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All the retro sunglasses I have my eye on


by Freya Drohan
11th Jun 2019

Image via Instagram/Alexa Chung

All the retro sunglasses I have my eye on

The ‘tiny sunglasses’ moment has peaked. Luckily, this retro sunglasses trend is here to take over.

For every fashion flash-in-the-pan, there’s the antithesis. As minuscule, 1990s-esque sunglasses threatened to dominate forever, people have begun to hark back to the 1970s for inspiration.

To replace those Matrix-style mini shades, chunky acetate frames in tortoiseshell and black are coming to the forefront.

Not only is the perennial Aviator basking in the spotlight once again, so too are thick, square styles and tinted lenses: giving off retro ‘Charlies Angels’ vibes quicker than you can say UV protection.

It’s good news for thrifty shoppers: consignment stores, not to mention eBay, are generally flush with this form of throwback accessory. When searching online, keep your eyes peeled for second-hand offerings from Tom Ford, Gucci, Prada, Tod’s and Pucci – all brands who have had a long-standing love affair with seventies-style sunnies.

In the meantime, shop these 11 styles right now: 

Square Sunglasses by Tiffany, €350 from BrownThomas.com

PO3195S, €153 from Persol.com

Fine Aviator Sunglasses by Victoria Beckham, €259.37 from ShadeStation.com

Brown Oversize Sunglasses, €16 from Debenhams.ie

Retro-style Sunglasses, €19.99 from Mango.com

Tortoiseshell Sunglasses by Gucci, €309 from NetAPorter.com

Bvlgari Sunglasses, €208 from Sunglasses.ie

Quay Australia x J Lo Aviators, €62.21 from ASOS.com

Square Resin Sunglasses, €17.95 from ZARA.com

Nuance Sunglasses by Dior, €250 from BrownThomas.com

Clarke Oversize Sunglasses by Kaleos, €195 from NetAPorter.com

Related: 

  • Tie dye: how to style this retro trend in 2019…here
  • Your childhood favourite, gingham, is back in a big way…here
  • How Chloé reinvented hippie chic for the modern woman…here

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