Trending: ’90s Sunglasses

Fashion certainly comes in cycles, and right now we’re pedalling back to the ’90s.

’90s-inspired sunglasses are having a moment, with the likes of Rihanna, Gigi Hadid, and Kendall Jenner getting in on the act.

Can’t remember what sunnies were like in the ’90s, or (gulp) weren’t born yet?

Taking a look back at photos of celebs like Will Smith, Gwen Stefani, and Beyonce from this era, we can see that shades were on the smaller side.

Thinner frames were in, there were plenty of future-esque designs (think The Matrix and Kurt Cobain’s famous bug-eye glasses), and lots of minimalism too.

Fancy a giving this trend a go?

Here are our top picks of the moment.


Britpop Vibes

These retro sunglasses from Ray-Ban embody the brand’s effortlessly cool aesthetic.

The thin, oval shape was a big hit in the ’90s (think Britpop band Oasis!),  and won’t overpower your face.

The lenses are shaded, which add to the retro feel, and contrasts with the delicate gold frames, nose bridge, and temples.

Tortoiseshell temple tips add interest and ensure a secure fit.

These sunnies would look fab with your finest boho gear — think long floaty skirts, tie-dye, and denim jackets.

Ray-Ban RB3547N


Vogue VO5211S

Distinctive and fun, these shades from Vogue definitely hit the mark.

The exaggerated cat-eye shape is reminiscent of the very ’90s bug-eye look, accentuated by the thick white acetate frames.

The tinted lenses add a futuristic element to these sunnies, and look fresh against the crisp white.

Wear these shades with floral blouses and Mum jeans for an up-to-date take on this trend.

Vogue VO5211S

Prada PR 16QS

These bold sunglasses from Prada are a cool update on Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s signature style.

The thick frames have echoes of the glasses made popular by Cobain, but a thin wire nose bridge and matching temples adds a touch of delicacy.

Wear these with your fave band tee to keep in theme.

Prada PR 16QS

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Vogue VO2606S (1/2)

If you want a versatile pair of sunnies that tap into the ’90s trend, then these chunky black shades from Vogue are the pair for you.

The lens shape is thin enough to get those ’90s vibes, but wide enough to provide full coverage — great if you’re super active.

The thick temples ensure these sunnies won’t budge.

Team with your athleisure wear on down days, or when you’re working out.

Vogue VO2606S (1/2)

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If you’re looking for a more early ’90s pair, then these chic shades might be the ones for you.

The small round frames embody the ’90s preference for smaller lenses compared to today.

The warm amber rim adds to the vintage appeal and works well with the brown tinted lenses.

The tortoiseshell temples provide a cool contrast.

Wear these sunnies on road trips in double denim, or on sunny school runs.

Like this? Read about the trend for skinny Matrix specs here.