As the summer months approach, you’ll no doubt be breaking out your favorite sunglasses often. If you’re looking for a cool new look, you’ll love what we have for you here: 2020 sunglasses trends.
Based on the recent Fashion Week shows in New York and Paris, it appears some very cool sunglasses designs are on the horizon. Whether you’re going for chic oversized sunglasses, retro frames, or a unique sporty look, we’ve rounded up seven of our favorite sunglasses trends spotted on the runways on both sides of the Atlantic.
1. Geometric-shaped shades
While some brands have been boasting hexagonal shapes like these ultra-popular Ray-Bans, others have been incorporating even more creative geometric frames. Most come in XL sizes with unique shapes.
Some brands, such as Self-Portrait, combined two popular trends sending angular sunglasses with a wire browline down the runway. Victoria Beckham showed softly shaped frames. To really take advantage of this unique trend, go for an exaggerated shape or silhouette in something new like a spoked cat-eye or angular triangles.
Gucci GG0430S—ultra angular
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2. White sunglasses
White sunglasses are here to give your 2020 look a bit more oomph than other classic neutrals. Bright sunglasses scream warm weather regardless of the shape—oversized, skinny, cat-eye, aviators, etc.
This trend is an easily adaptable style for anybody. Kurt Cobain popularized white sunglasses with his favorite oversized oval frames that have recently become popular again. Both Vivetta and Versace sent down the runway a take on the exaggerated oval-shaped frames that were once Cobain’s ‘90s go-to. If bug-like sunglasses aren’t for you, check out white in a classic wayfarer shape, a trendy cat-eye, or bold oversized frames.
Vogue VO5212S in a tasty white/gold color combo
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3. Retro round frames
Channel your inner Jackie Kennedy with a pair of round frames this spring and summer. These oversized glasses are a true retro style with plenty of modern inspiration. There are iterations from scalloped edges, to clear frames, to a classic tortoise.
If yours is a sharp face, these oversized round sunglasses are the spring 2020 eyewear trend for you. The soft shape of the big frames will offer protection to your face while softening any angular face shapes. Regardless of your preference, these oversized retro frames will have you channeling your favorite ‘60s and ‘70s stars.
At the Fashion Week shows, Max Mara and Nina Ricca experimented with combining oversized round frames with strong browlines, while Kate Spade went with a vintage-inspired take with soft brown translucent frames and lenses.
Kate Spade Adriyanna/S
(featuring 60mm lenses)
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4. The new skinny shades
While some are saying goodbye to the ultra-skinny frames that took over in 2017, others are saying hello to a slightly newer version of the tiny sunglasses. Slimmer elongated frames are still going to be seen everywhere in 2020.
Instead of the matrix inspired wireframes that were dominating trends the past few seasons, opt for a vintage-inspired look instead. Acetate frames in a slim and elongated frame will give your micro sunglasses a little more edge for this year’s trends. Play up this trend even more with large embellished frames, the season’s hottest color of green, or trendy colored lenses.
This year at the shows, Valentino sent down lime green translucent frames in the season’s hottest shape while designers like Proenza Schouler stuck with an elongated frame in a stark black.
Valentino VA4067 in transparent pink
5. Flat-top frames
Oversized frames continue to dominate eyewear trends, but seem to be shifting the focus to the upper part of the glasses.
Frames with dominating rims took over the runways for spring 2020. While some versions weren’t as wearable for rim-focused frames, other flat-top frames go with anything. They can add a touch of luxe to any outfit and feel ultra-glam—while being sporty too.
Gucci GG0582S in black with green temples
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6. Blinged-out frames
Ready to make a glamorous statement? The blinged-out frame is the one for you.
While some of the styles aren’t as ostentatious as previous years, sunglasses frames on the runways are still decked-out in gems, crystals, and covered in gold. Some featured acetate embedded with crystals and others were decorated heavily in a row of tiny jewels.
Area sent their models down the runway with dangling crystals to match the rest of the accessories while Moschino frames flaunted gold-textured glasses with colored gemstones.
Gucci GG0617S in black, with grey lenses
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7. Large n’ square sunnies
Oversized sunglasses always feel particularly glamorous. So, no matter how many ultra-skinny frames rule the market, the oversized frame will live on. Expect to see large square glasses all over Instagram come spring and summer.
While large and square may not be flattering on everybody, when it works, the effect can be very attention-grabbing. Whether they are granny inspired, geek-chic frames or colorful frames, this is a trend that can take you (and ultra-sun protection) into summer.
Marc Jacobs 230/S in havana brown
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*Runway model images are republished from Vogue Runway