Can we ever overstate the greatness of a good pair of shades? Not only do they shield your eyes from the glaring sun (something currently much needed here in Bangkok), but they also have a magical ability to elevate any outfit. Needless to say, you don’t have to be Karl Lagerfeld or Audrey Hepburn to want to wear sunglasses all the time.

On the other hand, if there’s one thing in fashion that changes trends the most, it’s probably also sunglasses. One minute we’re wearing tiny Dua Lipa-style tinted specs, the next minute we’re going for oversized acetate frames. There’s no need to frantically try and keep track of it all though, because we’re here to do that for you.

Whether you’re looking for a pair like Dior’s timeless aviators or wanting to make an outright statement with a quirky pair from Gentle Monster, we’ve got you – and your eyes – covered. Check out our edit of the coolest sunglasses to wear this season, and probably many more seasons to come.

[Hero image: Chloé. Featured image: Miu Miu.]

Loewe Pilot Sunglasses
Loewe. Available at M/F Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm). G/F The Emporium, 622 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 (10am-8pm). THB 13,700.

The classic aviator looks even more fly with a reddish-brown calfskin bridge. With a lightweight metal frame, this pair protects your eyes with the UV400 lenses.

Prada Postcard Sunglasses
Prada. Available at /F Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm). G/F The Emporium, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 (10am-8pm). M/F Emquartier Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 (10am-10pm). M/F ICONSIAM, 299 Charoen Nakhorn Road, Bangkok, 10600 (10am-10pm). THB 7500.

Straight from a Barbie world, these fluorescent Prada sunnies with a nylon frame are perfect for our pink-worshipping age. The subtle cateye also gives a nod to the current trend in the flicked up shape.

Chanel Round Sunglasses with Pearl Chain
Chanel. Available at M/F Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm). M/F Emquartier, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 (10am-10pm). G/F Central Embassy, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-9m). M/F ICONSIAM, 299 Charoen Nakhorn Road, Bangkok (10am-10pm). THB 30,900.

Always losing your shades? Well, there’s good news for you: the glasses chain is back in trend. Chanel knows there’s no point in being subtle about it, so go for some unashamed bling with this round pair attached with an imitation pearl chain.

Gentle Monster Pencil Glasses
Gentle Monster. Available at retailers Waltz (K-Village and Siam Paragon) and Onion BKK, Ekkamai Soi 12, Bangkok, 10110 (12pm-8pm). THB 13,145.

Trust the incredibly popular Korean eyewear brand to be schooling all other sunglasses with their “too cool for school” pencil-bridge sunglasses. We get so overwhelmed with the same old styles and frames again and again, so these are sure to bring a bit of excitement and fun to your collection. These preppy-cool shades come in 3 different colours, although isn’t it most fitting to go for Gen-Z yellow?

Miu Miu Manière Eyewear (Limited Edition)
Miu Miu. Available at M/F Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm). M/F Emquartier, 693 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110 (10am-10pm). G/F Central Embassy, 1031 Ploenchit Road, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-8pm). Price upon request. 

With more strap bling, we also get the essential spring gingham print with this limited edition pair from Miu Miu. The delicate and innocent pink is coolly combined with the toughness of the jewels and the sharpness of the silver bridge.

Dior Chroma 1 Sunglasses
Dior. Available at M/F Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm). M/F ICONSIAM, Charoen Nakhorn Road, Bangkok 10600 (10am-10pm). 2/F Emquartier, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 (10am-10pm). G/F Emporium, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 (10am-8pm). THB 17,500.

We know, we know; another pair of aviators? They may be everywhere, but there’s no denying that the classic pilot frames are the most timeless, genderless, effortless accessory for any season. We couldn’t leave out such a staple, and Dior’s version is both lightweight and grounded, sleek and complex, elegant and tough.

Chloé Carlina Twist Sunglasses
Chloé. Available at The Emporium, M Floor, 622 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 (10am-8pm). Price upon request.

What we love about these Carlina sunglasses from Chloé is that they somehow are a blend of all that’s trending in eyewear right now. We’ve got the transparent lens and outline, the oversized round shape with a hint of cat eye, and softly extravagant detail. The twisted gold outer frame is a great face-framer, and the sunset colours of the lens are perfect for summer.