Let’s face it, the UK summer has been a bit of a washout so far. But now the sun’s finally out (well for a bit anyway) and people are thinking about their summer holidays, I thought it apt to share my latest find, a cool range of retro sunglasses by Polaroid.

I’ve got to be honest and say Polaroid aren’t exactly the first brand that spring to mind when I think of trendy sunglasses, I tend to think of functional glasses (and cameras) which is what in my opinion makes these shades one of my hidden gems. I’m not a slave to fashion but one item I do obsess about, given my love of travel, is sunglasses. For me finding the right pair is crucial, not only do they need to look good and suit me but I’m also paranoid about ensuring they protect my eyes from UVA and UVB rays. And while there are some things I’ll happily skimp on eyewear isn’t one of them.

Wave Polaroid sunglasses

Wave Polaroid sunglasses

So I couldn’t believe my luck when I was invited to a press day for polaroid where I discovered their latest range to celebrate Polaroid’s 75th anniversary. Polaroid’s ‘Best Under The Sun’ Heritage Collection draws on some of the hottest trends in sunglasses from the 1930’s through to the 1980’s.

Marilyn Polaroid sunglasses

Marilyn Polaroid sunglasses

I absolutely loved the Wave and the Bel-Air, two particularly on-trend pairs of shades, and the sleek 1950’s inspired Marilyn, though sadly none of these were best suited to my face shape. But the new Aviator design Seventy-five and the Sophia, elegant tortoise shell frames, were the perfect fit (see below).

Maxine Clayman Amsterdam

Me in my Sophia sunglasses on my travels in Amsterdam

Retailing at just under £80 for a pair of the Sophia, they’re pretty good value for designer glasses, as they won’t break the bank. Polaroid’s latest range of sunglasses are a real hidden gem that most definitely put other brands in the shade.

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