Winter is coming, but that’s no excuse for us to stash away sunglasses as we live in a region where the sun shines throughout the year. And of course we have got to look stylish too, right? Often regarded as a frivolous investment, we consider sunglasses a functional accessory which also needs timely update like your wardrobe. Even your beloved Wayfarers or Aviators can use a refresh.
A recurring theme with this season’s eye wear is simply taking staple pieces and revamping them with exciting propositions. You can sport wild cat eyes or Matrix-style angular specs, wear tortoise shell frames or retro shapes, sci-fi sunnies or tinted ones in electric blue and yellow hues.
Want to take your accessorizing game to the next level? Try out these six trendy designs and pick whichever is best suited for your aesthetics:
Extreme Cat Eyes
If you want a nostalgic look, cat eyes may feel like the go-to frame. But this year’s take on the silhouette is quite forward-thinking, with sharp designs, pronounced angles and eye-catching colour combinations.
Pro-tip: Cat-eye shapes work well on oval or square faces. Their up-swept outer edges create the illusion of higher cheekbones.
Back to the Future
Flat top visor sunglasses were coming back into fashion as this season’s biggest statement piece. Though they are definitely not everyone’s cup of tea; the design is great to hide behind the shades. This ’80s-inpsired style is sure to make you feel (and look) like a total celeb.
Pro-tip: They are dramatic and over-sized so the best option is to wear them on western sleek attires to avoid any fashion faux pas.
Teeny Tiny Peeps
You must have spotted them on the likes of Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid, as anticipated tiny sunglasses are making their grand comeback in style. We have seen local celebrities sporting the tricky trend with aplomb. These miniature glasses can be worn with everything from sporty street-wear to glammed-up evening dresses.
Pro-tip: These shades are light enough to avoid that dull pain on the bridge of your nose that you usually get from some luxury sunglasses, but at the same time they are substantial enough to cling to your face if you look down.
Overstated flamboyant sunglasses took over the summer runways of fashion houses but the trend is still going strong. Fashion savvy girls love to see their favourite frames covered in designs from jewel-toned gems and pearls to 3D florals. Exuding feminine vibes, these are perfect for festivals so hop on the trend for a vintage feel.
Pro-tip: When you wear a pair of filigree cat-eyes or some sparkling round frames, you don’t need any other accessories.
Your surroundings will seem more colourful than usual with a pair of tinted shades. Fun hues like pastel yellow, lilac, pink and blue brighten up outfits and offer fashioistas a cooler alternative to basic black aviators.
Pro-tip: Stir in a pop of colour to your all-white or all-black attire with large tinted sunnies. Plus, shades with metal bridges always have our seal of approval.
Round it off
Nothing beats the veracity of ’60s retro-round frames. Even with the new square friends on the block, round frames are still loved far and wide. Invest in these spherical beauties as they will be around next season, with upgraded shapes or colours. Embrace the symmetry and go oversize in this category.
Pro-tip: Choose a classic acetate frame for a casual look, or go for a metal frame if you prefer an edgier touch.
Take these favourite trends for a spin and make your own style statements by following the tips. All these trendy shades are available here.