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From the runway to your feed, there’s no shortage of sunglasses trends to sift through right now worn by tastemakers and celebs alike. The good news: You can finally stop scrolling — the coolest new sunglasses of 2023 are here (and easy to find online), thanks to designer brands like Miu Miu, Loewe, Acne Studios, and Celine, to name a few.

With summer quickly approaching, we went to the experts to ask about the hottest sunglasses trends to watch out for this year. The forecast: Looks like your sunnies are about to get a lot more fun.

“We are emerging out of the TikTok gas station/drugstore thin, wraparound mirrored lenses trend (powered by Balenciaga, Y2K style, Kim Kardashian) and into oversized metal frames and acetate styles (think: Miu Miu, Acne Studios, Loewe, Gucci, Chanel),” says New York City-based fashion stylist Michaela Snavely.

If you’re not ready to try something new with your eyewear this season, don’t worry — classic, timeless shades will also have their moment this year. “A new trend for old, rich style, recently debuted by Sofia Richie in the wake of her wedding, shows us we don’t need all the frills and attention-seeking eyewear. Complementary eyewear in more simple styles that accent your look and not make a statement will start resurfacing.” Put another way, “quiet luxury” is here to stay.

But when it comes to shopping for a new pair of shades, a good rule of thumb is to go with your gut.

Snavely explains that, when shopping for clients, she picks “several glasses that I think would fit their face shape best, sometimes ignoring what is in trend, because I do feel that sunglasses are so personal to your shape of face. Therefore, I always like to promote trial and error with shapes and styles while staying true to the direction of the look whether it is a statement piece or a complementary accent.”

In other words, whether they’re trendy or classic, pricy or budget-friendly — if you wanna wear them and like how they fit, you can’t go wrong.

Editor’s picks

Now, here are a few of the most stylish Snavely-approved shades to consider from the hottest brands from Miu Miu, Loewe, and more (plus a few of our own favorite picks). But before you add all of ’em to your cart, keep Snavely’s advice in mind about what’s hot — and what’s not — below.

2023 Sunglasses Trends to Watch, According to a Stylist

“Final thoughts: RIP to Y2K, Balenciaga, and Bottega — hello to oversized, Art Deco/retro styles with contemporary design. Metal frames add a sleek and contemporary touch, while acetate styles provide a range of color options and patterns.”

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1. Miu Miu Butterfly Frame Sunglasses

From the Met Gala to the runway, Miu Miu is having a damn good year. Sure, you might not be a celeb (yet), but take it from Snavely and throw on these oversized, metal butterfly glasses.

Buy Miu Miu Sunglasses at $621

2. Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza D-Frame Acetate Sunglasses

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Let’s call it: It’s about to be a hot Loewe summer. Say hello to the collab shades of the season. “For the risk-taking consumer: We will be seeing everything from Loewe’s inflated frames in bright fun colors (already seeing several dupes) to Paula’s Ibiza D-Frame reflective acetate style recently sported by Karol G for Paula’s Ibiza’s newest campaign,” Snavely tells Rolling Stone. “I am calling it that Paula’s Ibiza wave mask sunnies will be the glasses of the summer.”


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3. Loewe 55MM Inflated Cat-Eye Sunglasses

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We’ve seen the future of sunnies, and it’s allllll yellow. Snavely’s second Loewe pick, these shades feature a bold, colorful style and playful cat-eye silhouette. Best of all, they’re only $360. Also available in red and black.

Buy Loewe Cat-Eye Sunglasses at $360

4. Acne Studios Frame Sunglasses

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According to Snavely, designer label Acne Studios “is subtly pioneering eyewear each season as the most casual yet powerful/impactful accessory,” adding that the brand “just sent 20 out of 51 looks down the runway adorned in the coolest, always fresh and complimentary eyewear for their Fall 2023 RTW collection.” [Adds to cart.]

Buy Acne Studios Sunglasses at $390

5. Celine Cat-Eye Sunglasses


When in doubt, wear these Celine cat-eye sunnies — a timeless look and simple shape from a brand with a rock & roll spirit.

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Buy Celine Sunglasses at $420

6. Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classic Sunglasses

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Because everyone needs a reliable pair of Ray-Bans on hand. Built for the beach, summer music fests, and your commute, they don’t call them a classic for nothing. (Bonus: We love that they’re under $170 online).

Buy Ray-Ban Sunglasses at $163

The fashion industry has seen quite the rapid cycle of micro-trends throughout the past year, from the very persistent rise of Y2K style to the birth of balletcore. Meanwhile, trying to shop every fly-by-night look to land on your TikTok feed can feel impossible at worst, and expensive at best. But the best sunglasses trends of 2023 are here to provide a helpful workaround. Ranging from playful and eccentric to streamlined and motocross-inspired, the options out there right now span enough aesthetic ground to shift the vibe of any wardrobe.

An excellent place to begin is with sporty designs. “We’re definitely feeling this kind of active-meets-future shape being really prominent,” Anush Mirbegian, the director of accessories at FashionSnoops, tells TZR. She calls out wraparound shapes and mono-lenses — in other words, silhouettes that are synonymous with more form than function — as key accessories in the upcoming months. Christyn Breckenridge, the owner of eyewear brand 3rdEyeView, agrees. “The clash that’s happening right now with athletics and high fashion is dope,” she says. “Razor edge shapes are really popular [right now] — they would normally stay within those sport realms but you can spot them on a celebrity courtside nowadays.”

The renewed interest in exaggerated, neoteric styles comes after a period of gravitation towards thin and understated frames. “The pendulum is definitely swinging back after the surplus of trending micro-lens frames in past seasons, with statement, oversized shapes now coming back as the new must-have silhouette,” reflects Amelia Ansink, Fashion Snoops’ senior strategist of accessories.

Whether you’re looking to make a splashy statement with your eyewear or prefer an updated classic, 2023 has a sunglasses trend for you. Ahead, TZR gathered five styles worth trying on right now.

Sleek & Sporty

This year is definitely all about athletic-inspired clothing and accessories (hey there, moto mamis). “Think detached rims and crooked arms playing into this kind of cycling, active shape that meets a future VR goggle,” Mirbegian says. These frames are edgy and cool — and surprisingly easy to customize just by playing around with unexpected styling combinations. “I love pairing textures with [sporty] glasses,” Breckenridge advises. “Throw on leather gloves or a leather embellished hat and voilà!”

Visor & Shield Lenses

Spotted everywhere from the runway to the streets (and on Kim Kardashian), a bold pair of visor sunglasses is a surefire way to make a statement. “The mono-lens and shield sunglasses were the most popular silhouette we tracked through the Spring/Summer 2023 runway season,” Ansink recounts of the style, which popped up on on the runways of Marine Serre and Max Mara, to name a few. Consider trying a mirrored lens, which is strikingly reminiscent of ski goggles with a subtle nod to the early aughts style (just Google J.Lo in her Jenny From The Block era).

Rounded Cat-Eye

This timeless shape works with virtually any cute outfit — and it’s everywhere right now, so you have lots of options to choice from. “We've spotted this [style] a lot with Swedish brand Chimi as well as the French [label] Emmanuelle Khanh,” Mirbegian notes. A favorite all the way back to the 1930s, cat-eye glasses have gone through several iterations before settling into their current, softer form. “[Accessories] pull from the style of specific decades or subcultures when it comes to silhouette shapes, colors, and detailing,” Ansink explains. Pair your pick with a classic red lip and LBD, or opt for a more colorful frame atop a blazer and micro miniskirt.


“Rectangular shapes are maintaining their standing and have sort of a Y2K reference point,” says Mirbegian. It’s a simple silhouette, which allows room to play with color and tinted lenses, a detail that has garnered popularity in recent years. “Vintage yellow or brown hues from the ‘70s American Hustle era are returning,” notes Breckenridge, inviting you to add warm colors to your own eyewear collection.

Fun Frames

Individuality and gender fluidity are at the foundation of many current fashion trends. So what better way to explore this personalization than playing with a variety of textures, shapes, and colors? “Puffy, bubbled styles, influenced by JW Anderson’s work at Loewe inject a little humor into eyewear,” Mirbegian tells TZR. Whether you’re all about rhinestones or experimenting with more geometric motifs, you can take the look further by way of embellishments like straps and charms — two details that FashionSnoops has flagged as the future of eyewear.

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