While we’re lucky enough to live in year-round sunshine here in the UAE, it does mean that a new pair of sunglasses is always on our radar. Perhaps the most personal of accessories with no one-size-fits-all, it’s more likely than not you’ll already have a preferred style that suits your face shape. If not then you’re in luck, as there are plenty of trends set to be big for summer 2021.
From mood-boosting hues to miniature frames for only the bravest of style aficionados, read on for the six eyewear shapes that are set to be everywhere this season.
Retro Round Frames
One of the most nostalgic trends from the ’60s and ‘70s, oversized statement sunglasses are back with a vengeance this summer, with designers embracing retro-inspired circular shades that hide a multitude of sins. Opt for bright coloured lenses or transparent frames à la Christian Dior for extra style points.
Heavy Duty Shades
Thought the thick sturdy frame was a thing of the past? Well think again. Glossy acetate comes cut in oversize volumes this season, resulting in statement sunnies that are sure to make an impact. Embellishments are also big news – look for stud details for a tougher edge.
One of the most perennially popular sunglasses shapes when it comes to eyewear, the cat-eye is going nowhere fast this summer. Whether you opt for modern update with narrower lenses or go old-school with bigger shapes, you can’t go wrong.
Hyper Bright Rims
From Versace’s contemporary twist on aviators to Miu Miu’s rectangular frames that came in paintbox colours, if you’re looking to have a little fun with your sunnies this season, the SS21 shows shone with bright frames that will add a little spice to any ensemble.
High fashion’s favourite spin on your sunglasses’ style, if you’re feeling daring, uniquely shaped tiny frames perched delicately on the bridge of the nose are the way to go. Popular with the likes of Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, Gentle Monster’s new Nano collection in collaboration with visual artist collective AES+F is pretty punchy, but worth the risk.
Not only functional as they cover most of your face from the sun’s harmful rays, XXL square sunglasses are continuing to make a statement this season too. Forgo black for summer and opt neutral tones for a fresh, airy vibe.
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