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Sunglasses are arguably the one summer accessory that has the potential to make or break an outfit. Even when it’s not sunny, they’re still an impossibly stylish way to cover up for days when makeup is a no-go. But let’s be honest, sunglasses aren’t just a seasonal trend, they are an all-year-round must (think industry legends such as Anna Wintour and Victoria Beckham who consider sunglasses to be the holy grail of accessorising.
This season’s eyewear trends are presenting a welcomed shift away from slim, small glasses that are notoriously difficult to pull off, larger face shielding options are back which will leave you feeling fully protected from harmful rays.
We are big believers in no such thing as too many pairs of sunglasses, with many of us having a guilty collection of sunnies to suit every occasion. Pool sunglasses, special occasion sunglasses, everyday sunglasses. – Trust us, the list goes on. To get you started, we are looking to the past for both inspiration and joy, with the sunglasses market providing the goods with both show stopping yet wearable shapes that nod towards classic designs with a modern twist:
A bit of retro styling never hurt nobody and cat eye sunglasses are the epitome of retro fashion. An age old classic known for being seductive and flirty, especially when coupled with an off the shoulder number or floppy hat. You are in good company when sporting a pair of Cat Eye Sunnies, with famous faces such as Alexa Chung and Elizabeth Taylor known for being all over this trend. There is something particularly glamorous about cat eye sunglasses and fashion leader Prada strikes the perfect balance between shape and frame going for classic black that will win every time.
A classic trend in the sunglasses industry and a staple that has been popular for decades, these old time favourites are making a big comeback. Known as the sunglasses of pilots, the design has had a major upgrade with many labels adding gold frames and coloured lenses to enhance the original look. But really, when it comes to aviators, you can't go wrong with Ray-Ban's timeless Pilot Sunglasses that combine great styling with exceptional quality, performance, and comfort, from L.A. to St. Tropez and Soho to Tokyo, Ray-Ban is the brand of sunglasses preferred by true individuals worldwide. Wear yours with on-the-go clothing, since aviators are made to withstand the elements, they look great with active-wear and athleisure.
Go bold or go home! You either love them or hate them, tinted lenses have been celebrated by Elton John for years, whilst nowadays the Hadid sisters can’t seem to step out of the house without a pair. Although this style has been around since the 70s, baby blue is definitely having a moment with designers like POLO Ralph Lauren adding structure and texture for a modern upgrade.
Tortoiseshell never really left the runway, but this Summer it has returned more dramatic than ever updated by warm tones and structured silhouettes. In keeping with the season’s nod to the past, slip on a pair of tortoise shell sunnies and make them a starting point for a 60s inspired look. Pair with a transitional trench coat, a crisp white shirt and flares, look to oversized constructions like the Tiffany Pillow Sunglasses, a work of brilliant craftsmanship and stunning beauty from the jewellery house that adorned the eyes of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie’O.
Whilst it’s a small detail and more of a “micro trend” it can really add a point of differentiation to you look. Side eye be gone; we introduce to you the side shield. If you are looking for a little extra protection for your face, the side shield won’t let you down. Just as atheleisure snuck into fashion, sunglasses are getting a sports-driven update too. This extra detail is timeless and no one does it quite like Oakley, whose square glasses defy convention and set the standard for design, performance, and protection. We love the angular shape of these and suggest wearing a pulled-back hairstyle to show off their cool shape.
We have been a big fan of round glasses for a while now, but 2020 has really upped the ante as we see them getting bigger, more bug-eyed and even more chic. Of course, when It comes to on trend round shades, the RAY-BAN is the first label that springs to mind. The POLAR round glasses have become a cult classic with a nice mix of both metal and plastic frame designs to choose from.
Try to always consider the shape of your face, did you know that certain sunglasses can make your face appear more structured and symmetrical? If you have a round face opt for square or rectangular styles, likewise a square face will benefit from soft curves or a rounder frame. Heart shapes face? This will be accentuated by an aviator shape.
Consider colour, material & detailing. Frames that are thicker or have a double bridge can draw attention to strong features such as eye brows or cheekbones. Bold colours have a similar effect, although it is easier to accessorise colour on a thinner frame, meaning you’ll wear them more and keep them for longer.
Although sunglasses are fashion focused, the bottom line when it comes to sunglasses is UV protection. Check out the “CE” logo which guarantees your sunnies meet fundamental protection standards.