If you’re not yet ready to dive into full-blown Gatsby chic, dip your toe in the preppy retro trend this summer with Topman’s Clubman. Brown Clubman Retro Sunglasses by Topman, £16
2. INTO THE FOLD
The eternally classic aviator gets a modern, angular makeover by Linda Farrow Luxe, ideal for channeling that ‘I own an island’ vibe, even if you don’t. Linda Farrow Luxe 13 C1 by Linda Farrow, £449
3. QUICK AS A FLASH
For those rugged, active outdoor types who still value impeccable styling, it just has to be Oakley. The Dispatch II balances lens clarity and innovative fi t with get-me-noticed good looks. Dispatch II by Oakley, £115
BEST FOR WOMEN 1. GREASED LIGHTNING
Make like Rizzo in Prada-inspired fi fties Americana styles, teamed with pencil skirts and bobby socks. Muscle car and be- leathered heartbreaker optional, but gosh, why wouldn’t you? Plum Wing Stud Details Cat’s Eye Sunglasses by Topshop, £18
2. WILD AND FREE
Don’t be shy. Forget about subtlety with blues and golds to add an extra layer to such wild multi-pattern clashes as championed by Mary Katrantzou. Danni Chunky Sunglasses by Kurt Geiger, £60
3. A CUT ABOVE
Nicholas Kirkwood, as creative director of Pollini, has produced the single most desirable collection of sunglasses this year. Be warned – you’ll have to sharpen your elbows to beat the fashionistas. Yellow Octagonal Sunglasses, Pollini, £250
GLARING OMISSION As well as making you look
cool when the sun’s out, high-quality sunglasses protect your eyes from dangerous ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which can damage the cornea and retina, and can, over the long term,
result in cataracts. Check the fi ne print and choose a pair that blocks 99 to 100 per cent of UV rays to make sure your eyes carry on sparkling when the shades come off .
BEST FOR KIDS 1. BUTTERFLY KISSES
Which little girl could possibly resist a diamante-bedecked butterfl y fl uttering prettily across her cheeks? There’ll be no coercion needed to keep those young eyes safe from the sun. Butterfl y R02 by Zoobug, £36
2. HI-HO SILVER!
Flesh-eating robots? Wall-scaling superheroes? Intergalactic moon men? These robust silver sunglasses will capture the imagination of any young adventurer and withstand all resulting perils, real or imagined. Boys’ Silver Sporty Wrap Sunglasses by River Island, £7
Buff ed, scrubbed and polished to near-perfection but still not feeling bright and beautiful? Fret not – slip behind summer’s coolest sunnies and go incognito for a while...