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New Year, New Shades: The Biggest Sunglasses Trends of 2023

Your hardest-working accessory.

If there’s one accessory that can instantly transform a look, it’s sunglasses.

You might think of them as being a luxury – and of course they can be – but for me personally, I can’t be without a pair – even in winter.

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The ever-changing sunglasses trends of each year really summarise the era we’re in. For 2023, the eyewear trends are bold and ultra-fun, with inflated frames, tinted lenses and 70s-style shades making an appearance again.

Leonie Hanne at paris fashion week wearing oversized sunglasses
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We can’t forget the trend for futuristic glasses too, as modelled by their no.1 fan Bella Hadid.

For more intel, keep reading.

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XXL frames

Loewe’s inflated frames were one of the most popular sunglasses trends amongst the fashion set at Fashion Week back in September, with Leonie Hanne and Ellie Delphine amongst the trend-setters.

They’re definitely not for everyone, but I kinda love them!

Dior has a similar pair of chunky frames in a more toned-down black for those not ready to jump into wearing the bold yellow or cobalt blue shades.

Inflated oversized square-frame acetate sunglasses Loewe

Inflated oversized square-frame acetate sunglasses, £290, Loewe – buy now

Sunglasses, £310, Loewe

Sunglasses, £310, Loewe – buy now

Inflated oversized square-frame acetate sunglasses, £290, Loewe

Inflated oversized square-frame acetate sunglasses, £290, Loewe – buy now

Lady 9522 R1I thick cat-eye acetate sunglasses Dior

Lady 9522 R1I thick cat-eye acetate sunglasses, £450, Dior – buy now

Tinted lenses

Tinted lenses have been on the agenda for a couple of years now, but they ain’t going anywhere fast. Oranges, reds and yellows are amongst the most popular, offering a retro touch.

Whatever colour you choose, you’re in good company. The trend has been worn by Hailey Bieber, Victoria Beckham and Gidi Hadid.

70s sunglasses ASOS

70s sunglasses, now £9.50, ASOS – buy now

Baguette square metal sunglasses Fendi

Baguette square metal sunglasses, £360, Fendi – buy now

Jordy square-frame tortoiseshell acetate sunglasses Lexxola

Jordy square-frame tortoiseshell acetate sunglasses, £190, Lexxola – buy now

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Racer frames

According to Pinterest, searches for ‘futuristic glasses’ are up 70%. They predict the racer frames will be huge in 2023, while Glasses USA also forecast the shades being the no.1 style of 2023.

Lihi Kopel, Eyewear Designer, GlassesUSA.com, says: “In years since Covid hit, society has changed; more people wear activewear every day. Activewear has merged into street culture, and that includes eyewear.”

Neo D-frame acetate sunglasses Lexxola

Neo D-frame acetate sunglasses, £190, Lexxola – buy now

90s wrap visor sunglasses ASOS

90s wrap visor sunglasses, now £7.65, ASOS – buy now

Pop of colour

Dopamine dressing, but for your eyes.

Jake Lawrence, frames buyer at Boots Opticians, told Metro: “2023 eyewear will focus on two key colour trends: bold and bright, and soft pastels.

“Bold colours like greens will be popular, as there are lots of shades that suit different skin tones, so it is a versatile colour for your eyewear wardrobe.”


Orange oval framed sunglasses Monki

Orange oval framed sunglasses, £15, Monki – buy now

Cat-eye acetate sunglasses Bottega Veneta

Cat-eye acetate sunglasses, £365, Bottega Veneta – buy now

Acetate frame sunglasses Mango

Acetate frame sunglasses, £15.99, Mango – buy now

70s Style

The bigger, the better!

Follow Gucci’s lead this summer with 70s-inspired oversized shades, complete with tinted lenses – and props for tortoiseshell pairs, which will be huge too.

Oversized square-frame sunglasses Gucci

Oversized square-frame sunglasses, £350, Gucci – buy now

Sugar Oversized Square Sunglasses Free People

Sugar Oversized Square Sunglasses, £22, Free People – buy now

ORANGE TORTOISESHELL OVERSIZED SUNGLASSES River Island

Orange Tortoiseshell Oversized Sunglasses, £16, River Island – buy now