Aside from being protection from the sun’s rays, sunglasses are a huge fashion statement. This year, sunglasses are all about color and fun. An array of shapes and patterns make spring 2011’s sunglasses trends stand out. Protect your eyes (and your fashionable reputation) with these three hot sunglasses trends.
Big, buggy and retro
Think back to the days of Woodstock and "Charlie's Angels" with these bug-eyed statement pieces. Actresses like Goldie Hawn made them a fashion statement back then. Now, designers are bringing them back to the mainstream. Available in a massive selection of styles, these face-flattering UV shields come in colors like bright teal, pink, white and even prints. Perfect for dressing up or dressing down, the '70s-inspired specs cover a large portion of the face, giving the rest of your look a small and demure appearance. With round, round-oval, round-square and square frames, there's a pair of retro sunglasses to suit every face shape. They can be purchased nearly everywhere, from the bargain bin to high-end retailers.
Edgy and futuristic
Welcome back to the 21st century. Talk about fashion-forward. Take a time machine to the year 2050 with these hot-off-the-runway styles. You saw 2011's throwback with retro sunglasses, but the wave of the future are these edgy, unique sunglasses. This trend is all about being outlandish and having fun. Designers thought outside the box this spring and went for styles that no one has ever seen before. Frameless lenses are dropped down in front of the eyes. Thick and colorful frames hold ultra-bright lenses in green, purple and blue. 2011 is all about the unconventional.
Another vintage throwback in spring 2011 collections is the '50s-inspired cateye. Though this time around, the old-time trend has a bit more edge. Funky, unexpected colors meet extreme shapes. These aren't your grandmother's cateyes! They're not anywhere close to conservative and sweet. Heart and square-shaped faces match best with these sock hop-style sunnies, but since they're available in many shapes, from wide to skinny, there's a style for just about anyone.