131 South 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
If you prefer a preppy retro style that fights off the sun’s rays, Innervision Eyewear is the place for you. Innervision is a full-service eyewear shop that provides eye exams and carries a wide variety of lens options, including Transitions and Varilux. This eyewear shop carries a great selection of high- and low-end frames for both men and women that suit any budget. Find brands from GEEK, ic! Berlin, Lindberg and LA Eyeworks. If you’re ever around the Rittenhouse area, stop into Innervision Eyewear, as there’s no need for an appointment and walk-ins are welcome.
145 S 13th St. # 1
For risk takers who are looking for a more eccentric look, Modern Eye combines purpose and style with its funky frames and modern design. Modern Eye carries J. F. Rey, Harry Larry and Mykita and a host of other cool brands to help you make your statement in the sun. Styles range from cool 70s vintage to mirror tint to the sporty-futuristic Mykita Mylons and everything in between. Stop into one of their two locations to find your own pair of funky sunglasses for this summer, or check them out on Facebook to see what new shades have recently arrived.
124 S 19th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Are you a fashionista looking to up your wow factor with some unique eye candy? Eyesite of Rittenhouse Square is the prefect place to find big, celebrity-style shades. This stylish “optical boutique” offers high quality designer sunglasses and frames, including Christian Roth or Cutler and Ross that are perfect for any fashionista. Find vintage and colorful styles–in addition to “high tech” designs–that will stand the test of time and use (if you’re one to abuse your shades, these are for you). Eyesite’s friendly staff will help you pick a pair of frames that fit your face and style.
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116 North 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 191061
From the minds of four of Philadelphia’s Wharton Business School students came Warby Parker, a fashionable and affordable eyewear line for men and women. These sunglasses make the prefect accessory for those who prefer a classic or vintage-inspired look. And at about $95, why not splurge on two pairs? Even better, for every pair of shades you purchase, Warby Parker donates a pair of prescription glasses to a non-profit who then gives them to someone in need. Just think: that pair of stylish new sunglasses you bought is helping a child see the blackboard at school clearly! Talk about a win-win. Warby Parker sunglasses and frames can be picked up at Art in the Age on Third Street.
739 S 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Looking to use your summer shades to nod to the fashion of yesteryear? Decades Vintage in Queens Village is a great place to find vintage threads and accessories from your favorite era. Decades has a host of colorful and fun shades to choose from for showstoppers aiming to recycle styles of the past while protecting their eyes.
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Michelle Conron is a freelance writer and a style and fashion enthusiast residing in Philadelphia, Pa. Her work can be found on on Examiner.com.