Sunglasses are arguably the one item that can make or break your entire summer wardrobe. Think about it: If you've settled on the perfect pair that makes a statement but still somehow goes with everything, it will take your look from zero to 100 in an instant. But on the other hand, make the mistake of leaving it at home, and your outfit can never really live its best life. The good news is you're mere moments away from finding your next pair of shades to wear all summer long.
Even if sunglasses are an afterthought for you, simply updating the pair you grab before leaving the house to a fresher style will go a long way, which is why we're breaking down all the summer eyewear trends that are in (and a few that are fading away, too) to make it extra easy for you. To find out which sunglass styles are out this summer and which are actually worth buying into; see how fashion girls are wearing them; and shop our picks, just keep scrolling.
OUT: Super-Slim Styles
IN: '70s Bifocals
So long, tiny shades. It's time to say goodbye to the microscopic sunglass shapes that were everywhere last summer. Now, it's all about a nod to the '70s with oversize square shapes that play into the whole grandma-chic aesthetic.
IN: Shield Shades
Would it really be summer if there weren't some "ugly" trends gaining steam? This year, the absolute coolest people in fashion are all test-driving cycling-inspired shield sunglasses. Ahem, Kim Kardashian West even designs her own. No bicycle required—though, bike shorts are highly encouraged.
OUT: Circle Shapes
IN: Rectangle Shapes
We kind of saw this one coming since all things '90s are reigning supreme right now. Alongside the barely there sandals and slouchy denim are the minimalist rectangle sunglasses you'll see everywhere this summer.
OUT: Patterned Frames
IN: Tonal Blending
Sunglasses can make or break your summer looks, and this trend is definitely the kind that will make them. Look for colorful sunglasses with the same shade on the frames and lenses. They may not be the best at actually blocking the sun, but who even cares when you look that cool in them?
OUT: Exaggerated Cat-Eyes
IN: Tinted Aviators
Aviators never really went away (they're a classic), but this summer, they're making a return in a stylish, warm-toned update. Look for oversize constructions and lenses in colors like amber.