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27 June 2022

Celebrating Sunglasses Day with Our Favourite Styles

With sunglasses this good looking, find us throwing shade all year round.

It’s National Sunglasses Day (in the US at least), so what better time to find a shape to suit your face? Whether you’re looking for your new signature shades, or a pair to spice up your everyday look – we’ve got you covered. From high end to affordable, sunglasses are those essential accessories that will truly never go out of fashion but they’re just so functional.

Words By Ruby Staley


Channel your inner Top Gun but cooler with a pair of on-trend aviators.

In addition to the classic metal frame reflective style that has remained popular throughout history, there’s now also a range of shades, frames and colour variations available on the market.

For a beautiful pastel twist on the classic style, Isabel Marant’s Aviator Sunglasses feature a purple to pink gradient on the lenses.

Perfect for adding a feminine touch to an out for lunch look, the softly coloured shades are wrapped in delicate gold look frames true to the original design.

For a modern update on the classic aviator shape, Poppy Lissiman’s JimBob shades quickly became cult favourites thanks to their incorporation of thicker frames and coloured lenses.

Designed with the brand’s signature gold embossed branding on the sides of the arms, they’re the perfect option for injecting some colour into a trendy look.

For another aviator style worth investing in, Gucci’s Black Aviator Sunglasses are classy and true to form – in the best way. With subtle gold details, the sleek black shades are slightly oversized and made to suit any face shape.

If you prefer to stray away from classic and go for something a little more boundary pushing, PROJEKT PRODUKT’s Transparent AU22 Sunglasses are the aviator style for you. The clear frames and blue lenses make this pair interesting while still paying tribute to the classic aviator style in its construction.

Gucci Black Aviator Sunglasses, $565, SSENSE



Throw it back to the ‘80s with a pair of square shaped glasses.

Known to be one of the best options for a round face shape, the square sunglass trend is making its way back into the fashion zeitgeist.

Reminiscent of the hippy styles of almost 50 years ago, the Velvet Canyon Silver Screen Oversized Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses have a cool, vintage feel to them.

The rich burnt orange frames are designed in a glamorous oversized shape that is made from low-impact acetate that’s biodegradable and compostable and fitted with recyclable squared lenses – beautiful and sustainable.

Pay homage to your favourite 80s diva with a pair of super oversized square shades like DiorSignature’s Oversized Square Acetate Sunglasses that look like they came straight from Diana Ross’ archive.

Amp up any outfit with a pop of colour with a pair of vivid square shaped shades like Isabel Marant’s Blue Square Acetate Sunglasses or Gucci Eyewear’s Wildior Square Sunglasses.

Go for a sculptural and modern design with the Loewe Beige Paula’s Ibiza Dive In Mask Sunglasses.

Featuring thick beige frames, styled to slightly emulate scuba goggles, the deep blue lenses pop to create an interesting, yet still incredibly subtle, appeal.

Giaborghini Square-frame Sunglasses, $552, Farfetch



From the 60s rounded to 90s mini, to modern athletic styles; the classic oval shape has varied in size over time but has forever remained on trend.

With a futuristic feel to them, Balenciaga’s Black Oval Sunglasses are the perfect representation of where the oval shape is headed.

The slightly flat oval shaped lenses are encased in structural frames in a matching black shade, with the entire pair covered in a Balenciaga logo graphic print for an added element of edginess.

For a wider take on the new-age oval shape, the Lexxola Pink Ringo Sunglasses feature round frames with a pink and yellow holographic tint to them.

Framed with thick pink acetate, this vivid pair of modern sunnies are the ideal pop of colour for your signature day-to-day look.

If vintage is more to your taste, throw it back in time with a pair of bright orange Chloé Esther Oval Sunglasses complete with oversized oval frames in a bold red tint.

For lovers of all things 90s fashion, Linda Farrow’s Purple Cara Sunglasses are the perfect pair for you, with soft purple tinted frames and matching lenses they will add a subtle pop of colour to your look.

Linda Farrow Purple Cara Sunglasses, was $620 now $465, SSENSE



Not so long ago, mini sunglasses were all the rage. Now, bigger is absolutely better.

A shape that has forever been synonymous with the Gucci brand, you can’t go wrong with one of the brand’s iconic oversized square shaped shades for instant glamour.

Perfectly encapsulating the brand’s identity as well as nailing a luxurious oversized silhouette, look to Gucci Eyewear’s Horsebit Oversized Square-Frame Tortoiseshell and Gold-Tone Sunglasses for your new signature oversized sunnies.

Another investment worthy pair from Gucci Eyewear are these Oversized Square-Frame Sunglasses which feature orange gradient lenses and unique acetate framing.

If you’re looking for a modern update on the iconic oversized style, opt for a coloured lens and thick frame pair like Loewe’s Black Paula’s Ibiza Square Sunglasses that are made to go with literally anything.

The thick frames are the perfect combination of retro and futuristic design – perfect for elevating even the most basic of everyday outfits.

For the outfits where an oversized style is not dramatic enough, try out a uniquely shaped style like Chloé’s Esther Hexagonal Sunglasses that would be ideally worn while sipping a cocktail on the beach.

Whether you favour the modern look or feel comfortable in a vintage style, go outside of your comfort zone with an on-trend oversized update.

Loewe Black Paula’s Ibiza Square Sunglasses, $660, SSENSE


Cat Eye

Feline fancy? A cat eye is just what you need to enhance your signature style.

Give your face shape a natural lift and add a touch of glamour to your look with a classic or modern pair of cat-eye sunnies.

For an abstract ultra-modern take on the classic silhouette, opt for Balenciaga’s Eyewear Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses. With sleek black lenses and frames with melting details, this pair of cat eye sunglasses push the classic style to uncharted, but extremely stylish, territory.

Dripping in Matrix vibes, Dior Eyewear’s Avant Premiere Cat-Eye Metal Sunglasses are slim in design and mysterious when worn. Paired perfectly with a completely black outfit and long leather trench coat.

For a traditional take on the noteworthy silhouette, Poppy Lissiman’s Linda sunglasses feature a bright tortoiseshell frame with neutral lenses for easy everyday styling.

Kick things up a notch and try out Loewe’s Paula’s Ibiza Cat-Eye Sunglasses for a fun, fresh and floral take on the classic shape. With cream coloured acetate frames shaped like seasonal flowers, this fun pair of sunnies are the perfect way to add a unique element of design to your signature look.

Saint Laurent Eyewear Cat-eye Acetate Sunglasses, $518.08, Net-a-Porter

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