It’s always tempting to opt for a pair of dark sunglasses, whether they’re all black, oversized cat eyes, or a thin, oval shape à la Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. After all, they go with everything! Still, colorful sunglasses are trending for 2022, which is a great reason to break the status quo. Last fall, brightly colored sunglasses were ubiquitous at fashion week, appearing on the Spring 2022 catwalks of Gucci, Blumarine and Versace (to name a few). And now there are so many styles in a palette of shades available from a myriad of ready-to-wear brands, as well as eyewear brands like Illesteva, Bonnie Clyde and Raen.
Cheerful sunglasses can be seen as a mood lifter, or perhaps they reflect the collective relief that life is returning to what we once knew, before 2020. (As Miuccia Prada l said of her collection last February, amid the initial vaccine rollout, “optimism is mounting. In this case, the fashion and lively accessories are just what the doctor ordered.) Dive Deeper In the trend, sales of sunglasses with translucent pastels and milky colors are on the rise, according to several experts.
“Pastels have become super important in clothing and other accessory categories, so I think a trickle down to eyewear is the natural progression,” said Amelia Ansink, senior strategist at global trend forecasting agency Fashion. Snoops at TZR. “Soft pinks and cloudy blues seem to be the main colors on the market right now, but shades like buttery yellows and lilacs are also seeing an increase.”
Meanwhile, punchy neons are popular among Nordstrom shoppers, according to Beth Kanfer, fashion director of accessories at Nordstrom. The colorways are heavily influenced by the 2000 revival, referencing the nostalgic and ethereal shades that predominated in the early 1900s. However, since the scope of “color” is so wide, the trend can be applied to classic or classic frames and styled in any way that suits you best, perhaps matching them with your outfit for a tonal look or employing them as a pop of color in an otherwise neutral ensemble. Either way, colorful sunglasses offer a way to manifest a more exuberant way to accessorize by reinventing past styles.
Below, discover seven ways to follow the colorful sunglasses trend this spring/summer.
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The yellow brick road may not exist, but the satisfaction you’ll likely feel with this pair of sunglasses is real. “Because color is a mood booster, it’s natural to experiment, especially with colored frames and lenses,” says Kanfer. Over the past few years, Dua Lipa, Bella Hadid and Rihanna have all been spotted wearing yellow sunglasses. Inspired by the runways of Giambattista Valli and Dior, this season’s selection includes slim aviators and retro acetate frames, among others.
Red sunglasses provide a strong pop of color to warm up your complexion and harmonize your look when combined with accent shades like crimson and deep berry. (A head-to-toe runway look in this shade is also very chic, as an all-black alternative.) Over the years, red frames have grown in popularity, with celebrities like Sienna Miller, Gigi and Diane Kruger having all sported various iterations over the past decade or so. And Victoria Beckham having worn them while performing as the Spice Girl before that. And the free-spirited festival-goers of the 60s and 70s popularized them before that. In this season’s red mix, you’ll find plenty of cat-eye iterations – narrow, oversized and rounded silhouettes.
Go green this year, but with your sunglasses. Color is a big trend for Spring 2022, so it’s no surprise the tint has bled into eyewear. With a wide selection, this shade certainly opens up wide choices for you for a silhouette, aviators in mind. From a physiological perspective, the color is known for its calming effect on the body, so it’s only natural to incorporate green tinted lenses into one’s eyewear selection.
Blue was the theme on the hottest spring catwalks, from Lanvin to Jacquemus. As a result, the selection is full of shades, ranging from cerulean and dusty blue to navy blue and cobalt. You also have a choice of shape, with narrow but not too thin acetate frames and tall rimless styles among the variety. “I’m personally fond of a nice gold metal frame with a light blue lens,” says Kanfer. “They are completely adaptable and can be styled with warm neutrals and bright colors.”
While white is generally considered neutral, the color isn’t as ubiquitous as black or brown when it comes to eyewear. “[It’s] a very easy way to follow the trend without investing in bright colors,” says Kanfer. Labels from Coperni to Christian Siriano have used the tint to create eyewear for their collections.
Lately, pink has taken over every shape and style imaginable. However, it was probably from the trails of Blumarine and Givenchy that the pink rimless sunglasses revival began. “I leaned towards pink when it comes to sunglasses, especially on a Y2K-esque frame,” Ansink says of his personal inspirations. “[Blumarine’s] colorful and dazzling shades associated with hyper feminine clothes, that’s what I will try to reproduce this summer.
If you like colors, opt for a pair of two-tone sunglasses. “Pairing the frame with a tonal pastel lens color is definitely a big trend,” says Ansink. However, you can also try the reverse, as seen in VEHLA’s collections. Or go even further with an ombre look with aviators from Isabel Marant’s current crop.