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 fall/winter season. There are so many exquisite shades worth trying that you’ll definitely not get bored until next season!
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. Oversized 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.
From classic round frames to cat-eyes, geometric lenses and everything in between – you are sure to find a style that suits you perfectly.
Black oversized sunglasses are easy to match with casual and fancy outfits, so one well-fitting frame can turn out to be your best accessory.
Want know how to don maxi frames like a pro? Read our guide about how to wear oversized sunglasses.
2. Extreme 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.
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.
3. Small 90s Inspired Sunglasses
This trend took off thanks to three of the most influential fashion models of the moment: celebrity best friends Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner and Gigi’s younger sister Bella. Ever since the trio started sporting them, the whole internet became obsessed.
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 90s sunglasses frames that will not leave you indifferent.
You can get these in a variety of shapes and sizes – go for a bold upswept silhouette like in a cat-eye frame, or choose a simpler style in an oval shape and even add a touch of color.
4. Cool Flat Top Sunglasses
You’re probably thinking “Hey, this isn’t a new trend. Kim Kardashian’s been wearing flat top shades for ages!” If you want to be in style this season, forget about the oversized, shield-style flat tops that Kim used to don – even she is not wearing them anymore!
Instead, try a pair of trendy double-bridge flat top sunglasses with metal details or go for a polished D-frame.
5. Vintage Sunglasses with New Twists
The new vintage inspired sunglasses trend are making a comeback and they’re even bolder than they used to be. Thick frames in light colors, especially shades of white, pink and yellow, are the It-girl 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 70s star in 2018!
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. 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.
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 sleek 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.
This round vintage frame in blue acetate is the perfect example of how round sunnies are evolving. Gradient lenses create an enigmatic look, while the extra-thick rims show that you mean business
4. Big Jackie O Style Sunglasses
Queen mother of formal style and protector of oversized sunglasses styles, Jackie O has been an inspiration since day one.
Over the years, her sunglasses looks have turned into some of the most coveted frames. And now, as the year of oversized sunglasses is approaching, it’s time to talk about Jackie’s iconic shades.
What defines Jackie’s taste in sun wear is elegance. You could wear those frames today or forty years ago, and they would still look good.
The sleek cat-eye frame is perfect for going incognito, while the classic round style is an essential piece for classy, formal outings.
This oversized cat-eye frame is reminiscent of the elegant eyepieces of Audrey Hepburn, another style queen we love.
5. Round Wire-Rimmed Metal Sunglasses
Another round style that’s taking off slowly but surely is the metal frame. Round metal sunglasses are in style for both women and men in 2018.
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.
Current Sunglasses Color Trends for 2018
1. Red Lens Sunglasses
Just like 2016 was the year of translucent yellow lenses, the time has come for red-colored sunglass 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 70s, this white retro look remains as fresh as ever. Audrey was first to wear them, Cobain made them famous, and now everyone’s crazy about them. The white retro frame is a staple of coolness & a symbol of rebellion at the same time.
3. Marble 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. Blue Frame Sunglasses
If classic black and tortoiseshell frames are too conservative for your taste, why not try adding in a bit of color. Blue sunglasses frames are very in style this season, and there’s a whole range of shapes and sizes that you can choose from.
Blue tortoiseshell gives you just enough detail to add interest to your look, while dark blue frames are ideal for stepping up your classic outfits.
5. 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, but 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.
If, however, bright yellow is not for you, opt for 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 like these.
For 2018, oversized sunglasses in black are a must for both men and women. Choose any style that matches your face shape and go for angular models whenever possible.
7. Sunglasses with Gold Arms
Here at V&Y, we like to say that nothing sparks a conversation quite like a refined detail in your outfit. Gold arm sunglasses are just the kind of accessory that gets you noticed, thanks to their subtle flair and opulent appeal.
8. Clear Glitter Sunglasses
Who needs the summer sun when you have these fabulous glitter shades that you can wear whenever you want?
Add some glam to your everyday looks with a pair of transparent glitter sunglasses like our very own Moll. These beauties will put the g in your litter — they will make you look like a vintage baby doll from the outset!
9. 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.