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We know you’re looking for sunglasses shapes to add to your rotation all year round, so we don’t skimp on the trends you’ll want to know about. We hiked the runways and checked out what’s new from our favorite eyewear brands – Oliver Peoples, Poppy Lissiman, Linda Farrow, Le Specs and Quay Australia, to name a few – and uncovered the biggest looks of 2021. .
This year we are not only seeing a repetition of certain forms, but a re-creation of them. Futuristic designs come in all shapes and sizes – some have frames that splay out or wave to the sides, while others feature insanely cool cutouts in the lens itself. Meanwhile, heavy metal is a trend, and we’re seeing some yellow gold spikes in particular, so now you’ll have another accessory to match with any jewelry you’ve collected.
If you prefer something with structure and have the face shape to pull it off, go for a stiff square or rectangular shape, a la Cult Gaia. If you want next-level cat-eye sunglasses, take inspiration from the ’70s and wear an oversized pair. Finally, if you like the playful appeal of lucite or acetate frames, the range of transparent sunglasses we’ve selected here won’t disappoint. Go ahead, jump to the category you already know you like, or scroll through each pair of shades on our wishlist.