For anyone paying attention to major summer trends, you already know the takeaway is tiny. Sunglasses, that is. Thanks to the likes of trend leaders such as Rihanna, Bella Hadid, and Kendall Jenner, the silhouette of summer 2018 is a bit more petite and narrow than in the past. And as memory serves me right on sunglass trends past and present, much smaller than those of approximately 10 years ago.
One of my own initial reactions to the small sunglass trend was not of approval or disapproval but amusement. It seems like just yesterday when Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were the poster children of nearly larger-than-life sunglass trends. And I can remember when Nicole Richie and Victoria Beckham sparked my own hunt for oversize sunglasses that made it look like I was hiding from paparazzi even if the reality was more like strolling into Intro to Psych 10 minutes late.
As some wise fashion fans (see: Mindy Kaling) have advised, it is possible we’ll look back on 2018’s tiny sunglass trend with a bit less fondness than how we feel about them now. But while the trends continue to cycle, feel free to take a trip down memory lane and see how you still feel about the celeb sunglass looks of 2008 that were the total opposite of today’s hottest item.
The queen of most ’00s trends, Hilton participated in this sunglass look.
Richie may be petite, but her accessories had huge personality.
Super-size shades for the most super model.
Those large sunnies are quite glam, no?
They get extra points for the ombré lenses and coordinated looks.
Oversize and oblong.
Sunglass trends may have changed, but J.Lo pretty much looks exactly the same as she did 10 years ago.
Before Kardashian became Kardashian West, and before her husband emailed her suggesting to switch up her sunglass frames.
Beyoncé loves a bold statement pair of sunnies, which might explain why she chose these oversize aviators.
A laid-back look with a powerful sunglass frame is a very 2008 combination.
Beckham put the VB in Very Big sunglasses.
Lohan sported a shield-like pair while walking though an airport.
Shop Oversize Sunnies You'll Love as Much Now as You Did in 2008
Here’s the best news: If you hate tiny sunnies but aren’t willing to go for a shape that takes up most of your face, take a look at the sunglass styles that strikes the perfect balance.