Vacation special: what glasses to wear & where
This summer is all about the staycation with so many in France deciding not to go abroad this year, due to Covid-related travel restrictions. Get ready to (re)discover the beauty of this country instead and treat yourself to the perfect pair of shades for your itinerary.
For a week in Biarritz
Like surfing and picture-perfect beaches? This pair of blue Isabel Marant glasses would look right at home in the elegant seaside resort on the Basque coast.
Darly sunglasses, Isabel Marant, 220 euros
For a retreat in the Cévennes
Enjoying a boost in tourism since the film Antoinette in the Cévennes came out, the region stands out for its charming natural landscape. Understated yet stylish frames like these polarized lenses from Etnia Barcelona should be an ideal fit for your stay.
Glasses with polarized lenses, Etnia Barcelona, 285 euros
For an escape to the Dune du Pilat
The largest sand dune in Europe lies on the edge of the Landes forest on the Côte d’Argent. It’s also one of the top destinations for the French to spend the summer on vacation. Wearing a pair of glasses the same shade as this natural wonder is certainly one way to blend in.
Sunglasses, H&M, 7.99 euros
For a weekend in Cannes
The city famous for its film festival is also synonymous with glamour. So, if you want frames with real star quality, the leopard-like print on this tortoiseshell patterned pair from Quay Australia should fit the bill
Noosa sunglasses, Quay at Krys, 25 euros (down from 50 euros in the sale)
For a few days in Marseille
The Mediterranean city is proving to be an increasingly popular choice and brings tourists flocking to the rocky cliffs and bays of the Calanques National Park. The blue lenses in these shades should be a perfect match for the sea and the cloudless sky down south.
Izipizi sunglasses, 40 euros
For a mini break in La Rochelle
What better than azure blue frames to coordinate your look with the Atlantic Ocean? Slip these ones from Komono into your case if you plan to stop over in La Rochelle en route to the nearby islands of Ré, Aix and Oléron.
Kim Aqua sunglasses, Komono, 47.20 euros (down from 59 euros in the sale)
For visiting the chateaus of the Loire
If you’re going to be exploring the stunning chateaus of the Loire Valley, you’ll want to wear something suitably luxurious… like this pair of sunglasses with brown tortoiseshell effect and large Dior logo.
DiorSignature S1U sunglasses from Dior, 390 euros
For a getaway to Saint-Tropez
Brigitte Bardot’s home town is famous for excess. Get into the spirit of a place where pretty much anything goes with oversize shades like this striking rectangular pair complete with Gucci monogram.
Sunglasses by Gucci, 600 euros
For an exhibition in Arles
This year, the annual Rencontres de la Photographie photography exhibition in Arles is taking place from July 4 to September 26. For those who want to see and be seen, these arty looking multicolored tortoiseshell frames from Jimmy Fairly are the obvious choice.
La Seawall sunglasses, Jimmy Fairly, 129 euros
For an excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel
Before you start taking selfies in front of the famous Abbaye du Mont in Normandy, you might want to get your hands on some of these colorful shades handmade in the very same region. Eyewear brand Struktur has plenty of original acetate designs to choose from.
The Moonstruck by Struktur, price TBC
N.B: If you really want to make the most of the sunny summer weather, make sure you read our article on 5 tips for protecting your eyes from the summer sun