Sunglasses are arguably the one item that can make or break your entire summer wardrobe. Think about it: If you've settled on the perfect pair that makes a statement but still somehow goes with everything, it will take your look from zero to 100 in an instant. On the other hand, make the mistake of leaving it at home, and your outfit can never really live its best life. The good news? You're mere moments away from finding your next pair of shades to wear all summer long.
Even if sunglasses are an afterthought for you, simply updating the pair you grab before leaving the house to a fresher style will go a long way, which is why we're breaking down all the summer eyewear trends that are in to make it extra easy for you. To find out which sunglass styles are actually worth buying into, see how fashion girls are wearing them, and shop our picks, just keep scrolling.
2000s Shield Sunglasses
All aboard the Y2K train. Frameless shield sunglasses like the ones our favorite celebs used to wear in the early 2000s are officially back in style. No matter your how you personally feel about them, there's no denying that social media will soon be flooded with the look.
Rocawear Shield Sunglasses ($49)
Urban Outfitters Evie Metal Shield Sunglasses ($18)
Sarah Jessica Parker x Sunglass Hut Tortoiseshell Effect Oversized Sunglasses ($159)
Alexander McQueen Skull Mask Sunglasses ($455)
Sunglasses can make or break your summer looks, and this trend is definitely the kind that will make them. Look for sunglasses that lend a pop of color via tinted lenses. They may not be the best at actually blocking the sun, but who even cares when you look that cool in them?
Lexxola Antonio Sunglasses ($260)
Vehla Dixie Sunglasses in Black/Toffee ($160)
Urban Outfitters Sabrina Rectangle Sunglasses ($16)
Ydaowkn Aviator Sunglasses ($14)
There will always be a spot for designer sunglasses in a fashion person's closet, and right now, these classic shades with a simple logo on the side are resonating the most right now.
We kind of saw this one coming since all things '90s are reigning supreme right now. Alongside the barely-there sandals and slouchy denim are these angular sunglasses you'll see everywhere this summer.
Prada Sunglasses ($378)
Gucci Oval Frame Sunglasses ($375)
Balenciaga 53MM Rectangular Sunglasses ($450)
Versace Hexagon-Frame Acetate and Gold-Tone Sunglasses ($303)
Would it really be summer if there weren't some "ugly" trends gaining steam? This year, the absolute coolest people in fashion are all test-driving chunky frames.
Le Specs Glass Half Full 54mm Rectangular Sunglasses ($89)
Poppy Lissiman Ren Sunglasses ($120)
& Other Stories Squared Thick Frame Sunglasses ($39)
Urban Outfitters Fritz Chunky Rectangle Sunglasses ($18)
Cat-eye shapes never really went away (they're a classic), but this summer, they're making a return in a stylish, exaggerated update. Look for oversize constructions and lenses in saturated colors.
Bottega Veneta Eyewear Cat-Eye Sunglasses ($356)
Quay Australia Flex 47mm Cat Eye Sunglasses ($55)
Leia Collection Taylor Sunnies ($38)
BP. 52mm Cat Eye Sunglasses ($15)
When I first spotted the above sunglasses in Nanushka's latest drop, I let out an audible reaction (yes, they're that good), and I think they indicate a rising trend that feels completely new and fresh: sunglasses with chain arms.
Nanushka Horus Square-Frame Sunglasses ($495)
Gucci 52mm Cat Eye Sunglasses ($855)
Gucci Eyewear Chain-Trimmed Aviator Sunglasses ($871)
Aviators never really went away (they're a classic), but this year, they're making a return with modern updates like oversize and acetate frames that give off a retro '70s feel.
Zara Visor Sunglasses ($30)
Krewe Wisner Sunglasses ($275)
Elisa Johnson Jane in Gloss Black ($140)
Mango Aviator Sunglasses ($40)
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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