Having a Moment

The Best Sunglasses at All Price Points

17 Pairs Worth Buying Today (Because You Can Never Have Too Many)
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17 Best Sungalsses at Every Price Point, Including these Celine Sunglasses

We had a taste of spring this past weekend and it was THE BEST THING EVER.  On Sunday, we picked up a bouquet from Amelia’s Flower Truck and ate some amazing vegan, dairy-free ice cream in East Nashville.  I had such a great time exploring neighborhoods I usually don’t frequent, while soaking up some Vitamin D and trading my heavy coat for a light military jacket.  The weather was great; we even turned around a few minutes after we left home to get sunglasses (never complaining about needing those!). 

I have my tried-and-true shades that I’ve had for years; a pair of classic Aviators, a pair of black frames and a pair of tortoise frames.  They’re all dependable, classic and universally flattering.  I’ve learned to take care of them, and I usually have at least one pair in my hand bag for when I’m on the go.  But I’ve got to admit, every time spring rolls around, I can’t help but want a few new pairs of shades…there are just so many good ones!  I have my eyes on a Celine pair that I consider to be a “forever pair”…I’d have to take extra care of them if I fork over $250+.  But I also found a few trendier styles (like these and these) that have price tags low enough to tempt me to take a few risks and have a fun pair or two in my bag for patio season happy hours

Check out my list of top sunglasses at every price point below, and then tell me, have you invested in a “forever pair”?  Or do you stick to the ones you won’t feel bad about losing?!  I’d love to hear it in the comments below.  Happy almost-spring!  Cheers, Kat

P.S. Aside from them completing an #OOTD, sunglasses play a super important role in protecting your eyes from sun damage; they filter light and they protect your eyes from the damaging UV rays. This will help decrease the risk of cataracts, macular degeneration and skin cancer someday…so put the shades on! xo 



'Super Duper Strength' 55mm Retro Sunglasses

Karen Walker, $280

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Behold, your basic (but completely essential) black sunglasses.  There’s a reason so many people have ’em…they’re THAT good.  The price tag may make you wince, but if you’ve been eyeing the pair for a few years now, then it’s totally a sign that you’ll love and cherish them. 

Kandy Gramm Sunglasses

Quay, $65

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If you’re looking for a fun, doesn’t-take-itself-too-seriously pair of sunglasses, here you go.  Quay has a ton of great designs like this one that are very on-trend, yet won’t set you too far back if you want more than one pair this season. Bonus: they look just as cool as ones triple the price. 

The Prince Sunglasses

Le Specs, $89

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Le Specs gives us an ultra cool pair of aviators with a modern spin (and affordable price).  These sunnies look like you paid at least double than what you did.  The flattering frames with their flat lenses offer just the right amount of edge. 

Round-frame Acetate Sunglasses

Celine, $382.72

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This pair gives a nod to sun-soaked vacations of the past; the vintage-inspired frames with nose bridge and top bar are a little retro in the coolest way.  The price tag is hefty, but if you’re looking for a top quality brand and Instagram-worthy shades, these are for you. 

Charlie Metal Round Frame Sunglasses

Urban Outfitters, $16

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You can’t beat these $16 round sunglasses if you’re looking for a retro-inspired pair, but aren’t entirely committed to spending $150+ on the look. 

Milan III Sunglasses

Illesteva, $300

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Illesteva took us all by storm two years ago with their fun and funky tortoiseshell sunglasses.  Fast forward to this year, and we’ve got a lot of other brands that offer similar styles, but we’re reminding just how cool Illesteva is when we see a pair like this one

Cat-eye Acetate Sunglasses

Celine, $282.72

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Leave it to Celine to craft the most chic, oversized tortoiseshell sunglasses.  These subtle cat-eye frames offer a gradient brown-tinted lens, making them a timeless pair you’ll wear year-round. 

Emma Sunglasses

Urban Outfitters, $16

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Urban Outfitters sells a great oversized pair of sunglasses that looks remarkably like those made by Karen Walker (at a FRACTION of the price).  This is a great pair for those of you who are looking for a fun statement pair that doesn’t break the bank (and doesn’t sting too bad in case you misplace them). 

Celine 41093 Sunglasses

Celine, $184.96

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MKR has this stunning pair, and I fell in love with them at first sight. These definitely channel a bit of Jackie O, with their oversized, thick black frames and subtle cat-eye shape.  This is your pair if you’re looking for those timeless black sunglasses that you can always, always feel good in. 

Adventure Round Frame Sunglasses

Urban Outfitters, $16

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Urban Outfitters has a slam dunk with these sunglasses.  They’re such a great option for spring/summer shades and their super low price tempts you to pick up a pair or two to spare. 

50mm Round Sunglasses

Ray-Ban, $150

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If you know you’re feeling the round sunglasses, this is the classic, dependable pair to buy.  There’s a reason why so many people have Ray-Bans; they’re timeless and good quality. 

Thick Frame Sunglasses

Prada, $385

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These are next on my list personally; MKR has them and I tried them on and fell. in. love.  They’re perfectly lightweight, have a subtle tortoise color (they’re practically solid…just how I like it), and they have a great oversized shape for larger, round faces.  I personally have thick eyebrows at a unique arch, so I have a hard time finding sunglasses that don’t look funky up top. This pair is the solution! Since the price tag is high, I’ll be snagging these on sale (like right now during the Shopbop sale!). 

'Reflected' 52mm Sunglasses

Dior, $475

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The object of many girls’ envy…Dior’s signature geometric frames that hit the scene a year or two ago.  These aren’t for the faint of heart, but they’re utterly amazing if you can fork over the $475 for them.  

A Dead Coffin Club Sunglasses

Valley Eyewear, $300

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MKR can’t stop raving about this pair of sunglasses, in fact, she’s still heartbroken they fell off in the water last summer. The round frames are substantial and won’t run the risk as much as others to be stretched out or broken. The “snow leopard tortoise” color is unique and eye-catching, ensuring that you’ll be the coolest girl in the pack. 

Mryte 61mm Sunglasses

Chloe, $310

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When did Chloe ever do anything subtle?!  These oversized sunglasses (61mm!) completely nail the eclectic-retro-boho-babe vibe.  They’re not cheap, so I’d say go this route if you’ve worn your similar $16 Urban Outfitters pair into the festival ground. 

Air Heart Sunglasses

Le Specs, $69

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Here’s a great classic black-frame pair that won’t set you back more than $69! Le Specs offers great everyday shades that are made well, and can play with their expensive counterparts. 

Original Aviator 58mm Sunglasses

Ray-Ban, $175

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Lastly, nobody does the aviator like Ray-Ban. This original 58mm pair is a wardrobe staple because of the fact that they’re flattering on practically every single face size and shape. Stick to this pair if you want solid shades without the flair; they’ll transcend season after season if you take care of them. 

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Having a Moment, Velvet. The 12 Pieces you need to Shop Now

All the Hearts Eyes for these Velvet Blazers, Clutches, Heels & More
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In case you missed it (which is doubtful): velvet is having a MAJOR moment right now.  From blazers to boots to clutches to even sweatpants, we’re seeing velvet details on all of the items at the top of our must-have list this holiday season. It’s really no surprise that this luxe look is red-hot right now though.  There’s something about smooth velvet that screams holiday glam, don’t you think?  

It didn’t take me long to fall for the trend; the plush, rich material in all of these deep jewel tones is really just irresistible this time of year.  I’m especially partial to the emerald and merlot shades, and I’m THIS close to pulling the trigger on this burgundy velvet blazer (only $89) once I get through my Christmas shopping. 

So to get you covered for your final stretch of holiday parties, we included 12 velvet pieces to shop now. I’d love to know if you’re as obsessed with the velvet trend as we are!  Would you rock these velvet ankle boots?!  Cheers, Kat

Tassel Velvet Crossbody Bag

BP, $39

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It doesn’t get much better than tassels and velvet, and this gorgeous crossbody bag has both.  And we’re tempted to stock up on both colors (Emerald and Burgundy) at such an irresistible price point! 

Velvet Pleat Midi Skirt

ASOS, $100

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We didn’t think we’d be such big fans of the velvet midi skirt look, but oh man we are. This high-waisted pleat skirt begs for a calendar filled with holiday parties.  Pair it with a statement top, or hit a home-run with a monochromatic sweater.  

Velvet Blazer

Smythe, $695

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It’s all in the details, and this plush emerald green velvet blazer has everything and more.  Its tailored peak-lapel blazer with gold-tone crest-embossed buttons that gleam against the rich fabric are perfect for the holiday season. Our favorite part? It dresses up our favorite basics in five seconds, flat. 

Carrson Strappy Sandal

Steve Madden, $99.95

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The second we spotted these strappy velvet sandals, we knew they had to be ours.  These heels hit all of our favorite features: a classic d’Orsay profile, an open toe, a closed counter and a gleaming metallic half-moon heel.

Batwing Velvet Sweater

Topshop, $48

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This grey velvet sweater brings a new definition to casual-cool. Its drapey shape ensures a cozy fit that will be worn all season long (and maybe on repeat, let’s be honest). 

King Charles Velvet Smoking Slippers

Del Toro, $350

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We should have known we’d be suckers for velvet all along, thanks to our long-time love for velvet smoking slippers.  And of course, Del Toro makes the finest.  How can you say no to these cavvies?! 

Velvet Joggers

BP, $45

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Another win for the casual-cool, these velvet joggers are completely acceptable to wear in public.  Dress them up with a pair of strappy heels and a blazer for a fashion-forward look at your holiday party this weekend.  You’ll be as comfortable as you are chic.  

Rockstud Velvet Clutch

Valentino, $1,495

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Be still our hearts.  This Rockstud Velvet Clutch simply steals the show. The iconic pyramid studs paired with the lush velvet clutch achieves a ladylike elegance with contemporary edge. It comes with a drop-in chain strap, making it easy to wear over the shoulder and as a clutch. 

Velvet Blazer

Halogen, $89

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This trim velvet blazer will soon be a wardrobe staple.  It’s a great price point if you’re still on the fence about the velvet trend, and it has a timeless, tailored fit that is universally flattering. It’s available in Black and Burgundy. 

Velvet Dress

Mango, $99.99

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This black velvet dress is perhaps the easiest way to slip into the velvet trend.  With long bell sleeves and flared hem, it’s the perfect LBD for the holiday season. 

Small Love Quilted Velvet Crossbody Bag

Rebecca Minkoff, $175

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Navy blue velvet has never looked so plush! This electric, quilted crossbody bag with gold hardware is the perfect companion for your holiday get-up, and will be enjoyed well into the new year. 

Velvet Ankle Boots

Chloe, $693

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This supple merlot velvet in a western-inspired silhouette is giving us all the velvet feels.  You can depend on these Velvet Ankle Boots to make a statement every time you wear them. 

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Having A Moment: Over The Knee Boots

See the boots that convinced me to try the trend
Filed Under > #OOTD (Outfit of the Day)

Leather skirt with over the knee boots, @waitingonmarthaGucci bag with Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots, @waitingonmartha Navy leather jacket and Prada sunglasses, @waitingonmarthaOver the knee boots with leather skirt and jacket, @waitingonmartha

So I finally took the plunge.  I bought myself a pair of over the knee boots by Stuart Weitzman.  And goodness, I looove them.  

I had my hesitations about the over the knee trend for numerous reasons; one of them being would I actually wear the boots?  The pair I had my eyes on, after all, was pricey.  And another concern: would they fit my legs?  There’s nothing worse than a boot that feels like it’s suffocating your leg, especially your calf. 

But I couldn’t get the boots off my mind; I was drawn to this pair in particular with the heel lending itself to be a bit dressier than my flat, casual over the knee boots already in my closet.  Retail therapy worked again and I ordered the boots, but surprisingly went bold!  I fell in love with this show-stopping color block combo and didn’t look back.  They instantly proved to be extremely comfortable (they’re pull-on and hug my leg just right). I also like to think of them as a modern neutral…and it’s good to push your own fashion boundaries sometimes, am I right?

With these boots, any outfit seems like an afterthought, but I paired them with a burgundy leather skirt (on sale!), my go-to button up, my navy leather jacket and pair of grey tights.  And a side note: DKNY has my favorite tights, hands down.  The brand is the only brand I’ve found that nails the figure-perfecting control top.  

I can’t forget to mention my new sunnies (I lost way, way too many pairs this summer) and the Gucci crossbody bag.  I was just telling Kat the other day that it’s the best investment bag that goes with seriously everything.  So happy that I took the plunge with these over the knee boots, and now I’m tempted to invest in a neutral pair!  Tell me friends, what are your thoughts on the trend?!  Truly, MKR


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