Art of Style

The Ultimate Sunglasses Guide

Coveting cat-eye shades this season? Look to Peggy Gou (left), Xenia Adonts (center) and Bettina Looney (right) for style inspiration

It goes without saying that a great pair of sunglasses is a wardrobe essential, but their closet currency has only increased over the past few years, thanks to the return of some iconic retro styles. So, whether you prefer ’70s-style round lenses, directional cat-eye designs or oversized shades, here’s our edit of the best sunnies to shop now…

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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 Eyewear, opt for a playful approach with colorful iterations from Dior Eyewear, or add an air of refinement in the form of Fendi’s timeless designs. Next, take your styling cues from stylist Bettina Looney and let your cat-eye sunglasses add personality to a pared-back, tonal look, or up the sartorial ante à la DJ Peggy Gou.

Chrissy Rutherford (black leather jacket), a street-style star, and Alice Barbier (green leather jacket) opt for the aviator aesthetic

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 experienced something of a renaissance, with the introduction of colorful lenses that feel fresh and fun. Championed by tastemaker Chrissy Rutherford, delicate wire frames by the likes of Stella McCartney and Isabel Marant are also an effortless way to add a bohemian edge to any outfit.

Industry influencers, including Jessica Willis (left) and Gigi Hadid (center), are favoring directional D-frame designs

SQUARE

Another ’90s throwback, D-framed sunglasses have come to the accessories fore as a must-wear silhouette for both on- and off-duty style, with designs from Gucci, Le Specs and Velvet Canyon guaranteed to be sported on repeat. Sleek, chic and perennially cool, these polished frames will look just as good with casual jersey sweats as with crisp tailoring – or take inspiration from Gigi Hadid and style with both.

Work the oversized, retro trend with Jackie O-inspired shades

OVERSIZED

This season, old-school styles are experiencing a resurgence, and 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 – as stylist Tina Leung (in belted leather coat) perfectly demonstrates.

Curve appeal: Kendall Jenner (left) and Emily Ratajkowski (right) are among the fashion insiders showcasing modern rounded rims

ROUNDED

Undeniably classic oval and spherical shapes are the fail-safe choice for a silhouette that will endure beyond the SS22 season, as model Emily Ratajkowski knows all too well. Elegant, elongated iterations from Alaïa and Celine Eyewear will pair well with anything, while Gucci’s delicate wire frames with colorful lenses offer a statement-making option (and a warm and sunny perspective no matter what the weather).

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