Why Sunglasses Are THE Ultimate Street Style Accessory

Why Sunglasses Are THE Ultimate Street Style Accessory

There are a few staple accessories that street style mavens always seem to keep in constant rotation when they’re building their outfits: a classic Chanel 2.55 bag, two hands full of ultra-dainty gold rings, and a set of Valentino Rockstud Pumps ($995). But there’s yet another street style accessory that seems to be the underdog of the game, and yet is just as ever-present as the rest of them: super chic sunglasses.

Whether worn on the face, on the top of the head, or draped over the neckline of a blouse or dress, a good pair of sunnies is as essential an accessory as any other. In fact, many of the world’s most widely recognized street style stars wouldn’t be caught dead without a set (literally) on-hand at all times: Olivia Palermo, Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad, and even Miroslava Duma have all been known to utilize shades as a statement-making addition to any outfit.

From round glasses so opaque you wonder how anyone can see through them to silver aviators so reflective they can stand-in as legit mirrors, stylish women everywhere are using sunnies to elevate their looks in all sorts of ways. Sunglasses are the new black—and we’ve got proof.

Scroll down to see 25 photos proving that sunglasses are the ultimate street style accessory! 

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    An ultra-feminine dress calls for a set of shades equally as girly. 

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    The friends who shade together—stay together.

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    A pair of dark sunnies with a nude acrylic frame is the perfect choice when your outfit is colorful. 

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    A good tortoiseshell cat-eye frame will take you a long, long way.

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    If the look you’re going for is a mix of sporty and chic, an exaggerated cat-eye shape helps to feminize the overall effect. 

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    PHOTO: Candice Lake

    If you’re into wearing colored sunnies, try contrasting them with your outfit instead of matching. The subtle yellow of these shades perfectly coordinates with the bright fuchsia statement of the outfit.

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    PHOTO: Gastro Chic

    Or, if you’re really into wearing bright colors, an all-black pair of shades helps tone it down and injects the overall look with a hearty dose of cool.

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    PHOTO: Gastro Chic

    Metallic toes, metallic bag, metallic shades: a perfect combination.

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    PHOTO: Gastro Chic

    If you’re wearing one piece in an on-trend color like pastel pink, matching your sunglasses to your statement piece ties the whole look together.

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    PHOTO: Gastro Chic

    If you imagine this outfit without the sunglasses, it loses a lot of its luster, no?

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    For a mostly-white look trimmed in a bright blue, warm-toned sunglasses in a yellow trim make for a nice contrast.

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    PHOTO: Gastro Chic

    For a casual day out on the town, you can’t go wrong with a pair of round, oversized shades.

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    PHOTO: Lee Oliveira

    There’s something about the combination of vintage-inspired Clubmasters and a crop top that just makes a whole lot of sense.

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    PHOTO: Lee Oliveira

    Oversized shades are very much back in. To emphasize them even more, slick your hair back into a tight bun.

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    PHOTO: Lee Oliveira

    Overalls already give off a hippie-inspired vibe, and throwing on a pair of super-round, sepia-tinted shades completes the look.

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    PHOTO: Lee Oliveira

    Blue skirt, blue bag, blue bangle, and blue reflective sunnies: a very stylish ode to the color.

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    For a casual day look that’s comprised mainly of neutral tones, toss on a pair of reflective shades in a vivid color like orange to amp up your look’s overall impact.

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    Miu Miu's cutoff cat-eye shape is very on-trend right now; and as it turns out, they look just as good on the face as they do dangling on your shirt.

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    Never before has a woman so perfectly matched her shoes to her sunglasses. 

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    If you have a lot of colors going on, a good bet is a pair of neutral shades with translucent frames. 

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    A fun way to play with color: muted tones of red play throughout, including in her sunglasses.

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    The fire engine-red of her shades is the perfect match to the yellow-orange of her tote.

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    Nothing says casual-cool like a pair of metal-framed Ray-Ban Clubmasters ($150); they are literally the ultimate in cool eyewear.

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    PHOTO: Zanita

    If you’re going to wear reflective sunnies in a muted gold, keep your other gold accessories to a minimum, and maybe even reach for a muted silver bag to tone them down even further. 

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Abbey Road Sunglasses

Abbey Road Sunglasses

Free People, $18
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Large Red Audrey Sunglasses

Large Red Audrey Sunglasses

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Clubmasters

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Ray-Ban, $145
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Super Super Strength Sunglasses

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Cat-Eye Sunglasses

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Silver Mirrored Sunglasses

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