From the ’70s to today, expert reveals sunglasses trends and how to find the best styles for YOU



Sunglasses will never go out of style.

Protective eyewear was invented in the 1200s but did not become a seasonal sartorial staple until the 20th century.

Over the decades, the accessory has been more than a defense against harmful UV rays.

Ivana Rosato of international eyewear retailer and destination, Sunglass Hut, reveals the main trends over the decades and how to get the look today.

Sunglasses will never go out of style. Ivana Rosato, head of the solar assortment at Sunglass Hut NA, reveals the trends over the decades. Cool girls Lisa Bonet wore small round frames at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards

1970s

The 1970s were a time of rebellion.

While Americans were involved in political and cultural movements in the 1960s (civil rights, the Kennedy assassination, anti-war protests) in the decade that followed, they focused on personal liberation and the rebellion against norms. societal.

As mainstream life was rejected, the “hippie” counterculture movement emerged.

Bell pants, frayed jeans, peasant blouses, wallpaper and tie-dye prints were all the rage.

Cher’s eye-catching ensembles captivated America on her variety show with husband Sonny Bono, and in the latter part of the decade, disco rose to popularity.

Want to tap into your inner flower child this summer?

“Look for oversized round, oval or square frames to help channel those cool 70s bohemian vibes,” says Ivana Rosato, Sunglass Hut NA Solar Assortment Manager.

“These frames added with a ‘less is more’ approach to makeup and straight pencil hair – really marries the low-maintenance aesthetic of the ’70s.”

Cher captivated America with her amazing ensembles.  Here, in 1973, she accessorized sunglasses with diamond accents

Cher captivated America with her amazing ensembles. Here, in 1973, she accessorized sunglasses with diamond accents

Freddie Mercury was in a style league of his own.  In 1975 he rocked the <a class=aviator sunglasses” class=”blkBorder img-share” style=”max-width:100%” />

Freddie Mercury was in a style league of his own. In 1975 he rocked the aviator sunglasses

The 1980s were the decade of decadence with hair bands like Bret Michael's Poison

The 1980s were the decade of decadence with hair bands like Bret Michael’s Poison

Lisa Bonet didn't follow the trends, she did them.  The Cosby Show actress was bursting with confidence and poise

Lisa Bonet didn’t follow the trends, she did them. The Cosby Show actress was bursting with confidence and poise

1980s

It was the decade of decadence.

For those who grew up in the 80s, you know how glorious it was.

From teased hair to slapped bracelets and member-only jackets, the look was glam-rock. Think of Poison, Dynasty, Guns n ‘Roses, Boy George and Prince.

To appeal to your favorite ’80s star, “go big or go home,” says Ivana.

“The ’80s were all about fun and daring looks from head to toe.

“From classic sunglasses styles like aviators or wayfarers to oversized colored frames or lenses, this decade’s fashionistas were meant to be seen,” the expert explained.

Want to travel back 40 years? Try one of the styles below for size, then create a mixed band!

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Axl Rose 1988, right Kurt Cobain 1993

A Different World aired in 1987, it starred Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable, Dawnn Lewis as Jaleesa Vinson Taylor, Marisa Tomei as Maggie Lauten

A Different World aired in 1987, it starred Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable, Dawnn Lewis as Jaleesa Vinson Taylor, Marisa Tomei as Maggie Lauten

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To appeal to your favorite ’80s star, “go big or go home,” says Ivana. In 1985, Boy George was ahead of his time

In 1988, George Michael was rarely seen without sunglasses.  Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go singer preferred mirrored aviators

In 1988, George Michael was rarely seen without sunglasses. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go singer preferred mirrored aviators

Mary J Blige is a true 90s icon of trendy music, she has always been in a class of her own

Mary J Blige is a true 90s icon of trendy music, she has always been in a class of her own

1990s

While the ’80s were all about neon clothing, video games, and glam rock, the’ 90s are often seen as a decade of peace and prosperity.

The Cold War ended and Pop culture took over (hello Britney, Mariah and Alanis).

Grunge killed headbands, Google launched, Friends and Living Single debuted, and Beanie Babies were starring products.

“Narrow, sporty, rectangular sunglasses were all the rage in the 90s.

“The trick to capturing the aesthetic of this decade is to put on a cool pair of sunglasses, add some platform sneakers, a cropped top and voila,” Ivana said.

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1993 Kurt Cobain

U2 frontman Bono still wears sunglasses, seen here in 1992. In 1993, Kurt Cobain became an accidental fashion icon

Mariah Carey (pictured here in 1999) is a self-proclaimed diva who wears sunglasses indoors

Mariah Carey (pictured here in 1999) is a self-proclaimed diva who wears sunglasses indoors

Anna Wintour said wearing sunglasses is "incredibly useful because you keep people from knowing what you are thinking about"

Anna Wintour said wearing sunglasses is “incredibly helpful because you keep people from knowing what you are thinking about”

2000s and beyond

Anna Wintour of Vogue said that wearing sunglasses is “incredibly useful because you keep people from knowing what you are thinking about.”

In her 25-year tenure, the editor-in-chief has rarely been seen without them.

Each season, we turned to her and the fashion magazines for advice on trendy styles.

But over the past two decades, social media has changed the fashion game.

There has been an increase in fast fashion, vintage, designer logos and streetwear, as users become Instagram and TikTok stars inspiring each other.

“In the 00s until now, we’ve seen trends in sunglasses surrounding geometric shapes, cat-eye styles, shields and vibrant colors,” shared Ivana Rosato of Sunglass Hut.

But the pandemic has changed priorities. Acceptance of others and respect for individual differences have contributed to an “anything goes” aesthetic.

In 2021, it’s about being authentic. “Be yourself and wear sunglasses that make you feel good. “

The Olsen twins (pictured in 2015) wear a chic city uniform of black clothes and sunglasses

The Olsen twins (pictured in 2015) wear a chic city uniform of black clothes and sunglasses

Fearlessly donning male and female fashions for decades, Lenny Kravitz (pictured here in 2020) is a true trailblazer

Fearlessly donning male and female fashions for decades, Lenny Kravitz (pictured here in 2020) is a true trailblazer


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