If you love eyewear, you’ll surely be excited about the fall/ winter 2020-2021 sunglasses trends. Just because it gets cold outside doesn’t mean that the sun disappears. Even if it’s not particularly bright out where you live, a pair of fashionable sunglasses still presents the best accessory for hiding your tired eyes or angry expressions from the general public.
The fall 2020 eyewear trends are presenting a nice, slow shift away from slim and elongated sunglasses that don’t really do much all the way back to larger, face-shielding options that’ll make you feel truly protected.
As a whole, we felt as though the winter 2020 sunglasses were more classic and practical than the summer ones, with a ton of timeless styles like aviators, cat-eyes, and traditional oversized shapes. There were still some avant-garde eyewear options, as you will soon see, though this season still felt more down-to-earth than previous ones.
#1. Protective Shields
Shield sunglasses continue trending upwards, with many more examples with the oversized, crossover lens design. This is one of those fall/ winter 2020-2021 sunglasses trends that are a little on the sportier side, but don’t worry, you can wear them with any outfit.
At Fendi, shield sunglasses were streamlined with just enough sportiness. The shape wasn’t slim, but it was still elongated, and the lenses were mirrored to hide the eyes.
The Shrimps collection this season was very ladylike, which made the oddball shield sunglasses really stand out. They had a sporty vibe, with a thick black frame contrasted against the pale pink of the lenses. The plastic frame had a semi-rimless design that left the upper part of the lens bare.
The shield sunglasses at Givenchy bucked the sporty effect, and instead looked quite elegant. This was thanks to the rounded, oversized lenses that we’re used to seeing on glamorous oversized sunglasses, as well as thinner plastic frames in a shade that was matched to the lenses.
Balmain, MSGM, and Moncler also presented impressive face-shielding options for winter 2020.
#2. Fancy Cat-Eyes
Cat-eye sunglasses are flirty and flattering with a bit of a retro flare. They’re great for slimming the face, and they’ll make you look just a touch more glamorous. This timeless design was an easy addition to the fall 2020 sunglasses trends.
The most exciting cat-eye sunglasses were at Moschino, of course, where they had to match with the extravagant theme of the collection. The sunglasses had plastic frames in fun colors or prints that had a more rounded cat-eye shape.
The cat-eye frames at Anna Sui were also a lot of fun, with rounded edges that kept them soft and feminine. The frames, which were made of plastic, were decorated with a healthy dose of glitter which added a whole ‘nother layer of fun.
Rochas also presented cat-eye sunglasses that were easy to fall in love with. The plastic frames were neither too small nor oversized, but the really special thing was the cat-eye extension, which was shaped with a few divets to look like a wing.
We spotted more glamorous cat-eye frames at Lanvin, Off-White, and Phillipp Plein.
#3. Big Square Sunglasses
The winning oversized sunglasses shape for the fall 2020 sunglasses trends was square. They’re not necessarily flattering to all face shapes, but if they work for you, rock them with pride because they are one-part glam and one-part conceptual.
The square sunglasses at Cynthia Rowley were definitely glamorous, with tiny jewels decorating the metal frames and with playful, colored lenses. A pair of square sunglasses at Christian Dior was a little simpler but quite intense, with a thin metallic frame and yellow lenses.
We saw a few more cool square eyewear designs at Bibhu Mohapatra by ic! berlin, and Carolina Herrera.
#4. Oversized Glam
If the square shape is not quite your speed, you’ll be happy to know there were other shapes represented in oversized sizes in the fall 2020 eyewear trends.
Let’s be real, Versace is the exact label from which we’d like ridiculous oversized sunglasses, and Donatella absolutely delivered this season, with massive semi-round and semi-square acetate options.
If having your sunglasses simply be extra-large is not enough, a pair of sunglasses at GCDS with frames made of a material totally covered in silver glitter will likely appeal to your sensibilities. We spotted more oversized sunglasses at Ulla Johnson, and Celine, too.
#5. Staying Slim
While extra-slim sunglasses were super popular in the last couple of seasons, there were only a few slim standouts in the fall/ winter 2020 sunglasses trends.
The sunglasses at Rokh were very truthful to the trends we’d seen in previous seasons, with slim rectangular sunglasses with black lenses matched to black metal frames. At Vivetta, slim sunglasses were a little more unique, with amber acetate frames and amber-colored lenses, a triangular shape, and a very straight top rim.
Finally, at Marques’Almeida, we saw a few different designs, including a pair of plastic-framed black sunglasses with a somewhat slim, rectangular design.
#6. Old-School Cool Aviators
Every season we see a new round of aviators worth coveting, and the fall 2020 sunglasses trends were no different.
Aviators at Valentino were slightly oversized to suit the glamour girls who liked their faces covered and came in a variety of lens colors for a change of pace. Miu Miu presented a funky take on aviator sunglasses, with colorful lenses in pink or purple, and a slight pentagon shape, though with one rounded side.
We also spotted some cool aviators at Ralph Russo, and Hugo Boss.
#7. Weird Shapes
We didn’t see the same off-the-wall geometric shapes this season as we had in the spring, but there were still some unusual sunglasses shapes for those of you who prefer to play around with unique eyewear.
Dilara Findikoglu presented the oddest eyewear design in the form of a pair of glasses made of plastic. The frames were rounded, with a flowy, difficult-to-describe shape that even included some negative space.
Unusual shapes took on a minimalist vibe at Sportmax, with simple metal frames and brown lenses shaped geometrically into tilted triangles or uneven hexagon. There were some more unusually shaped sunglasses at Salvatore Ferragamo, and Emilio Pucci.
#8. Decorated Top Rim
The fall 2020 eyewear trends didn’t feature excessive embellishment, for the most part, but one exception was a proclivity to decorating the top rims of sunglasses with a bit of metal.
A row of silver skulls over the top of a pair of black sunglasses at Ashley Williams looked as fierce as can be.
Christian Cowan sunglasses were blingy and ostentatious – in a few cases, the entire lens was covered in jewels, which makes for a striking but not practical piece of eyewear! On the more wearable side, metallic appliqués were attached along the top of the frame.
Finally, at Genny, cat-eye sunglasses with a squared-off bottom were embellished with a long floral piece made of metal, which gave them a soft and more natural touch.
#9. Rimless Shields
Whereas most shield sunglasses look very sporty, there is something about rimless shield sunglasses that looks a little more futuristic and conceptual, without the same sporty feel.
The rimless glasses we spotted at Burberry actually had clear lenses, making this one of the few fall 2020 eyewear trends that were clearly also intended for corrective-lens wearers.
A pair of rimless shied glasses at Coperni had pale blue lenses, straddling the line between sunglasses and corrective eyewear. With a slightly more rounded shape, they looked simultaneously futuristic but also purposeful and protective.
Finally, at Balenciaga, a pair of solid black rimless shied sunglasses was oversized with a slanted shape and looked like it’d be perfect for warding off unwanted attention.
#10. White Plastic Frames
White, plastic frames always feel a little mod, even though since the ‘60s they’ve shown up again and again. For the winter 2020 sunglasses, we saw all kinds of frame shapes show up in white plastic.
Marni stuck to the oversized trend, with a pair of massive, round white plastic frames with contrasting black lenses. We also spotted the black lenses with white frames combo at Louis Vuitton, with slightly slanted and pointed-over sunglasses.
Finally, at Moncler, a pair of white plastic sunglasses was designed to look more like goggles, with a slightly protruding round design. We spotted more white frames at Balenciaga, and Off-White.
#11. Matching Lenses and Plastic Frames
Acetate and plastic frames can come in a huge range of colors, and thanks to their semi-transparent design, they can often be carefully matched to the color of the lenses. A few designers loved the idea of doing this, making one of the fall/ winter 2020-2021 sunglasses trends monochromatic.
Sunglasses came in a few different colors at Chloé but with the same basic design – slightly large, rounded frames but with a straight top rim. The lenses had a gradient that went from darker at the top to nearly transparent at the bottom, in the same color as the frames. The options included brown, purple, or green.
The oversized sunglasses at Versace were consistently monochromatic, with pairs in black, green, brown, and black. If you prefer bright colors, Miu Miu showcased brightly colored sunglasses with both lenses and frames in purple, pink, or tan.
#12. Yellow and Orange Lenses
Our sunglasses’ lenses cast a shadow over the world that alters our perception. With yellow and amber lenses, the world will look a little warmer, which can be a welcome sight in winter.
Marine Serre kept things monochromatic with see-through yellow plastic frames in a slightly oversized, rectangular shape that were fitted with matching yellow lenses. At Marques’Almeida, trends were combined in the form of a large, sporty pair of shield sunglasses with a black frame that was fitted with amber-orange lenses.
We spotted more glasses with yellow or orange lenses at Versace, Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior, and Ulla Johnson.
#13. Pink Lenses
Whether you’d like a more positive outlook on life or just think pink is cute, the pink lenses of the fall 2020 sunglasses will surely appeal to you.
The gorgeous aviator sunglasses that Valentino presented also came with pink lenses, giving us a bright twist on the retro style. At Rochas, cat-eye glasses with a slightly more playful shape were made even more delightful by the addition of light, pink-tinged lenses.
Marc Jacobs, Cynthia Rowley, and Shrimps added pink lenses to their fun eyewear creations.
#14. Round Frames
Simple round frames got a totally new makeover for the fall 2020 eyewear trends, as we spotted some really captivating designs in interesting colors and lenses, but also some classic styles.
Our favorite was the pair of green semi-rimless sunglasses at Emporio Armani with reflective lenses and all. Ashish chose green as the color of the lenses to their round sunglasses that looked granny-chic and classic.
We also loved the thin gold metal-framed round sunglasses at Ralph & Russo, as well as Gucci’s round glasses with gold frames.
Photos via Livingly, Vogue