This season you can feel free to go wild with your eyewear as styles take on a retro feel, with influences from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Some of the styles are a bit wacky and playful, with brightly coloured, or patterned frames and out of the ordinary shapes. Other styles remain classic retro but are still wearable for everyday and suitable for anyone.
The first style to watch out for is oversized sunglasses. We’ve all seen this fad before, as it comes back every summer for those who want that movie star glam appeal.
However, this time these sunglasses want to achieve a retro chic effect. Oversized shades range in shape from square, round, butterfly, triangle, teardrop, cat eye and more.
Plastic coloured or printed frames combined with light, transparent lenses where you can see the eyes straight thorough, create a dramatic, stand out effect. Some of these styles can appear somewhat out of the ordinary or juvenile. They remind me of the glasses you may have worn as a young child with those thick, plastic, colourful frames and lenses, which came in various cookie cutter shapes.
Retro styles with standout frames and exaggerated shapes were used on the runways for such fashion houses as D&G, D Squared, Stella McCartney and Dior.
Large bug eye, cat eye, and butterfly shapes with checked, dotted or brightly coloured frames are popular for the ladies.
Brad and Kanye were spotted modeling the standard Wayfarer style, coined by Ray Ban.
Round sunglasses are promising to be a big trend this summer as well, otherwise known as John Lennon glasses.
John Lennon glasses have round lenses, and appear delicate with a narrow silver frame, arms and nose bridge. This style tends to look smart on both genders and still provides that cool, retro feel, reminiscent of the 1960’s. Labels and designers such as Prada, Jason Wu, Diane Fursteberg, Anna Sui, and Victoria Beckham, were all showing this style in high concentration for their collections this season.
Lady Gaga proudly shows off her classic Lennon shades, which are easily matched with any outfit. As we all know, her choice of wardrobe can be out there, to say the least, so these retro chic glasses create a much needed balance.
This style can also be modified with a more playful, plastic coloured frame or with a range of coloured lenses.
The number one most sought after style of sunglasses this season are Aviators. I’m sure you are all familiar with its teardrop shape and thin metal frame, most commonly associated with the Ray-Ban label.
Aviators offer a slick look and many styles now come with a retro-esque, double nose bridge detail. Other top brands closely associated with the Aviator style this season are Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Gucci, D&G, and Dior.
Ray-Ban Aviators emerged in popularity during the 70’s when they were being worn by television personalities, like the Fonz on Happy Days.
Tom Cruise launched this style into the spotlight once more during his turn as Maverick in Top Gun. The Ray-Ban Wayfarer was also immortalized by Tom Cruise during his first big break in the 1980’s film Risky Business. Both styles are at the height of their popularity today.
Here, Amar’e Stoudemire has on a pair of sporty aviators and Jennifer Aniston looks posh on the right, in the classic double bridge Ray-Ban style.
Retro is the theme this summer. You just have to choose whether your style is wild with dramatic frames, shapes and colours, or subdued chic in stylish aviators or John Lennon inspired shades. Either way, there is something for everyone.