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These are 2021’s Biggest Sunglasses Trends and We Want Them All

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Last Updated on September 7, 2021

Sunglasses have the ability to transform an outfit.

From oversized shades, to tinted aviators, there’s a style to suit every face shape – but the real hero of the year is the rectangular shape. These work on round and heart-shaped faces, while oval faces suit square shades better.

In the other end of the shades spectrum, it seems we can’t escape the androgynous look – and why would we want to?

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Every celebrity from Kendall Jenner to Lizzo has been spotted in a pair of angular sunglasses – but if a round shape suits your face shape better, you’re in luck as they’re going no where either.

Here, we’ve broken it down and found the biggest shapes for spring and where to buy them now, with both affordable and designer options for those looking to invest.


The classic cat-eye has had an update, with an angular addition to the timeless shape.

Lauryn cateye sunglasses Ace and Tate

Lauren Sunglasses, from £100, Ace & Tate – buy now

GG-logo quilted cat-eye acetate sunglasses

Quilted Sunglasses, now £178, Gucci at Matches Fashion – buy now

REN - TORTI poppy lissiman

Tortoiseshell sunglasses, £94, Poppy Lissiman – buy now

Urban Outfitters Angled Cat Eye Sunglasses

Angled Cat Eye Sunglasses, £18, Urban Outfitters – buy now


Another classic, the aviator is still big in 2021. This time, tinted lenses are the key detail.

BLK/BRNFD HIGH KEY aviators quay london

High key aviators, £49, Quay London – buy now

ray ban RB3689 purple lenses

RB3689, now £140.80, Ray Ban – buy now

ASOS DESIGN recycled frame oversized plastic aviator sunglasses in black

Oversized Aviator Sunglasses, now £4.20, ASOS Design – buy now

JimBob Sunglasses Poppy Lissiman

JimBob Sunglasses, £98, Poppy Lissiman – buy now

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Possibly our favourite sunglasses trend this year, the rectangular shape looks retro and modern at the same time – not to mention effortlessly cool.

Rectangular Frame Sunglasses & other stories

Rectangular Frame Sunglasses, £27, & Other Stories – buy now

Marfa sunglasses, £190, The Attico at Matches Fashion – buy now

Squared frame sunglasses blue mango

Sunglasses, £17.99, Mango – buy now

Retangular retro sunglasses Monki

Retangular Retro Sunglasses, £10, Monki – buy now

Half Moon

A favourite among celebrities, nothing says glamour like a half moon pair of shades.

Walk Sunglasses

Walk sunglasses, now £12, Weekday – buy now

Polarised sunglasses h&m

Sunglasses, £34.99, H&M Studio – buy now

Sunglasses, £125, Cubbitts – buy now

Half Moon High Brow in Moss Victoria Beckham

Half Moon High Brow in Moss, now £183, Victoria Beckham – buy now

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When it comes to oversized sunglasses, the bigger the better. These add personality to any outfit, whether that’s with loungewear or an LBD.

Tortoiseshell oversize sunglasses

Oversized sunglasses, £19.99, Mango – buy now

ASOS DESIGN oversized 70s sunglasses with G15 lens in shiny black

70s sunglasses, £12, ASOS – buy now

 poppy lissiman

Helios, £98, Poppy Lissiman – buy now

ASOS DESIGN recycled frame oversized 70s square sunglasses in crystal brown to pink fade

70s Square Sunglasses, £12, ASOS DESIGN – buy now

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Round shades suit nearly everybody. Whether oversized or small, colourful or monochrome, they’re a classic staple that will never go out of style.

Loewe Story Anagram-logo round acetate sunglasses

Logo sunglasses, £280, Loewe at Matches Fashion – buy now

The Lily round sunglasses Jimmy Fairly

The Lily, £129, Jimmy Fairly – buy now

Rae Round Frame Sunglasses, £16, Urban Outfitters – buy now

percy yellow sunglasses cubbitts

Percy sunglasses, £125, Cubitts – buy now


Slimline shades are going nowhere this summer. The angles of the Matrix sunglasses make them perfect for round faces.

UO Rectangle Lens Rimless Sunglasses urban outfitters

UO Rectangle Lens Rimless Sunglasses, £18, Urban Outfitters – buy now


Rimless Glasses, £19.99, Zara – buy now

Drive Sunglasses Weekday

Drive Sunglasses, £18, Weekday – buy now

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