Future's So Bright: Affordable Sunglasses for 2018 Graduates

By Bailey Rose Boyle on May 23, 2018

Punch up any post-grad plans with these affordable shades.

Congratulations, class of 2018! You’ve turned in your final projects, packed your dorm for the last time, and moved out. The future’s so bright, you’ve got to wear shades! Here are some budget-friendly picks for your next journey:

Starting a New Internship or Job

Work it! You slayed your resumé, impressed in the interview, and it’s time for your first week of training. If you’re bringing in iced coffee for the office or brunching with a coworker, be prepared for the natural light. Maintain that professional look without sacrificing style with these steals:

Future's So Bright: Affordable Sunglasses for 2018 Grads

Keep eye contact open with see-through lenses, while still toning down that outside brightness.

(Fashion Nova, $12.99)

Future's So Bright: Affordable Sunglasses for 2018 Grads

Glow in your own way with some shiny wire frames, available in two colors.

(Aldo, $16.00)

Future's So Bright: Affordable Sunglasses for 2018 Grads

Mimic your office-appropriate cat-eye liner with these low-key black shades.

(Zara, $25.90)

Turning Up at a Music Festival

Would you rather be at the gate for Luke Bryan, Bassnectar, or Brockhampton? From the carpool to the campsite, you need some sunnies to complete your festival outfit. Here are some #grammable options that won’t break the bank:

Future's So Bright: Affordable Sunglasses for 2018 Grads

Show some love for your favorite acts with these lovely heart-shaped sunnies.

(Charlotte Russe, $6.99 $5.00)

Future's So Bright: Affordable Sunglasses for 2018 Grads

See the rainbow wherever you go with fun, multi-color tint lenses.

(Vans, $14.00)

Future's So Bright: Affordable Sunglasses for 2018 Grads

Get geometric with these unique hexagonal shades, available in three different colors.

(Free People, $20.00)

Traveling to a Foreign Country

Those foreign languages are finally paying off! Whether you’re hitting up the beaches in Mexico for three days, exploring a tropical rainforest for three weeks, or backpacking around Europe for three months, you’ll be getting plenty of sun. These shades are perfect for protecting your eyes while you broaden your horizons:

 

Future's So Bright: Affordable Sunglasses for 2018 Grads

Catch some zzz’s on your long flight without getting slept on, in these dark, modern rectangle shades.

(Forever 21, $5.90)

Future's So Bright: Affordable Sunglasses for 2018 Grads

Don’t be fooled by the name— you’ll be anywhere but in your shell while you’re rockin’ these classic tortoiseshell frames.

(H&M, $9.99)

Future's So Bright: Affordable Sunglasses for 2018 Grads

Leave your jewelry at home—these sparkly sunnies have all the glam you’ll need.

(Akira, $14.90)

Bailey (she/her, they/them) is an activist, performing artist, and writer from Chicago, Illinois. Currently, she attends McDaniel College, and is expected to graduate in 2020.

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