The Melrose Avenue Sunnies Style Guide

The Melrose Avenue Sunnies Style Guide

In sunny Los Angeles, eyewear is a primary fashion statement. Sunglasses are also practical necessities even on our rare gloomy days for eye protection. REPEAT: sunglasses, all day every day = important in our strong SoCal sun.

But when you’ve got a sweet pair or shades, they look just as good at night. And let’s be honest, you can’t own just one pair: match your outfit, match your mood, have spares if you’re constantly losing them.

The shops on Melrose have all the sunnies you can handle, from playful plastic to practically indestructible titanium, colorful to Matrix black, super-cheap to worth the debt high-end brand. Here’s your guide to sunglass shopping on Melrose.

AMERICAN REBEL

Somewhere in between playful and practical stands the American Rebel sunglasses selection. While the good vintage clothing finds are ever-changing, the sunnies stand at AR is an ever-present and reliable feature at the shop, with just enough price and design choice that you’re sure to find the perfect pair for nearly any need.

AMERICAN REBEL
7474 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.944.0195
https://www.instagram.com/americanrebelsociety/

COSMO’S GLAMSQUAD

The old saying is that eyes are the window to the soul. If that’s true, you deserve a stunning drapery for them. Everything that Cosmo creates is wearable art, and his couture sunglasses are no exception. Drama comes from elaborate embellishment, bold size and shape. Put your best face forward with a pair of unforgettable shades from Glamsquad.

COSMO’S GLAMSQUAD
7367 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.951.1141
https://www.cosmosglamsquad.com/

l.a.EYEWORKS

The ladies (Barbara McReynolds and Gai Gherardi) who opened l.a.Eyeworks on Melrose in 1979 are committed to serving their creative-minded community with glasses that are both practical and imaginative. They have designed hundreds of frames, including many sunnies that will absolutely have people asking, “Where did you get those?” Send them here.

l.a.EYEWORKS
7407 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.653.8255
http://www.laeyeworks.com/

LUX EYEWEAR

The Lux Eyewear showroom on Melrose is a brand wonderland. From Bottega Veneta and Dior to Prada and Versace (and every recognizable designer name in between), Lux carries both the latest and greatest from those lines as well as their classic signature styles. There’s A LOT to consider, so take advantage of knowledgeable and helpful staff to find a pair you’ll love for a long time.

LUX EYEWEAR
7520 Melrose Avenue, Los Angles 90046
323.655.2459
https://shop.lux-eyewear.com/

NEW PROFANITY

If you want to say something before even opening your mouth, grab a pair of statement sunglasses from New Profanity. As you’d expected from Natasha and the ladies here, the messages are thoughtfully curated for maximum impact. Whether you’re self-identifying as a hot tramp, or pre-emptively asking people to shut up, let your sunnies do the talking.

NEW PROFANITY
7418 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.420.7779
https://new-profanity.myshopify.com/

NEW YORK SPEED

New York Speed is trend central on Melrose. With a progressive collection of men’s and women’s fashions curated from hip international brands, the store is full of elevated streetwear, including sunglasses. A leading designer of sleek, sexy shades, Diesel is a primary focus. A generous selection of timeless styles awaits that will go with anything from beachwear to red carpet awaits.

NEW YORK SPEED
7460 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.655.7940
https://www.newyorkspeed.com/en/

POSITIVE EYE ONS

Pro tip: If you’re a prescription glasses wearer and struggle when you need sun protection, the investment in Rx sunnies is a lifechanger. Just talk to Dr. Ryan Stybel at Positive Eye Ons to get it right. With a great selection of designer frames in all sizes (small faces, you’re covered!), you’ll never have to worry about seeing perfectly on a bright day, and look great at the same time.

POSITIVE EYE ONS
7629 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.651.5646
http://www.positiveeyeons.com/

 

STYLE DELIVERS

Melrose is known for its trendy boutiques, and Style Delivers is one of one of the best for women. Reasonably priced and fashion forward, the shop has an entire table full of sunnies: bright colors, plastic, metal, lightly tinted, blackout, 60s style, 80s style. There’s even a line of “Melrose Place” glasses. No matter your taste or budget, the selection does deliver.

STYLE DELIVERS
7318 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.688.8075
https://styledelivers.com/pages/melrose-store

Deborah Brosseau

About Deborah Brosseau

Deborah Brosseau provides audience development services to arts & entertainment, lifestyle, and non-profit clients. She is a freelance writer, providing anything from local listicles to corporate profiles for various online publications. Having first experienced Melrose in the '80s, she enjoys writing about the old school creatives as well as the progressive new ones.