the search for the perfect pair of sunglasses under $50


i'm starting to think i may be cursed (or maybe, just a bit careless).

my sunglasses break all the time. granted, most of them don't even come with cases because i buy them at forever 21, h&m, and target.

but still.

i'm really into thick, black over-sized frames, especially cat-eye shapes and retro styles. when i was in europe, i managed to break two pairs of sunglasses in 4 days (the vintage ones i bought from etsy, and the pair i bought at zara in paris for 29 euro). after the zara pair broke (the arm popped off), i bought a cute tortoise pair from h&m the next day for less than 6 euro. nice.

(they're still in tact)

i was impatient/desperate when i bought the last pair and now i want to hunt for something special. during the trip, my friend gina bought these gorgeous black oversize cat-eye sunglasses--my DREAM sunglasses--from a shop in france called lunettes (i forgot the brand). i would've bought a pair too, except they cost 300 euro! ack! i don't even want to do the conversion into US dollars right now because it was way over my budget.

here are my favorite contenders (that won't make my wallet cry):

Gelato Sunglasses in Strawberry Pink
$11.99 USD | Buy at ModCloth

Z. Cavaricci Couture Black & Silver Cat Eye Sunglasses
$29 USD | Buy at Torrid

Tortoise Shell Sunglasses (F1765)
$5.80 USD | Buy at Forever 21

Hobo International Black Round Sunglasses
$49.99 USD | Buy at Smart Bargains

Kenneth Cole KC4131S in Havana/Brown
$44.99 USD | Buy at Overstock

Carrie Sunglasses
USD | Buy at Fredflare

Black Cat Eye Sunglasses
$9.99 USD | Buy at Torrid

what are your favorite sunglasses brands, designers and styles?
where do you usually like to buy your sunglasses?