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We hate to jinx Seattle's marginally improving weather—like buying a brand-new raincoat just as spring comes to a close all but guarantees a drought, investing in a new pair of sunglasses tempts PNW weather fate. These pairs, mostly from local shops, are so cute they might be worth it.
Illesteva Leonard II E Sunglasses in Blonde, Glasswing Local
Illesteva's large round unisex sunglasses flatter faces of all shapes and sizes, while warm blonde acetate offers a subtler take on the clear-frame trend.
Raie Eyewear the Lucky Eye in Blue, Pipe and Row Local
Light blue lenses make this tone-on-tone pair from Raie's effortlessly cool line of sunglasses best suited to overcast days, not all-out summer sunshine. BRB, adding them to a list of Seattle must-haves.
Gemini Sunglasses, Fashion Brand Company
Fashion Brand Company—"unique and affordable clothing specifically designed for lizards but modeled by humans in human sizes"—carries some seriously one-of-a-kind sunnies, like this wavy pink pair with acetate teeth on the arms. Split-tone frames still inspire double takes, no body horror required.
Brain Dead Sugi Sunglasses, Likelihood Local
Artist collective Brain Dead's huge line of high-quality eyewear runs the gamut from experimental to classic. This pair falls in the latter camp without sacrificing the brand's signature streetwear-ready aesthetic.
Broseph Sunglasses, KAVU Local
Ballard-based KAVU brings a uniquely fun and fashion-forward vibe to crunchy PNW outdoor fashion: think high-performance coverage, plus a clean, wear-everywhere look that doesn't scream "hiking" or "sports."
Machete Suzy Sunglasses in Tortoise Checker, Prism Local
Checkers forever; Machete sunglasses for even longer than that.
Colored frames are always cool, but colored lenses are a trend made just for 2022. Smaller, angular frames prevent the look from becoming too costumey.
The Chayah Movement Brown Square Rimless Recycled Plastic Sunglasses, Sassafras Local
Who needs frames, anyway? This super-inexpensive pair from Belltown boutique Sassafras offers a more neutral take on popular plastic sunglasses for those who want their accessory collection to be distinguishable from their kindergartner's.
Grace Sunglasses in Jade, Maiden Noir Local
Tokyo- and Seattle-based clothing brand Maiden Noir has a penchant for elevating classic silhouettes into high-fashion streetwear—mixing up a classic pair with near-black, emerald frames and green-tinted lenses fits right in their wheelhouse.
Raie Eyewear the Lucky Clover in Cream, Pipe and Row Local
Cream sunglasses strike the perfect balance between "goes with everything" and "isn't tortoise or black." Note that the lighter lenses on this pair don't lend themselves well to people watching, but at least those people will see your eyeliner.
Pollux Polished Steel, A Better Feeling
It's about time metal had its time to shine in the eyewear world. Literally—those frames look incredible when they catch the sun. Exercise caution on extraterrestrial voyages.