Sun’s out for summer, so get shady with the hottest styles in eyewear. Sunglass trends change every year, often season-to-season, but there’s no better time to shop for the latest styles than summer. With beach days in sight, barbecues in our future and most of our free time spent outdoors, a great set of specs offers much-needed protection from the sun and adds instant cool factor to any ensemble.

Much of the fashion trends we see this year are about contrast and drama, and eyewear styles are no different, bringing glamour and adventure to your wardrobe. A great pair of sunnies highlights your face and instantly makes you look polished and put-together, whether you are headed to the beach fresh-faced and dewy or to a power lunch.

This season, we see some modern takes on familiar classics like the aviator and the ultra-chic cat-eye, as well as bold new styles featuring oversized round frames, geometric shapes, bright colors and brow-bar silhouettes.

Shopping for shades is fun, it’s easy and the great news is there are hundreds of styles out there to suit your fancy. If you are looking to add some fun into your style without going overboard, a great pair of specs is the perfect start. Shades can enhance any outfit in your summer wardrobe in a casual, effortless way. Here are a few of the season’s hottest trends, guaranteed to be a shore bet and keep you cool this summer.

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• An oversized take on the retro classic is all the buzz right now and offers the perfect way to add some glam in a contemporary way. This modern silhouette by Michael Kors marries the cat-eye with another key trend this season — the tinted lens — in a fresh, rose-gold tone. If traditional gold is more your flavor, the metal frames come in four other colors including gold, navy, dark brown and the always-stylish silver. Whether you’re jet-setting around the globe or wearing this style daily, this is a timeless style with fresh appeal.(tncms-asset)f20a2bea-6231-5c7e-902f-0dd160899748(/tncms-asset)

In a Cat-Eye by Michael Kors | Michael Kors at The Playground/Caesars | $209.00

Aviators with colored lenses

• One of my personal favorites, the aviator is still all the rage with no sign of this slowing down. The best part about most aviator styles (and most sunglasses in general these days) is that they are unisex and can suit styles for both men and women. This season, we continue to see tinted lenses and bold colors that really pop — colors like bright blues, deep purples and ‘70s-era yellows and oranges, the ultimate retro-inspired hues. The iconic Ray-Ban, king of the aviator, has tons of fun styles in all the season’s hottest colors, including purple-hued mirrored lenses that even the late, great Prince would deem worthy. These specs are offered in a plethora of styles and lens colors, including these unique, rosy-bronzed frames. The lenses are polarized, which means they provide much-needed extra UV-protection, and they eliminate harsh glare — making these a great option to transition from all those daytime activities like errand-running and afternoon ballgames to sunset cocktails with friends. The frames also are available in three different sizes to best suit your face shape and personal tastes — for guys and gals.(tncms-asset)0ad10219-6391-5ed5-8a5e-3d4a898ed603(/tncms-asset)

Ray-Ban, original aviator with polarized colored lenses in purple & bronze | Available at Sunglass Hut (Macy’s in Mays Landing Hamilton Mall) | $200

Big and round

• Round frames are casually cool and evoke vintage rock star vibes, and this style is the perfect way to opt for a colorful statement. For a more subtle round look, go for a thicker frame on top to balance out the boldness of a true round shape. These rounds offer a fun pattern, in one of the hottest colors for sunnies this year, (ironically) blue.(tncms-asset)31a0309b-0005-5b31-b136-b8e599a46338(/tncms-asset)

Clubround Flash Lens by Ray Ban with blue frames | Emperor’s Essentials at Caesars A.C. | $18

Ja-Jo style by Ray-Ban with orange classic lenses and bronze copper frames | Emperor’s Essentials at Caesars A.C. | $165(tncms-asset)fd30673b-3a03-551a-95d2-aa70dfe632c9(/tncms-asset)

Dolce & Gabbana with pair of large and luxurious jeweled specs that are big on glamour | The Sunglass Hut (Macy’s at Hamilton Mall) | $650(tncms-asset)47003860-4a29-11e7-b245-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)

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