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10 cheap pairs of sunglasses that look way more expensive than they actually are

Affordable new season sunglasses to shop now

Oliver Palermo sunglasses© Edward Berthelot
Hollie Brotherton
Lifestyle & Commerce Senior Writer
Updated: August 1, 2023
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With the sunny weather on its way, we're updating our wardrobes with the most essential summer accessory: a stylish pair of sunglasses. Used to upgrade any outfit (or hide a multitude of sins), we're firm believers you can never have too many.

If you're looking for a new style but don't want to splash out, we've found nine pairs of designer-look sunnies with very affordable price tags in a whole range of silhouettes.

Celebrities and royals wearing affordable sunglasses

Meghan Markle Le Specs
Meghan Markle steps out in Le Specs cat-eye shades in New York

Meghan Markle has been pictured multiple times in a very chic black pair of Le Specs Air Heart cat-eye sunglasses. Also spotted on Olivia Palermo, you can shop them for yourself for just £55.

jennifer lopez wearing quay aviator sunglasses instagram
Jennifer Lopez wears Quay Aviator sunnies

Jennifer Lopez is a fan of Quay - an affordable Aussie sunglasses brand - and has been seen out in several different styles, like this bestselling aviator pair.  

How we chose the best cheap sunglasses

  • Cost: Of course our first consideration was the price. Every pair in this edit is under £60, with the majority under £20 and several under £10.
  • UV protection: Just because they come cheap doesn't mean they can't be high quality. We've only included pairs which genuinely protect your eyes with 100% UV protection. 
  • Variety: We know that different frames suit different face shapes so we've found a range, from cat-eye sunnies to round to square.

The best high street sunglasses to shop now

  • H&M cat-eye sunglasses

    H&M Cat-Eye Sunglasses

    For less than £10 you can shop these designer-look cat-eye sunglasses at H&M. Available in both tortoiseshell and black, they feature tinted, UV-protective lenses and subtle gold hardware. Receiving all five-star reviews, customers say they look far more expensive than their price tag and particularly suit a rounded face shape.

  • Le Specs Air Heart sunglasses

    Le Specs Air Heart Cat-Eye Sunglasses

    Loved by the likes of Meghan Markle and Olivia Palermo, the affordable price tag of Le Specs Air Heart sunglasses hasn't discouraged the A-list from repping them. Made from glossy acetate with 100% UV lenses, they're slightly oversized and finished with a strip of gold-tone metal.

  • Mango sunglasses

    Mango Tortoiseshell Rounded Sunglasses

    Mango's tortoiseshell sunglasses are rounded and oversized with a semi-transparent design. We love them styled with an all-white outfit - you'd never guess they're less than £20.

  • & Other Stories sunglasses

    & Other Stories Angular Cat-Eye Sunglasses

    As lookalikes of Celine sunnies, it's no surprise & Other Stories' angular cat eye pair is always selling out. They come with 100% UV lenses and reviews say they feel really high quality.

  • Quay sunglasses

    Quay High Key Sunglasses

    Despite their low price point, Quay sunnies have been worn by J.Lo (who has this exact style), Gigi Hadid and Vanessa Hudgens. This bestselling aviator pair is designed to flatter every face shape and size.

  • ASOS sunglasses

    ASOS DESIGN Chunky Flare Cat-Eye Sunglasses

    We think these chunky and flared cat-eye sunglasses from ASOS could easily pass for designer. The chic black style will go with everything in your wardrobe.

  • Urban Outfitters sunglasses

    Urban Outfitters Bella City Frame

    You'd be forgiven for mistaking these Urban Outfitters sunglasses for a very popular pair by Versace. The vintage-style oval-shaped sunnies feature tortoiseshell frames and gold-tone hardware detail to the sides.

  • Oliver Bonas sunglasses

    Oliver Bonas Square Ombre Sunglasses

    For a square frame style, Oliver Bonas has this amazing oversized pair in ombre two-tone tortoiseshell. They're best-suited to rectangular-shaped faces.

  • New Look sunglasses

    New Look Round Metallic Trim Sunglasses

    New Look's stylish round frame sunglasses are such a steal at £7.45. They're available in multiple colours and reviews say they feel high quality and sturdy.

  • TK Maxx Sunglasses

    TK Maxx Black Mod Sunglasses

    TK Maxx is an absolute treasure trove of sunglasses from big name brands and designer sunglasses labels at affordable prices. We love these simple black frames, elevated with the gold bridge and gold detailing - plus, they're under a tenner.

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