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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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