We know it's not summer yet, but given our tropical climate, sunglasses are practically an everyday essential. While you may have clung on to your precious micro sunglasses for quite some time now (because they're just so Instagrammable, right?), it's time to move forward and go with the flow of the fashion cycle, especially if you're the kind who follows trends.
We've mentioned it before but we'll say it again: Oversized sunglasses are back in fashion! Although they never really left the runways throughout the seasons, people had grown tired of large frames. Perhaps it reminded them of the sunnies of the early 2000s. But now, all that has changed, and the current oversized pair of choice is the shield shape, characterized by its rimless frame, continuous lens (but sometimes a bridge is present), and overall sporty vibe.
Here were some of its best runway moments thus far:
Chanel's Fall/Winter 2019 show had models donning rectangular shield sunglasses with their tweed separates.
Emporio Armani's F/W 2019 show made the case for fun, colorful shield sunglasses in warm tones that make them totally wearable IRL.
At its F/W 2019 show, Givenchy downsized the oft-oversized shield sunnies and added sparkles so you can sport them in a discreet yet totally chic way.
Fendi's F/W 2019 show modernized vintage tinted sunglasses by making them rimless and twice the size of your regular sunnies. More UV protection!
At Versace's S/S 2020 show, color was the main element for all of its eyewear, and this magenta pair would totally be a fun addition to all your 2020 looks.
How Real Girls Are Wearing Shield Sunglasses:
All these designer iterations prove that the shield sunglasses, once reserved only for athletes, can easily be incorporated in everyday OOTDs. There are too many colors and sizes to try! Here's how celebrities have styled it themselves:
Billie Eilish completes adds edge to her monochromatic looks with shield sunglasses.
Rihanna dresses down her pantsuit with a dark pair of shield sunnies.
Her brand Fenty even carries its own shield sunglasses designs, and they come in a plethora of cool colors like pink, blue, and green.
If you think these sunnies are only for those with streetwear aesthetics, know that it's always in the way you style them. Below, the sunnies look sleek paired with a white button-down look.
We're still waiting for more people to adopt this promising trend, and we're actually wondering why it hasn't hit peak popularity sooner because: 1) it covers half your face and protects you from UV rays; 2) they make a bold statement; and 3) they're the perfect pair to update your OOTDs with.
What's not to love?