Trendy Summer Sunnies That Are Worth the Hype

The bright rays of the hot summer sun are upon us, and that means protecting our precious peepers with the only coolest and trendiest sunglasses.

As trends in eyewear come and go, some styles are so epic they last for generations — like the Ray-Ban classic aviator styles, while other sunglasses remain a timeless classics — like wayfarer and butterfly shapes. And then other recognizable styles are on repeat from past decades — like oversized ’70s shades.

Whatever shape or style fits your personality, sunglasses are a wardrobe staple, and in some cases, a necessity. Sunglass Hut has a nifty tool to help you find the perfect sunglasses for your face shape. For example, oval-shaped faces look best in rectangular and upswept frames for balancing your features, including oversized and cateye shaped sunnies. You can also check out Evo’s guide to measuring your face to get the perfect fit.

Prices run the gamut. I once bought a super cute pair from one of those kiosks in the mall. They looked adorable but offered absolutely no protection from the sun and are essentially useless. But you can grab really cute sunglasses for cheap without sacrificing functionality.

I’ve rounded up the most popular sunglass styles for 2022 that have rave reviews because of their affordability and quality.

1. Aviator Sunglasses

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Whether it’s the newest Tom Cruise “Top Gun” movie that renewed interest in aviator-style sunglasses or it never really went away, aviators are universally appealing to multiple face shapes and look great on both women and men, but especially those with a oval, square and heart shaped faces. The aviator’s distinct features are clean, simple colors, metal frames with teardrop shaped lenses.

My Favorite Picks

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Classic Aviator Sunglasses

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Mirror Aviator Sunglasses

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QUAY X DESI High Key Mini Aviator Sunglasses

2. Y2K Rectangle Sunglasses

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Ah, the rectangle sunglasses. It just seems like yesterday that I was giggling in the mall with my besties sporting these sunnies. But here they are again. The revisited Y2K glasses have a wider frame and shorter height that works well on round, oval and shorter faces. Their shape is relatively simple but thier candy-colored lenses make them super extra.

My Favorite Picks

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Rectangle Retro Sunglasses

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Rectangle Retro Fashion Sunglasses

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Chunky Retro ’90s Nude Rectangle Sunglasses

3. Modern Cat Eye Sunglasses

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Cat eye sunglasses are only for the uber cool and have became synonymous with femininity. The style became popular in the 1950s because of their lifted, upsweep frames that sit close to the browline and were worn by icons like Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, to name a few. Modern cat eye sunnies come in a slew of sizes and colors. This style works for a variety of faces, including oval, heart and square shaped faces.

My Favorite Picks

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Vintage Square Cat Eye Sunglasses

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Ralph by Ralph Lauren Cat Eye Sunglasses

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Retro Cat Eye Sunglasses

4. Oversized Sunglasses

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With an oversized pair of sunnies, you can completely hide from the paparazzi or an annoying neighbor. Made popular in the ’60s by the great Jackie Kennedy, we’ve been obsessed with oversized sunglasses ever since. But to be oversized, these babies have to be larger than traditional sunglasses. Just don’t commit a fashion sin by getting a pair that’s obviously way too oversized for your face.

My Favorite Picks

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Oversized Square Jackie O Sunglasses

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Polarized Vintage Big Frame Sunglasses

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Polygon Oversized Sunglasses

5. Colored Lens Sunglasses

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Colored lenses dominated the runways during the designer spring/summer fashion shows earlier this year. Personally, I prefer darker lenses, but who can’t help but love citrus- and rose-colored ones? I’m not totally sure which lens color is mean for what, but they’re for sure a head-turning style and totally on-trend right now.

My Favorite Picks

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Wildberry Cat Eye Sunglasses

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DIFF Eyewear Lenox Aviator Sunglasses

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Skinny Cat Eye Square Sunglasses

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