Often, I look to previous decades for fashion inspiration. There’s something incredible about discovering an item that looked just as cool 25 years ago as it does today. To me, it adds a certain stamp of approval, proving that it has stood the test of time, and no, you won’t look back and regret wearing it a few years down the road.
Most recently, I experienced this with sunglasses. I’d been looking back at ’90s fashion with some frequency and couldn’t help but notice that oval sunglasses—much like the ones fashion girls are wearing in 2018—were everywhere during the decade. They were the go-to choice for Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, among others, but it’s Bessette-Kennedy who really pushed me into trying them for myself. As someone who identifies with her cool, easy style, I didn’t think her sartorial leanings would steer me wrong.
So, I picked up a pair from Le Specs. I’ll admit that it did take my eye some time to adjust to the new shape. I tend to wear oversize square or rectangular sunglasses, so it was definitely a very new silhouette. But now that I’ve given myself a little time to get used to them, I couldn’t be happier to have them in my collection. Just goes to show that recycling some of fashion’s earlier trends is often a great idea. Ahead, shop my picks of the best oval sunglasses to try for yourself.
This is the exact pair Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy wore in the ’90s.
Here is a similar version of Bessette-Kennedy’s pair, but with slightly larger proportions.
A cool modern version.
These brown lenses are an interesting change from typical black.
All black for a sense of mystery.
From L.A.-based brand Crap Eyewear.
If you’re into wire frames, give these a try.
Try this affordable pair.
If you want to add some color, here’s the style for you.
From a cool collaboration with The Row.
We love these white frames.
An everyday staple.
We can’t resist this price tag.
Add these to your weekend outfit.
Here’s a vintage version to try out.
More on Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's ’90s style right this way.