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The ultimate sunglasses guide

While it goes without saying that a great pair of sunglasses has always been a wardrobe essential, over the past year, their closet currency has only increased. As ongoing lockdowns have meant that our social lives are centered around regular walks and an array of other outdoor activities, chic sunglasses have become the perfect finishing touch for every look. Whether you prefer ’90s styles, cat-eye frames or oversized shades, find the best sunglasses for you, here…

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Gigi Hadid sports a pair of gold-framed aviators

AVIATOR

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.

Indira Scott (left) and Martha Graeff, both wearing classic tortoiseshell cat-eye shades

CAT-EYE

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.

Model Mona Tougaard works the ’90s style with a very cool pair of narrow-framed sunglasses

’90s

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.

Kaia Gerber and Sharon Alexie are big fans of oversized eyewear

OVERSIZED

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.

RETRO

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.

Model Chiara Sampaio at FW20 London Fashion Week

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