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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.
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.
Blaise Sunglasses, Warby Parker
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
Bamboo Shades with Orange Reflective Lenses, Sassafras
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
SEE Polar 5395, SEE Eyewear
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
Waterfront Sunglasses by Maui Jim, Tommy Bahama
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
Sun Buddies Amy Sunglasses, Likelihood
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
Shwood Ainsworth 48mm Sunglasses, Nordstrom
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.
Fredric Sunglasses (Emerald Green), Maiden Noir
Seattle- and Tokyo-based brand Maiden Noir use influences from Pacific Northwest and Japanese culture to inform its styles. Pioneer Square
If these statement shades carried by Seattle-based brand Chunks are any evidence, there's something to be said about color therapy.
Lakota Sunglasses, Pipe & Row
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