The dominance of oversized shapes on the sunglasses market of recent years appears to be shifting, but there's always a retro element for designers to look to. This pair of Green Wendy Sunglasses from Fred Flare offer an immediate vintage look without opting for clichés.
For most of us sunglasses are the last things on our minds (and shopping lists) right now, but that's never stopped the fashion industry. Determined to show off their Summer 2011 fodder already, there's some pieces worth buying ahead for, like these Lace Livey Sunglasses by Theirry Lasry.
Sold as womenswear, this pair's appeal goes beyond that to a unisex pair with effortless style. The rounded frames avoid the often clichéd oversized sixties look, instead opting for a smoothly rounded mid size. The tortoiseshell frame, complete with slimmed down arms, are the ideal finishes to a timeless pair of frames.
Get them online from Matches Fashion now for £288.
Finishing touches can make the most lasting impression for a retro look, and something as vital to your look as a pair of specs is well worth choosing carefully. These new vintage inspired pairs from Jason Wu are absolutely ideal for a late fifties/early sixties chic that's timeless.
Both the Viola (left) and Jane (right) pairs use a sleek cats eye shape, with slim and stylish frames that are feminine and classic. Utilising classic colours and materials, these pairs provide an instant vintage feel to any ensemble, whether your glasses are a permanent fixture or not.
Get them online now from Browns for £180 per pair.
With the oversized sunglasses trend lasting many a summer season in the mainstream, there's bound to be more than a few retro lovers looking for a new influence. Thankfully there are some options from more inventive designer brands available.
These Helter Skelter Sunglasses by Karen Walker are an ideal choice, retaining an unmistakeable sixties look in a decidedly different way. The smaller, rounded frames have an almost beatnik style, with a tortoiseshell design on the frames to retain that classic appeal.
Available in the UK from Urban Outfitters, the pair will set you back £145.