuits and shorts; it also means staying protected from the sun with sunscreen, sun hats and sunglasses. Choosing sunscreen and a sun hat for the season might not be difficult decisions, but choosing the right pair of sunglasses is an investment. Not only do they serve as eye protection from intense UV rays, but also they're a fashion statement.
Picking the right pair of frames depends on both your personal sense of style and face shape. Jenn Falik, lifestyle expert and creator of The Ultimate Edit newsletter, stopped by TODAY with Hoda & Jenna to share some of the top trends in sunglasses and how to choose the perfect pair for your face.
Though some frames are just $10, they look way more expensive than they actually are. Keep reading to see all of the sunglasses to pair with your favorite summer outfits, from aviators to cat eye frames.
Top trends in sunglasses as seen on TODAY
Best aviator sunglasses
Falik says aviators are bigger and bolder this season and flattering for all face shapes. This Old Navy pair looks like your classic aviator style but has that trendy large frame.
Another trend this season are retro-style sunglasses. These aviators hit two trends and come in nine different frame and lens shades, from standard black to ombre green.
Go straight into vacation mode with these Aerie aviators. Coming in four different colors, they offer 100 percent UVA and UVB protection.
Look sleek and bold in these modern aviators. Featuring polarized lenses, they come with durable scratch-resistant and anti-glares lenses.
These blue ombre glasses give off the ultimate coastal chic vibes. You'll feel ready for the beach with these colorful frames.
Best floral-shaped sunglasses
Falik says she's seeing a lot of whimsical shapes this season. Flower sunglasses are best suited for square or angular face shapes and add a playful touch to your look. Coming in a pack of four fun colors, you can go all out with these floral finds. This shape is also very popular and cute for children.
Take a step back into the '60s with a pair of rimless flower sunglasses. Featuring a subtle shape, the frames can still be bold with bright pink and yellow lens choices.
If you're not ready to fully commit to the flower trend, Falik says you can opt for a neutral color for a more mature look. Coming in a natural brown hue, this Kate Spade New York pair is still on-trend but very subtle.
These bright blue frames really live up to their groovy name. The lenses feature an ombre fade and offer 100 percent UVA and UVB protection.
Best modern cat eye sunglasses
Falik says the iconic retro shape has been made totally new this season. This Old Navy pair upgrades the classic look with jewel-tone lenses and metal frames.
If you want to stick to an original cat eye, these sunglasses are both simple and chic. Falik says this shape is best for round and heart-shaped faces.
Another way to wear the trend is with oversized plastic frames. This pair of sunglasses comes in four different types of neutrals to compliment your favorite outfit.
Falik says "floating" lenses are a fun way to wear the style. This pair has a sharp-framed cat eye and features scratch-resistant lenses.
Best "specs-tator" sport sunglasses
"Specs-tator" sport sunglasses are inspired by athletic-visor style frames. Falik says they offer tons of UVB protection and wrap around your face for anonymity. This All in Motion pair are both bold and big, featuring gradient pink lenses and maximum UV protection.
This sporty pair features gold embellishments for a chic look. The large frames cover more of the face and offer ultimate sun protection.
Falik says these frames by Body Glove have a secure fit and are perfect for outdoor workouts. These true "specs-tators" are sporty, comfortable and have scratch-free lenses.
You won't have to worry about losing your shades with these sport sunglasses. Featuring frame bands that wrap around your head, they provide a secure fit for everyday and outdoor activities.
Best sunglasses for round faces
If you have a round face, opting for square frames will help you pull off a chic look this summer.
Not only are these frames fashion-forward, but they also provide 99% UV protection. With this pair, it's all in the details — specifically, gold accents on the arms.
These sunglasses are UV- and blue light–blocking glasses. They're crafted from a durable metal frame and the lenses are available in three different colors: Gunmetal, Baby Blue and Milky Pink.
Bold and oversized, these square frames will be sure to score you some compliments. They boast the look and feel of a designer pair, without the hefty price tag.
Best sunglasses for square faces
Those with square faces might find that a round frame complements their look the best.
These stylish frames can easily become your go-to thanks to the lightweight feel and crisp look. They feature 100 percent UV protection, too.
Don't be fooled by the look of the lenses — these sunglasses also provide maximum UV protection. If you're not a fan of the tortoise design, you can also find them in solid colors such as clay and rose gold.
With a tortoise design and round lenses, these vintage-inspired sunglasses are right on trend. No matter your summer destination, you'll want to wear them everywhere.
Best sunglasses for heart-shaped faces
If you have a heart-shaped face, you might find that aviator frames are the way to go — they are wider on top than they are at the bottom, which helps enhance the shape of your face.
These classic frames fit true to size and are available in two different colors: silver gold and shiny gold.
Channel your inner movie star with these Hollywood-inspired frames. From the lens color to the steel accents to the rimless design, they're bringing a high-end look that will make you feel like a celebrity.
Complete with a chain and a charm, these cat eye frames are simply glamorous. Despite the added accessories, one reviewer says that the pair is lightweight and perfect for walking around in.
These unique frames come in an assortment of styles and sets, which makes them perfect for gifting to a friend or keeping a pair for yourself. They're a little bit retro and a little bit modern, thanks to the subtle cat eye design.
For oval-shaped faces
The complement to oval-shaped faces? A fierce cat eye frame.
On-trend and super fashionable, these sunglasses have amassed a 4.8-star rating from impressed shoppers.
Everything about these frames might make them feel a little futuristic — which is why we are obsessed with the look. There's a color for every kind of outfit or sense of style.
More than 1,200 verified reviewers awarded these sunglasses a full five-star rating. The non-polarized lenses still offer maximum UV protection and boast the perfect fit.
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