Sunglasses are a small but might accessory, and have a bigger impact than one might imagine. A great set of lenses can change your face, define your style, and act as the perfect garnish to any complete look. When you think about celebrities and sunglasses, it’s easy to conjure the iconic statements from Anna Wintour and the late Karl Lagerfeld, infamous personalities and style defined by their ever present shade. While idolizing and identifying the looks of others is easy, it can be challenging to find what’s right for you - especially given the set of seasonal trends happening at any moment. The super small sunnies of late may be cruel for those with a larger face while the ever present oversize might be the perennial favorite for a few, whatever your style, we’re highlighting some of the latest shapes, trends, sizes and colors in summer sunglasses.
One of the today’s leading eyewear brands, llesteva is ever setting the latest trends in sunglasses (and optical) at their in-house SoHo design studio from which they send each pair to be handmade in Italy and France. They believe that there is a unique frame for every face. Taking inspiration from cities around the world, their classic styles are a direct product of their surroundings. This year, Illesteva has given us some fantastic new styles that are hitting all of 2019's most exciting trends.
Color: The most exciting part about the uptrend of acetate frames are the subtle but beautiful innovations in transparent color. As the last few years normalized crystal clear and light champagne acetates, this summer it’s all about anything apricot and pine green toned. The Eldridge in Citrine is a fresh light orange hue - day brightening with flat grey gradient lens. Its modern square-shaped 52mm frames have rounded edges, allowing them to work a variety of face shapes and sizes. For a more daring fashion statement, The Lisbon in Pine is exactly what you need. A new twist on one of the oldest cities, this pair is a fun, modern, feminine frame inspired by the hills of Portugal. The geometric angled acetate shape combined with the beautiful deep green is almost too perfect of a creation.
Wire: As we admire the resurgence in color and chunky geometric acetate frames, we’re still enjoying an abundance of wireframes that come in classic and updated shapes. If you're a fan of the flat-lens wireframe combo, you'll love The Allen M and the Mykonos II. The former are now available in two different color combinations and perfect for those with a smaller face. This 55mm round-shaped lens is lightweight with a stainless steel frame and ornate filigree temples. Wear this pair high up or down the bridge of your nose for a downtown swagger. The Mykonos II returns in a few colors as well, a simple update to a traditional aviator, this single bridge piece wire makes for a the perfect, minimalist, unisex style.
Oversized: 2018 was the year of tiny sunglasses, from runway to Instagram they seemed inescapable. This summer, we say goodbye to minuscule lenses, and welcome 2019's interpretation of bigger IS better! Not only for UV protection but also for the sake of fashion. Inspired by the east LA neighborhood, the Los Feliz is a pair is big in all the right ways. These 55mm acetate frames and UV400 feature a subtle keyhole nose bridge with their signature "I" brand rivet details in each corner. These feel like a fashion version of an oversized, beachy wrap around sunglass. The larger frame size pairs well with rounder and larger face shapes, also a great unisex style.