Let's face it—nothing wields greater power over your outfit than a pair of sunglasses (or eyeglasses, for that matter). Think about it: If you've settled on the perfect pair that makes a statement but still somehow goes with everything, it will take your look from zero to 100 in an instant. But on the other hand, make the mistake of leaving it at home, and your outfit can never really live its best life. The good news is that you're mere moments away from finding your next pair of shades to wear all year long.
The fashion world has spoken, and it's been decided that the following seven eyewear trends will be the most important in 2020. Because even if sunglasses are an afterthought for you, simply updating the pair you grab before leaving the house to a fresher style will go a long way. Which is where we come in.
From classic aviators to oversized granny glasses, we're breaking down the coolest shades on the market. Ahead, shop the trends and see how fashion girls are wearing them.
1. Ageless Aviators
Get ready, because a return to aviator shades is happening this year. The spring runways were flooded with the classic sunglasses, notably at Celine and Michael Kors, where they felt very now. If you never gave up on them and still keep a pair in your rotation then you're in luck. But if you, like me, paused them until now, we love the below pairs. But really, when it comes to aviators, you can't go wrong with Ray-Ban's timeless version.
Stella McCartney Falabella Aviators ($355)
The tortoiseshell brow bar ensures this pair looks current.
Ray-Ban 58mm Aviator Sunglasses ($169)
It doesn't get more classic than Ray-Ban's aviators, and this rosy tint is a fresh take on the signature shades.
Krewe Marconi Sunglasses ($295)
The kind of sunglasses you can wear every single day and never tire of.
2. Granny Glasses
Microscopic sunglasses are (finally) giving way to the oversize shapes. Warm tones, tortoiseshell, and retro square shapes are all the details to look out for here, but really, any pair that feels like something your grandma might have worn is a sure bet.
Gucci Square Sunglasses ($450)
Gucci pretty much has the granny glasses trend cornered.
Free People Word on the Street Sunglasses ($20)
Style this pair with a silk scarf in your hair for the ultimate retro vibe.
Quay Gold Dust 55mm Square Sunglasses ($60)
A modern take on vintage.
3. Early-Aughts Eyewear
Paging Paris Hilton. The year might be 2020, but when it comes to this throwback eyewear trend, we're channeling the early aughts. Think translucent colored lenses and rimless frames. Le Specs hits the nail on the head with their aptly dubbed That's Hot pair.
Chloé Rosie Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses ($420)
Rimless sunglasses are a low-key fashion risk, but this brown-tined feels totally doable.
Le Specs That's Hot Sunglasses ($89)
Urban Outfitters As If Rimless Rectangle Sunglasses ($18)
Note the rhinestone heart in the corner of these sunglasses, which I definitely owned a version of in 2002.
4. Matrix 2.0
We may be doing away with micro-sunglasses, but the '90s film is still as relevant as ever. If The Matrix were adapted for 2020, the shades would be slightly bigger and the shapes more angular and sharp.
The pair every fashion girl is after right now.
Urban Outfitters Sausalito Rectangle Sunglasses ($16)
Wear these with a claw hair clip and hoops and you're basically Bella Hadid.
SVNX Extended Rectangle Sunglasses ($10)
For $10, why not?
5. Chained and Bound
Coming at you with another "grandma" trend. While sunglass chains aren't actually an eyewear trend, they're eyewear-adjacent and they're having such a moment that we couldn't not include them. We're seeing these chains emerge in everything from sophisticated pearls and playful beads and classic gold chains, so if you needed another reason to raid your grandmother's closet, this is it.
Lele Sadoughi Beaded Cable Length Eyeglass Chain ($75)
Just in case you like compliments.
Eliou Rivoli Sunglasses Chain ($180)
Pack this for your next beach vacation. Or book one to wear them, we won't tell.
Mango Sunglasses Braided Chain ($26)
This is a look, but also somehow goes with everything.
6. Wide-Armed Wonders
While it's more of a detail to look out for than a larger movement, sunglasses with wide sides are a micro-trend we felt we couldn't leave out, simply because there are so many options to choose from. We love the angular shape of these and suggest wearing a pulled-back hairstyle to show off their cool shape.
Le Specs The Ginchiest Sunglasses ($79)
Le Specs always comes through on the latest sunglass trends.
Chimi Elsa Sunglasses ($99)
Mango Tortoiseshell Retro Sunglasses ($13)
The easiest way to nail one of spring's biggest trends.
7. Four Eyes
If you were that kid who always wanted a reason to wear glasses but had 20/20 vision, well, now's your chance. Perfect eyesight or not, fashion people are jumping at the chance to wear anti-blue light glasses or simply embracing their prescriptions. Seeing just how many chic optical options are out there, we can totally get on board.
Quay Australia 9 to 5 56mm Blue Light Blocking Glasses ($60)
These are Jennifer Lopez–approved. Just saying.
Diff Eyewear Cruz Blue Light Glasses ($75)
Ever wanted to cast yourself as an extra in a Nancy Myers movie?
The Book Club The Snatcher in Black Tie in Sea Spray ($40)
This brand is a trove of stylish anti–blue light opticals.
Next up, read about the non–skinny jean trend that's destined for fame this year.
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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