5 Outdated Sunglasses I'm Saying Goodbye to—Plus Their 2023 Replacements


(Image credit: @devapollon@discodaydream)

When you're a fashion person, sunglasses are the beginning and end of every outfit you create. They're the icing on the cake, the perfect finishing touch, the je ne sais quoi that pulls it all together. At least, that is when you're wearing an extremely on-trend style.

Growing up, I'll admit I was a bit of a snob, and during my teenage years, I entered a phase where I insisted on only wearing designer sunglasses. Oh, how times have changed. I love a trendy pair of shades that make my outfit pop, and next to a $400+ option, my favorite sunglasses just so happen to be under $20. What's funny is that since I've humbled myself in terms of eyewear, my style has only gotten better.

So with this, I ask you to take a chance on a pair of trendy frames that will replace an outdated pair you might have splurged too much on. I'm still investing in the trends that will last a lifetime (like oversize Celine sunglasses), but if a trend is new to you and you're not quite ready to dive right in, there are plenty of options to try out the trend before fully committing. Below, find the five sunglasses trends replacing the outdated eyewear currently holding you back.

Skipping: Tiny Sunglasses

Shopping: Oversize Everything


(Image credit: Alberta Ferretti via Imaxtree, @greceghanem)

I've seen many runway shows this past year, but none have captured my attention as the Celine Winter 2023 collection. The show was a peak indie sleaze revival featuring everyone's favorite aspects of the 2010s. The trend was also seen amongst many other brands, including Ferretti, and gives the ultimate "f*ck you" vibe that I'm after. And in the meantime, tiny sunglasses can take the backseat.

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Skipping: Floral Prints

Shopping: Motorsport


(Image credit: Alyx via Imaxtree, @champagnemani)

Leave your dainty, floral-printed, Woodstock-era sunglasses behind. We're in sports mode. There's just something about sporty sunglasses that instantly give off a cool-girl vibe. Whenever I'm not totally feeling my outfit, I pop these on, and the results are noteworthy. Talk about instant confidence.

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Skipping: Hexagon Frames

Shopping: Angular Cat-Eyes


(Image credit: Courtesy of Dior, @nitsanraiter)

An angular cat-eye frame simply says, "I mean business." Something about the sharpness of the angles really speaks to fashion insiders these days. It feels like a modern development on the traditional cat-eye style that was viral just a few years ago. If you want trendy sunglasses that also feel classic, I suggest trying this trend.

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Skipping: Multicolored Frames

Shopping: Colored Lenses


(Image credit: Courtesy of Gucci, @discodaydream)

The perfect way to add a subtle pop of color to your OOTD is with a pair of sunglasses that have pretty lenses. The Gucci fashion show a few weeks ago in Milan instantly inspired me to buy a new pair. 

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Skipping: Circular Frames

Shopping: Futuristic Aviator


(Image credit: Courtesy of Fendi, @devapollon)

Aviator sunglasses are getting an upgrade in 2023. Think everything but the classic style that pilots wore without straying too far away from the frame's roots. Look for colored lenses, angular frames, and extra-wide styles.

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Associate Editor

Sierra Mayhew was always destined to work in fashion, but she didn't know it at first. Growing up with no choice but to wear a rotation of school uniforms and activewear, her love for fashion really blossomed when she moved away for college and was able to finally define her very own personal style. Shortly thereafter, she interned at Elle magazine and instantly knew that editorial was for her. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she worked for ShopBazaar, contributing regularly to Bazaar.com, and finally made her way to Who What Wear, where she is an associate editor. When she’s not working, you can catch her always trying to catch a flight, rollerblading through New York City traffic, or exploring the latest luxury vintage boutique.