The summer sun is peeking through and with all those extra daylight hours and outdoor action, your kiddos need some eye protection. We’ve got the scoop on all the new glasses from our favorite brands. Scroll down to find your kiddo’s best new accessory.
With an average price point of around $40, Zenni Optical is a great choice for kids' sunglasses this summer. Kids can really show their own style with different tints, mirrored lenses and lots of fun styles to choose from.
Additionally, Zenni just released its 2021 Pride Collection of rainbow frames and is donating a portion of the proceeds from this collection to the It Gets Better Project for the fourth consecutive year.
Jonas Paul Eyewear
UV protection and style galore is the name of the game when you snag some shades from Jonas Paul. With prices starting at just $19 and loads of colors to choose from, you can order a few pairs for when they (inevitably) get lost at the beach. Use their virtual try-on program to see what the sunnies look like on your kid before you order!
These adorable shades are not only sturdy enough for tiny tots, but they come in a wide variety of colors, so your little trendsetter can pick her favorite! The frames are bendable and durable and if you break or lose them within the first year, you'll get a new pair for free! Made with FDA-approved impact-resistant lenses that provide 100% UVA and 100% UVB protection, Weefarers come in sizes from 0-2 and 2-4.
See the collection here, $24.99.
Sunski has launched kid-sized versions of two of their most popular frames: the Mini Dipsea and the Mini Headland. These sunglasses are both sustainable and stylish. The frames are made from recycled materials, there's no plastic packaging, Sunski participates in 1% for the planet, and the company is also carbon neutral. The glasses are also polarized, have 100% UV-resistant lenses and come in sizes that fit kids ages 5-11.
Buy a pair here, $38.
JUNiA offers a range of sweet styles for kids with 100% UVA/UVB protection. They are as durable as they are stylish with shatterproof lenses and unbreakable hinges. Check out all of the styles in JUNiA's collection for a wide variety of sleek, chic sunglasses for kids of all ages. We love that you can shop by "lifestyle," too (adventurer, trend setter, prep school).
Check the out at junia-co.com, $69
Toucca Blonde Havana Brandon Polarized
These vintage-inspired sunglasses from Toucca Kids offer a classic style with modern perks like pinch-free hinges, 100% UVA/UVB protection, shatter and scratch-resistant lenses and polarization to reduce glare. They also have an extra-large nose pad for a comfortable fit. We adore the gender-neutral Blonde Havana Brandons ($49) for kiddos 2-6, but you'll find a ton of other options at touccakids.com or on Amazon.
Real Shades Screen Shades
Real Shades just launched Screen Shades, designed to protect eyes not only from sun (they offer 100% UVA and UVB protection) but also from damage caused by harmful bluelight emitted from tablets, computers, gaming consoles, smartphones and more! Available in sizes toddler (2+), kid (4+), youth (7+) and adult. They also come in tons of cool colors.
$20 for kids, $30 for adults. Shop them here.
Babiators The Agent
For parents in the know, Babiators are a first-choice for protective and stylish eyewear for babies, toddlers and bigger kids. Best part? They stay on! (Okay, the best part is how cute your kids look in sunglasses.) The Agent are among the newest glasses in the collection and are part of the Blue Series. The black frames with blue, mirrored polarized lenses are perfect for the little spy in your life. They come in sizes 0-2, 3-5 and 6+. $35
Get yours before they disappear at babiators.com.
Julbo Looping 2 for Babies
This French eyewear line has been making stylish sunglasses for parents for years but they also make amazing eyewear for kids, like the Looping 2, designed just for babies. They're wraparound with curved temples and a flat elastic strap, hinge-free and with a reversible frame (frames are symmetrical so they won't be upside-down.)Total protection for your littlest explorer! $35
Snag a pair here.
Real Shades Switch
Why have just one color when you can have two? These sweet solar-activated shades from Real Shades not only offer the 100% UV eye protection you need but they change colors when your kiddo hits the sunlight. The yellow ones change to orange; the green change to blue; the pale purple turn fuschia and the pinks go from light to bright. And at just $14.95, you can get two pairs! Plus, you can get them in three sizes: toddler, for 2+, kid for 4+ and big kid, 7+ so you can guarantee you’ll get the right fit for your crew.
Get them at realshades.com.
Oakley Youth Collection
Oakley is already known for being quality eyewear for athletes and active people, so it makes perfect sense that they came up with sunnies for the smaller set. Prices range from $100-$120 and the styles include the Turbine and the Radar, as well as styles of prescription lenses perfect for active kids.
Check them out at oakley.com.
JBanZ Dual Color Frames
From Baby Banz, these 100% UVA/UVB protection glasses offer sunglare reduction and cool color combos. Identical in style and function to the bestselling JBanZ style, these ones come in cute dual palettes: black and pink; white and black; brown and tan; and navy and white. Ideal for ages 4-10, they retail at $27.99.
Shop for them at babybanz.com.
—Kate Loweth & Amber Guetebier