I Own Over 50 Pairs of Sunglasses But Return to These Black Ones Every Time

Indya Brown
·4 min read

Few accessories rival the understated cool of black sunglasses. With almost everyone fully leaning into the minimalist basics within their wardrobes, black sunglasses have been a hero piece to propel otherwise dull looks into those that feel intentionally minimal. Although not categorically a trend, I’ve certainly noticed an uptick in the way that fashion girls use them to add interest to outfits like a sweatsuit and coat combo. As a sunglasses enthusiast, my collection has inadvertently expanded to over 50 pairs (some gifts and some mementos from past travels), but black sunglasses remain the ones that I reach for the most. They’re timeless and cool, and yet add an elegant Jackie O quality (especially if you go oversize).

Chances are you have a few in your drawer right now, but with the number of unusual shapes and silhouettes on the market, there’s always room for experimentation. Whether a certain budget is the goal, or you're willing to invest in a pair that will last forever, keep scrolling to find your new outfit sidekick.

1. Aviator

A true staple. More modern takes on this shape sway a little less Top Gun, and more 70s inspired with colored lenses and thick chunky frames. Whichever your preference, it's guaranteed chic.

Poppy Lissiman Jimbob ($125)

Sojos Classic Aviator Sunglasses ($14)

Ray-Ban Classic Aviator Sunglasses ($154)

Quay Australia Hot Take Navigator Sunglasses ($59)

2. Oval

Kurt Cobain style clout googles made a huge comeback a few years ago, but today's oval frames are a little narrower, and more paired back. It's still a very 90s inspired shape that really adds a cool factor to even a t-shirt and jeans.

Le Specs Outta Love in Black & Smoke Mono ($59)

Karen Wazen Glamorous Sunglasses ($135)

The Marc Jacobs Oval Sunglasses ($108)

Balenciaga Typo Narrow Logo Sunglasses ($450)

3. Square

If you're concerned about sunglasses that compliment your face shape, here's the thing about square frames: they really balance out round and diamond shapes. There's also a range of sizes to play with from oversize to medium. These look amazing with preppy styles–think blazers and turtlenecks.

Urban Outfitters Drew Chunky Square Sunglasses ($18)

Le Specs Azzurra Sunglasses ($69)

Bottega Veneta Oversized Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses ($375)

Saint Laurent Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses ($405)

4. Cat-Eye

A personal favorite of mine. This shape really nails the look cool without even trying attitude I think we'd all love to capture. Cat-eye frames also feel a little more trend-driven.

Visit the Feisedy Store Feisedy Vintage Square Cat Eye Sunglasses Women Trendy Cateye Sunglasses B2473 ($13.98)

Rad + Refined Mini Oval Cat Eye Sunglasses ($38)

Joopin Polarized Cat Eye Sunglasses ($17)

Poppy Lissiman Solstic ($125)

Saint Laurent Mica Cat-Eye Sunglasses ($350)

5. Mask

Yes, these are a little controversial, but if you're brave enough they add heaps of cool to any outfit.

Kenzo Mask Sunglasses (€171.318)

Loewe Black Mask Sunglasses ($430)

Saint Laurent Mask Ace Shield Sunglasses ($315)

Balenciaga Black Mask Sunglasses ($277)

6. Rectangle

One of today's most popular styles, and for good reason: rectangular frames are pretty much universally flattering for all face shapes. They feel like a throwback to the 90s supermodel era.

Dollger Rectangle Sunglasses ($11)

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Urban Outfitters Wren Angular Rectangle Sunglasses ($16)

Vow London Kerria Rectangle Sunglasses ($130)

Marc Jacobs Black Logo Sunglasses ($250)

Loewe Black Logo Rectangular Sunglasses ($500)

7. Circular

Typically this shape can feel overdressed, but with a black frame and lens, they're the epitome of unexpected whimy.

Quay Australia Omen Sunglasses ($55)

Poppy Lissiman Katsu ($120)

8. Oversize

These are the throw it on and go type of sunglasses. I find that even on days that I feel less than put together, after adding these to my outfit I feel levels more sophisticated.

Zerouv Oversized Square Sunglasses ($13)

Quay Australia Jaded Flat Top Sunglasses ($65)

Loewe Oversized Square-Frame Sunglasses ($330)

Illesteva Albuquerque Sunglasses (€240)

Gucci Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses ($405)

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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