Our fave picks of retro-inspired, fashion-forward sunnies

If the eyes are the window to the soul, then sunglasses are most assuredly their mysterious curtains. And while August may be in full swing, it’s never too late to flash a pair of the latest shades: they’re the ultimate summer essential.  

Oversized Cat-Eye Sunglasses
Rock Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s with these oversized Prada cat-eye sunglasses tricked out with gradient lenses and pyramid-shaped studs for a thoroughly modern look. $710.00Thebay.com
Pastel Sunglasses
Colour. Colour. Colour. Nothing says summer better than pastel colours. Marshalls, $16.99Marshallsonline.com
18K Sunglasses
These new, limited-edition Burberry sunglasses with 18K-gold-plated arm-detail evokes Burberry’s iconic cotton gabardine trench coat. Burberry, $1,450Burberry.com
Eco-friendly Sunglasses
Look good. Do good. KUMA's Alpine Cruiser aviator-style frames are plastic, while the temples were made from sustainable bamboo. Plus, one tree is planted for every frame sold. Granville Eyeland, $65Eyelandframemakers.com
Color Mix Sunglasses
It’s a miracle Ray-Bans have stayed so cool even when post-Risky Business Tom Cruise hasn’t. But these new Wayfarer Color Mix frames—dressed in transparent grey-and-blue—underscores why the brand has managed to stay on top. WATCH IT!, $170 Watchit.ca
Geek Chic Sunglasses
Hand-crafted in Italy, Illesteva’s Leonard II in grey ombre lends a decidedly bookish look while you're reading that summer beach book. Charlie and Lee, $372 Charlieandlee.com