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In recognition of National Sunglasses Day on June 27, check out the latest styles in protective eyewear, brought to you by MyEyeDr. (Image: Courtesy MyEyeDr.)

3 sunglasses trends you need to know for summer

When the warm weather rolls around, it’s only natural that you’d want to spend as much time as possible outside. But, being in the sun means exposing yourself to harmful UV rays.

According to The Vision Council, 75 percent of Americans are concerned about UV exposure, yet only 31 percent wear sunglasses every time they go outside. Not protecting your eyes from the sun can cause severe vision problems (your peepers can get sunburned too, you know).

Think of sunglasses as sunscreen for your eyes. Sunglasses and other eyewear offering protection from both UVA and UVB rays will block radiation and shield the eyes. And yes, you still need to wear sunnies even if you have contact lenses or corrective eyeglasses—standard corrective lenses do not protect from the sun’s rays.

In recognition of National Sunglasses Day on June 27, check out the latest styles in protective eyewear, brought to you by MyEyeDr.

Pastel hues: Eyewear is navigating away from intense, vibrant colors this season. Lighter colored lenses with pastel hues and metallic frames are popular among many designer sunglasses this season. Try out the pastel trend with gorgeous sky blue, ‘millennial pink,’ or a pinkish-rose.

Two looks we love

Oliver Peoples’ “Abrie” Sunglasses: The blush frames offer a feminine feel, while the cat-eye provides a pop of personality. The round shape will complement heart- and square-shaped faces best.

Costa’s “Manta” Sunglasses: The baby blue frames are reminiscent of a cloudy day—even when they’re protecting your eyes on the sunniest of afternoons. The rectangular shape is best for oval- and round-shaped faces.

Angular edges and thin frames: Scaled-down eyewear and sun wear in unexpected shapes are front and center on current catwalks. Let your eyewear make a big statement by completing a classic-style ensemble with a pair of tiny frames in a unique shape such as retro cat-eye, rectangle, or square.

Two looks we love

Prada’s Cat-eye Sunglasses: The square frames with a subtle cat-eye show an unexpected twist on the classic sunglasses look. These unique frames will complement an oval- or round-shaped face.

Maui Jim’s “Derby” Sunglasses: Not only do these shades have the thin frames that are just so on-point but the gold and pink push these babies even further up the “trending” list. The square shape is best for oval- and round-shaped faces.

Embellished eyewear: Statement eyewear, unique materials, and head-turning adornment detailing now dominate eyewear. Designers are utilizing unexpected materials from colorful crystals to classic pearls, and resin floral details.

Two looks we love

Vera Bradley’s “Alma” Sunglasses: Calling all floral lovers! These pink-printed sunnies have the perfect girlie touch without looking too overbearing. Plus, the rounded cat-eye is a great look for those with heart- and square-shaped faces.

Versace Designer Sunglasses: What’s not to love about these marble-inspired shades? The gold embellishment is the perfect pop of bling, and the square frames are perfect for those with an oval- or round-shaped face.

While fashion embellishments carry trend, functionality is still key. And at MyEyeDr., achieving both is easy. With DC’s most extensive collection of brands and styles, their expert eyewear consultants will not only have you seeing well but looking good too! Check out their great deal on Coach, Ray-Ban, and Michael Kors prescription sunglasses, now through July 15, score a second pair for $199.

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