Whether it feels like it or not, believe that the sun is on its way. While we travel through the rocky transitional period it can feel like summer might not actually happen this year, but it always does. And when it does, there’s a mad rush to cop all your summer essentials as if it’s a surprise that summer actually arrived. We say no this year. We will not wait until we’re actually being blinded by the sun until we consider buying a pair of sunglasses. To be more specific, retro sunglasses.
In line with the shifting tastes over recent seasons towards retro sneakers and garments from bygone eras ranging from the ‘70s right up to Y2K (does Y2K count as retro yet?), we’re firmly fixed on wearing only retro sunglasses this year. We’re talking big square frames, cat-eye frames, wire frames, the whole lot as long as they're retro.
Keep scrolling to shop the best retro sunglasses for summer 2022.
Gucci Oversized Square Sunglasses
One of the surest hallmarks of retro sunglasses is their size. Gucci knows this better than anyone else and the proof is in huge oversized frames like these.
Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classic Sunglasses
Ray-Ban's Wayfarer is undoubtedly one of the most popular frames to have existed. This classic iteration features the original shape with slightly tilted lenses.
Versace Hexad Signature Sunglasses
While we're on the subject of iconic frames, it's only right that Versace secures a spot in the roundup. Inextricably linked with The Notorious B.I.G., these Versace shades epitomize the timeless appeal of retro sunglasses.
Matsuda Round-Frame Sunglasses
Part Mad Max, part Woodstock 1969, these Matsuda sunglasses are ticking all the right boxes with those blue lenses.
Saint Laurent Square-Frame Sunglasses
Although retro sunglasses have a name for being loud, this Saint Laurent pair proves that they can be minimal and versatile, too.
Gucci Tortoiseshell Oversized Sunglasses
But for those of you who are reading this because they want a pair of loud retro sunglasses, look no further than this big tortoiseshell masterpiece from Alessandro Michele.
Prada Aviator Frames
Aviators are a tricky game. Style them right and they're refined and suave, style them wrong and you can come off looking like a Top Gun extra. This pair from Prada will do 90 percent of the work for you, though.
RETROSUPERFUTURE Zenya Sunglasses
Based around a lilac and black checkerboard pattern, the Zenya Sunglasses from RETROSUPERFUTURE with rounded cat-eye lenses offer up a whole lot of attitude.
Balenciaga Twist Sunglasses
Never one for taking the usual route, Demna's Balenciaga has become masterful at subverting classic designs. This pair of sunglasses feature twisted arms to give them personality.
Gentle Monster Roke YC4 Sunglasses
The '70s and '80s served as the backdrop for the rise in popularity of tinted frames. Admittedly, the tinted frames went downhill in the '80s (as did almost all fashion). This pair from Gentle Monster recalls the glory days of golden lenses.
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