The Latest Sunglasses Trends For Summer 2021

Sunglasses can both make a stylish statement and protect your eyes from UV rays and harsh sunlight. They’re a pretty personal accessory that should ideally compliment the shape of your face. Luckily for all of us, designers have been giving all the classic sunglasses styles we all know and love a modern update, and more affordable brands and retailers have been taking notice. It’s not difficult to find a pair that works for you because there are so many styles and colors to choose from! Take a look at the latest sunglasses trends and get them for less!

So…Which Sunglasses Shape Works For Me?

Not sure of your face shape? Draw your face in the mirror and see which shape you get!

  • Oval or Diamond shaped faces – You can pull off almost anything, but steer clear of narrow frames.
  • Square shaped faces – Rounded styles work best; they will soften your features and add contrast.
  • Rounded faces – Sharp angled frames, like cat-eye glasses, will add definition and depth.
  • Heart shaped faces – Round sunglasses work well! Whereas oversized sunnies are generally not the most flattering.

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Retro Round Sunnies

Round sunglasses continue to trend into 2021! These give off 80’s vibes and are fun and carefree. This round pair from Urban Outfitters is affordable and simple. They let the retro shape make the statement. Available in three colors from tortoiseshell to orange, they also offer UV protection.


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For a more subtle take on the trend, this pair of Cape sunglasses from J. Crew offers a fun combination of frames and bright lens colors. Its more universally flattering shape should work for many face shapes. With five colorways featuring fun colors like greens, pinks and purples, one pair is bound to work with your favorites summer outfit rotation!

Sleek, Sporty Aviators and Square Sunglasses

Aviators will always be a popular style thanks to their rich history with pilots. Their ‘cool factor’ lives on with this pair of aviators from Quay. It comes in eleven colors ranging from black to mint green to purple and would protect a large part of your face from the sun.

Another sporty style are square sunglasses, and this pair is also from Quay, available at Nordstrom. I have a pair of Ray-Bans with a similar sleek metal brow bar, and I’ve always liked how unexpected it is. This pair is available in four neutral colors so you can choose one to compliment your skin tone.

Quirky Rectangular Sunglasses

Rectangular sunglasses are unexpected and chic. They are reminiscent of classic movies with perfectly coiffed strong female leads serving up endless witty jokes. This BP. pair from Nordstrom is available in six colors, from bright yellow to white.

Classic Cat-Eyes

Cat-eye sunglasses are constantly getting updated to fit in cohesively with our modern wardrobes. This tortoiseshell pair from ASOS does the trick–it’s sophisticated yet modern at the same time. Its gradient tinted lenses will protect your eyes from sun glare and establish it as the ultimate everyday sunnie.

If you’re looking for cat-eye sunglasses in additional colors, Free People offers multiple options of the popular nostalgic trend. These offer a little more flair with slightly more pointed frames and interesting color combinations. Available in five color combinations, you’re bound to find a pair that compliments your everyday wardrobe. Wear with a red lip to make a statement!

Ray-Ban Style Sunglasses for Less

Ray-Ban Clubmasters are classic rounded sunglasses that can get pricey. However, they never go out of style! Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to snap up a pair for less. This pair from Old Navy is now under $10, so you won’t be too upset in the event they get scratched in your beach tote bag.

Shop The Latest Sunglasses Trends For Less

Pictured Above from left to right:

Urban Outfitters Logan Plastic Round Sunglasses, $18

J. Crew Crew Cape Sunglasses, $65

Quay High Key Aviators, $65

Quay Sweet Dreams 51mm Square Sunglasses, $55

Nordstrom BP. Rectangular Sunglasses, now $10

ASOS Monki Isla Oversized Cat Eye Sunglasses in Brown Tortoiseshell, $15

Free People Cosmopolitan Cat Eye Sunglasses, $25

Old Navy Black and Gold Round Frame Sunglasses for Women, now $9

What is your favorite sunglasses style for summer?

– Claire Mykrantz

You may also like to read more of Claire’s Looks for Less posts like Chic White Dresses For Summer From $30 To $90 and How to Rock The Best Spring Jewelry Trends For Less.

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