Fashion insiders will know you can’t live without the perfect pair of sunglasses. When you’ve barely slept the night before, what’s there to save you? Sunglasses. When you want to people-watch without them knowing, what do you wear? Sunglasses. And of course, sunglasses are the answer when you want to block the sun’s incandescent glow—pretty much daily on our sunny island.
If you want a staple piece and something versatile and memorable, you’ll want to go vintage. Think Julia Roberts’ slim Ralph Lauren sunglasses in the 1999 hit Notting Hill to the queen of fashion herself, Anna Wintour’s iconic DKNY eyewear in The September Issue to Michael Jackson’s bold aviators at the 1984 Grammys. The 1950s to the 1990s inspired the most trademark styles in fashionable eyewear—below, a guide on how to decide which era suits you best.
The 50s were all about cat-eye sunglasses. Icons of this decade, such as Grace Kelly, were always spotted rocking this style. Cat-eyes are a go-to if you have a heart or square shaped face.
In the swinging 60s, fashion was revolutionary. The norm wasn’t normal. Therefore, to dress your eyes for this decade you’ll want to go with round-frame sunglasses—think The Beatles’ legend John Lennon. Perfect for square and oval-shaped faces.
Dance to the disco of the 70s by throwing on a pair of oversized and colourful eyewear. Icons like Farah Faucet were deeply immersed in this trend. If you have a heart or oval-shaped face, this one is for you.
When you think 80s, think aviator. They were window of the eyes in this decade. Timeless style icon, Cindy Crawford, was an avid follower of this trend—the good news is, aviators suit most face shapes.
Whether you choose a squared frame or a round one, dressing for the 90s means wearing a sporty pair with a slimmer frame. Jennifer Aniston, who has a gorgeous oval face, loved rocking up in the sunglasses of the 90s.