Sunglasses will never stop being a key accessory, as they are an important component to any look and can add a bit of internal confidence for the wearer. Because of this, the eye accessory transcends seasons and is just as crucial in the fall as in the spring. The fall/ winter 2021-2022 sunglasses trends are diverse, eye-catching, yet also functional, catering to every conceivable need.
Designers strove to create stylish eyewear trends for us to crave in the coming months, from revamping classics such as the cat-eye or oversized options to switching into a sculptural, fun, and eclectic mode with square designs. So, it is time to pick out a pair – or two – for the winter months and style yourself into a star.
#1. Power Color: Red!
Yellow might have held its own in the battlefield of lenses, but red proved to be the ultimate winner, with many fashion houses choosing to add a funky red lens into their trendy sunglasses. Since the look might veer into a futuristic territory, it would make sense that Balenciaga, Gucci, and Versace all gravitated towards the lens shade. Still, Acne Studios seemed to crave the fun style as well and popped a pair into some rectangular frames! I guess it’s time to enjoy one of the ultimate seductive power colors of all time!
#2. Sunnyside of Life
This shade of colored lens also proved to be popular and fun for its eclectic tint. Many designers thus gravitated toward the streetwear sunglasses trend of yellow lenses and created a stir with their fun designs from square to oval. So, if you’re in the mood for some funky yellow shades, it would be time to hit up Gucci and Versace along with the forever trendy Saint Laurent.
#3. Back to Black
Black lenses are a lot like polka dots and red lipstick – they never fall out of style. Still, I feel I need to mention that they were an infinitely popular option for designers when creating the fall/ winter 2021 sunglasses. Miu Miu, Versace, and Saint Laurent all used the lens color in their sunglasses. And at Prada, all of the sunglasses were finished off with black lenses but one. It is quite clear that black is here to stay and with unanimous support – don’t you think?
Don’t ever think of bashing white frames, especially this season! The classically mod style trend took on new forms at Schiaparelli this season with the additional nose piece. The fun white-out of sunglasses trends had many other options as well for whatever shape or mood you might be in, from square designs at Miu Miu to a complete white-out at Acne Studios, where every part of the glasses, including the lenses, was completely blanketed.
#5. Color Me Joyful!
Colorful shades are simply something I can’t resist, and while red cat-eyes and oversized blue options will forever have my heart, many designers tempted me with some gorgeous tones this season. Light and dark pinks were the trending sunglasses colors at Miu Miu, clear sunglasses with a green tinge appeared at Prada, and blue frames at Dolce & Gabbana were also infinitely popular.
Along with these colorful trends, it seems that at Balenciaga, Demna Gvasalia read Lolita during quarantine because the red sunglasses that flaunted themselves down the runway held a vague heart shape resemblance to that of the classic’s main seductress.
#6. Little Black Frames
Black frames are a classic that will never go out of style. For this reason, many designers featured black frames in their fall/ winter collections, from Schiaparelli to Prada, Balenciaga to Acne Studios, and many more. So, if you want to be on trend this season, then know that you’re covered if the only sunglasses option you have is in black frames, and you get a definite bonus point if the lenses are black too!
#7. Oversized and Circular
Another ‘60s staple seems to be back to claim our hearts again! Made infamous by Jackie O and stylish by the decade’s fashion gods of Pierre Cardin and André Courrèges, the bug-eyed 1960s sunglasses are a hit once more, with the classic style favored by design houses, from Gucci to Paco Rabanne.
It seems Picasso has been knocked off his throne of a surrealist king by Schiaparelli’s Daniel Roseberry and his futuristic sunglasses from the fall/ winter 2021 collection. The oversized pair of white frames not only made sure to extend slightly beyond the needed point at the side of the face but also reached down to perfectly encase the wearer’s nose. Perhaps to save that spot from its perpetual sunburn?
However, if you’re after something a bit otherworldly and don’t feel like investing in Roseberry’s new vision for sunglasses quite yet, then Balenciaga, Celine, and Saint Laurent offered curved and future-forward glasses that will surely tickle your fancy.
#9. Cat’s Got the Eye
Along with the retro vibes of square sunglasses, the ‘60s cat-eye style also took charge with its quirky play on the shape of our favorite feline friend’s eyes. While Celine opted for softer curves, and both Karen Walker and Marni went for the sharp point, other designers decided to find the middle of the road. So, if you’re after a soft and still trendy cat-eye style, then head straight to Fendi, Lanvin, or Bottega Veneta.
#10. Square up
Whether the rectangular option was made with thick or thin frames, it still proved to be an infinitely popular sunglasses trend for fall and winter. From Loewe to Prada, the trendy right-angle shades took charge with a bit of a chunky silhouette in clear and brown options. Still, Miu Miu veered toward the thin ‘90s style of the shade with pink tones. Enjoy this subtle retro cool fashion with perfect squares or shapely rectangles, whatever suits you best, and have a blast!
Photos via Vogue, Livingly