Dec. 06, 2023
Timepieces, Jewelry, Eyewear
Warmer weather has finally arrived, which means it's time to break out the shorts, make a statement in a sheer dress, and invest in a fun new pair of shades for all the outdoor adventures to come. While sunglasses' primary purpose is protection and any pair with polarized or UV-blocking lenses will achieve this, there's something about a seasonal eyewear upgrade that makes you instantly feel cool, refreshed, and put-together. As you might expect, the trends in this space align with much of what we're seeing in fashion overall—think Barbiecore, retro inspo, and plenty of color and silhouette play. Learn all about seven of the biggest 2023 sunglasses trends ahead, and get ready to have plenty of summer fun through rose-colored lenses (or any tint you can imagine).
If you love nothing more than a giant pair of sunglasses that are as much about the cool factor as their practical purposes, this is your year to shine. While oversized frames briefly took a backseat as tinier, '90s-inspired styles had their moment in the (literal) sun, they're now back and better than ever as part of the early aughts resurgence. Whether your vibe is old Hollywood, Paris Hilton vibes, or something that feels particularly current, go big this summer and embrace whatever variation speaks to you.
Ever wanted to see the world through literal rose-colored glasses, or have another hue in mind? You're in luck, as tinted lenses in all colors of the rainbow are more abundant than ever as a 2023 sunglasses trend. They're perfect for when you're not in the mood for your go-to dark shades or simply want to make a bright statement, and the best part is the array of tints means you can match your sunglasses to any outfit. Keep the color to just the lenses for a subtle statement, or embrace a monochromatic look with frames that match the tint.
If Bella Hadid is wearing it, you know it's about to be a trend, and one of her go-to accessories as of late has been sporty sunglasses. Reminiscent of the racks of shades you might come across at a gas station, these retro styles have become the ultimate subversive statement, similar to the dad shoes and cargo skirts that came before them. To embrace your inner model off-duty, choose a statement-making shape or hue, and pair the eyewear with your favorite athleisure or streetwear staples.
Rectangular sunglasses have been popular for a few seasons now, and they're not going away any time soon. This versatile style has a retro feel and looks both nostalgic and modern when you try it in a fresh color, material, or silhouette. You've no doubt seen rectangular frames paired with viral micro-trends as well as on your favorite celebrities, and the look's longevity means there's a version for everyone.
The cat-eye is a classic in the world of sunglasses, creating an instantly cool look that works with all sorts of face shapes. And while your first thought is likely of the vintage-inspired styles that are a constant presence, lately more angular shapes have been giving this retro look an update for 2023. So many varieties exist from big and boxy to sharp and skinny, so pick whichever option best fits your face shape and enjoy the sunglasses equivalent to what the Jetsons thought the future might look like.
Barbiecore is everywhere these days as the world prepares for Greta Gerwig's long-awaited Barbie movie and fashion houses like Valentino continue to embrace hot pink everything, so it's no wonder that the trend has made its way to eyewear. You'll find pink frames in every variation under the sun, plus whimsical silhouettes—think heart shapes and cat-eyes—that you can totally imagine the world's favorite doll wearing. Nothing's more fun than treating getting ready like a fun dress-up session, and completing your outfit with shades like these is sure to make you feel like you are everything (and he's just Ken).
Still missing Daisy Jones & the Six after the miniseries came to an end last month? I can totally relate, and the good news is that '70s fashion is back in a major way (just look at recent collections from the likes of Gucci), so you can bring your love for the show's aesthetic into your everyday life. If you've been stocking up on bohemian, earth-toned pieces to emulate your favorite band member, complete the look with some '70s sunglasses, which in a lot of ways embody the best of current trends—think oversized frames, warm tints, and lots of classic tortoiseshell.
Now that we are halfway through this year, it's time to assess the sunglasses trends that have emerged in 2023 and the styles that still steal the limelight. As the fashion world continuously evolves, eyewear has always been an essential accessory for style-conscious individuals and functional eyeglass wearers. In 2023, the eyewear industry witnessed a remarkable shift towards diverse styles and bold statement pieces. Drawing inspiration from the latest runway shows and fashion influencers, we bring an exciting overview of the fashion eyewear trends dominating the scene this year. Let's take a look at some of our favourite a-listers wearing some of the hottest sunglasses trends so far this year.
This season's must-have trend, rimless sunglasses, effortlessly blend elegance and modern flair. By eliminating the frame, they create a floating lens illusion that subtly enhances features. This minimalist design complements various outfits, making them versatile for any occasion. Lightweight and comfortable, they're perfect for all-day wear. The popularity of rimless sunglasses only continues to grow as we watch our favourite celebs work the trend. Below, Kourtney Kardashian and Emily Ratajkowski wear Miu Miu's latest Runway sunglasses.
Above, Kourtney Kardashian wears Miu Miu MU 54YS 5AK5S0
Above, Emily Ratajkowski wears Miu Miu MU 54YS 5AK06I
Cat-eye Frames: The Timeless Elegance Reimagined
Cat-eye frames have triumphantly returned in 2023, offering a timeless and feminine appeal. This classic silhouette has been revamped, with modern touches, including sleek lines and bold colours. Designers have experimented with intricate embellishments, vibrant patterns, and translucent acetates to add an extra layer of sophistication. Whether you prefer a subtle cat-eye flick or a dramatic winged shape, these frames effortlessly exude a sense of retro glamour.
Shop Hailey Bieber's cat eye sunglasses - Saint Laurent Sun SL 276 Mica 001
Lori Harvey steps out in Celine New Edge sunglasses - Celine CL40187I 01A
90s Oval Sunglasses: The Playful Retro Revival
90's oval sunglasses have made a charming comeback in 2023, evoking a sense of nostalgia and playfulness. With their vintage-inspired design, these frames add a touch of whimsy to any outfit. From sleek and minimalistic styles to bold and patterned acetates, the variety of oval and round frames ensures something for everyone. The soft curves and circular lenses create a harmonious balance that complements various face shapes and adds a touch of retro elegance to your ensemble. The latest "It girl" brand for Oval sunglasses has got to by DMY by DMY. Worn by stars such as Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber, and Gigi and Bella Hadid, if you are looking for an oval pair of sunglasses, DMY by DMY have got you covered.
Selena Gomez wears DMY by DMY Valentina frames in a recent Instagram post - DMY BY DMY Valentina DMY04BH Havana
Gigi Hadid steps out in New York wearing DMY by DMY Valentina frames - DMY BY DMY Valentina DBY04SI Solid Ivory
Kendall Jenner wears one of her favourite styles DMY by DMY Billy - DMY BY DMY Billy DMY08SB Black
With the debut of Greta Gerwig's acclaimed film "Barbie," the term 'Barbiecore' has surged in popularity like never before. As the "Quiet Luxury" aesthetic gains traction, fashion enthusiasts find themselves at a crossroads between embracing understated elegance and embracing the bold, hyper-feminine allure. If you are leaning towards the Barbie-inspired direction, pink frames hold the key to your style evolution. To fully embody the Barbie spirit, you can even acquire the exact pair of Moschino sunglasses donned by Barbie (portrayed by Margot Robbie) herself.
Margot Robbie wears Moschino MOS128/S 35JIR as she attends a press release for the hit 2023 Barbie movie.
Gold Rim Sunglasses: The Iconic, Luxurious, and Cool Factor Reinvented
Characterised by sunglasses that feature a gold-coloured metal rim around the lenses, the gold frame trend has gained popularity due to its ability to add a touch of luxury, sophistication, and elegance to any outfit. With a timeless appeal, these frames blend well with various styles and aesthetics. Gold rim aviators, for example, have always been synonymous with effortless cool, and this year they are making a powerful statement. Designers have reimagined this iconic style with innovative styles, lens colours, and unique details. This versatile trend is well suited to both men and women and will be a classic accessory that is unlikely to date past 2023.
Sofia Richie wears Oliver Peoples Hightree sunglasses while on her wedding trip this year - Oliver Peoples Hightree OV1258ST 5292/R5
Emma Roberts wears Oliver Peoples Reymont at Coachella 2023 - Oliver Peoples M-4 30th Edition OV1220S 5035/52
Oversized & Over The Top Sunglasses: The Bold and Glamorous Choice
Embracing the motto "go big or go home", oversized and over the top sunglasses have become a prominent trend in 2023. These larger-than-life frames not only offer maximum eye protection but also exude an air of confidence and glamour. Designers have played with different geometric shapes, including square, rectangular, and shield frames, to cater to diverse tastes. Experiment with bold colours, gradient lenses, or even translucent frames to make a bold fashion statement.
Candice Swanepoel poses in a magazine shoot in May 2023 wearing Loewe inflated frames - Loewe LW40099I 66A
Kylie Jenner wears Givenchy Giv Cut sunglasses - from their new collection. Coming soon to Pret a Voir
Sporty Wrap-Around Sunglasses: Embrace Avant-Garde Designs
In the dynamic world of eyewear fashion, one trend that has taken the spotlight in 2023 is the rise of sporty, wrap-around sunglasses. Also, known as racer sunglasses, these frames are designed for those who seek both style and functionality, these sunglasses offer a perfect blend of performance and fashion-forward aesthetics. With their wrap-around design, they offer a chic touch to any look.
Kim Kardashian sports Balenciaga Swift Oval sunglasses in her Instagram story - Balenciaga BB0157S 001
For those seeking a contemporary and edgy look, black, square sunglasses are an excellent option. Characterised by their geometric lines and sharp angles, these frames instantly add a touch of modern sophistication. Whether you choose oversized square frames for a bold statement or sleek and minimalistic options for a subtle edge, black sunglasses are versatile and perfect for both casual and formal occasions.
Jessica Chastain wears black Gucci square frames to the 2023 Met Gala - Gucci GG1084S 001
Shay Mitchell flaunts black Gucci frames from the new collection - Gucci GG1325S 001
In 2023, the eyewear trends have taken a bold leap towards self-expression and individuality. From the timeless elegance of cat-eye frames to the iconic cool of aviators, the fashion world is embracing diverse styles and pushing boundaries. Whether you prefer oversized sunglasses for a glamorous touch, or oval and round frames for a playful retro look, there's a style to suit every personality and taste. So, embrace these eyewear trends and let your fashion-forward eyeglasses become a true reflection of your unique style and personality.
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