Utility and elegance meet in this season’s optical offerings, primed for open-road adventure and dress-up alike. Wide-angle frames, high-shine lenses and contemporary riffs on the classic aviator provide a tough shield of protection against the glare of the hot summer sun, while sleek profiles and subtle decorative flourishes ensure they remain compatible with more glamorous choices of apparel. Indeed, for the S/S 2022 season designers propositioned sunglasses as an accessory equally acceptable to be worn after dark (in this case, their shielding effects can instead be utilised for avoiding unwanted conversations).

S/S 2022’s best sunglasses, for adventure and dress-up

Model wears S/S 2022
Sunglasses, £390, by Celine Homme by Hedi Slimane. Top £650; jeans, £559; cowboy hat, £650, all by Celine by Hedi Slimane

A plethora of designers captured this fusion of defence and dazzle – from sleek, white-rimmed frames by both Fendi and Akoni (a cat’s eye shape and gently curved wraparound respectively) to squared-off styles from Cutler and Gross and Serengeti, which conjure a feeling of nostalgic, understated glamour.

Elsewhere, labels Lindberg, Celine, Gucci and Louis Vuitton each provided their own distinct play on the classic aviator – an eyewear style long utilised for protection against the elements – which they elevated and modernised for the S/S 2022 season with glossy metal hardware, mirrored lenses and blown-up, face-covering silhouettes. §

Sunglasses, £330; dress, £1,290; boots, £3,500, all by Fendi
Model wears Gucci S/S 2022

Sunglasses, £685; jacket, £2,180; lace-up trousers, £4,440; hat, £575, all by Gucci

Model wears eyewear by Cutler and Gross

Sunglasses, £315, by Cutler and Gross. Shirt, £175, by MHL by Margaret Howell. Tie £95, by Margaret Howell. Jeans, £189, by Sandro

Model wears eyewear by Serengeti

Sunglasses, £325, by Serengeti. Dress, £475, by Nanushka. Boots, £890, by Celine by Hedi Slimane

Model wears Louis Vuitton

Sunglasses, £500; waistcoat, £1,480; shirt, £975, all by Louis Vuitton

Model wears eyewear and clothes by Gucci

Sunglasses, £685; jacket, £2,180; lace-up trousers, £4,440; hat, £575, all by Gucci