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Summertime Shades: The Biggest Trends

The sheer volume of sunglass shapes, colors, sizes and brands is beyond overwhelming. Should go you for a pricier pair that has a classic look you won’t get sick of? Or maybe you should opt for a super trendy and cheap pair that you can wear to the beach or Lollapalooza this summer without worrying about losing them. The choices are endless, but we’re here to help. Check out some of the biggest sunglasses trends of summer 2015:

1. The circular shade: Big, circular shades with a thin frame are by far my favorite look as of late. I got a cheap pair from Urban Outfitters and then realized I was seeing the Ray-Ban version all over Facebook in a variety of colors. The black and gold color scheme is a classic combo that will make this trendy pair of shades more timeless. 

Ray-Ban Round Metal shades ($150, Ray-ban.com) 

2. Mirrors: This one is a huge DUH. If you don’t know at least five people with mirrored aviators, then you may be living under a rock. In order to pull off the mirrored shade without looking like everyone else, try a different type of frame (like the pair below).

Illesteva Leonard Round-Frame Matte-Acetate Mirrored Sunglasses 
($180, Mrporter.com)

3. High bar: TBT to my dad’s old school aviators because metal bars are trending this season. This feature adds an interesting detail to any pair of shades, and numerous high-end designers are getting really into this look, such as Christian Dior and Alexander Wang. This ASOS pair is a little more in our price range… 

Bueller II Shades ($20, Nastygal.com)

4. Embellishments: Subtle embellishments on frames can be a unique touch to make your shades stand out amongst a sea of aviators. There are some extreme examples on Nasty Gal’s site, such frames topped with palm trees or pineapples, but this pair has the perfect amount of added detail. 

Heavy Petal Circle Shades ($20, Nastygal.com)

5. Two-tone: Several designers have recently been putting out thick frames that are horizontally divided into two colors. I’m personally a big fan of a two-tone frame that is half clear and half colored. This emphasizes the colored half and gives you the trendiness of a clear frame without having to fully commit, because let’s be honest- clear frames are pretty tough to pull off.

Illesteva Two-Tone Round Frame Sunglasses (inqmind.com)

Sydney Davis is a senior at Washington University in St. Louis majoring in Film & Media Studies and minoring in Writing. She loves running, exploring new cities, fashion, boating, and most importantly, Whole Foods. 
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