Sunglasses styles evolve so quickly these days that it can be hard to keep up with the latest currents. But have no fear, this guide will show you all the important details about the most current sunglasses trends of the moment!
We’ve selected the coolest types of sunglasses for 2018 to get you inspired for the new season. There are so many exquisite shades worth trying that you’ll wanna start collecting them all!
Pick and mix our curated trends and complete your fashion outfits with the most in style sunglasses frames of 2018!
- Popular Sunglasses Styles: What’s in the Trends for 2018
- Sunglasses Shape Trends for 2018: What’s in?
- Current Sunglasses Color Trends for 2018
- Closing Thoughts
Popular Sunglasses Styles: What’s in the Trends for 2018
1. Tinted Lens Glasses
One of the biggest trends of the years is definitely the tinted glasses lenses, in glorious pastels from pink and burnt orange, to light blue and sunshine yellow. Though not technically a sunglasses style, they fit better here than among eyeglasses trends, as a lot of people wear them purely for fashion reasons.
Thin metal frames work best for this trend, but when it comes to lens shapes and sizes, the sky is the limit. Wear them as your favorite everyday glasses or pop them out whenever you need an extra dose of cool.
If you want to stand out from everyone else, choose a timeless double-bridge style that will definitely get you noticed. There’s nothing like a subtle tortoiseshell detail to show off your inimitable sense of style.
2. Oversized Round & Aviator Sunglasses
Oversized means bigger, better, and more glamorous. The oversized sunglasses trend is coming back for men and women, taking many shapes for the upcoming season.
Want know how to don maxi frames like a pro? Read our guide about how to wear oversized sunglasses.
A pair of iconic retro glasses can take any guy’s accessory game from zero to hero. Get a mean-looking pair of vintage oversize aviators for your very own interpretation of 70s badassery.
3. Large, Extreme and Angular Cat-Eye Sunglasses
Part of the same macro trend is the extreme cat eye sunglasses style. Cat-eyes are going through more changes this year and many styles are becoming more elegant, with classic, clean lines.
Black oversize cat-eyes are easy to match with casual and fancy outfits, so one well-fitting frame can turn out to be your best accessory.
But if you want to stand apart from the crowd of cat-eye fans, go for a maxed out version, such as the Zelda Sunglasses Frame. This frame puts your bold personality center stage & says that you either go big or go home.
And if you’re searching for a classic style that’s trending in the present, but which is never really going to get old, we have just the one. The timeless ‘Darby’ frame ticks all the boxes for class, elegance and versatility.
4. Small 90s Inspired Skinny Sunglasses
From RiRi, to Gigi and Kendall, every fashion-forward celebrity has been spotted wearing this style. Trendy and easy to style with both casual outfits and red carpet looks (thanks, Rihanna), skinny sunglasses are a staple of style worn by the fashion savvy, so you better get them while they’re hot!
Even though, as some fans complain, the small frame isn’t really big enough to give you the best sun protection, there’s a certain appeal to 90’s sunglasses frames that will not leave you indifferent.
To keep the vintage 90’s vibe, look for clean, slightly upswept silhouettes and dark lenses. For a unique 50’s style frame, light colors and classic cat-eye shapes are your best bet.
5. Cool Flat Top Sunglasses
Stay in style this season with a pair of trendy flat top sunglasses. Look for metal double-bar details that will elevate your outfits or play it cool with a polished old-school D-frame.
This style works really well for both men and women, and it’s got a very cool allure thanks to its angular details. Grab them for a festival, a car journey, or any other adventure you’re embarking on this summer.
6. Retro Sunglasses with New Twists
The new vintage-inspired sunglasses trend is making a comeback and it’s even bolder than it used to be. Thick frames in pastel and transparent acetate are the must-have item of the moment.
The Flatiron frame gives you an accented look and a neutral color scheme that you can match to your liking. Take these babies for a downtown stroll or an afternoon at the beach & enjoy feeling like a 70’s rock’n’roll star!
Unique tortoiseshell patterns give you a polished and distinctive look. A pair of sunglasses such as the Bowery (below) is perfect whether you’re going out to town, dressing up for a wedding, or driving about in a vintage convertible.
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Love timeless vintage shapes? For a cool, understated look, try a classic Club-master frame with clean design, in a less-than-usual color.
Sunglasses Shape Trends for 2018: What’s in?
1. Metallic Clip-on Sunglasses
Clip-on sunglasses are a chic way of merging your prescription eyeglasses & sunglasses in the same accessory. They also come with the added value of that unmistakable vintage vibe. This is a must-have item for anyone who is serious about their retro wardrobe.
Round clip-ons are particularly well-suited for square and diamond-shaped faces, while square frames are ideal for rounder face types.
2. The Return of Square Sunglasses
Expect to start seeing rectangular and square sunglasses frames everywhere next season.
Go big & bold by combining two of the hottest eyewear trends of the moment. Oversized frames give you that mysterious appeal, while the square shape accentuates your angular features, for a more defined look.
Thin square frames are chic and sleek. Add in a bright color and you’re set for summer style!
Square shaped frames are especially flattering for round and oval faces, so if you’ve got one of those, you’re in luck. Find out which sunglasses shape is best for you from our glasses face shape guide.
3. Vintage Round Sunglasses
Even with the new square friends on the block, round frames are still loved far and wide. This means that round sunglasses frames will still be around next season, but with upgraded shapes & colors.
Round black sunglasses are a timeless style that’s so cool that you’ll find it on rockstars, preppy kids and Instagram queens alike. Choose a classic acetate frame for a casual look, or go for a metal frame if you prefer an edgier touch.
4. Half-Frame Sunglasses
This round vintage frame in blue acetate is the perfect example of how round shades are evolving. Gradient lenses create an enigmatic look, while the extra-thick rims show that you mean business.
A classic white frame inspired by Hollywood’s Golden era is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a timeless piece for your stylish sunglasses collection. Wear it in every season and make a bold style statement every time you pop them on.
5. Thin Wire-Frame Sunglasses
A style that’s taking off slowly but surely is the metal frame. Round metal sunglasses as well as eyeglasses are in style in 2018, for both women and men.
Originally inspired by John Lennon’s quirky eyeglasses frame, this style is now representative of the cool urban types who like to go against the current.
6. Embellished Sunglasses
Feminine, embellished sunglasses frames are perfect for festivals and summer getaways. When you wear a pair of detailed filigree cat-eyes or some sparkly round frames, you don’t even need any other accessories.
Sparkly or shiny details on frames help to bring out that iconic diva look. Choose oversized embellished sunglasses when you’re ready to steal the spotlight!
7. Double Bridge Sunglasses
This is definitely not a new trend, but it’s still going strong, especially when it comes to men’s eyewear. If you’re looking for a cool frame to match with any type of outfit, choose an oversized aviator style in a versatile neutral color, with metallic details that stand out.
These subtle metal aviators will be there for you when you need a pop of color for your summer outfits. They are ideal for people with a medium/wide face — and with a great sense of style!
If aviators are not your go-to shape, try a hybrid round frame in royal blue tortoiseshell and with silver metallic details.
8. Sunglasses With Semi-Transparent Lenses
You’ll love this trend if you like to build a mysterious look that’s not just aloof. We love the Zelda because it has an oversized silhouette that adds drama and transforms your appearance instantly.
Semi-rimless frames with gradient lenses are your closest allies when you want to construct a memorable sunglasses look without looking unapproachable. Semi-transparent frames are better for places where you want to interact and meet people, like festivals. You’ll be able to make eye contact without ever taking them off.
Current Sunglasses Color Trends for 2018
1. Pink, Orange and Red Lens Sunglasses
Just like 2016 was the year of translucent yellow lenses, the time has come for red-colored sunglasses lenses to make an appearance. See-through lenses have never been sexier: as opposed to dark frames, they invite curious looks and they say that you want to be seen.
2. White Sunglasses
Hailing from the 70’s, the white retro sunglasses look remains as fresh as ever. Audrey was among the first to wear them, Cobain made them famous, and now they’re on everyone’s wish list.
Get a white round pair for your casual outfits and pick a sleek vintage silhouette to complement your dressy outfits.
3. Multicolored Tortoiseshell Sunglasses
Tortoiseshell is classy and easy to style, no matter your favorite sunglasses shape. Get a pair of horn-rimmed cat-eyes to show your sophisticated style, or get creative with amber, yellow or even blue tortoiseshell patterns.
4. Yellow Sunglasses
Part of that retro trend that’s going on, the yellow frame is another style that will take to the streets this season. These are perfect for summer and even better for fall, as they add an interesting touch to your earth-colored outfits.
If you’re really keen on this trend, you can even opt to get some of our eyeglasses frames fitted with sun lenses, such as The Roosevelt frame, pictured above. Alternatively, you can even get prescription sunglasses, to save you the hassle of switching between frames.
Don’t forget that you’ve always got the option of a toned-down version, such as these swanky yellow tortoiseshell frames.
6. Black Sunglasses
Even with all the colors around, black sunglasses remain irreplaceable. Oversized black sunglasses are particularly sought after because nothing completes a diva look like a pair of paparazzi-shielding frames.
7. Nude Sunglasses
You know that nude frames are for you when you can’t decide which frame in your sunglasses collection matches your outfit the best. Nudies are for times when you just CBA, or when you want to strike as a natural beauty.
They’re subtle and fresh, clean and understated – the perfect accessory to any hip outfit.
Retro has never looked so classy. Get these square nude sunglasses to top your formal outfits. They’re the Bee’s Knees!
There’s a plethora of styles for you to choose from – don’t shy away & have fun exploring all of this season’s best eyewear trends.
Get a pair for every trend, or combine more trends in one sleek pair of jaw-dropping shades that will complete your outfits for the coming season.