The hottest trending sunglasses shaping your summer look

Fashion and weatherproofing don’t always go hand in hand, but when it comes to sunglasses, this is one accessory that the world loves. Thanks to the cool factor and celebs’ tendency to use them, shades have become and stayed a mainstream accessory. As with all fashions, the go-to trends for sunnies are always changing, but we’ve got your back!

As eyewear style experts, we’re here to help you discover this season’s trending sunglasses with 5 top styles to explore.

The importance of sunglasses

As opticians, we’re passionate about educating people on the importance of sunglasses, not just as the season’s must-have accessory but also for the health of their eyes. Even on overcast days, which we certainly get enough of, UV rays can still filter through the clouds and into sensitive eyes.

The damage caused by UV rays builds up over time and can contribute to several sight-threatening eye problems, so make sure you always have your shades with you to pop on when it’s bright.

With that said, bring on our top 5 styles!

1. Cat-eye sunglasses

Cat-eye sunglasses

For women, cat-eye sunglasses have been a popular choice for decades. Glamorous and elegant, it’s a feminine style that suits all ages. While old-school cat-eye frames are a timeless look, the version that’s trending this season has more conspicuous wings and a contemporary feel.

The cat-eye is a versatile frame shape that can be adapted to blend with other trends. While we’ve previously seen thin, delicate versions, right now, there are more chunky styles around, often with enhanced detailing.

Cat-eye sunglasses have the added benefit of suiting a wide range of face shapes. They look gorgeous whether you have a heart-shaped, oval, or square face, delivering a big dose of luxury to your look.

2. Tortoiseshell sunglasses

Tortoiseshell sunglasses

Thankfully, tortoiseshell now refers only to the colour of the frames rather than the unfortunate animals that gave up their shells in the past. Modern materials such as acetate lend themselves perfectly to the mottled effect of tortoiseshell, and there are a wide range of variations available. You can go for the classic brown version or choose a pair with a more modern colourway. It’s a great way to add a hint of colour to your sunglasses without going overboard if you prefer a more subtle look.

While tortoiseshell is bang on trend, it’s also a style that’s never really outdated. A good quality pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses will easily last you for years to come as they’re one of the most versatile looks you can go for.

3. Pilot sunglasses

Pilot sunglasses

A classic style for both men and women is the pilot. Developed in the 1930s for American pilots, the style quickly became mainstream. This was helped by Hollywood discovering the style and making it famous on and off the screen.

The pilot is a retro look that will always be in fashion but is particularly on trend this season. Celebs still adore this classic shape, one of the reasons being that it can be worn by anyone. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like, or what you’re wearing—pilot frames look great no matter what. There’s a lot to be said for a frame shape that’s so versatile.

The popularity of the shape also means you’re met with a plethora of options. Opt for a classic metal frame, with its no-nonsense style, or switch it up by choosing a more modern shape or acetate alternative. There’s no end to the variety of pilot sunglasses on the market.

4. Coloured sunglasses

Coloured sunglasses

Colour blocking is big this season, whether you choose a few complementary colours for a bold impact or something a bit more subtle. Extending the look to include your sunglasses is a great way to make a statement. Colourful frames and tinted lenses emerged as a hot trend last year, and they are definitely here to stay for 2024.

Go for vivid frames in solid colours for a pop of brightness, or choose dual-tone coloured sunglasses, another big trend right now. Eyewear brands are always finding new ways to make acetate frames look different, and a combination of colours in one frame is a style that’s making waves this season.

If you prefer more neutral frames, why not try adding coloured lenses? See la vie en rose, or pick a cool blue for added style points.

5. Oversized sunglasses

Oversized sunglasses

For a glamorous look that makes a statement, you need powerful, oversized sunglasses. Think Hollywood stars avoiding the paparazzi – it’s a look we can all get behind on some days. There’s a trend for oversized clothing at the moment, so a big, daring pair of shades has inevitably become a popular accessory to go with it, giving you an instant glam-up.

Depending on your choice of colour and style, oversized shades can suit any aesthetic. A relaxed vibe when paired with casual clothes or a party look when you get your glad rags on.

Big sunglasses have a big advantage, too. They give you extra protection, keeping the sun and its harmful rays away from your eyes and the delicate skin around them. Greater coverage also means better all-around vision.

Something for everyone

There you have it – our top 5 trends for the season. There are also plenty more to choose from if these don’t take your fancy! From classic metal round-eye sunnies to micro frames, we’re confident we have something to suit everyone. You’ll be spoiled for choice with a wide range of shades from top brands, including Gucci, Ray-Ban, Oliver Peoples, Prada and more.

Browse the collections

Visit one of our opticians in Potters Bar, Temple Fortune, or Finchley to find the trending sunglasses that’ll turn your summer around. Our knowledgeable and friendly team are here and happy to guide you through our handpicked collections!