I'm Dreaming of Summer—and a Time When I Can Actually Wear These Epic Sunglasses

Emma Spedding
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Every picture I am saving on Instagram recently seems to have one thing in common—a pair of vibrant square-frame sunglasses. This might be a side effect of just finishing the '70s series The Serpent, or maybe it's because like many Brits in February in lockdown I am desperately craving some sunshine (or let's be honest, even daylight). I typically tend to be very boring when it comes to sunglasses, only wearing a Wayfarer or similarly classic shape, however this year I'm drawn towards retro shades in vibrant hues. I blame it on lockdown boredom.

I'm more than ready to have some fun with my outfits again, and wearing a pair of OTT bright green sunglasses on my daily walk might just satisfy this urge. Unsurprisingly, Gucci (a moniker for maximalist nowadays) is leading this trend, with its angular, rainbow shades. Another label which has sparked this revival of angular, colourful sunnies is Loewe which as part of its Paula's Ibiza collection looked at vintage styles from the '70s and '80s to create graphic, glossy square sunglasses with rounded lenses inside the frame. They instantly became as Instagrammable as a Puzzle bag, and sold out as fast as you can say 'cult buy.'

When it comes to sunnies, my philosophy is "more is more" this year. If you also want to branch out from tortoiseshell, below I've found lots of amazing sunglasses in mint, petrol, orange and pink.

Style Notes: This soft mustard hue will go with almost any outfit, and I love the lighter tint on the lenses. When you've not seen friends in months, it'll be nice to still be able to see their whole face.

Style Notes: Green and glossy. This is what I want my sunnies to be in 2021.

Style Notes: Green is trending for eyewear this year, and I love this acidic shade.

Style Notes: Go all out retro with white frames like Lotte's pair.

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Gucci Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses (£345)

Boxy and beautiful.

Loewe Anagram Square Tortoiseshell-Acetate Sunglasses (£260)

Okay, I added a bit of tortoiseshell to this edit.

ASOS Design 70's Square Sunglasses in Brown Plastic With Smoke Lens (£12)

ASOS have lots of '70s-inspired sunnies.

Lapima x Lisa Oversized Square Acetate Sunglasses (£395)

As bold as they come.

Gucci Oversized Square Acetate Sunglasses (£320)

Gucci, I love you.

Loewe Square Acetate Sunglasses (£280)

There is something 3D-esque about these glasses—in a good way.

ASOS Design Recycled Frame Mid Square Sunglasses With Bevel in Blue (£12)

The blue and tinted lens combo is a dream pairing.

Gucci GG-Logo Quilted Rectangular Acetate Sunglasses (£255)

You'll want to see the quilting on the arms.

Loewe Anagram-Logo Rectangular Acetate Sunglasses (£260)

If you want a really rectangular pair.

Courreges Black Square-Frame Sunglasses (£157)

These are a personal favourite.

ASOS Design Recycled Frame Mid Square Sunglasses in Tort (£12)

I told you ASOS was nailing this trend.

Lapima Teresa Oversized Square Acetate Sunglasses (£395)

This soft green is ever-so-pretty.

Jacques Marie Mage Squeeze Square Acetate Sunglasses (£575)

More green.

Weekday Cruise Squared Sunglasses (£18)

These have a more '90s feel.

Next up, see our guide to the key trends for spring/summer 2021.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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