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ilumin Takes a Look at What’s Trending in Sunglasses This Summer

No matter the season, the team at ilumin knows that protecting your eyes is always in style. While we transition into longer, brighter days, finding a stylish and comfortable pair of sunnies sets the season off right! This month, we’ve taken a look at some of the eye-catching sunglass trends that are sweeping the states.

The Trend: 90’s

It hit us like a ton of bricks to realize that The Nineties now qualify as vintage. Our grunge rebellion and wide-legged jeans are to Gen Z what flower power and The Beatles were to us. But it does soften the blow to realize that not only are the comfortable fashions we came of age with back in style, but we don’t even have to argue with our parents about overhauling our closets.

While the denim trend is wider-legs, the sunglass style is skinny. Look for small, round tortoise-shell frames for a masculine style, or short frames with a slight upsweep near the temples or a subtle cat-eye for a feminine take.

The Trend: Embellished

I believe we will officially be fined by Gen Z if we use the words “bling” or “ice”, and so we absolutely won’t. Instead, we will simply state that embellished frames do more than light up a room, and have every right being the star of all of your upcoming beach excursions.

Be sure to try the glasses on in a sunny area to determine if gems or jewels create a glare or visual obstruction that make them unsafe for driving, and avoid glitter, which is prone to coming loose and can cause corneal abrasions.

The Trend: Sports-Ready

From Tour De France to Tour De Force, cycling glasses are taking the streets by storm. We love them for their full coverage and UV protection, but you’ll love them for their modern look and versatility. You’ll find stars like Bella Hadid and The Kardashians sporting cycling style everywhere from hiking trails to the red carpet.

The Trend: Green

Not the color, but the mission. While they may not have the word “sustainable” written across the lenses, earth-friendly sunglasses make the wearer 60% hotter instantly, without having the same effect on the planet. Finding glasses made from recycled material, using sustainable practices, and utilizing ethical labor and manufacturing processes is easy, and will always be in style.

Check out brands like Proof, Warby Parker, Sticks and Sparrow, and Modo for chic looks Mother Earth would approve of.

The Trend: Bold Neutrals

Bright white frames create a bold statement without creating drama. Clean lines keep you looking polished without becoming stuffy or serious.

The Trend: Updated Aviators

Cooler than IceMan, this year’s aviators maintain the same relaxed authority as the classics, with a decidedly modern twist. Show them who’s Top Gun in a pair of casual shades ready to take on the day.

The Trend: Frameless

Pure shade, the latest in frameless offer you all the UV protection without being extra. The drama in frameless shades come from the tint factor, showing up in shades of greens and oranges to compliment any ootd.

The Trend: Classic

Nothing will ever beat the shape that makes you feel confident. Trends come and go, and are often sparked by someone simply embracing a style that suits them and makes them feel fantastic. So if you’re looking to be your most radiant self this summer, wear what makes you feel gorgeous, and that offers the most UV protection so you can keep seeing just how beautiful you and your life are for years to come.

Our team at ilumin would love to help you find your perfect sunglasses just in time for Spring.

Stop in at one of our two convenient locations or give us a call at 402.933.6600.