Though it’s still early in the season, we already have a wish list in the works. Unsurprisingly, said document is comprised of all the ridiculously insane accessories we’re fawning over from afar. Though we’ll surely dream about Gucci’s Iman Ankle Strap Sandals ($1275) and Yves Saint Laurent Leather’s Cage Belt ($495) for months to come, in the meantime, there is another wardrobe necessity that’s more accessible, affordable, and amazing to boot. All we can say is, Wayfarers, watch out! There’s a new style on the block—round sunglasses—and we have a feeling it’s the next big trend.
Certainly we’re not the first to fall for this look: circular sunnies have captivated everyone from John Lennon to Dwayne Wayne. Though these frames have been dormant for a few seasons (or decades), as of late, we’ve noticed them popping up on a few fringe members of the tastemaking community. The most notable devotee—Mary-Kate Olsen—has a few pairs she favors, including styles by Marni, similar to the Gray Glasses ($385), and Chanel, similar to the Small Round Shape ($340) and Round Retro Style ($535). It appears the fashion community agrees with her sunglass preferences, as we spied scads of round frames on the Spirng 09 runways!
Amongst the many standout examples this season, the versions at Proenza Schouler, Ralph Lauren Collection, and Dries Van Noten particularly impressed us. Regarding the former, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough styled their show with several super-striking, brushed metal pairs, but this finish wasn’t produced for retail, sadly. There is good news though! The Proenza Schouler designers did create a few updated versions of their Round Sunglasses ($310, 212.226.8276), all of which will be available at Ilori in Soho. The circular frames are silver at the temples and come in three different colors: black, dark tortoiseshell, and light tortoiseshell.
Additionally, we’re also fans of the simple styles shown at Dries Van Noten ($340, see LindaFarrowVintage.com for stockists) and Ralph Lauren Collection’s Round Sunglasses with Chain ($240). If you’re looking for their lovely orange runway version, like in the image above, just ring the Ralph Lauren Eyewear store and tell them you’d like style # RL97615003 ($325, 212.988.4620).
Of course, you can find lots of round sunglasses off the runways as well. We spotted an excellent budget-friendly option at ASOS recently; try their Thin Frame Round Sunglasses ($17) for a quick trend fix. We highly recommend checking out the awesome selection at Nasty Gal Vintage. The Annie Glasses ($40) in red, as seen above, are also available in tortoise, black, and purple. There are also some additional styles, like the Circle Sunnies ($45) in pink or black, that are definitely worth perusing!