Ask any influencer, celeb or fashion editor and they’ll tell you sunglasses are a wardrobe staple, no matter the season. A good-quality pair of shades can transform your mood in literally 10 seconds flat. Exhibit A: Want to look like Anna Wintour in the front row of New York Fashion Week even when you’re grocery shopping? Obvi! Want to subtly check out that hottie on the subway without them noticing? Check. You get the gist. Whether you’re looking to rock a pair of teeny tiny frames inspired by the Hadid-Jenner clan or a larger-than-life pair that covers your whole face (perf for hiding your hangover during Sunday morning brunch), these are the best places to shop for sunglasses all across Canada.
Best Sunglasses Shops in Vancouver
Find it: 961 Robson St., 2152 W 4th Ave., clearly.ca
The low-down: This bright and spacious boutique started out as an online business in 2000 selling only contact lenses. Now with three brick-and-mortar boutiques and a selection of designer glasses later, it’s safe to say Clearly is one of the go-to spots for new and noteworthy frames—like Derek Cardigan who was one of the biz’s first designer collabs.
Brands: Bolon, Derek Cardigan, Kam Dhillon, Love, Oakley, Ray-Ban and more
The pair we love: Derek Cardigan’s Firefly-53 in Matte Black is the perfect mix of contemporary athleisure and vintage minimalism with the round frames, orange tinted lenses and a sleek metal bar.
Find it: 1135 Robson St., 2169 West 4th Ave., 202 Carrall St., plus other locations in Calgary and Toronto, baileynelson.com
The low-down: This Australian-based company has quickly become a favourite in the True North thanks to the brand’s clean-cut designs and timeless aesthetic—not to mention their minimalist shops with fresh foliage and chic wooden tables.
Brands: Bailey Nelson
The pair we love: The Francesca for when you want to channel your inner Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Find it: 1177 Robson St., lotus-eyewear.com
The low-down: If you’re looking for designer sunglasses without spending your month’s rent on one freakin’ pair, stop by this family-owned boutique to for your fashion fix. They’ve got licensed opticians and optical stylists in-store to help you find frames that fit your face shape and style.
Brands: Céline, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Prada, Ray-Ban, Tom Ford, Versace and more
The pair we love: Céline’s Cat-Eye Sunglasses in Ivory for the perf throwback look that still feels fresh
Find it: 315 W Cordova St., durantsessions.com
The low-down: From the rich panels of wood around the space to the vintage records, this Gastown boutique is the definition of rustic-chic. The shop has even been visited by a few Riverdale stars (so clearly their shades are Southside Serpents-approved).
Brands: Alain Mikli, Dutil Eyewear, Eyevan 7285, Oliver Peoples, Northern Lights, RetroSpecs and more
The pair we love: Dutil’s 3PM with cobalt lenses is both a staff and client fave because of it’s timeless, simple design and vintage-inspired look which truly never goes out of style.
Find it: 219 Abbott St., bruceeyewear.com
The low-down: With almost 20 years in the optometry business, this quirky eyeglasses shop prides itself on its careful selection of “logo-free eyewear” from independent designers from across the globe. You won’t be sad to say goodbye to the same tired pair of shades you’ve been rocking since high school when you shop Bruce Eyewear’s cool sunnies.
Brands: Barton Perreira, Cutler and Gross, Gold & Wood, Lunor, Mykita, Rapp, Thom Browne, Yuichi Toyama and more
The pair we love: Fleye Copenhagen’s lobster frames with a red tint and red metal accents
Best Sunglasses Shops in Calgary
Find it: 2525 36 St. NE #129, Sunridge Mall, 9-3625 Shaganappi Trail NW, Market Mall, optiko.ca
The low-down: As the brainchild of siblings Bazil, Lemor and Sal Haymour, this sleek shop has the most covetable collection of designer frames with an equally cool interior. From glossy black floors to bright display cases and an overall trendy vibe, you’ll have no trouble finding a high-end pair of sunnies at a super reasonable price.
Brands: Calvin Klein, Chole, Dior, Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Ray-Ban, Thom Browne, Versace and more
The pair we love: Oliver Peoples’ Remik in Dark Tortoise Black—the two-toned frames and modern double metal wire make these vintage-inspired shades anything but stuck-in-the-past
Brass Monocle Eyewear
Find it: 751 3 St. SW #213, Core Shopping Centre, 806 16 Ave. SW, brassmonocle.com
The low-down: If you’re a self-identified hipster (no judgements here) and are looking for a pair of shades that are anything but basic, this hip eyewear store will be your new fave spot. The team focuses on “funky as well as functional” glasses from independent designers all over North America, Europe and Asia.
Brands: Barton Perreira, Bevel, Falvin, Kirk & Kirk, Leisure Society, Moscot, Salt, Theo Eyewear and more
The pair we love: Mr. Leight’s Marmont S in Black Tortoise 12K will satisfy any minimalist dresser for its simple and sleek design with subtle metallic detailing.
PlusMa Eyewear & Optometrists
Find it: 912 5 Ave. SW, plusmaeyewear.com
The low-down: With geometric light fixtures, clean-cut wooden countertops and drool-worthy displays of shades, this modern locale looks more like a luxury boutique than an optometrist’s office. Aside from their selection of sunnies, the have a roster of certified optometrists on site for eye exams and any other eye care questions you may have.
Brands: Lafont, Ic! Berlin, Markus T and Tom Ford
The pair we love: Tom Ford’s Mia in Havana because of the timeless tortoise shell and flattering shape that looks amaze on *literally* everyone
Best Sunglasses Shops in Edmonton
Women with Vision
Find it: 10515 109 St. NW, womenwithvisionopticians.com
The low-down: As the name would suggest, this all-female optical studio started out carrying exclusively women’s eyeglasses and sunglasses, but now stocks a wide range of frames for everyone. It all started when owner Jackie watched her mother and sister go through cancer treatment and decided to celebrate the true strength of women through her specialized business.
Brands: Céline, Claire Goldsmith, David Yurman, Dita, Face A Face, Oliver Goldsmith, Roberto Cavalli and more
The pair we love: How chic are these Dita sunnies? We are *living* for the round shape and unique cut-out metal details—these are not for the fashion faint of heart.
The Observatory Opticians
Find it: 10608 82 Ave. NW, observatoryeyes.com
The low-down: When it comes to shopping for sunglasses at this contemporary shop, not only can you choose between handmade frames from both local and international independent designers, but you can also get them customized, repaired and adjusted for a pair that is uniquely you.
Brands: Barton Perreira, Bevel, Dita, Ongreen, Moscot, Oliver Peoples, Theo Eyewear, Thom Browne and more
The pair we love: Garrett Leight’s Playa for the trendy round shape that is so in right now—plus, the pink crystal and rose gold pair remind us of a Malbec rosé and it doesn’t get any more summer-y than that
Find it: 8882 170 St. NW #2348, West Edmonton Mall, second-specs.com
The low-down: This quaint kiosk located in West Edmonton Mall is an under-the-radar gem when it comes to sunglasses. Stocked with the hottest designer brands and an on-site optical lab, they guarantee you’ll find your dream shades in under 30 minutes, so you can get on with the rest of your shopping.
Brands: Dolce & Gabbana, Emporio Armani, Lacoste, Nike, Oakley, Ray-Ban and Vogue
The pair we love: Depending on your prescription, style and face shape, Second Specs completely customizes their sunglasses to craft a perfect pair that truly speaks to you.
Best Sunglasses Shops in Saskatoon
Find it: 1844 McOrmond Dr., University Heights Square, 123 2 Ave. S, Scotia Centre, 300 Confederation Dr., Confederation Mall, pointoptical.ca
The low-down: If you’re in need of some designer frames but don’t know where to start, look no further than this eyewear boutique. They have the hook-up with the most covetable brands across the globe, plus their amazing one-on-one service makes them a go-to for Saskatoon’s most fashion-forward folks.
Brands: Maui Jim, Oakley, Prada, Ray-Ban, Serengeti and more
The pair we love: Ray-Ban’s RB8317 Chrominance, because nothing says summer like bright blue aviators—and we want our sunnies to match our fave summer cocktail (read: blue mojito)
Best Sunglasses Shops in Toronto
Find it: 2919 Dundas St. W, opticianado.com
The low-down: This bright and airy boutique specializes in vintage eyewear and modern styles from independent designers. Owner Jordan Paul—who has over 15 years of experience in the industry—and his team can find you your dream throwback frames fit for modern day.
Brands: A carefully curated collection of vintage finds from the 1950s to the early 1990s, plus more modern styles from Bevel, Cazal, Oliver Peoples, Ray-Ban, Saville Row, Yellows Plus and more
The pair we love: Any one of their vintage frames with a pink hue—turns out seeing the world through rose-coloured glasses is better
Find it: 752 Queen St. W, 18 Rack House Mews, 3342 Yonge St., spectaclelovesyou.com
The low-down: With three locations dotted around the city, OG eyewear retailer is a fave amongst the sunglass-obsessed in the city. They carry both local and international designers (including covetable vintage finds), so you’re bound to find a pair that will blown. your. mind.
Brands: Cazal, Dita, GLCO, Ic! Berlin, Moscot, Oliver Peoples, Super, Thierry Lasry and more
The pair we love: The Vintage Balenciaga 7887 can cover up literally everything from a botched eyeliner job to puffy bags under your eyes after a wild night out.
Find it: 387 Queen St. W, 45 Ossington Ave., 2509 Yonge St., plus other locations in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and more, olliequinn.ca
The low-down: The use of carefully sourced materials and gorgeous in-house design are just two reasons why we cannot get enough of this UK-based eyewear brand. Their creations are truly timeless for those in need of a classic pair of sunnies that will protect your eyes for years to come.
Brands: Ollie Quinn
The pair we love: Roz in Marble, a classic pair with statement-making details like the slight cat-eye shape and on-trend marble pattern
Find it: 753 Queen St. W, visitzane.com
The low-down: Wondering where all of Toronto’s It Girls buy their high-fashion shades? Look no further than this ultra cool accessories boutique on Queen Street West. You’ll find the all of the latest must-try trends—like micro sunnies, candy-coloured lenses and transparent frames.
Brands: Elizabeth and James, Le Specs, Shevoke, Spitfire and Valley Eyewear
The pair we love: Shevoke’s Bertie for all of you babes looking to hop on the tiny sunglasses bandwagon (so… all of us?)
Find it: 684 Queen St. W, 3401 Dufferin St., Yorkdale Shopping Centre, warbyparker.com
The low-down: This buzzy American retailer has only two locations in Canada and they just so happen to both be in the 6. The brick-and-mortar stores are adorned with colourful murals on the walls and library-inspired shelves of glasses and books. Plus, their gorgeously designed frames are all made-to-order from their headquarters in New York City.
Brands: Warby Parker
The pair we love: Any of their brightly coloured frames from the Haskell Prism collection to celebrate Pride—chic shades for an important cause? Count us in.
Best Sunglasses Shops in Ottawa
Eyes in the Glebe Eyecare
Find it: 831 Bank St., eyesintheglebe.ca
The low-down: This local optical biz offers a range of unique services, like dry eye therapy, custom digital lenses and more. Plus, they only carry sunglasses from independent designers and retailers, so you can guarantee that any pair you purchase will deliver on style *and* quality.
Brands: Cutler and Gross, Eyevan 7285, Dita, Moscot, Mykita, Salt, Very French Gangsters and more
The pair we love: Moscot’s Lemtosh, as soon as you put on the unisex pair (which comes in a plethora of chic hues, like blush, bamboo and sage), you’ll immediately feel like the bad-ass babe that you are
Eyemaxx Optical Studio
Find it: 237 Elgin St., eyemaxx.ca
The low-down: This modern downtown boutique specializes in all things eye care. From eye exams to contact lens fittings and (of course) a carefully curated collection of sunglasses, the talented team of opticians and optical stylists will help you find your perfect pair to rock for the rest of summer and beyond.
Brands: Blackfin, Céline, Dick Moby, Francois Pinton, Lunetterie Générale, Ray-Ban, Tom Ford and more
The pair we love: You can’t go wrong with a bold cat-eye and Andy Wolf’s Jan is our pick for its thick frames and playful colours like light pink, orange, red, white and more.
New Look Eyewear
Find it: 45 Didsbury Rd., 1200 St Laurent Blvd., St. Laurent Centre, 1461 Merivale Rd. #1, 100 Bayshore Dr., Bayshore Shopping Centre, 500 Terminal Ave. A-12, Ottawa Train Yards, 4210 Innes Rd #3, plus other locations across Ontario and Quebec, newlook.ca
The low-down: Founded in Quebec, this popular optical retailer has a diverse selection of sunglasses, whether you’re all about sporty aviators, classic cat-eyes or larger-than-life frames fit for Hollywood royalty. Also, they have six locations in the nation’s capital alone, so you can easily hit up a shop that is closest to you to see the goods IRL.
Brands: Coach, Glamour Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Nova, Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford and more
The pair we love: Dolce & Gabbana’s Dolce because playful polka dots aren’t going away anytime soon
Best Sunglasses Shops in Montreal
Find it: 1338 Notre-Dame St. W, 5431 St Laurent Blvd,., voskins.com
The low-down: Located in Griffintown and Mile End, this elegant eyewear shop is what vintage dreams are made of. The interior is dotted with intricate rugs, antique furniture and globes, which perfectly match their sunglasses’ throwback vibes.
Brands: Ahlem, AM Eyewear, Bob Sdrunk, Dita, Eyevan 7285, L.G. R, Mykita, Salt and more
The pair we love: Andy Wolf’s 4716, which are a ’90s candy-colour dream in shades of light pink, yellow, purple and blue
Find it: 1500 McGill College Ave., Unit B004A, Place Montreal Trust, 4020 St Ambroise St. #499, 999 Boulevard des Galeries-d’Anjou, CF Galeries d’Anjou, plus other locations in Toronto, Ottawa and more, bonlook.com
The low-down: From their cool Canadian collabs with Olympic figure skater Tessa Virtue, bad-ass feminist Liz Plank and more, to their iconic minimalist chic aesthetic, this v. trendy Montreal-based company is all the rage right now and for a good reason.
The pair we love: Stellar in Rose Gold, which is giving us serious Instagram fashion influencer vibes—from the tiny frames to the blush hue, we seriously need to buy a pair stat
Bar à Lunettes
Find it: 401 McGill St., baralunettes.com
The low-down: Specializing in avant-garde eyewear, this contemporary boutique offers a hand-picked selection of OTT finds from over 30 independent designers around the world. If you want a pair of shades that capture your bold style, this spot is for you.
Brands: Bar à Lunettes
The pair we love: Any of the brands’ sunglasses are v. futuristic with statement-making geometric shapes in loud-and-proud hues—click here for all of the inspiration you’ll need.
Georges Laoun Opticien
Find it: 4012 St Denis St., 1396 Sherbrooke St. W, georgeslaoun.com
The low-down: Art and technology are at the core of this local family-owned business, which carries designers with similar values. From non-glare coatings to statement-making frames, you’ll find eyewear that delivers on both innovation and style.
Brands: Boz Eyewear, Kuboraum, L.A. Eyeworks, Munic, Porsche Design, Thierry Lasry and Vinylize
The pair we love: Pawaka’s Satu 1—between the dramatic geometric shape and stand-out black and white colouring, these shades scream high fashion
Find it: 7050 Jean Talon St. E, vu.ca
The low-down: Home to the largest selection of eyewear in La Belle Ville, this spacious, expansive eyeglass store takes pride in showcasing both higher-end designers and more up-and-coming labels. Bonus: they have this super cool Vu Virtuel which lets you try on frames virtually if you choose to purchase them online.
Brands: Blac, Danish Heritage, Lamarca, Munic, Vinyl Factory, Xavier Garcia and more
The pair we love: Etna Barcelona’s Miramar for the perf mix of hipster and contemporary thanks to the round frames and gold metal detailing—you can’t go wrong with this goes-with-everything pair
Best Sunglasses Shops in Halifax
YKN Sunglasses & Eyeglasses
Find it: 1551 South Park St., yknsun.ca
The low-down: The friendly team at this hip family-owned sunglasses shop understands that hunting for sunnies can be seriously daunting. From the personalized shopping experience to the relaxing vibe and the red-hot roster of designer frames, you’ll find your dream pair (or two) in no time.
Brands: Bulgari, Céline, Dior, Fendi, Givenchy, Gucci, Marc Jacobs , Miu Miu, Prada, Ray-Ban, Tom Ford, Versace and more
The pair we love: Dior’s Stellaire1—with a unique rounded-square frame and opaque lenses, these sunglasses are perf if you still want to protect your eyes from the sun without hiding your on-point winged eyeliner
Find it: 6465 Quinpool Rd., gaudetoptical.com
The low-down: This colourful optical boutique is where the most whimsical and wild sunglasses live. If you aren’t afraid to take a fashion risk and rock a pair that will make people do a double take (in the best way possible), Gaudet Optical will be your new go-to. Just look at the hot pink and purple interior if you don’t believe us.
Brands: Dita, Face A Face, Frost, Parasite, Rapp, Theo Eyewear, Thom Browne and more
The pair we love: Face à Face’s Cosmo1 if you’re looking to channel your inner Iris Apfel with an OTT pair of specs—the red pair is our personal fave!
Find it: 5240 Blowers St., oceanoptometry.ca
The low-down: At the core of this local business is a group of four friends that turned their various experiences, knowledge and passion for optometry into a full-time career. This locale does things a little differently when it comes to their sunglasses—no two pairs are the same because everything is tailored to you.
Brands: Activist Eyewear, CG Eyewear, Kirk and Kirk, Moscot, Oliver Goldsmith, Salt and more
The pair we love: Aside from their selection of designer frames, the shop works closely with London-based brand Tom Davies to customize sunglasses for each customer—the frames are measured to your face and you can dream up your own colour palette, shape and lens type, too.
Best Sunglasses Shops in Charlottetown
Find it: 6 Mt Edward Rd., mathesoneyewear.com
The low-down: This family owned-and-operated biz has been providing Prince Edward Island with stylish, luxe glasses for over 20 years. The friendly team of licensed opticians aims to “bridge the gap between fashion and functional eyewear” so you can find your dream shades, whether you’re all about modern minimalism or OTT maximalism.
Brands: Art Life, Diesel, Fellow Earthlings, Kate Spade, Life is Good, Modo, Thierry Lasry and more
The pair we love: Le Specs’ The Last Lolita, a retro opaque red pair that add a some vintage vibes to your summer lewk
Best Sunglasses Shops in St. John’s
Find it: 193 Lemarchant Rd., optiqueboutiquenl.ca
The low-down: There are so many reasons why we can’t get enough of this all-female eyewear boutique. Not only is it a second-generation family-owned business, but it also has a loyal clientele, a team of licensed opticians and over 40 years in the field. Trust, your eyes are in good hands.
Brands: Ann Taylor, Coach, Fossil, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Ray Ban, Vera Wang and more
The pair we love: Tiffany & Co.’s TF3060 because the mixed black and gold combination is such a major trend right now, plus the touch of Tiffany blue on the inside is just so pretty
Find it: 48 Kenmount Rd., Avalon Mall, plus other locations all across Canada, sunglasshut.com
The low-down: When we are in desperate need of a fresh new pair of sunnies for summer, this North American retailer always comes to mind. From the vast selection of high-end designer brands to the super reasonable prices (our wallets just sighed with relief), this place is a one-stop-shop for all of your eyewear needs.
Brands:Burberry, Michael Kors, Off-White x Sunglass Hut, Prada, Ray-Ban, Tiffany & Co., Versace and more
The pair we love: Versace’s VE2197 40 if you want to channel your inner Kylie Jenner with these luxe pair of gold and black frames that do all of the talking
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