If you live by the ocean, it’s safe to say beach days are a regular thing in your summer schedule. And a beachwear essential we can’t live without (aside from a chic bathing suit) is an oversized pair of sunnies. They have *so* many uses, from hiding the fact that you’re hungover to concealing your eyes as you check out that hottie on your subway commute. If you love sunglasses as much as we do, you have to check out the best places to shop for sunglasses in Halifax. Then, continue your shopping venture with the best sunglasses shops from coast to coast.
YKN Sunglasses & Eyeglasses
Find it: 1551 South Park St., yknsun.ca
The low-down: The friendly team at this hip family-owned sunglasses shop understands that hunting for sunnies can be seriously daunting. From the personalized shopping experience to the relaxing vibe and the red-hot roster of designer frames, you’ll find your dream pair (or two) in no time.
Brands: Bulgari, Céline, Dior, Fendi, Givenchy, Gucci, Marc Jacobs , Miu Miu, Prada, Ray-Ban, Tom Ford, Versace and more
The pair we love: Dior’s Stellaire1—with a unique rounded-square frame and opaque lenses, these sunglasses are perf if you still want to protect your eyes from the sun without hiding your on-point winged eyeliner
Find it: 6465 Quinpool Rd., gaudetoptical.com
The low-down: This colourful optical boutique is where the most whimsical and wild sunglasses live. If you aren’t afraid to take a fashion risk and rock a pair that will make people do a double take (in the best way possible), Gaudet Optical will be your new go-to. Just look at the hot pink and purple interior if you don’t believe us.
Brands: Dita, Face A Face, Frost, Parasite, Rapp, Theo Eyewear, Thom Browne and more
The pair we love: Face à Face’s Cosmo1 if you’re looking to channel your inner Iris Apfel with an OTT pair of specs—the red pair is our personal fave!
Find it: 5240 Blowers St., oceanoptometry.ca
The low-down: At the core of this local business is a group of four friends that turned their various experiences, knowledge and passion for optometry into a full-time career. This locale does things a little differently when it comes to their sunglasses—no two pairs are the same because everything is tailored to you.
Brands: Activist Eyewear, CG Eyewear, Kirk and Kirk, Moscot, Oliver Goldsmith, Salt and more
The pair we love: Aside from their selection of designer frames, the shop works closely with London-based brand Tom Davies to customize sunglasses for each customer—the frames are measured to your face and you can dream up your own colour palette, shape and lens type, too.