Eye Spy: Where to Find 10 Stylish Pairs of Sunglasses in Canada

Eye Spy: Where to Find 10 Stylish Pairs of Sunglasses in Canada

Where to shop for affordable sunglasses like Aviator, Wayfarers, Cat-eye frames, designer brands and lenses online in Canada.

Sunglasses are the fashion accessory that fulfills a great need (protecting eyes from the sun’s rays in the late afternoon winters).

It’s also an accessible product that’s available at every price point: it’s as easy to find a pair on a disc at a gas station as it is to shop for a range of designer options at luxury stores.

Do all the sunglasses in the world come from the same place?

Kind of, but it’s a little more complicated than that.

The Italian conglomerate EssilorLuxottica is the world’s most dominant optics company and is responsible for more than 50 percent of the market share in North America. It’s the overall owner of big-name brands, retailers, and licensing agreements spanning from Ray-Ban to Prada to Vancouver-based Clearly. If you’ve owned a pair of sunglasses, there’s a good chance that Luxottica made them.

What is the key to buying a good pair online?

There are illustrated infographics with tips on how to pair a style with your face shape but get that (and gender labels) out the window. Sunglasses should suit individual style and usage preferences.

Some basic questions to consider before buying: Is this for driving? (If so, polarized lenses help increase flare and sharpness.) Can lenses be replaced with prescription lenses if necessary? Do you need sunglasses for outdoor activities like hiking or pickle ball? (UV protection is important.) Is the designer’s logo a priority or not? What is the budget?

We’ve rounded up nearly 10 pairs available in Canada right now of classic tires, trend-forward styles, and inexpensive boobies.

Large designer frames

For bold and glamorous movie star style sunglasses, Prada is the best choice. These acetate square frames with a silver monogram are currently on sale at Sunglass Hut ($357).

Cutler and Gross

These round Cutler and Gross frames are elegant, embracing a modern, “nerdy” shape for someone who lends individual style over bold brand names. $540 at Simons.

Perpetual cold pilot

Seen on everyone from Robert Redford to Carrie Bradshaw, aviator sunglasses were invented in the 1930s, popularized in the 1970s and are still a solid, stylish option that looks good on everyone. Over the years, brands have taken the shape of the tear off and modified frame thickness, lens color, and size.

Ray Ban planes


This is the original, wire-framed style, which can not be mistaken and not in keeping with fashion trends. (More proof of the style’s longevity: Ray-Ban is one of the world’s best-selling optics brands, year after year.) Available in various shades at Clearly and Amazon.

All black Oakley planes

Oakley Aviators

For those who prefer the black frame but like the teardrop style and brow stripe, these Oakley sunglasses combine an aviator shape with a thicker frame and black polarized lenses. Available at Clearly.

Tortoiseshell aircraft (for less)

tortoise frame

These tortoise frame flyers feature a more geometric lens shape and, at less than $30, are a convenient trick for more expensive designer frames. The product description also includes full specifications such as bridge width (16mm), which is useful for those looking for a specific size. Available on amazon.

The original traveler


In the mid-1950s, a designer at Ray-Ban set out to design a new style of sunglasses that did not use metal (the frame popular at the time). Since then, Wayfarer’s rectangular frames have been a sign of cool, grand but not overly modern style. Over the years, Ray-Ban has divided the Wayfarer into different lenses and sizes. Available at Clearly.

$20 Amazon DUPE

wayfarer deceived

Should sunglasses get lost, smashed, dropped, trampled on, or deemed unusable, these Wayfarer-style frames are under $20, bendable, and light. Available on amazon.

outside type

Maui Jim

Maui Jim is one of the few independently owned optical brands globally (and one of the most successful). Style lovers love the quality of our patented PolarizedPlus2® lenses that feature anti-glare, color sharpening, and UV protection. Available in Sunglass Hut.

Maui Jim

Oakleys is one of the best selling brands in Canada. Designed for a comfortable fit (especially for wide noses), these square sunglasses with a matte finish and polarized lenses combine quality and functionality. Available at Clearly.

modern cat eye

California modern eye

Cat eyes can be subtle or exaggerated. These thick Gen Z frames take on the cat-eye look that models like Hailey Bieber are known for on social media. Available on amazon.

2022-05-06 05:57:00

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