LIFE THROUGH A LENS

Emporio Armani 9682 Aviator Men’s Sunglasses, £125, sunglassesshop.com
Sporty but oh-so-fashionable, these classic aviator-style shades featured in the spring/summer 2012 runway shows. Super-comfortable and equally good for strolling Mayfair or hitting the beach.

Ray-Ban Black Folding 4105 Men’s Wayfarers, £125, my-wardrobe.com
If you’re tired of all the aviator cool out there, try a classic with a bit of an update. These traditional Ray-Ban Wayfarers have a sneaky little feature, folding up at both the arms and the middle of the frame, condensing to fit in a tiny case that's perfect for stashing away in a pocket.

Oakley Men’s Fuel Cell Sunglasses, £131, johnlewis.com
For the yachtsman or cyclist who means business, these heavily tinted, polarised sunglasses incorporate the shield-style trend. Oakley’s original clean and sporty design is sturdy enough for any outdoor activity.

Yves Saint Laurent Cat-Eye Frame Women’s Sunglasses, £210, net-a-porter.com
One of the biggest trends in women’s sunglasses on the runways this spring was the cat-eye frame. Inspired by retro 1950s designs, these simple yet chic frames add a dash of glamour to any outfit, from business suits to beachside bikinis.

Toms Classic 201 Oversized Turquoise Women’s Sunglasses, £110, Selfridges.com
These bright, oversized shades add major pop to an outfit. And while you’re running around looking awesome, you’re giving back: for every pair of Toms sunglasses bought, the company promises to help restore sight to a person in need.

Retrosun Red Square Frame Vintage Dior Women Sunglasses, £150 my-wardrobe.com
See the world through rose-tinted spectacles with these these retro-inspired sunglasses. Sporting a square frame and oversized graduated-tone lenses, a further touch of pizzazz is added with small gold-tone details around the frame and nose bridge. Extremely cool.

Linda Farrow Luxe Oversized Round-Frame Women’s Sunglasses, £303, net-a-porter.com
Vintage: tick. 1970s: tick. Enormous frames: tick. Made for the adventurous fashionista, this oversized pair of shades is made with tortoiseshell acetate and comes with an equally luxurious leather box to keep them safe.