The Shape of Summer: Sunglasses at Coachella Music Festival
Turns out, the shades that we hide behind when running errands without makeup or avoiding paparazzi (real or imagined) are still effective for standing out in a crowd. Case in point: Coachella. In that sea of youthful seraphim taking fashion risks, there were any number of startling new frames.
Beyond the basic cat eye or aviator, designs are getting increasingly playful. Glitter, patterns, sweeping angles, tinted lenses—all appear on the new styles. These aren’t simply utilitarian sun shields but rather statement pieces worn front and center, on your face.
Here are some of our favorite new ones, as seen on Coachella festivalgoers.
Concentric Cat Eye
Festival images by Kristin Yamada
Actress Kiernan Shipka slid on a pair of these frames, with circular lenses enveloped in a wiry cat eye. The interlocking geometric shapes create a striking outline, yet it doesn’t threaten to overpower the face.
Aviators with Tinted Lenses
The aviator is an enduring frame because of its flattering practicality: Comfortable and light yet oversized enough to be instantly stylish. Add a pop of color with tinted lenses for a subtle burst of personality.
When the usual shapes just won’t suit, pick up a polygon. This play on the standard circular outline lends a bit of an edge. Oversized and fashion-forward, these shades are a sophisticated way to look different.
Clear and Round
Neutral sunglasses needn’t lack personality. Oversized shades in a crystal-clear frame look fresh and clean with anything.
Tortoiseshell frames are a summer classic. But this season we’re seeing strong shapes in exaggerated flecking. In all ways, the trend here seems to be go big with chunky frames and in-your-face patterns.
Especially if you have a nice summer glow, white sunglasses can accentuate your coloring. Keep the shape of the glasses clean for a classic look that nevertheless stands out from the throngs of black and brown frames.
Vintage ladylike frames can play up your feminine style or provide a counterpoint to an androgynous look. We love peach or pink frames that, like the white sunglasses above, can complement your complexion.
Put on your party look with a festive pair of shades. A slight sparkle in the sun adds glitz to any outfit. The sprinkles of glitter in the styles below stay safe enough to be worn at events outside of the adventurous festival circuit.
Plant some petals on your face with shades bearing a bouquet. These floral-print sunglasses resemble a colorful tortoiseshell pattern at a distance, but at close range they provide a pretty surprise.
If you have a flair for the dramatic, try incorporating some seriously angular cat eyes into your summer look. The outrageous style of these glam shades doesn’t stop at their pointed outer peaks: Many make good use of luxurious materials to take the high style even higher.
A simple and classic wire frame is always in style. Pick up ones with sweet contrasting stripes on the lenses to add an interesting layer.