Sunglass Trends 2008

May 5, 2008

Unlike hair trends and clothing trends, spectacles and sunglasses trends seldom undergo any major change and flux. Looking back over the past 5 years, it’s really only the re-emergence of oversized sunglasses which have caused the biggest stir. But that doesn’t mean that that you can wear any old pair in 2008. While last year’s pair will get you by, that’s not to say they’re going to be fashionable. Instead read on to find out which styles of sunglasses you should be wearing in 2008.

Ray-ban Wayfarers

A massive trend in 2007, the Ray-ban Wayfarer is not yet ready to die out. With major fashion influencers like Kate Moss still wearing theirs, the vintage Ray-ban trend will continue into 2008. As well as classic black, bright coloured frames are still in the picture, as well as the introduction of Wayfarers with duel-coloured frames.

Oversized Sunglasses

Oversized socialite sunglasses will go out of fashion at some stage, but it won’t be in 2008 or 2009. Brought back earlier this decade by stylist Rachel Zoe and popularised by the likes of Nicole Richie, we’ve seen them on many of the Spring-Summer 2008 and Autumn-Winter 2008/2009 catwalks…

Tortoise Shell

With fur a major clothing trend in 2008 it stands to reason that exotic materials will find their way to other trend, and while you won’t be sporting real tortoise shell in 2008 you’ll find the faux variety to be a popular element.


We first wrote of the aviators trend in 2007, and the great news is that they’re still in fashion. What’s even better is that the overall styling has hardly changed. Take a look at Kirsten Dunst (right) – taken in 2007 you can find very similar aviator sunglasses styles from most fashion houses.

Gradient Lens

So far we’ve only looked at the frames on 2008’s sunglasses trends. Much like clear and blue lenses in the 90s, this year will see attention paid to detailing of the lens itself. Of course, practicality dictates that this is an Autumn(Fall) – Winter 2008/2009 trend only but look for glasses where the colouring travels from black to clear, top to bottom.