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These Summer 2019 Sunglasses Will Make Every Outfit Cooler, No Matter The Temps

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The unofficial start of summer is merely weeks away, and that means beach vacations, backyard barbecues, and all other manners of fun in the sun. No accessory is more essential as the days get longer than a stylish pair of sunglasses — a must for blocking those harsh rays and for pulling together an outfit. A new pair of shades is an easy way to update even the most basic look and make it feel of-the-moment. The sunglasses trends for summer 2019 are broadening beyond the tiny frames and futuristic shields that reigned supreme last year. Sure, these popular styles are still in play — they’ve been revamped with fresh details — but others like oversized butterfly sunnies, cool colorways, and unconventional shapes are on the rise.

“The two newest trends that will be vibing this summer are neon highlights — which is a really fun way to add color into any outfit — and slightly sporty looks, whether it is wraparound frames, or even just a sporty detail,” forecasts Le Specs creative director Hamish Tame. The Australian eyewear brand has a cult following of celebrities and fashion girls for its trendsetting styles and coveted collaborations. (Le Specs highly sought-after The Last Lolita style from its popular range with Adam Selman is nothing short of iconic.) This summer, Tame highlights a few new favorites to try: “Electricool for a new metal update on the micro-shade trend; Meteor Amour if you are after something glam, with a hint of grunge; Body Bumpin if you are looking for something a little more nineties and wraparound.”

Before the first heatwave hits, get your eyewear game on lock and shop the below lineup of key trends for summer.

Modern Cat-Eyes

Current collections showcase new riffs on the classic cat-eye, from half-top frames to exaggerated points, micro styles, and thin wire rims.

Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses

$200

George Keburia

Empat 4 Lucid Red Sunglasses

$335

Pawaka

Narrow Cat-Eye Sunglasses

$170

McQ Alexander McQueen

Rachy Sunglasses

$450

Philip Plein

Oversized '80s Frames

Think more Golden Girls than Jackie O. This look is reminiscent of granny’s oversized acetate frames from the 1980s — bifocal lenses not required.

Olive Sunglasses Clear Peach

$289

Rejina Pyo x Projekt Produkt

Square Torti Sunglasses

$420

Gucci

Mary Oversized Acetate Sunglasses

$220

Karen Walker

Color Coordination

This summer, sunglasses are as much about color play as they are about blocking rays. See the world through a saturated spectrum of lenses coordinated to match their frames.

Frances Acetate Sunglasses

$275

Roberi & Fraud

McKinley Oval-Frame Acetate Sunglasses

$160

Elizabeth and James

Lisa Square Acetate Sunglasses

$469

Lapima

Slim Shady

Picking up where ‘90s micro-shades left off, this style shifts a bit more into the early aughts trends with a futuristic techie vibe.

Halo Halo MO1

$310

Gentle Monster

Eliza Oval-Frame Metal Sunglasses

$455

Andy Wolf

The Nocturnal in Violet

$109

Planet i

Dallas 2 Sunglasses

$270

Kaleos

Polygonal Lenses

Break out of the standard square and round molds in favor of unconventional shapes like hexagons, octagons, and other multi-sided showstoppers.

Rigaut Sunglasses

$167

Spektre

Drazic Torti Sunglasses

$105

Poppy Lissiman

MMCraft 004 Sunglasses

$645

Mykita + Maison Margiela

Basic With Bling

Whether you’re rocking cat-eyes or ‘70s-inspired sunnies, it’s all about the addition of sunglasses chain this season. Choose a style that complements your frames for the ultimate summer accessory combo and a surefire way to never lose your shades again.

Sol Seashell Beaded Sunnies Chain

$24

Free People

Gold-Tone Sunglasses Chain

$195

Chloé

Hollywood Crystal and Pearl Sunglasses Chain

$265

Rosantica

Gold Eyefash Sunglasses Chain

$110

Frame Chain

Sporty Shields

Embrace summer's active vibes (whether you plan to be active or not) with a pair of cool, shield sunglasses featuring sporty elements liked mirrored lenses or performance-inspired details.

Bornt Frameless Sunglasses

$360

Acne Studios

Moon Trylex Sunglasses x Rudy

$448

Marine Serre

Pink WindJacket Sunglasses

$153

Oakley

Sahara Purple Shield Sunglasses

$90

Kim Kardashian West x Carolina Lemke

Embellished Bling

For anyone who uses sunglasses as a vehicle for glamour, a pair of crystal-studded, chain-adorned, or otherwise embellished shades will be your holy grail this summer.

Ribbons & Pearls Metallic Sunglasses

$545

Fendi

Falabella Chain Sunglasses

$365

Stella McCartney

Franky White Crystal Sunglasses

$108

my my my

Summer Brights

Apply the popular neon trend to your eyewear choices. Go for bold brights and splashy hues that feel suited to the season's heat.

Neon Kryptonite Green Sunglasses

$149

Chimi Eyewear

The Last Lolita Sunglasses

$119

Le Specs x Adam Selman

Body Bumpin Sunglasses

$59

Le Specs

Bold Rectangles

Not too tall or oversized, the key to this rectangular style is finding a pair with a nice, chunky plastic frame that protrudes beyond the edge of the lens a bit.

Vinyl Mint Sunglasses

$220

Illesteva

The Bikini Vision Sunglasses

$99

Crap Eyewear

Gazzy Rectangle Sunglasses

$18

Urban Outfitters

Drop 01 Rectangle Sunglasses

$314

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