Why Sunglasses Are THE Ultimate Street Style Accessory

There are a few staple accessories that street style mavens always seem to keep in constant rotation when they’re building their outfits: a classic Chanel 2.55 bag, two hands full of ultra-dainty gold rings, and a set of Valentino Rockstud Pumps ($995). But there’s yet another street style accessory that seems to be the underdog of the game, and yet is just as ever-present as the rest of them: super chic sunglasses.

Whether worn on the face, on the top of the head, or draped over the neckline of a blouse or dress, a good pair of sunnies is as essential an accessory as any other. In fact, many of the world’s most widely recognized street style stars wouldn’t be caught dead without a set (literally) on-hand at all times: Olivia Palermo, Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad, and even Miroslava Duma have all been known to utilize shades as a statement-making addition to any outfit.

From round glasses so opaque you wonder how anyone can see through them to silver aviators so reflective they can stand-in as legit mirrors, stylish women everywhere are using sunnies to elevate their looks in all sorts of ways. Sunglasses are the new black—and we’ve got proof.

Scroll down to see 25 photos proving that sunglasses are the ultimate street style accessory!