With dreams of going back outside starting to form in our minds, we’re very excited for the spring/summer 2022 sunglasses trends! People seemingly don’t take enough care of their skin anymore, and I’m not here to invoke the whole Little Prairie-esque ‘never leave the house without a bonnet diatribe’ but rather to simply remind you that eyes can get sunburned too. Considering that this is a crucial part of our five senses – and one that is perhaps put in jeopardy each time we stare at a screen – wearing a pair of sunglasses when you leave the house is never a bad idea! Particularly when you can make the glasses look insanely fashionable.
And that was something that was most certainly done this year. Despite the hole that comes from Virgil Abloh’s death, Louis Vuitton still managed to create plenty of extravagant styles, and among them were the artful sunglasses. Other brands gathered around the basic principle of changing the glasses frame. Think of Anna Sui’s adoration of round frames or Dior’s clear need for the cat-eye. So whatever sunglass style looks best on your face, there’s probably a version on this trend list for you to adapt to your style.
#1. 20/20 Vision
What’s the point of glasses with clear lenses, you ask? Obviously, the stylish effect! While it’s unclear whether some of these untinted options are blue light glasses, these translucent sunglasses nearly usurped the popularity of black lenses. Houses from Vivienne Westwood to Emporio Armani and Fendi all enjoyed the minimalist impact of this trend, so why shouldn’t you?
#2. Seeing Red
There’s something about those warm seasons that makes us want to have fun and play with color. That’s why we are thrilled to show you the more colorful eyewear trends. Dior, Coperni, and Giambattista Valli all fell hard for red-tinted lenses. While driving with these shades might not be recommended, they’re certain to give extra excitement to any outfit.
#3. Pitch Black
Those who like to hide behind their eyewear will enjoy this eyewear trend, with totally impenetrable black lenses. Obviously, black lenses aren’t going anywhere. From a neutral black tint to heavy shading, this classic lens continued to be prominent on the runways. Coach, Marques Almeida, Saint Laurent, and Givenchy all deserve awards for their way of incorporating the look into their collections. Because in the end, this style of sunglasses is tried and true.
If you can’t decide between the intoxicating red or the non-existent clear lens, then the pink-tinted sunglass lenses will certainly be something for you to enjoy. Very much another Y2K look, this color was obsessed over at Blumarine. However, Mark Fast and Givenchy also reached for the lens color when crafting some of their summer 2022 sunglasses.
Not everyone wants to get framed – at least for glasses – and because of this, the classic early aughts look of frameless sunglasses took hold once more. This sleek trend is the perfect way to re-enter both your Y2K Barbie Girl era and get used to wearing sunglasses once more. Though, you really shouldn’t be stopping even when there are clouds!
The frameless look took on a 2020 appeal at both Vivienne Westwood and Balmain. But for a true throwback piece, Blumarine’s pink pair with a bedazzled edge will surely hit the spot.
#6. Out of the Ordinary
Being unique is a strength, a secret, and indeterminate power. This was the source of inspiration that clearly struck designers when it came to sunglass frames this spring and summer. Perhaps the heart-shaped ‘Lolita’ glasses can’t be deemed rare, but the light blue that Jeremy Scott of Moschino chose for them can be.
Louis Vuitton went for completely enigmatic styles when it came to the sunglass frames, with large swirls emerging like a Mardi Gras mask from the top. Nicolas Ghesquière wasn’t alone in this detailed take, with Vivienne Westwood using playful shell frames and Malan Breton having the points of the glasses turn up into delicate swirls. So, while the more eccentric isn’t for everyone, if you’re looking for a chance to dive in, then dipping your toes into the water of this sunglass trend is a perfect idea.
Big glasses are glamorous, mysterious, and quite protective, which is why they get snatched up by celebrities and common folks alike. Less prominent than micro-glasses and yet still incredibly popular, oversized sunglasses are a trend that will suit everybody’s needs. Going with the theme in the introduction of this article, oversized glasses will help you both protect your eyes from the sun and give off an effortless look. Whether you’re on the hunt for new designer sunglasses or not, brands from Acne Studios to Hui hold many lovely options.
#8. Calling All Harry Potter Fans
It’s been twenty years since Harry Potter was released, and I still can’t disassociate round glasses from the Boy Who Lived. Call it a fashion brain. But whatever imagery round sunglasses conjured up for you, this look was a fixture on many runways. Anna Sui certainly made this trend her own, but John Richmond’s color-blocking take shouldn’t be left out either. If you’re looking for a bit subtler of a round frame, other brands such as Courreges and Paul & Joe will fulfill your needs.
#9. Squaring off
I hold the opinion that decades are marked by the shape of sunglasses. For the ‘60s, it was the exaggerated cat eye, and the 2000s were rimless with enlarged and often bedazzled sides. For the 2020s, I have a feeling that square frames will be the main look. A subtle throwback to the 2000s, this shape first became popular a few years ago and is continuing to thrive, with Coperni, Miu Miu, and Versace heading the front.
What was something that every brand from Koche to Dolce & Gabbana had in common? The square-framed sunglasses, of course! An ultimately sophisticated look, the shape was seen everywhere, with Balmain, Blumarine, and Helen Anthony leaping headfirst into the trend.
#10. Augmented Editions
The metaverse is slowly making its foray into fashion (or perhaps it’s that fashion is just now entering the metaverse?), but before we enter a game of ‘which came first?’ the only thing we do know is that funky shapes that would easily be used to style avatars came to life on the runway.
At KNWLS, the sunglasses were slanted to appear like alien eyes, while Coperni created a pair that looked very similar to a virtual reality headset. It’s time to truly diss the stereotype that gamers aren’t fashionable because now they’re influencing the trends!
Aviator-style sunglasses might have taken heavier precedence in past seasons, however, the look still held traction at brands from Boss to Isabel Marant for the coming summer. Aviators are classic eyewear with their metal frame and ultra-cool double bridge. For the spring 2022 sunglasses trends, we saw a lot of even cooler twists on the classic design. Perhaps the appeal to this look comes from the style creating an ultimate ‘cool girl’ appearance. But whatever the reason, brands sought to incorporate the rougher silhouette into the glasses trend menagerie.
#12. Giving the Cat-Eye
Cat-eyes are a staple. It’s a fact. Only further proven, with Dior, Lanvin, Laura Biagiotti, and Max Mara all having a pair on their runways. A pair of cat-eye sunglasses exudes a retro charm, but the spring 2022 eyewear trends gave them a fresh spin and modern quirkiness. This season it seems that the slant was at less of an angle and a bit of a softer curve, showing just how well-bred we can all be. But owning a pair? Now that’s a true level of class!
#13. Littlest Wins
With the micro-mini skirt standing out as a spring fashion trend once more, it can’t really come as a shock that ultra-sleek glasses are back. Often miniature versions of other styles such as the cat-eye and square, micro sunglasses give an almost doll-like addition to any look. Given the futuristic appeal of this shape, Rick Owens couldn’t help but partake. However, other brands revised the trend for a retro feel, such as Giambattista Valli and Christian Siriano, who clearly enjoyed the adorable detail.
#14. Elongated Frames
The other standout shape was an elongated design that offered a nice alternative to the oversized frames. If you don’t want your glasses to overwhelm your face, opt for one of these pairs! They give the face a sleek, slim look and don’t take up too much space.
We saw a slightly rounded, elongated shape at Versace, which made for a sleek but not overly sharp look, with orange acetate frames to blend in with the lenses. At MSGM, most of the sunglasses had a rectangular design, with thicker plastic frames. Our favorite pair combined the elongated shape with a printed frame for something fun and feminine. We spotted more elongated eyewear at Giambattista Valli, Budapest Select, Koche, Lanvin, and others.
Some labels took oversized sunglasses up to the next level, with visor-like summer 2022 sunglasses that offer full protection. These might be a nod to the face shields that some people prefer as an alternative to masks or simply a way of signaling a desire to hide.
Rick Owens showcased sleek oversized visors that offered a ton of protection to the upper part of the face, and we imagine they’d be great to combine with a mask when you want your entire face covered. Sunglasses at Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini were visor-inspired, with a single-lens design that covered the top half of the face. However, they weren’t true visors since they left the nose bare and still had some chic eyewear elements like a metal frame.
Finally, at Roberto Cavalli, we saw a sort of aviator-visor hybrid, with large sunglasses that had a very straight top rim and rounded lenses. Other visor-inspired sunglasses were spotted at Tod’s, Sportmax, and Saint Laurent.
Photos via Vogue, Livingly