The four biggest sunglasses trends of summer 2022

Accessories are sometimes the most fun way to dress up an outfit and in summer we get one more accessory to play around with – sunglasses. There are so many styles to choose from in all manner of shapes, sizes and colours and the right pair can really make a summer outfit.

This season, YOU’s fashion junior Jessica Carroll has identified the four key sunglasses trends of summer 2022: cat eye, rectangular, oversized and aviator. Oh yes, if you thought we’d left aviators behind in the 2010s, thinks again – thanks to Tom Cruise and the release of Top Gun: Maverick, 70s-style aviator sunglasses are back in business.

With their extended shape, cat eye styles add a certain Parisian elegance to an outfit; oversized shapes add drama and can elevate even the plainest jeans and tee look; rectangular style sunglasses come via the current Y2K trend, when tiny pink-tinted sunnies were all the rage.

Keep scrolling for Jessica’s picks of the best sunglasses to buy this summer that tick off the four big trends – even better, they start from as little as £6.99 and most are well under £50, so you can dip your toe in a new trend without having to splash the cash.

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Sunglasses trends of summer 2022

Cat eye

Iolla sunglasses

Kelly sunglasses, £85, Iolla

Le Specs sunglasses
Le Specs

The Last Lolita sunglasses, £47.05 (was £89.82), Le Specs

Monki sunglasses

Cat eye sunglasses, £10, Monki


Mango sunglasses

Squared frame sunglasses, £17.99, Mango

M&S sunglasses

Angular Rectangle Sunglasses, £12.50, M&S

cottonon sunglasses

Abby Rectangle Sunglasses, £11.99, CottonOn

H&M sunglasses

Rectangular sunglasses, £6.99, H&M


Boohoo sunglasses

Openwork edged sunglasses, £12 (was £15), Boohoo

Mango sunglasses

Acetate frame sunglasses, £17.99, Mango

River Island sunglasses
River Island

Orange oversized sunglasses, £16, River Island


Nast Gal sunglasses
Nasty Gal

Recycled Tortoiseshell Yellow Lense Aviator Sunglasses, £9.60 (was £12), Nasty Gal

Pilgrim sunglasses

Nell sunglasses brown tortoise, £20 (was £39.99), Pilgrim

Fat Face sunglasses
Fat Face

Aviator Sunglasses, £28, Fat Face