First debuted in the 1930s, this classic style has been a closet mainstay ever since. However, while this timeless shape is never out of style, in recent seasons it has had a renaissance of unprecedented proportions. Championed by arbiter of taste Gigi Hadid, gold frames by the likes of Bottega Veneta and Givenchy are an effortless way to add a masculine edge to any outfit.
A perennial favorite, this classic yet contemporary style helps define the cheekbones and can enliven even the most understated outfit. Go bold with exaggerated, graphic wing-shaped frames by Celine and Balenciaga, or add an air of refinement in the form of Saint Laurent’s timeless designs. Take your styling cues from model Indira Scott and let your cat-eye shades add personality to a pared-back, tonal look.
When it comes to eyewear, there’s no doubt that the ’90s trend has dominated for a few seasons now; and judging by the SS21 collections, this standout style is here to stay. Notable thanks to their narrow frames, these streamlined styles add some serious kudos to winter and summer outfits alike. With sleek silhouettes by Celine and Le Specs, these minimalist shapes provide the perfect finishing touch to everything from slip dresses to second-skin knits and precision-cut tailoring.
Anyone in the habit of hitting the snooze button once, twice (or more) each morning will be well-acquainted with the vital role an oversized pair of glasses can play in your life – particularly when it comes to off-duty days. Look to fashion powerhouses Gucci and Fendi for Jackie O-inspired frames that add glamour to every outfit – Kaia Gerber is rarely seen without hers.
This season, old-school styles are experiencing a resurgence, courtesy of brands such as Loewe and Ray-Ban. Channel the 1970s in the form of round frames and gold-tinted lenses, or throw it back to the ’50s with nostalgic tortoiseshell styles. Whichever shape or decade you’re drawn to, these throwback styles make the perfect accompaniments to everything from blue denim to ethereal dresses and oversized tailoring.