Eyewear trends come and go, but clear frame sunglasses will always have a place in our accessories arsenal. Characterised by a sleek, simple aesthetic, these unfussy frames – usually crafted from durable yet lightweight acetate – will elevate your warm weather ensemble without distracting from it. They work with any shape – from classic round frames to statement-making retro-inspired styles. A clear frame also allows you the freedom to experiment with the lens colour. Sold? Scroll on to find the perfect pair of clear frame sunglasses to suit your summer look.
Best clear frame sunglasses in 2023
Sub Sun SUB003 Sunglasses
Inspired by dance music, London-based eyewear label Sub Sun creates unisex sunglasses that will take their wearer from day-to-day life to the dance floor - whenever it calls. We're big fans of the brand's clear frame SUB003 shades. They draw inspiration from a pair famously donned by Samuel L. Jackson, offering a throwback to late '90s cinema. The subtly rounded frame is crafted from hand finished Mazzucchelli acetate and the lens provides 100% UV protection. Plus, for every pair purchased, Sub Sun will plant one tree and donate £1 to ocean clean up, so you can look good and do good.
Oscar Deen Pinto Champagne Sunglasses
The brainchild of two best friends from London, Oscar Deen takes frames that have already been on a journey and prepares them for a new one. Take its Pinto style for instance. Inspired by a pair of 1940s frames found at a Paris flea market, it's been reimagined with a slightly raised keyhole bridge and a lower frame that mirrors the angled brow for a serious dose of old-school cool. Every pair of Oscar Deen frames is hand finished and made from Mazzuchelli acetate, while the lenses are made from lightweight CR-39 plastic and are coated for sun protection.
The Resort Co. Hacienda Transparent Sunglasses
Guided by an eco-conscious ethos, Stockholm-based label The Resort Co. creates holiday-ready summer staples that are as sustainable as they are stylish. Its sunglasses are ethically handcrafted by skilled artisans in Cadore, Italy, using Italian acetate, lenses and hardware. All pairs feature a sturdy stainless steel core wire, five barrel hinges with real steel rivets and 100% UV protected lenses. For a clear-framed pair that will really take your summer wardrobe up a notch, get your hands on the transparent Hacienda frames, a retro pair of sunglasses fitted with statement-making blue lenses.
Meller Lukman Sunglasses
Barcelona-based label Meller creates fashion-forward eyewear made from ethical and durable materials including recycled bottles, premium acetate and environmentally friendly metal. The label's Lukman sunglasses give off a distinctive '60s vibe, with their wide shape and pink-tinted clear frames. The frame is crafted from bio acetate and lenses are TAC polarised for superior UV resistance and vision.
Ace & Tate Annie Sunglasses
Amsterdam-based label Ace & Tate creates simple eyewear crafted from only the finest materials. The label's Annie sunglasses boast a thick-set acetate frame that's bound to turn heads for all the right reasons. Offset the chunkiness of these shades with a simple summer outfit of linen shirt and chino shorts. Holiday style, sorted.
Ray-Ban RB4323 Sunglasses
Iconic sunglasses label Ray-Ban remains a go-to for classic shades, like this wayfarer-inspired style with a clear frame and gradient lenses. The slim profile will complement any outfit, making these sunglasses perfect for everyday wear. Lightweight yet robust, they'll stand the test of time if you look after them well.
Garret Leight California Optical Carlton Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses
Taking inspiration from the sunny state of California, these Garret Leight sunglasses ooze LA appeal.The round frames are made from transparent grey acetate and detailed with a keyhole bridge at the nose for comfort and signature rivet pins at the arms. Pack a beach bag, throw them on and you're good to go.
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