The See-Through Sunglasses You Need This Summer

See-through lenses may have been a staple for gentlemen like John Lennon (known for his round, orange-lensed sunnies) and Elvis (amber aviators were key to his Vegas look in the ‘70s), but today’s featured ladies are giving those dapper fellows a run for their money.

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  • Instead of opting for darker shades, A-list celebs and stylish civilians alike are choosing to see the world through pink, blue, and yellow-tinted sunglasses, adding a playful pop of color to their everyday looks. Keep reading to see how tastemakers are wearing this summer essential now and shop our favorites, from transparent aviators to modern wayfarers today!

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    Christina Caradona of Trop Rouge
    Next to Cardona’s curly bob, Bonlook’s Round Blue Steel Sunglasses ($99) in Tomato take on an ‘80s look.

  • Dakota Fanning
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    Dakota Fanning

    While arriving at LAX late last month, Fanning’s brown-tinted Super Giaguaro Sunglasses ($240) offered a retro finish to her Topshop dress and Proenza Schouler PS13 Tote ($2211).

  • Eleonora Carisi
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    Eleonora Carisi of Jou Jou Villeroy
    ​The Italian blogger looks to the future with her fuchsia and white Acne sunglasses.

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  • Nicole Richie
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    Nicole Richie

    Spotted leaving her NYC hotel, Richie gave her House of Harlow 1960 Janis Sunglasses ($148) a downtown spin with a vintage t-shirt, Robin’s Jeans leather pants, and Givenchy’s Nightingale Shopper Tote ($1935).

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    Claire Geist of De Lune
    ​Round vintage yellow sunnies provide a Lennon-esque finish to Geist’s ASOS polo neck top, kate spade new york pants, and Foley and Corinna backpack.

  • Ashley Olsen
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    Ashley Olsen

    Ashley Olsen Snapped outside Madison Square Garden in New York last month, the designer/influencer finished her all-noir look with a pair of Oliver Peoples' ‘70s-inspred Kincaid Aviators With Custom Wash Lenses ($460, 310.657.2553).

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    Oversized blue lenses complement the dapper feel of this stylish civilian’s tailored trousers and monk-strap shoes.

  • Carrera Eyewear

    Eyewear 57mm Sunglasses ($99) in Orange
    These see-through sunglasses are a modern-day ode to Jackie O. with their oversized square shape. 

  • Garrett Leight

    Kinney Smoke Sunglasses ($375) in Champagne/Blue
    Translucent champagne frames and blue-tinted lenses make for an unexpectedly cool color combo, don’t you agree? 

  • Mango

    Aviator Sunglasses ($25)
    ​These aviators have a distinct Starsky & Hutch-meets-Top Gun vibe. We love them for weekend trips to the flea market.

  • Karen Walker

    Deep Freeze Sunglasses ($214) in Clear
    You’ll definitely want to pack these transparent sunnies for your next beach getaway--along with a surf-inspired bikini. 

  • Illesteva

    Le Steel Round-Frame Metal Sunglasses ($260)
    These lust-worthy shades will quite literally have you seeing the world through rose-colored glasses. 

  • MICHAEL Michael Kors

    Rachel 58mm Sunglasses ($99) in Lime
    Rather than relying on statement jewelry to turn up the dial on your everyday wardrobe, opt for this pair of mossy green aviators instead. 

  • Ralph Lauren Home

    Mother-of-Pearl Sunglasses ($350)
    We did a double take at first sight of these pearl frames, which speak perfectly to our ladylike sensibilities.

  • Marc Jacobs

    Retro Sunglasses ($310) in Dark Havana
    ​Pair these bold sunglasses with everything from a sophisticated pantsuit to your favorite printed caftan.

  • Retrosun

    Vintage Christian Dior Sunglasses ($285)
    ​We’re crazy obsessed with these octagon-shaped frames, which offer a retro take on the classic aviator. 

  • Sheriff&Cherry

    D-Frame Acetate Sunglasses ($115)
    Talk about making your friends green with envy! Throw these shades on with a little white summer dress to add a touch of unexpected color. 

  • Super

    Giaguaro Crystal Sunglasses ($289)
    While we love Dakota Fanning’s brown Giaguaro sunglasses, green lenses give the shades a seasonably appropriate update. 

  • Tory Burch

    Aviator Sunglasses ($165)
    For a more luxe take on the look, don’t miss Tory Burch’s polished aviators in black and gold. 

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