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The accessory of the season is a pair of sunglasses, we have found the top picks to suit all. (Getty Images)

The accessory of the season is a pair of sunglasses, we have found the top picks to suit all. (Getty Images)

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Summer is just around the corner, which means the days are staying lighter for longer, and plans for picnics outdoors are being pencilled into our diaries, especially as lockdown restrictions start to lift. 

When we are enjoying the sunshine with a picnic in tow, there are a couple of essentials on our check list: picnic blanket, cooler bag, sun cream and a pair of sunglasses. 

Shoppers are preparing for the warmer months, as eyewear company Fashion Eyewear, has found searches for sunglasses have soared to 187% year on year.

Whether you are sitting catching the rays, dining al fresco, reading in the park, driving, or simply want to conceal your tired eyes when you go make-up free, a pair of sunnies is the way forward, and an accessory we, personally, do not leave the house without. 

There are a whole host of styles to choose from, from square or round frames, stylish cat eye numbers, oversized designs, as well as classic looks, such as aviator designs, so there is something to suit all face shapes, style preferences, and budgets. 

While some have tinted lenses, others are polarised, as well as some with UV protection.

We have curated a selection of the top-rated sunnies to buy now, including Meghan Markle’s go-to summer accessories, so you are ready and raring to enjoy the sunshine. 

Shop our 12 top sunglasses picks 

Bose Frames Alto Bluetooth Audio Sunglasses | £199 from John Lewis & Partners

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Bose Frames Alto Bluetooth Audio Sunglasses

Le Specs Air Heart cat-eye sunglasses | £45 from Net-A-Porter

Le Specs Air Heart cat-eye sunglasses Le Specs Air Heart cat-eye sunglasses

Le Specs Air Heart cat-eye sunglasses

RAY-BAN Aviator sunglasses | £141 (Was £495) from Selfridges

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RAY-BAN Aviator sunglasses

John Lewis & Partners Unisex D-Frame Sunglasses | £18 from John Lewis & Partners

John Lewis & Partners Unisex D-Frame SunglassesJohn Lewis & Partners Unisex D-Frame Sunglasses

John Lewis & Partners Unisex D-Frame Sunglasses

Ray-Ban Unisex Polarised Hexagonal Sunglasses | £140.80 from John Lewis & Partners

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Ray-Ban RB3548N Unisex Polarised Hexagonal Sunglasses

VICTORIA BY ASHLEY BENSON | £36 from Privé Eyewear

VICTORIA BY ASHLEY BENSONVICTORIA BY ASHLEY BENSON

VICTORIA BY ASHLEY BENSON

Square Sunglasses | £15 from Marks and Spencer

Square SunglassesSquare Sunglasses

Square Sunglasses

LIGHT HAVANA AVIATOR SUNGLASSES | £99 from Larsson & Jennings 

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LIGHT HAVANA AVIATOR SUNGLASSES

Celine Oversized cat-eye tortoiseshell acetate sunglasses | £330 from Net-A-Porter

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Celine Oversized cat-eye tortoiseshell acetate sunglasses

Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses | £98.49 (Was £122.71) from Amazon

Ray-Ban Clubmaster SunglassesRay-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses

Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses

BOTTEGA VENETA Octagon-frame gold-tone metal sunglasses | £250 from Net-A-Porter

BOTTEGA VENETA Octagon-frame gold-tone metal sunglassesBOTTEGA VENETA Octagon-frame gold-tone metal sunglasses

BOTTEGA VENETA Octagon-frame gold-tone metal sunglasses

Vida | £120 from Taylor Morris 

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Vida

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