Did you know that cat eye sunglasses were popularized in the 1960s after Audrey Hepburn wore them in Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Honestly, me neither!
But after getting a few ads, I started to get curious and did some digging! I’ve always loved cat eye sunglasses because they make me look and feel sharp.
Here’s what I found: sunglasses below $50 are created with cheap material, produced in unethical sweatshops, or harbored dangerous chemicals. I wasn’t expecting the most high-quality material, but seeing it in writing was still disappointing.
I encountered many sites with suspiciously low prices! If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
That being said, I also found amazing hidden gems. So instead of focusing on the negatives, here are the cat eye sunglasses that made me fall in love!
Shop my fav cat eye sunglasses blow!
7 Cat Eye Sunglasses For Women At Different Price Points
Let’s start off strong with this beautiful gold rose pair from Michael Kors.
The lens has a full, thin frame that gives it a slender, feminine fit that I’m obsessed with. The bridge has a slight curve to the metal that has an uplifting effect and paired with the subtle corners of the cat eye shape, these glasses are STUNNING.
The marbling at the temples also gives these pair more depth—they remind me of orange-pink molten sunset.
And of course, comfort reigns first on my priority list! Rest assured that these glasses are equipped with adjustable silicone nose pads for a secure fit.
2. Dusk to Dawn
Fade lens? Check. Adjustable silicone nose pads? Check.
Semi-rimless frames? Let’s talk about it.
Guys, I have never seen semi-rimless frames work so well with a black gradient. The color of the gold frames is light enough to accent the black without being too cheesy—I’m in love.
Since the gold and black combo isn’t too exaggerated, these wide frames give you a chic, timeless look. I could totally see myself wearing these at brunch with a glass of rosé in my hand.
These sheer blue sunglasses look like a dream. With handcrafted acetate lenses, the cat-eye-shaped frames beautifully complement the overall look of the shades.
The small gap between the lenses and the frames gives the glasses this airy, delicate vibe that I can NOT resist. These glasses remind me of relaxing by the beach on vacation, without a care in the world.
Remember what I said about the semi-rimless frames? These cat eye shades also create a semi-rimless look that I love.
The golden frame is thickest at the top, giving the lenses an almost sassy kick. The black edges round out the look, while the rimless bottom pairs nicely with the gradient fading into white.
Also, the arms are thin and tapered with a small bump of the engraved monogram accent in the temples. The contrast is absolutely gorgeous!
Tom Ford is a household name, and for good reason. These oversized cat eye sunglasses are simple but timelessly elegant.
Like all the previous pairs, these shades also come with adjustable nose pads for maximum support. There isn’t anything extra going on with the design, so for all my simple is better girls—this is for you.
The shiny pale gold of the thin frames and temples pairs wonderfully with the translucent lenses.
These sunnies are a little outside my comfort zone, but so fun.
I still love all the simple, black cat eye sunglasses, but this one is a bit different. The saddle nose bridge doesn’t have any adjustable pads to help keep it in place.
But, there is a benefit of the weight of the shades being distributed evenly across the nose. One of the downsides of having nose pads is that they can leave marks on your skin, especially if they’re oversized fits!
These cat eye sunglasses have a futuristic twist to them that just feels so chic.
I know I usually like my sunglasses to be pretty tame, but I couldn’t resist talking about these.
If you love statement pieces, this is the one. The shape of the lenses and frame start off pretty traditional with the classy cat eye and translucent optics, but the real kicker is the charms.
Right where your chain design temples end, the black heart charms hang at a length of about 4 1/2”. If you have short hair or love wearing your hair up, these are going to look especially stunning.
Since the charms act as accessories, I like to think of these shades as two-in-one. The charms can be detached and reattached via hooks, so you can change up your look whenever you want as well.
If any of these cat eye sunglasses stood out to you, be sure to tag me on Insta (@wtfab) so I can see how you rock the looks!
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The style of tiny cat eyeglasses became popular with actresses like Marilyn Monroe wearing them in her films. The oversized cat eyes we see popular today got popularized by Audrey Hepburn during the 1960s.
Cat eye sunglasses have a more upturned, feline shape of the lenses while butterfly frames are more rounded.
While cat eye sunglasses are a universally flattering style, oval and round faces can change up their look boldly with cat eye sunglasses.
Elise Armitage is an entrepreneur and founder of What The Fab, a travel + lifestyle blog based in California. At the beginning of 2019, Elise left her corporate job at Google to chase her dreams: being an entrepreneur and helping women find fabulous in the everyday. Since then, she’s launched her SEO course Six-Figure SEO, where she teaches bloggers how to create a passive revenue stream from their website using SEO. Featured in publications like Forbes, Elle, HerMoney, and Real Simple, Elise is a firm believer that you can be of both substance and style.