Sunglasses might be a small accessory, but they have a large impact.
An integral part of any fashion aficionado's uniform, the humble pair of sunglasses holds the rare ability to turn any old outfit into a sartorial masterpiece. They've become a firm fashion fixture for many - think industry legends Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour as well as musicians like Bono and Jonis Joplin), so it's little wonder that sunglasses trends always catch on the quickest.
Asides from the power of changing an outfit, a great pair of sunglasses can change your face, your style and even your outlook on life. Just look at the rise of -and controversy around - tiny sunglasses for proof. But thankfully, those matrix-esque shades - that I swear only supermodels ála Bella Hadid could pull off -are no longer dominating our Instagram feeds the way they did last summer. Instead, the sunglasses market has exploded into stylish yet extremely wearable shades for all head shapes.
New colours, logoed lenses, old classics and quirky trends - keep scrolling for all the 2019's top sunglasses trends inspiration you're going to ever need.
The Fair And Square
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Borrowed from the boys. Oversized like focusing on finding simple comforts this week... like big blazers, midnight pizza, and hiding sleepy eyes under big @sloane_eyewear sunnies. Also, if you enjoy the experience of wearing luxury fashion but can’t afford to splurge, check out @therealreal ... I find a ton of my pieces there vintage and second hand for next to nothing! This jacket came in this week along with a Prada skirt and goodies from Gucci. . . #oversizedblazer #blazerstyle #borrowedfromtheboys
If you're one of the rare people that enjoyed the matrix sunglasses trend, then the rectangular frames trend is for you. A sleek but wearable silhouette, this understatedly simple shape goes with everything—all you have to do this summer is throw a pair on and go.
The That's All White
Make a real style statement by investing in a pair of white-frame sunglasses. With roots in the '60s, naturally, there are round styles to choose from. Otherwise, take the classic and equally as glamoruous approach with a flicked cat-eye pair.
The return of oversize aviators and square frames is nigh. But designers have given these retro shades plenty of modern updates on the retro shades, like matte and gradient acetates, diamonte detailing, and refreshing colour palettes.
The Shield Trip
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So honored & grateful to have had @inezandvinoodh shoot my NEW #GIGIforVogueEyewear Season 3 campaign ❣️ Thank you to everyone worldwide who’s supported the first two collections. It is a dream to create something I’m so passionate about and see you love it. Link to see/shop the full first drop is in my bio and Stories. (Styles shown here: “G-VISION” , “SOHO” , “23rd STREET”)
If you hopped on the sports-luxe trend from last summer, you are still in luck: sports eyewear has gotten bigger, better, and even more futuristic for summer 2019. The science lab–meets–80s ski chic frames have caught the attention of celebrities such as Gigi Hadid and Kim Kardashian West, who has even created her own iterations of the trend.
The Pussy Power
Cat-eye sunglasses have and forever will be a fashion favourite, and that's not set to change in 2019. Black and tortoiseshell colourways will always look expensive, but for a modern take, try a translucent pair.
The Logo Stick
It’s common for designers to incorporate branding on the temples or upper corners of the lenses on a pair of sunglasses, but some designers have taken their branding to the next level by etching their logo directly onto the front of the lenses. These flashy logos are sure to make a statement - plus you’ll never have to put up with every second person asking where you got your shades.
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