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Don't box sunglasses in as a summer-only essential. Stylish sunnies are a life item for everything from beach lounging to e-bike riding to commuting with full-on glare in your face. Happily, there are a plethora of options available from Seattle brands and retailers that range from budget-friendly to investment-worthy styles. If you're looking for a new pair of sunnies that make a statement or just need something to get you by (and go with everything in your wardrobe), this list of favorites should help.


Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic Sunglasses, REI

$161

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A pair of authentic Ray-Bans can make you feel (and look) like you've finally arrived.  This pair comes with crystal green lenses and black rims on the top. 

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Blaise Sunglasses, Warby Parker

$95 (non-prescription)
$175–375 (prescription)

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Warby Parker has three locations in the Seattle area, where you can shop a selection of frames and choose from prescription or non-prescription lenses. Blaise gives a modern take on single-brow aviators in a “palm crystal” metallic green. And with no-scratch lenses that block UV rays, they're even better. Capitol Hill, University Village, Bellevue

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Bamboo Shades with Orange Reflective Lenses, Sassafras

$42

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With inventory focused on Seattle-based designers, Sassafras is a local fashion paradise. Designed by the Chayah Movement, these bamboo shades with orange reflective lenses are made with recycled plastic and come with a cork case. Belltown

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SEE Polar 5395, SEE Eyewear

$199

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These wide-set shades with round lenses definitely make a statement. They're made with a mix of acetate and metal, and come with polarized lenses to block surface glare and serve up 100 percent UV protection. Downtown

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Waterfront Sunglasses by Maui Jim, Tommy Bahama

$299

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Sunglasses stalwart Maui Jim offers this beachy pair of aviators, which fittingly have polarized lenses that resemble a sunset over the ocean horizon. Bonus: They come in scratch-resistant glass. University Village

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Sun Buddies Amy Sunglasses, Likelihood

$160

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Carhartt WIP collaborated with Swedish eyewear label Sun Buddies to make this sleek pair of sunnies in handmade Italian acetate with an ever-so-slight cat-eye shape. Capitol Hill 

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Shwood Ainsworth 48mm Sunglasses, Nordstrom

$199

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Shwood, a Portland-based line, specializes in making sunglasses by hand with wood from the region's trees. The vintage-inspired Ainsworth shades are made from a combo of wood and steel, and feature polarized lenses and beautiful earthy blue and gold coloring. 

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Fredric Sunglasses (Emerald Green), Maiden Noir

$250

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Seattle- and Tokyo-based brand Maiden Noir use influences from Pacific Northwest and Japanese culture to inform its styles. Pioneer Square

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Color Therapy Big Block Sunglasses, Chunks

$24

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If these statement shades carried by Seattle-based brand Chunks are any evidence, there's something to be said about color therapy. 

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Lakota Sunglasses, Pipe & Row 

$95

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Chic and good for the environment? That's a yes to the Lakota sunglasses from Raie, which are made from renewable and biodegradable materials, and provide 100 percent UV protection. Fremont

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