Whether you like it or not, believe that the sun is on its way. As we go through the difficult transition period, it may seem like summer may not be happening this year, but it still is. And when it does, there’s a mad rush for all your summer essentials as if it’s a surprise that summer has actually arrived. We say no this year. We won’t wait to be blinded by the sun to consider buying a pair of sunglasses. To be more precise, retro sunglasses.
In keeping with changing tastes over the past few seasons towards retro sneakers and clothing from bygone eras ranging from the 70s to 2000 (does 2000 already count as retro?), we are firmly committed to wearing only retro sunglasses this year. We’re talking big square frames, cat eye frames, wire frames, as long as they’re retro.
With help from Farfetch, we’ve rounded up 10 pairs of retro sunglasses to wear this summer. Names like Gucci (obviously) and Prada sit alongside certified classics from Ray-Ban, Versace, and more.
Keep scrolling to shop the best retro sunglasses for summer 2022.
Gucci Oversized Square Sunglasses
One of the safest features of retro sunglasses is their size. Gucci knows this better than anyone and the proof is with huge oversized frames like these.
Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classic Sunglasses
Ray-Ban’s Wayfarer is without a doubt one of the most popular frames to have existed. This classic iteration features the original shape with slightly angled lenses.
Versace Hexad Signature Sunglasses
While we’re on the subject of iconic frames, it’s only fitting that Versace secures itself a spot in the roundup. Inextricably linked to The Notorious BIG, these Versace shades embody the timeless appeal of retro sunglasses.
Matsuda Round Frame Sunglasses
Part madmaxPart Woodstock 1969, these Matsuda sunglasses tick all the right boxes with those blue lenses.
Saint Laurent Square Frame Sunglasses
Although retro sunglasses have a reputation for being loud, this pair from Saint Laurent proves that they can also be minimalist and versatile.
Gucci tortoiseshell oversized sunglasses
But for those of you reading this because you want a pair of loud retro sunglasses, look no further than this great tortoiseshell masterpiece by Alessandro Michele.
Prada aviator frames
Airmen are a tricky game. Style them right and they’re refined and suave, style them wrong and you can look like a Superior gun In addition. This pair of Prada will do 90% of the work for you though.
Sunglasses RETROSUPERFUTURE Zenya
Based on a lilac and black checkerboard pattern, RETROSUPERFUTURE’s Zenya sunglasses with rounded cat-eye lenses offer plenty of attitude.
Balenciaga twisted sunglasses
Never one to go the usual route, Balenciaga de Demna has become a master at subverting classic designs. This pair of sunglasses features twisted temples to give them personality.
Gentle Monster Roke YC4 Sunglasses
The 70s and 80s provided the backdrop for the rise in popularity of tinted frames. Admittedly, tinted frames went downhill in the 80s (like almost all fashion). This pair signed Gentle Monster recalls the glorious era of golden glasses.
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