Praise Hands, Big Sunglasses Are Back

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Whether you dipped a toe in the tiny sunglasses trend and decided it wasn’t for you or avoided Matrix-inspired frames like the plague, we have good news: Big sunglasses are back. In a big way.

And as it turns out, they’re not all that different from the XL frames that were popular in the early aughts (we see you, Rachel Zoe). Back then, they were thoroughly retro-inspired, as if each pair had been plucked from your grandma’s dusty collection rather than the shelves of Nordstrom. This time around, the shapes are similar, just with more angular details and sharper, flashier hardware. But still, there’s a nod to the faded lenses and tortoiseshell acetate that was huge in the ’70s.

Most important, they’re flattering as all hell, and they work with just about any face shape and hairstyle. Here are 16 of our favorite new sunnies to shop now.

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1. Quay Australia Verve 64mm Oversize Sunglasses

Beyoncé was ahead of the curve when she wore a similar pair in June 2019. Make like Queen B and lean into a glitzy metal accent.

Banana Republic

2. Banana Republic Alyson Sunglasses

You prefer a sheer pop of color? (Of course you do.) Luckily, this pale pink shade is pretty versatile, so you won’t have to worry about clashing when you throw them on before running out the door.


3. Michael Kors 0mk2088

So retro they might be mistaken as a vintage find find by way of Studio 54. But don’t worry, these babies will come out of the box in mint condition.

Urban Outfitters

4. Urban Outfitters Piper Oversized Square Sunglasses

The best cheap sunglasses (in our expert opinion) come from Urban Outfitters. At $16, you can feel OK passing these on to a friend if you don’t love them. But if you do adore them, you’ll know that these quality glasses can be thrown into your bag and make it out alive for at least a few months, even if you forget a case every time.

Urban Outfitters

5. Urban Outfitters Adair Oversized Square Sunglasses

Another pair from Urban, these remind us of a sunset over Napa Valley—and they cost less than a glass of California sauvignon blanc. We’ll drink to that.

Shop Bop

6. Ray-ban Square Acetate Icon Sunglasses

Don’t let the graduated lenses and clear acetate scare you. These guys are surprisingly easy to wear with a white T-shirt and jeans or even a gray cashmere sweater.

Sunglass Hut

7. Valentino Va4053

The geometric frame and subtle flash of gold make these Valentinos feel dramatic and moody—not unlike an episode of The Hills.


8. Wild Fable Square Sunglasses

Are these wild? Absolutely. And that’s why we like them. For a fraction of the price of Gucci, you can rock the brand’s signature over-the-top sparkle while paying homage to Elton John.

BUY IT ($15)

Warby Parker

9. Warby Parker Ada

If people tend to describe your style as “classic with a twist,” well, these Warby Parkers were designed with you in mind. The slightly curved cat-eye silhouette gets a fresh shade of forest green that feels a little bit edgy, a little bit prep.

Gigi Studios

10. Gigi Studios Adara Acetate And Metal Frames

If you can’t decide between acetate and wire frames, don’t. Just get this pair of Gigi Studios glasses that combine both in one cute package. We love how the tortoiseshell detail is isolated in the far corners of these frames—a style we’ve never seen before.

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11. Les Specs Airheart Cat-eye Sunglasses

You know and love the classic cat-eye shape. Now it’s time to upgrade to something that covers a little more of your face.


12. Dior So Light Flat-front Square Sunglasses

If you want to really dive into the oversize trend, these Dior sunglasses will help. They’re so dang big that the lenses actually wrap around your head. (And they also come in four muted pastel shades).


13. Ray-ban Square Classic Metal Sunglasses

Still hanging on to the oval-shaped Ray-Bans with a wire frame? Same. But we’re also adding this square shape to our rotation. Turns out they look great with a matte red lip.


14. Prada Pr 16rs Heritage

Prada sunglasses for less than $200? Your eyes are not deceiving you.

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15. Westward Leaning Big Tv Sunglasses

Massive hangover, meet your match. These are basically blackout shades for your eyeballs, but they still deliver all the everyday glamour you want (and need).


16. Chloé Poppy Cat-eye Sunglasses

The cutout frame gives the illusion of a larger size, while keeping the rest of your features in perfect proportion.

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Dena Silver

Fashion Editor

From 2019-2021 Dena Silver held the role of Fashion Editor covering product recommendations, trends, and what you should be shopping this season.
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