5 Sunglasses Trends You’ll See Everywhere This Fall

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by Avery Matera
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The top sunglasses trends for summer will carry into Fall 2021. Here are 3 favorites with styling ti...
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Summer is coming to an end, but one fashion category that transitions seamlessly through the seasons is sunglasses. The same styles worn during warmer weather will be top of mind through Fall, adding a cool, effortless vibe to your wardrobe even as the temperatures dip. Want proof? Look no further than the 2000s-inspired sunglass trends that dominated the street style scene at music festivals this summer.

At one such gathering, the 2021 Splash House pool party-meets-music festival, attendees embraced sunglasses styles as eclectic as their personalities. Whether in those ubiquitous 2000s mirror-lensed frames, or the cooler square-shaped iteration, guests enjoyed music from performers like Dom Dolla, Mark Knight, and Bob Moses at three separate hotels in Palm Springs: The Saguaro, Renaissance, and Margaritaville. And every dreamy sunglass style spotted at the festival will be in heavy rotation come Fall.

With 2000s fashion trending across the board, from clear heels to metallic going-out tops and more, it stands to reason that today’s most popular eyewear is also an early-aughts dream. And while you may pair these shades with layers for cooler weather, they’ll still carry on well into Fall. After all, the sun doesn’t stop shining just because you’re not wearing a bikini to breakfast.

Ahead, find the top 2000s-inspired sunglass trends from Splash House and a few pairs to shop for yourself.

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Mirrored Lenses

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The 2000s trend is still going strong well into Fall, with colorful mirrored lenses in every shape imaginable. This orange color works well against a bikini and cover-up, or a striped sweater dress layered under a leather jacket.


Mirrored Lens Aviators

Balance out the whimsy with a classic style by opting for a pair of go-to Aviators. You can style these with a white T-shirt and jeans, or all black separates for a pop of color.


Square Shaped

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Whether you go for chunky tortoise or barely-there silver wire, a square shape is a retro trend worth trying. The angular shape is bolder than your classic oval styles, but not as in-your-face as heart shape, striking the perfect balance.


Square Shaped Tortoise Sunglasses

Splurge on an oversized pair of tortoise square-frame sunglasses and channel your best Jackie O fashion moment.


Clear Frames

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For clear frames — the barely-there style that still makes a statement — it’s all about choosing the right shape. If you’re looking for an understated style, go for a smaller or classic round frame so they practically disappear. For those seeking a bolder vibe, consider an oversized shape or colorful lens that will make sure the glasses, however clear, are seen from miles away.


Clear Frame Round Sunglasses

Go ultra retro with your clear frames and opt for a throwback classic round style. This splurge will go especially well with your bright color dresses and separates.


Cat Eye Sunglasses

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The beloved retro trend isn’t going anywhere soon. This season, make it feel modern with colored lenses and frames that feel decidedly 2021.


Cat Eye Purple Sunglasses

Go for a trendy color like purple that pairs well with neutrals like denim and bright pieces for a color-blocking moment.


Oversize Sunglasses

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Though square and cat eye shapes are enjoying their moment in the sun, oversize sunglasses are still all the rage next season. Upgrade your collection with a pair of clear-framed sunglasses that give any outfit a carefree ‘70s flair.


Oversize Clear Sunglasses

Add a glamorous but on-trend pair of shades to your arsenal with these clear oversize frames that feel youthful and old Hollywood all at once.

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