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12 Top Sunglasses Tips and Buys Under $80

Look for the best shape, frame and color for your face

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En español | Buying sunglasses at 50 can be challenging. While there are plenty of ready-made shades under $20, we want low-cost styles that are not flimsy or cheesy, look cool on our grownup faces and protect our aging eyes. We know that even reasonably priced sunglasses turn costly with extra add-ons like prescription lenses and coatings. But here's the good news: This year there are more affordable sunglasses than ever and believe fashion-editor me when I say they rival big-name designer-brand frames in quality and style — all with that crucial UV protection. Here are 12 thrifty ways to find your best sunglasses now.

Lois Joy Johnson is a beauty and style editor who focuses on women 50 and older. She was the beauty and style editor at Ladies’ Home Journal and a founding editor of More magazine. She has written three books: The Makeup Wakeup, The Wardrobe Wakeup and The Woman's Wakeup.