Ah, sunglasses. Useful at a) shielding us from the sun’s rays, b) concealing post-weekend eyes and c) making us feel like actual VIPs even when we’re just at the supermarket, these warm-weather essentials have stepped up their style game for the new season, with our fave designers focusing in on high-fashion frames and stand-out shapes. Ready to cop an eyeful? Here are five catwalk-approved sunglasses for SS18.
1. Cat Lady
The all-time favourite accessory of old-school Hollywood starlets, cat-eye sunglasses have made a red carpet-worthy comeback for SS18. At London Fashion Week, Erdem showed us that vintage styling ruled supreme with exaggerated acetate frames, giving every ‘fit that straight-outta-the-50s feels. Team yours with tea dresses for pin-up vibes.
2. Sweet Heart
Heart-shaped sunglasses = fashion’s favourite new way to do novelty. Case in point? The Gucci runway at Milan Fashion Week. Proving that bigger is definitely better, these anything-but-subtle styles are making their mark on SS18 with oversized lenses and chunky frames. Pick a pair with asymmetrical styling for a high-fashion edge.
3. Retro Reborn
From bumbags to scrunchies, there’s no denying that SS18 has a thing for throwback fashion. And its latest obsession? Retro sunglasses. Soft oval shapes and thick white frames have the go-ahead from Marni, meaning we’ll be wearing ours with everything from cami dresses and sneaks to so-vintage swimsuits.
4. To the Extreme
Wanna take your sunnies whole new levels of extra? Enter the extreme cat-eye. Spotted on the Louis Vuitton runway at Paris Fashion Week, these wide-eyed wonders come with narrow-set lenses and amplified angles, delivering a fresh new take on the teeny-tiny pairs that have not long started the style rounds. Opt for an all-black pair that’ll go with all your wardrobe faves.
5. The Aviator
Most commonly associated with 80s cop shows and, more recently, the off-duty looks of the Insta style set, aviator frames have returned with a few subtle tweaks to their classic shape. Take tips from Gucci and go for metal-rimmed designs with double nose bridges (so retro) and tinted lenses in supersized proportions.