A nyone looking for style, quality and value understands why identifying the most affordable sunglasses brands is so important.
Shades are among the coolest and most iconic accessories a person can own:
There are few better ways to instantly add a touch of attitude and mystery to your look than a good pair of sunglasses.
But even though high-quality sunglasses are relatively inexpensive to manufacture, big-name designer brands charge some pretty obscene prices for so-called luxury frames.
Brands like Persol, Tom Ford, Gucci and many others charge almost as much for designer sunglasses as other, more affordable brands charge for a full suit, which is nuts.
(Especially since the raw materials that go into metal or plastic frames really don’t cost that much…)
Fortunately for those of us who are both style- and price-conscious, the eyewear industry has recently swelled with low-cost brands that offer stylish and well made shades at much more affordable price points.
In this post we’ve rounded up dozens of the most stylish and affordable sunglasses brands that offer great shades at a reasonable price.
The Most Affordable Sunglasses Brands
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With a huge selection of well made, affordable and stylish sunglasses, Warby Parker has been my favorite eyewear brand for a long time now.
In addition to offering affordable sunglasses and prescription lenses, they have a virtual try on feature that makes buying online easy, because you can get a sense of how well the frames will work with your face shape and style.
American Optical has been making eyewear since 1883.
(Or, to use the technical parlance of eyewear historians and other academics, “a damn long-ass time.”)
While they made their name making aviator-style shades for pilots, today the brand has expanded into a wider range of styles.
What’s cool about their frames is the the way they put a unique and modern spin on classic American styles like the aviator, clubmaster and wayfarer.
The result is some remarkably well made frames that are classic and well made enough to stand the test of time, but unique enough to stand out from some of the more common styles.
LookOptic is admittedly better known for their prescription frames, but it’s one of the best sunglasses brands if you want a classic style, without the classically high price tag.
While they don’t offer nearly as many styles as some of the other brands on this list, each of their designs evokes the sort of timeless style that never goes of fashion, like the wayfarer shape for men and the classic cat eye for women.
Plus, while their styles may be a bit limited, each pair is available in multiple different colors, so you can choose the one that works best for your personal style and tastes.
Tomahawk specializes in low-cost, high-style shades that work in a wide range of situations.
They have everything from durable and sporty frames designed for outdoor activities to modern, high-fashion styles that look great with formalwear.
What’s nice about Tomahawk is that, while the price is quite low, both the style and quality is fairly high, making them an excellent option for sunglass shoppers on a budget.
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Italian brand Ray-Ban has long been known as one of the world’s best sunglasses brands thanks to their timeless and classic style.
They pioneered a lot of the most iconic types of women’s and men’s sunglasses, which are often imitated to this day by other brands:
Think classic Wayfarers, sophisticated Clubmasters and classic Aviators with gold frames, which have been staples of summer ever since Top Gun premiered in the mid-1980s.
While their models are slightly more expensive than some of the newer, more affordable eyewear brands on this list, they’re significantly cheaper than other luxury brands like Persol (which is actually owned by the same parent company), while still offering excellent quality.
In addition to a wide range of good sunglasses that are well made, modern and stylish, Diff is a great place to shop for shades because they also have a philanthropic mission:
For every new pair you buy from Diff, they donate a pair of reading glasses to someone in need, making them a good choice if you want shades that will make you feel as good as you look.
Vincero offers a wide selection of frames that put a modern twist on a classic look, making it a great option for those who favor a more timeless or vintage frame shape.
Though they started with watches – I did a full Vincero watch review last year and was pretty impressed by their flagship Chrono S model – the company has since expanded to offer some pretty impressive eyewear.
Glasses USA is admittedly not a brand in and of itself.
It’s an online outlet where you can find a huge selection of affordable shades, both from popular brands like Ray Ban or Oakley Sunglasses, and dozens of other brands you might not have heard of.
In addition to some good prices, one of the big advantages of going through Glasses USA is the sheer variety they offer.
Their large inventory means you can find a wide selection of frame colors and styles for both sunglasses and eyeglasses.
Plus, they’ve got options for polarized lenses that block uv light, protecting your eyes from the sort of long-term exposure that can lead to macular degeneration over time.
If you’re looking for a great pair of sunglasses that’s modern and unique, Vint and York is an affordable and stylish option.
They offer a variety of styles that span the design spectrum, from a classic round shape to funkier and less common designs, all available in a wide range of different colorways.
Co-owned by the controversial but undeniably stylish Tom Brady (whose name appears inside of the arm on most pairs), Christopher Cloos is a Danish eyewear brand that offers luxury sunglass styles at affordable prices.
The brand was founded in the South of France, and its designs have a sophisticated and refined aesthetic that look like they’d be right at home on the Mediterranean.
If you’re looking for sharp shades that will enhance your look without draining your bank account, look no further.
Another brand co-owned by celebrities, this one counts Jamie Foxx, Ashley Benson and Hailee Steinfeld among its owners, and offers styles fit for the red carpet.
Fortunately, while the styles look right at home on celebrity millionaires, the prices are more in line with what you’d find on the sunglass rack at your local pharmacy.
Raen combines handmade frames – inspired by their home base in Oceanside, California – with high quality lenses, giving their shades both a stylish look and a good deal of protection.
Their frames are inspired by classic designs like Wayfarers or cat-eye sunglasses, but have a modern spin that makes them feel fresh and unique.
In addition to eyeglasses and blue light blockers, Liingo carries a pretty wide selection of sunglasses that are classic, well made and affordable.
They also have a virtual try on feature that lets you get a sense of what the frames will look like on your face, and a free in-home try on option, so you can actually try the pair to make sure they’re a perfect fit.
Felix Gray is an online eyecare company that offers a pretty good selection of sunglasses and blue light glasses.
What’s interesting about them is that they categorize their shades based on the bridge of the nose (low bridge fit, high bridge fit, etc.), which helps you find a pair that will work well for your face.
Target Optical isn’t really a sunglasses brand in and of itself, but it’s the next best thing:
A good place to find a perfect pair of sunglasses for an equally excellent price.
They carry shades from all the major designer brands, and as with everything else at Target, offer them at reasonable prices that are often lower than you’ll see at other stores.
Zenni is another brand that specializes in eyeglasses but also offers a pretty wide selection of sunglasses at some very attractive prices.
What’s cool about Zenni’s offering (beside the price, of course) is the diversity of styles they carry:
They go beyond the usual black or brown color schemes to offer a wide range of different frame and lense options, including everything from gradient lenses to purple, blue, yellow, green and gray lenses.
As you might have guessed from the name, Maui Jim was founded in Hawaii, where they know a thing or two about protecting your eyes from the sun’s uv rays.
They offer a wide range of sunglasses that spans everything from a classic aviator style and practical wrap-arounds that work well for outdoor sports to more fashion-forward and luxury designs.
Not unlike Vincero, MVMT is better known as an affordable watch brand, but has expanded to offer a line of good-looking shades.
Most of their models put a modern spin on classic shapes, so it’s a perfect place to turn if you’re looking for a unique pair that has metal accents or quirky new silhouettes you won’t find anywhere else.
Frames Direct is another example of an online store that’s not a brand in and of itself, but carries a pretty wide selection of popular eyewear brands.
They carry one of the largest selection of brands and eyewear manufacturers online, and offer some pretty great discounts:
Their deals range from 20 to 50 percent off more than 80 top brands, so they’re a good place to score a deal on some designer shades.
As with all things Costco, Costco Optical isn’t available to the general public:
You’ll need to have a Costco membership to shop here.
But if you do, you can find some killer prices (again, as with all things Costco)on some big-name brands.
Their selection isn’t huge, but the prices are excellent, and they even have their own affordable line of shades that offers some unique styles and designs.
As its name implies, Archibald London is a UK brand, and its sunglass styles have a distinctly European vibe that’s a little more fashion-forward than other brands.
Archibald puts a premium on craftsmanship, so while their frames are definitely a little more expensive than some of the other brands on this list, they’re also much better made, and provide great value for the cost.
Covry specializes in making what they call “inclusive eyewear,” which means frames that are designed to fit all face shapes and sizes.
As a result, they offer a wide range of frame shapes, including round, oblong and square frames that are designed to look good on all faces.
Ace & Tate is another brand that’s based in the UK, but they sell and ship their frames worldwide.
They offer a pretty eclectic mix of styles, frame designs and color options, so it’s a good place to turn for shades that are distinct from (and cheaper than) major designer brands like Prada or Oliver Peoples.
Another brand whose essence is implied by its name, Classic Specs offers some vintage and timeless frame designs that will likely look just as good 10 years from now as they do today.
But the best part about Classic Frames might be the price tag:
Many of their models cost less than $100, making it a great place to turn for styles that look expensive, but won’t break the bank.
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