As soon as the crisp autumn air devolves into a crippling winter chill, we basically start counting down the days until the weather is just right for all-day outings in the park, rooftop cookouts, and sunglasses actually being used to block the sun’s rays. While we like to think shades are the perfect all-year accessory—shielding ice blasts and adding drama to our looks—there’s nothing like slipping on your first sleeveless dress of the season, topped off with the newest sunnies. The shape: usually an unconventional new take on a classic, made popular by Rihanna or the Olsen twins. Here, we’re breaking down our five favorite styles you’ll be seeing (and wearing) when spring weather breaks.

1. THE SHIELD
Anna Wintour famously says her iconic sunglasses are her “armor” against the world. Here, the trend is taken literally.

FROM TOP: GIVENCHY 7117/S Sunglasses / DIOR “DiorColorQuake1” SunglassesFENDI FFM0039 Sunglasses

2. TINY
The comeback trend made famous by Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid is not going anywhere, but it’s gotten a sleek, more discreet update for spring.

OLIVER PEOPLES Evey Sunglasses


FROM TOP: KOMONO Ava SunglassesALAIN MIKLI “EdwidgeJeweled” Sunglasses / KOMONO Sheldon Sunglasses

3. FLAT TOP
Inject an element of toughness into your look with these graphic shades updated from Kanye’s “Stronger” era (what a time for fashion).

SMOKE X MIRRORS + KELLY ROWLAND Pony I Sunglasses
FROM TOP: SMOKE X MIRRORS + KELLY ROWLAND Pony IV Sunglasses / SIMILAR: CELINE Aviator Sunglasses / GIVENCHY GV 7125/S-MTT Sunglasses

4. ROUND
The mod style is renewed via the resurgence of ’90s and ’00s nostalgia. Pair with a spaghetti-strap crop top and platform flip-flops to take the look all the way.

FROM TOP: BALENCIAGA BA145 Sunglasses / BARTON PERREIRA Joplin SunglassesOLIVER PEOPLES Erissa Sunglasses

5. CAT-EYE REDUX
The retro shape takes on a modern twist that complements a wide range of warm-weather looks, from one-and-done dresses to crop tops and cutoffs.

KAREN WALKER Hallelujah Sunglasses
FROM TOP: OLIVER PEOPLES Zasia Sunglasses / OLIVER PEOPLES Lelaina Sunglasses / KOMONO Olivia Sunglasses

 

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