The 2020 sunglasses trends you’re about to see everywhere

You might associate them with beach getaways and sunny city breaks, but in our books, sunglasses are a all-season staple in any wardrobe. Whether they’re paired with floaty dresses or chunky knits, shades always make an outfit look that little bit chicer. And as we enter a new year (make that a new decade), we’re planning to expand our collections even further.

We may not have a crystal ball, but we do have industry experts, street style inspo and trend reports to help us plan our purchases for the months ahead, so here are the shapes and colours we’ll be investing in to see us through 2020 in style. After all, from aviators to cat-eyes, classic black to quirky brights, the thrill of great new frames never gets old.

Modern retro

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According to Massimo Renon, the CEO of independent eyewear company Marcolin, vintage with a twist will be all the rage in 2020. ‘Starting from classic or vintage shapes, designers interpret them in a new modern and contemporary way, always looking at brands’ DNA and iconic features,’ he explains.

GUESS do a great line in modern retro, or look to affordable celeb favourite brand (spotted on the likes of Meghan Markle) for modern interpretations of those nostalgic Old Hollywood shapes. 

Cat’s Eye Sunglasses, £135, Guess

Le Specs Air Heart Cat-Eye Acetate and Gold-Tone Sunglasses, £45, Net-A-Porter 

Angular Cat Eye Sunglasses, £23, & Other Stories

Blue hues

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Pantone just named Classic Blue as its colour of the year for 2020, and Renon agreed that the shade looks to be a major hit this year. ‘The palette of blues is used for casual designs and the purist tone of this colour confirms blue’s evolution as a statement fashion hue,’ he explains. ‘Blue’s transition from a core color to a fashion one evolves in a softer way for this new season.’

Not into a blue frame? Go for tinted lenses for a quirky take on the trend.

Matilda Sunglasses in Ocean Fade, £140, Finlay London

High Key Rimless Sunglasses, £50, Quay Australia

Oversized 70’s Square Sunglasses, £12, ASOS

90s vibes

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When Pinterest revealed its Pinterest 100 report at the end of last year, pinpointing the big themes to look out for in 2020, there was one obvious thread that tied them all together – the 90s. From streetwear to grunge, lip gloss to hair clips, the decade is having a resurgence, and eyewear is no exception.

Not only does this inform the ongoing trend for long, narrow frames, it means coloured and hologram lenses, and ovals that flatter every face shape.

Trip Oval Sunglasses, £12, Weekday

Balenciaga Hybrid Rectangle Acetate Sunglasses, £295, Selfridges

Karen Wazen Round-Frame Sunglasses, £135, Farfetch

Sports chic

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Just as atheleisure snuck into fashion, sunglasses are getting a sports-driven update too.

‘Sports influence on fashion is one of the strongest trends,’ confirms Renon. ‘The focus is performances and materials but also on aesthetic needs, like the Moncler eyewear collection; high-performance glasses suited to outdoor life, yet easily wearable in urban contexts.’

Moncler ML0115 Sunglasses, £166.85, Shade Station

FCUK Sport Metal Sports Wrap Sunglasses, £45, House of Fraser

Tie Breaker Unity, £152, Oakley