(credit: Eye Society)

(credit: Eye Society)


Let’s face it: If you live in sunny SoCal, sunglasses are an essential accessory year-round. To stand out from the masses, check out these signature Orange County sunglass shops that lead the way in great eyewear looks with independent attitude and local flavor. Whether you live near Fashion Island, Seal Beach or The Shops at Mission Viejo, Orange County if flush with great sunglasses shops. Visit one of these top 5 spots and try on a new look today!

What are your favorite stores for sunglasses in Orange County? Share in the comments below!
(credit: SEE Eyewear)

(credit: SEE Eyewear)


See Eyewear
Fashion Island
213 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 629-9099
www.seeeyewear.com

Known for offering “hip without the rip”, SEE Eyewear and their chic Fashion Island outpost boutique offers some of the most unique sunglasses around. With their individual spirit and unique approach, SEE Eyewear taps their collection of top frames from the best sources. Europe’s top creative talents then assemble a highly edited assortment of hot styles exclusively for SEE. By eliminating exorbitant add-on costs that have made high-end eyewear so absurdly unaffordable, SEE Eyewear has been able to deliver competitive pricing as well. The store design is warm and inviting environment, and all eyewear is displayed freely and openly, so you can easily access whatever draws your eye.

(credit: Dita)

(credit: Dita)


DITA Legends
Fashion Island
269 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 717-7793
www.ditalegends.com

Located in Orange County’s popular Fashion Island, Dita’s sunglass designs are vintage-inspired that distinguish themselves with quality, look and fit. The Newport Beach shop rocks some of the coolest shades seen and whereas other sunglass shops flaunt big logos on their sunglasses, you won’t find that here. Instead Dita Legends prefers the frame to define the look, rather than the logo. Data’s design studio and world headquarters are located in L.A. and all Dita frames are hand made in Japan, using titanium, 18K gold, white gold and the finest Japanese zyl acetates.

(credit: Eye Society)

(credit: Eye Society)


Eye Society
The Lab
2930 Bristol St Ste
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 557-2044
www.eyesocietyonline.com

Carrying the finest lines including Barton Perreira, Moscot, Leisure Society, Paul Frank, Dita, SALT, Rebecca Minkoff, Mykita, and SUPER, Eye Society is one of Orange County’s top spots for those looking to get a little shade from the sun. Located at the indoor/outdoor hangout spot The Lab, Eye Society sets itself apart from most sunglass stores. With collections that are original and stand alone, this store comes without all the “me too” brands. Instead, you’ll find old, rare, customized sunglasses, as well as a team who supports local vendors.

(credit: Sunglass Hut)

(credit: Sunglass Hut)


Sunglass Hut
The Shops at Mission Viejo
27000 Crown Valley Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 364-3775
www.sunglasshut.com

With locations throughout the world, Sunglass Hut is literally everywhere. At their Mission Viejo location at ‘The Shops’, find an array of styles and accessible service with top brands such as RayBan, Prada, Mui Mui, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and many other top brands. The store carries a wide selection for both men and women and they offer one of the best return policies known anywhere: return within 90 days with no questions asked.

(credit: TankFarm Clothing)

(credit: TankFarm Clothing)


TankFarm
212 Main St.
Seal Beach, CA 90740
(562) 594-4800
www.tankfarmco.com

With aesthetic that claims classic, educated, rooted and traditional, Tankfarm & Co. is a general supply store for ‘Today’s gentleman of sport and leisure.’ Based in Seal Beach, you’ll find all kinds of style from classic wayfarers to classic-contemporary Govy style sunglasses. The store began as a fun hobby supplying merchandise to local bands and has since evolved into a brand of cutting-edge style. When you find some time, venture into the Seal Beach shop and pair a pair of shades with some Redwing boots, Levi’s, Brixton headwear and more. Your style will thank you for it.

(credit: Love & Whiskey)

(credit: Love & Whiskey)


Love & Whiskey
2967 Michelson Dr
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 660-5659
www.loveandwhiskey.com

Park Place in Irvine boasts Love & Whiskey, a fresh men’s and women’s boutique offering a unique ensemble of hand-selected items which are all artfully curated by the owners. With a constantly evolving line of not only sunglasses but clothing, you’re sure to get some great finds here. If shopping on trend without being too trendy at affordable prices sounds good, then you’ll enjoy creating your own head-to-toe style here.

What are your favorite stores for sunglasses in Orange County? Share in the comments below!
Debbie Lavdas is a Southern California writer who writes for CBS LA, as well as Bask Magazine, OC Register Family Magazine and more. Keep up with her at Twitter or www.DebbieintheOC.com.

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