4 Sunglasses Trends You’re About to See Everywhere (Plus 1 We’re Retiring for Now)

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Mark our words: 2024 is the year of the accessory. From handbags that are bigger (literally) and better than ever (see: the Margaux carryall craze from The Row) to the revival of statement belts and Bayonetta glasses—more on that in a second—accessorizing has never been this exciting. And you know what they say: Your eyes are the windows to the soul, so why not dress ‘em up, shall we? Sunglasses can be such a fun way to spruce up your look, but with an overwhelming number of styles to select from and things to consider, such as the silhouette (rectangle, oval, cat eye, etc.) color, material and lens, choosing a new pair can feel like a *lot*. But it doesn’t have to, now that we’ve broken down the four sunglasses trends that’ll shape (and shade) the eyewear category in 2024—plus one trend that we are setting aside for the time being.

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1. Not Your Average Aviators

Those quintessential specs that fighter pilots wear are going to be everywhere this spring and summer, but with a fresh and modern twist. We predict we’ll be seeing edgy and funky takes on the style, from double bridges and top-bar frames to metal and acetate finishes. And we’ll likely see them in square, teardrop and rounded shapes—nothing is off limits. As we saw during the Chloé fall 2024 ready-to-wear runway, this groovy take on a classic is easier to wear than you might think. Style it with a blazer and jeans for a relaxed vibe, or lean into the cowboy core trend with some good ‘ole cowboy boots.

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2. Oversize Statement Frames

Millennials, it’s time to dust off your ginormous bug eye sunglasses of yesteryear, because larger-than-life oversize statement frames are back, baby. Tom Ford, Loewe, Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci were just a few brands to include these colossal frames on the runway, showcasing their versatility, glamour and confidence. Fashionistas and trendsetters will adore these gargantuan specs, but even the more hesitant can rock them, too, since oversize sunnies are considered universally flattering for most face shapes. One foolproof way to wear the trend is to zero in on shapes you enjoy wearing, then select a pair that’s double or triple the size you’d normally rock. Best of all? They’re great for hiding dark circles, undereye bags and hangovers, plus, they create an air of mystery if you go for dark lenses.

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3. Colored Lenses

Colored lenses are going to be one of the most popular ways to add a bit of vibrancy to your ‘fits. Hues of every sort, from green and yellow to blue and rose, are dominating street style looks, and the majority of these lenses boast a transparency that’s fashionable, functional and flattering. Tinted, sheer lenses can even protect your eyes from UV damage if you choose sunglasses with UV-blocking lenses or anti-reflective lenses. Unlike the aforementioned oversize frames, we love that this trend doesn’t hide your face, and regardless of age and skin tone, you can find colored lenses that work for your personal preferences.

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4. Bayonetta-Inspired Sunglasses

Popular in the early aughts, Bayonetta glasses have been the breakout accessory of recent months. Call it librarian-core, office siren, Y2K resurgence or what have you, but these thin, often rectangular or oval wire frames make the “unsexy” sexy. And in a state of fashion where sex appeal is quite literally on the nose—i.e., the clothes keep getting sheerer and the pants pantless—Bayonetta glasses feel like a breath of fresh air. “In 2024, we are focusing on being sexier, more confident and looking sleeker,” says Annabelle Gonzalez, owner and CEO of accessory brand Giant Vintage, told PureWow. “No eyewear choice embodies those words better than the Bayonetta style.”

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One Trend We’re Storing for Now: Wraparound Sunnies

There was a time last year when wraparound sunglasses made a splash, but we’re stashing those unique, sporty shades for the now, in place of other nostalgic styles from the aughts that feel daintier and more lady-like, like refined Bayonettas and colossal shades revered by Audrey Hepburn.

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