Step Up Your Shades with These 12 Sunglasses Trends

Love them or hate them, the tiny sunglasses trend that swept the fashion nation back in 2018 is officially on the outs. In their departure emerges a vast number of bigger and bolder frames that are taking 2019 by storm. It might not be warm enough to bust out your summer jumpsuits and beach bags quite yet, but fortunately sunglasses are appropriate year round.

Start thinking of the potential outfits that will inevitably lead to Insta-feed fashion fame, as you take a look at our thoroughly researched finds. Scroll down for our assembly of the 12 top sunglasses trends of 2019 — or what I like to call "the big, the bold, and the blinged out."

Blue cat-eye Le Specs sunglasses photo

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Retro Cat-Eye: Le Specs On The Hunt Cat Eye Sunglasses

Cat-eye sunglasses have stood the test of time with a retro charm that flatters all face shapes. Worn by models on the Valentino, Michael Kors, and Oscar de la Renta runways, we witnessed this cut in an assortment of colors and sizes. You might be lucky and already have an old cat-eye frame in your closet (they truly never go out), but if not these Le Spec mirrored blue frames are a contemporary take. ($69;

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Shield Sunglasses: Quay Shade Queen Sunglasses

Keep your eyes, eyebrows, and cheeks safe from the sun's rays with the face-sweeping shield sunglasses trend. On the runway, Marques' Almeida showed off sunglasses that resembled ski goggles. Maybe that's not quite the look you're going for, so instead channel Tom Ford's take on the shield trend with Quay's less extreme specs. Still large and in charge, but you don't look like you're accessorized for the wrong season. ($60;

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Black and white horizontal striped sunglasses photo

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Patterned Frames: Illesteva Marianne Cat-Eye Striped Sunglasses

OK, I know I said tiny sunglasses are on the way out, but there are a few evolved styles lingering around, like these patterned frames by Illesteva. Before you pick up your dusty tortoise shell frames, I'm talking stripes and polka dots as seen at Moschino and Fendi shows. These Illesteva sunglasses kill two trends at once with both a black and white horizontal stripe, and a cat-eye shape. ($190;

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Candy Colored: Free People Real Deal Oversized Sunglasses

To the ladies out here living for two-piece sets, perfectly paired bikinis, and everything matchy-matchy, we have good news for you. Monochromatic, vibrant, coordinating frames and lenses are a thing. From Tibi to Kate Spade, colorful frames have covered the runways and these Free People sunglasses make the same statement for far less. ($20;

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Butterfly: No. 21 Bold Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Spring has sprung, flowers are blooming, so the fact that butterfly frames are trending really isn't that far off. The exaggerated points at the corners of the frames replicate the insect's wing shape, and the 2019 butterfly frames include ombre-lenses as seen at Coach, and embellished edges like Marques' Almeida. Try an ultra-feminine take on this trend with these rhinestone framed sunglasses by No. 21! ($120;

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Novelty fruit sunglasses chain photo

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Chain Gang: Tuleste Fruit Eyewear Chain

A little bit of grandma, a little bit of glitz. Sound the alarms, sunglasses with chains have arrived and we are so down. Unlike frat-star croquis, these sunglass chains are classy with dainty chains or strung with ladylike pearls. Influencers across the globe are accessorizing with this granny-chic trend. Best of all? You'll never lose a pair of sunnies again. ($75;

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Sporty: Free People Alessandra Cosmic Shield Sunglasses

It's no secret the fashion zeitgeist is experiencing an '80s flashback. Turns out, it's not limited to hair accessories and big jewelry. Sporty, slim shades like the ones used by professional athletes were trending on the runways of Stella McCartney. Take on the trend with a pair of these aerodynamic, rainbow frames by Free People! ($28;

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Fun Shapes: Topshop Jetson Pointy Slim Sunglasses

We can't see into the future, but if we could we imagine a pair of these triangular sunglasses would be found there. Circles, rectangles, hexagons, and squares, every shape and size were seen marching down the Spring 2019 runways. Try taking a gamble with an unexpected shape this season, you might be surprised with what works for your face. ($26;

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Red framed sunglasses photo

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Red Sunglasses: Marica Round Sunglasses

I already told you about the candy-colored trend this year, and if you're having trouble narrowing down your color options, might I suggest red. Red frames, lenses, and the combination of the two are, forgive me, red hot for spring. They've been a stand out at Salvatore Ferragamo and Each x Other runway shows. These oversized, red, round frames from Anthropologie will keep you on trend and groovy. ($38;

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Oversized retro sunglasses photo

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'70s Bifocal Size Frames: Greta Oversized Square Sunglasses

Just like grandpa used to wear, sans the thick lenses and double vision. These oversized frames look just like the retro eyeglasses, now with no prescription and a sun-shielding tint. I adore '70s fashion, and spotting these on the runway at Boss and Burberry made purchasing these Urban Outfitters shades a must. From hangovers to pool parties, these stylish shades will keep you and me looking collected. ($18;

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Mirror, Mirror: Ray-Ban Round Flash Sunglasses

People watch in public without the fear of getting caught. Mirrored sunglasses keep you looking cool while you're checking out the guy at the end of the bar. From reflective lenses on the sporty shades previously mentioned to couture mirrored sunnies at Chanel, fashion is providing a discreet way for the rest of us to people watch. ($178;

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Bedazzled: Premium Rhinestone-Embellished Square Sunglasses

Time to sparkle and shine girl! As you can already see 2019 is not the year of understated and muted, and those of you who love to live loud, we have the trend for you. Blinged out sunglasses are here with rhinestone clad sunnies showcased at Miu Miu and Givenchy. You don't need a designer budget to get in on this glitz, and these Forever 21 frames are a showstopping steal. Say it with us, "I'm extra, and I'm proud." ($13;

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