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Sunglasses are often a transformative accessory. They offer movie-star allure, let you mimic iconic character, allow you to brave daylight with a hangover, and keep your peepers from burning at the beach. If you're addicted to frames or simply looking to replace those cracked-in-half shades from the bottom of your purse, here are eight Boston area shops that provide crystal-clear eye services and eclectic collections from the $100 range toward luxury pairs over $500.


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1. SEE Eyewear

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1276 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
(773) 296-2919
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This rather hip chain with Boston and Cambridge locations sources unique designs from around the world, trying to keep cost low so that you don't pay an arm and a leg for eyewear. All frames are made exclusively for SEE.

2. Eye Q Optical

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12 Eliot Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 354-3303
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This locally-run optical boutique has locations on both sides of the Charles—Harvard Square and Jamaica Plain—focused on stylish and affordable frames. Along with signature collections, Eye Q carries German brand Mykita, Bevel, and a vintage inspired line called Relic.

3. Lunette Optic

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121 High Street
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 338-7200
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With spots in both the Financial District and Hingham, Lunette serves up high end eyewear from Chanel, Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, Tom Ford, Prada, and Cartier.

4. The Boston Sunglass Company

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100 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 800-9383
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There's no denying that Boston loves its labels, and shops like The Boston Sunglass Company (situated at the W Hotel) is serving that demo with status symbol eyewear from Bulgari, Marc Jacobs, Burberry, and Gucci.

5. Warby Parker

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83 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(508) 658-7444
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This supplier to in-the-know eyewear enthusiasts opened its second showroom here in Boston just this past spring. The space boasts a library vibe, the full collection of frames, opticians, and expert staff.

6. Wellesley Optical

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216 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 247-2020
Wellesley Optical has deep roots in the area, with optician Gerald Kindness at the helm and a sophisticated collection of top European and Japanese eyewear brands. An in-house line offers sharp sunglasses, and a dedicated store-in-store boasts vintage Persol, Dior, Dunhill, and Emmanuelle Khanh. Finally, an "Eyewear Museum" offers the chance to look at and learn about eyewear of eras past.

7. Saks Fifth Avenue

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80 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 262-8500
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Seeking a broad designer selection? Skip the boutiques and head to Saks for everything from contemporary lines like Karen Walker and Elizabeth and James to ultra fancy specs from Chloe, Dior, Givenchy, and Linda Farrow.

8. Vizio Optic

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11 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 739-4141
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This award-winning Brookline Village shop is known for its top notch customer service and selection of sunglasses from Maui Jim, Mosley Tribes, Ray-Ban, Oakley, Robert Marc, and Lafont.

1. SEE Eyewear

1276 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
This rather hip chain with Boston and Cambridge locations sources unique designs from around the world, trying to keep cost low so that you don't pay an arm and a leg for eyewear. All frames are made exclusively for SEE.
1276 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138

2. Eye Q Optical

12 Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
This locally-run optical boutique has locations on both sides of the Charles—Harvard Square and Jamaica Plain—focused on stylish and affordable frames. Along with signature collections, Eye Q carries German brand Mykita, Bevel, and a vintage inspired line called Relic.
12 Eliot Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. Lunette Optic

121 High Street, Boston, MA 02110
With spots in both the Financial District and Hingham, Lunette serves up high end eyewear from Chanel, Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, Tom Ford, Prada, and Cartier.
121 High Street
Boston, MA 02110

4. The Boston Sunglass Company

100 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
There's no denying that Boston loves its labels, and shops like The Boston Sunglass Company (situated at the W Hotel) is serving that demo with status symbol eyewear from Bulgari, Marc Jacobs, Burberry, and Gucci.
100 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116

5. Warby Parker

83 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
This supplier to in-the-know eyewear enthusiasts opened its second showroom here in Boston just this past spring. The space boasts a library vibe, the full collection of frames, opticians, and expert staff.
83 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

6. Wellesley Optical

216 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Wellesley Optical has deep roots in the area, with optician Gerald Kindness at the helm and a sophisticated collection of top European and Japanese eyewear brands. An in-house line offers sharp sunglasses, and a dedicated store-in-store boasts vintage Persol, Dior, Dunhill, and Emmanuelle Khanh. Finally, an "Eyewear Museum" offers the chance to look at and learn about eyewear of eras past.
216 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

7. Saks Fifth Avenue

80 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Seeking a broad designer selection? Skip the boutiques and head to Saks for everything from contemporary lines like Karen Walker and Elizabeth and James to ultra fancy specs from Chloe, Dior, Givenchy, and Linda Farrow.
80 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

8. Vizio Optic

11 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02445
This award-winning Brookline Village shop is known for its top notch customer service and selection of sunglasses from Maui Jim, Mosley Tribes, Ray-Ban, Oakley, Robert Marc, and Lafont.
11 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02445