Lauren Conrad rocks the oversized sunglasses trend.
Associated Press’ Samantha Critchell explores the rising trend of oversized sunglasses.
And from the looks of things, this statement-making fad is far from over.
All those celebrities in oversized sunglasses might be doing more than shielding themselves from the paparazzi: Large lenses, especially those that fit the contours of the face, provide better protection from the sun’s rays.
Trends in sunglasses shapes don’t necessarily change from year to year, because once people find the shape that they feel best suits their face, they tend to stick with it, says Michael Hansen, vice president and general manager of the upscale retail chain Ilori.
“If you’re just looking at glasses side by side on a table, you might not see many differences between the glasses, but a trained eye will know what works. Once you try the styles on, a round vs. a rectangular will look dramatically different,” he says. “A subtle change in design is amplified on the face.”
For those who do want to try the bug-eye look, Hansen suggests the Prada butterfly for people with round or oval faces, and round-lens Dolce & Gabbana frames for a rectangular face.
Soltis, of the nonprofit Vision Council that promotes eye care, says the oversized frames are a win-win situation for the wearer because they make a fashion statement and provide extra shade from the UV rays.
“Everyone is paying attention to skin cancer and the skin tissue around the eye is very delicate,” she says. “Oversized frames do give more protection on the face, and they also give more protection on the sides, which means less squinting. Squinting goes against the young, fabulous and firm mindset because you get crow’s feet.”