If you’re an avid PurseBlog reader, I can guess where you stand on designer handbags. Whether or not you’re a frequent purchaser, I’d be willing to bet you at least admire the craft and style of luxury bags and leather goods.

But what about everything else? You know, the designer shoes, clothing, perfume, and sunglasses, among other items. It’s easy to justify the cost of a designer handbag: The name plays a big role, but so does the quality of the leather, as well as the level of craftsmanship and attention to detail. Take the embroidered Dior Book Tote, which requires more than thirty-seven hours of work and 1,500,000 stitches to be completed in a family-run atelier in Italy. (The average retail price is around $3,000, depending on size.)

Now I’ll turn my focus to designer sunglasses: Are they worth it in the same way? Unless they’re decked out in crystals or diamonds, they’re largely made up of plastic. Yet, many designer-caliber glasses, regardless of brand, range from $400 to upwards of $1,000. (Those Chanel pearl sunglasses don’t come cheap!)

Do you have a pair? I’m guilty of owning Gucci sunglasses, but in my defense, they’ve actually lasted much longer than any of my other less expensive glasses. (I’m going on over a year and a half of nearly daily use and they still look brand-new.) I may look into purchasing another pair if I can find them at a discount, but we’ll see. I live in Miami after all, so reliable and stylish sunglasses are a must.

Do you have designer sunglasses? What’s your view on splurging on items beyond handbags? There’s no wrong answer! By the way, check out these picks, from Tom Ford and Loewe to Gucci and Saint Laurent. Any catch your eye?

Tom Ford Gia 63MM Butterfly Sunglasses ($495)

Loewe 50MM Angular Cat Eye Sunglasses ($360)

Bottega Veneta 60MM Trapezoid Sunglasses ($385)

Fendi Iridia Sunglasses ($390)

Dolce & Gabbana Metal Butterfly Shield Sunglasses w/ Logo Print Lens ($155)

Saint Laurent Kate 55MM Cat Eye Sunglasses ($405)

Gucci 51MM Oversized Cat Eye Sunglasses ($360)

Valentino Women’s Mirrored Butterfly Sunglasses, 59mm ($450)

CELINE Women’s Round Sunglasses, 47mm ($400)

Gucci Women’s Oversized Swarvoski Stars Cat Eye Sunglasses, 50mm ($651)

Sweet Summertime

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