SS16 Style Trends: 70s Sunglasses Comeback

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70s boho fashion has been a favourite of mine since forever; a bit like 60s monochrome and 80s glam, it’s one of those trends which seems to have dipped in and out of the seasons like a pub regular.

1970s fringing, suede, floaty dresses, paisley prints and tassels have made an appearance on London Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, New York and Milan catwalks time and time again. The good thing? Fashion always seems to have time for a throwback from the 70s. The bad thing? Some of us don’t know whether we’re coming or going with our floral flares.

But there’s one thing you can always bank on with 1970s retro trends; festival season. And we all know what festival season means here at Select Specs; it means sunglasses galore and bohemian style is a dead-set.

From SS16 trend reports, I’m feeling confident that the 70s comeback is bigger than ever. And I have a feeling that it’s here to stay for good. That on-off relationship we’ve been having is about to take that all-important step to commitment. In relationship speak, 70s fashion and I are getting a dog. 😉

If you’re excited about the 1970s fashion revival in SS16 like I am, here are 3 vintage sunglasses looks that you just have to experiment with.

1. Round Hippie Glasses

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This style of sunglasses frame is perfect for festivals. Made famous by some of the most iconic musicians of our time, round frame sunnies have a strong and powerful connection with music. So if you want vintage sunglasses with a rich musical history and plenty of meaning, opt for a full-rim round frame and add some serious sass to your festi-wardrobe this summer. We love these Miu Miu MU 13NS (2/2) glitter glasses, which mirror the hedonistic style concepts which were present in the late 70s.

2. Oversized Retro Frames

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The 70s was a real turning point for sunglasses. With new developments in plastic lenses and the ability to create lightweight designs, the size and shape of frames evolved dramatically. Oversized sunglasses became a huge hit and favourite shapes were round, square or butterfly; there were even some shapes that resembled a ‘melting plastic’ look. These Chloe CE675S shades feature a quirky avant-garde design, so representative of the 70s.

3. Flower Power 

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Both the 60s and 70s were liberating decades for people all over the world and one of the most iconic songs of that time was San Francisco by Scott McKenzie. The lyrics sang: “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair“. Flowers and floral prints became much more than something pretty; they were truly symbolic of freedom of speech and freedom of thought. If you’re digging this hippie vibe and you want to create a throwback boho look this summer, be sure to check out the Limited Edition Dolce & Gabbana DG4230 ALMOND FLOWERS sunglasses which are unapologetically decadent.

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