Aside from a chic beach tote, juicy novel and tons of SPF, sunglasses are our fave summer essential. Not only do they protect your presh eyes from the harsh sunlight, but they also have the power to take any outfit from drab to fab. Even if you’re wearing jeans and a tee, a pair of standout sunnies—like bold cat-eyes, candy-coloured lenses or transparent frames—is the missing piece to your warm weather ‘fit. Here are the best places to shop for sunglasses in Calgary. And peep our top sunglasses picks in every major city across Canada.
Find it: 2525 36 St. NE #129, Sunridge Mall, 9-3625 Shaganappi Trail NW, Market Mall, optiko.ca
The low-down: As the brainchild of siblings Bazil, Lemor and Sal Haymour, this sleek shop has the most covetable collection of designer frames with an equally cool interior. From glossy black floors to bright display cases and an overall trendy vibe, you’ll have no trouble finding a high-end pair of sunnies at a super reasonable price.
Brands: Calvin Klein, Chole, Dior, Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Ray-Ban, Thom Browne, Versace and more
The pair we love: Oliver Peoples’ Remik in Dark Tortoise Black—the two-toned frames and modern double metal wire make these vintage-inspired shades anything but stuck-in-the-past
Brass Monocle Eyewear
Find it: 751 3 St. SW #213, Core Shopping Centre, 806 16 Ave. SW, brassmonocle.com
The low-down: If you’re a self-identified hipster (no judgements here) and are looking for a pair of shades that are anything but basic, this hip eyewear store will be your new fave spot. The team focuses on “funky as well as functional” glasses from independent designers all over North America, Europe and Asia.
Brands: Barton Perreira, Bevel, Falvin, Kirk & Kirk, Leisure Society, Moscot, Salt, Theo Eyewear and more
The pair we love: Mr. Leight’s Marmont S in Black Tortoise 12K will satisfy any minimalist dresser for its simple and sleek design with subtle metallic detailing.
PlusMa Eyewear & Optometrists
Find it: 912 5 Ave. SW, plusmaeyewear.com
The low-down: With geometric light fixtures, clean-cut wooden countertops and drool-worthy displays of shades, this modern locale looks more like a luxury boutique than an optometrist’s office. Aside from their selection of sunnies, the have a roster of certified optometrists on site for eye exams and any other eye care questions you may have.
Brands: Lafont, Ic! Berlin, Markus T and Tom Ford
The pair we love: Tom Ford’s Mia in Havana because of the timeless tortoise shell and flattering shape that looks amaze on *literally* everyone