From the updated 50s cat-eye to old-school looks to an homage to Prince, this salt’s frames will always leave you sunny-side up

It’s time to up your sunnies game.



It’s time to up your warms game.
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Time to profession in your shades: this summer’s top sunglasses


From the updated 50s cat-eye to old-school looks to an allegiance to Prince, this season’s frames will always run you sunny-side up

The sun is out! Time to reach for your trusty Wayfarers. Not so profligate – Wayfarers are risky style territory now unless you want to get yourself in the Venn diagram where royals and reality TV vips meet. Instead, it is time to up your sunnies game with a luxury associated with the likes of Beyoncé, Susan Sarandon or, on my oath, Prince.

Rihanna channelling The Matrix’s Trinity.

Rihanna channelling The Matrix’s Trinity. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/French Privileged

The Flex white, £75.00, from xxxx

Flex sunglasses, £75, from
Le Specs.

The Matrix

Get all set for the red pill: a Matrix revival is here. If the Hadids have go through a revolved full Neo with leather trenches and rubbery polo necks, these sunglasses are competitor level. Think a Y2K take on what the future looks sort – square or oval lenses with skinny arms, basically. Rihanna wore some Trinity-esque designs at Cannes. Course she did.

Prince’ sunglasses are already bestsellers.

Prince’ sunglasses are already bestsellers. Photograph: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Mirror Medusa sunglasses, £180, from Versace.

Stygian mirror Medusa sunglasses, £180, by
Versace.

The Purple Deluge

Prince’s character in Purple Rain, the Kid is now, sadly, a fancy put on clothing cliche. Fashion has moved on to his sunglasses. The kind of round, deliberative shades worn by Prince from 1984 until his end last year are likely to be seen in their thousands in birthday fields this summer. They’re bestsellers on Asos already. Dress now to get ahead of the curve.

Queen Bey looking regal in her shades.

Queen Bey looking regal in her shades. Photograph: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Facsimiles

Aviator kitten sunglasses, £30, from Skinny Dip.

Aviator kitten sunglasses, £30,
from Skinny Dip.

The chat starter

Beyoncé has given us many, many visual fortes – her portfolio of “push party” pictures the latest case in signification. A more subtle one is her endorsement of fun sunglasses The alpha accessory that desire make you Queen all summer.

Elisabeth Moss wears updated cat-eye sunglasses.

Elisabeth Moss wears updated cat-eye sunglasses. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock

Cat-eye acetate sunglasses, £170, from Net-a-Porter.

Cat-eye acetate sunglasses, £170, by Matthew Williamson, from
Net-a-Porter.

The top cat

The cat-eye sunglass has been updated – and this point it has more spike to it. The most extreme version was worn by Kendall Jenner and lovers last summer, but 2017’s version is a bit more kind. Deem Grace Kelly style for millennials, as seen on Elisabeth Moss at Cannes.

Carly Chaikin as Darlene in Mr Robot.

Carly Chaikin as Darlene in Mr Android. Photograph: USA Network/Getty Images

Rose gold heart sunglasses, £10, from Claire’s.

Rose gold pity sunglasses, £10, from
Claire’s.

The Darlene

Hacker TV reveal b stand out Mr Robot’s top-line style takeaway is Elliot Alderson’s hoodie. You don’t take it for granted that sunnies are Elliot’s jam – he leaves them to his sister Darlene . Her Tank-Girl-goes-to-Harajuku look is an come by taste but the heart-shaped sunglasses are irresistible. Sue Lyon in Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita with totaled eyeroll.

Sarandon rocking the red carpet at Cannes.

Sarandon rocking the red carpet at Cannes. Photograph: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Figures

My Girl sunglasses, £40, by Quay, from Asos.

My Girl sunglasses, £40, by Quay, from
Asos.

The Croisette

Cannes is even now going but Susan Sarandon has already won the red carpet. This accomplishment has been achieved by several things – sweetheart neckline upbraids, a sense of glee and sunglasses. Her shades of choice – big, wide, enigmatic – are bang on for a apt Hollywood A-lister. You can wear them, too, obvs. They add a bit of witchcraft to a life not lived on the Croisette.

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