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Round Lenses

A pair of round sunglasses naturally thrives when teamed with a modern-day seventies outfit. This year, round lenses are taking a step back from their retro image and are at your disposal for a wide variety of style combinations. Why not go ahead and make them work with your most minimalist look. Find out the do's and don't mind the don'ts. 

by Charlotte De Loose

Seen on the runway


Not a single designer felt the need to only add a basic pair of round sunglasses to their runway silhouettes and leave it at that. The new retro shades are innovative and reawaken alluring styling possibilities. Each pair is entirely different from the other, and it seems as though there are a million ways to reinvent a model that has persistently stuck around since the sixties. A common thread throughout the circular trend is the use of tinted lenses, Elie Saab's yellow-coloured lenses instinctively retake us to the Woodstock years. Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci neatly ties together a red and fuchsia silhouette by adding red-coloured lenses with a bold black frame. 

Moving on to the statement shades, Dolce&Gabbana adds pearly embellishments to an oversized frame, and Thom Browne designed striking metallic temples to go with his clean round frame. Proving that you can easily modernise round sunglasses and wear them in a contemporary way, Marni created a futuristic pair with large, round lenses that are connected by the infinite glass nose bridge. 
From left: Thom Browne, Elie Saab, Givenchy, D&G, Marni

Translated to the street


From small lenses that just about cover the eye to large show-stoppers, a pair of glasses has a high accessorising authority and can either make or break your outfit. Minimal silver frames look great with contemporary, slightly edgy attire whereas large acetate-framed glasses are the epitome of femininity and pair nicely with a casual day-to-day silhouette. Pay tribute to the origin of round coloured glasses and allow them to come full circle by adding them to your bohemian-tinted denim look.
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