This summer it's all about BSE, aka Big Sunglasses Energy. After a 10-year hiatus, during which the teeny tiny frame reigned supreme, the super-sized '70s style has started to creep back into the public's collective fashion consciousness. This is an accessory predicated on impact, and I am comfortable admitting that they are not the most 'flattering' style on me (yes, I have a small face) but, just like many items in my wardrobe, this is something I'm happy to sacrifice when an item is this fabulous. They're big, bold, wonderfully throwback, and, to be quite honest, the one accessory that garners the most compliments, especially in a Zoom context.
Like a statement shoe or OTT jewellery, '70s sunnies are ideal for adding that extra something to an outfit. A short-sleeved shirt and jeans looks 10 times chicer with big frames, and a belted dress is given added retro kudos. As a '70s fashion fan, I don't know how I've got till this point in my life without discovering the elevating powers of this throwback accessory. In summary: I don't plan on taking them off until winter hits.
While there are plenty of great options from both high street and high-end designers (mine are from Joseph FYI), I recommend checking out the vintage originals on second-hand platforms such as Etsy. They're often very affordable and you can be smug in the knowledge that no one else will have the same pair as you. To save you time, I trawled through the pre-loved options and listed some of my favourites below, alongside the odd new season offering. It's time to embrace BSE this summer, and I can guarantee you won't regret it (even if your partner/friend says you look like a human bug—what do they know?) Scroll down to see and shop my edit.
How I'm wearing my oversized sunglasses
On Joy: Joseph, Fulham Sunglasses, £185; Kin x Rie Takeda Panelled Wrap Jacket, Blue, £50; Joseph, Knitted Trousers; Charles & Keith Strappy Chunky Sandals (£55); Astrid and Miyu Textured Oval Link T-Bar Necklace in Gold (£65).
Shop my sunglasses
Joseph Fulham Sunglasses (£185)
Shop other '70s sunglasses
Vintage Emilio Pucci 1970's Oversized Sunglasses 845 15 Brown (£80)
Gucci Gg Oversized Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses (£225)
Vintage 70s Womens Sunglasses Made in Germany by Primetta (£65)
Gucci Men's Oversized Aviator Sunglasses - Black/Yellow (£355)
Vintage Corner De Jp Lamy Sunglasses 1970s Womens Oversize (£28)
Fendi Oversized Tortoiseshell Sunglasses (£279)
Topshop Gemma Ginger Oversized Sunglasses (£7)
Vintage Saphira 4192 11 Butterfly 70s Women's Sunglasses (£125)
Vintage 1970s 80s Deadstock Orange Frame Big Lens Sunglasses (£40)
Arket Tortoise Shell Oversized Sunglasses (£69)
Chloe Oversized Oval Havana Sunglasses - Havana (£299)
Courreges Black Mirrored Oversized Sunglasses (£245)
Vintage 1990s Gold Square Sunglasses (£12)
John Lewis & Partners Women's Oversized Square Sunglasses, Rose Gold/Purple Gradient (£25)
Powder Aubrey Sunglasses (£29)
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