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The Style Hawker: My Style Obsession? Oversized Sunglasses

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Celebrity stylist Annabel Kerman (AKA The Style Hawker) tells you how to channel your inner Jackie O with the season’s most on-trend eyewear

I’ve always been an oversized sunglasses girl. Maybe it’s the instant glamour of big shades, or the allure of the stars who have given the look iconic status. Maybe it’s just because they cover up half my face, which has got to be a blessing on early morning school runs. Even if it’s raining. And dark.

Vogue has described the donning of oversized sunglasses as a ‘confidence imbued transformation’, which also nails it. Somehow with big sunglasses you can be someone else: A more glamourous, enigmatic and frankly more fabulous version of your bared faced self.

Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s the oversized shade ruled. And through the decades, while other sunglasses trends have come and gone it has remained a constant, from Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn in 1950’s Hollywood, to Nicole Richie, the Olsen twins, and the modern day LA starlets, and everyone in between.

However this season, with the maximalist trend on a roll, oversized shades have positively swept the board. ‘Go Big or Go Home’ is the current fash pack mantra when it comes to sunnies, and from first peek at next season’s catwalks it shows no sign of abating. Confirmation that if you haven’t taken the plunge yet, oversized statement shades are where it’s at.

Here’s our top five investable styles:

round sunglasses style

1. ROUND: We’re not talking John Lennon here; the round shade has supersized for 2016 and shows no sign of abating for autumn winter. Coloured plastic frames are on point, two tone even more so.

Style icon: Nicole Richie

square sunglasses

2. SQUARE: This look has more than a hint of the Royal Tenenbaums about it. With a nod to the geek chic trend so big this season, the geometric shape couldn’t be more hot right now.

Style icon: Jackie O

cat eye sunglasses

3. CAT EYE: The look has been warming up for a few seasons but spring/summer’s offerings are poppier and more statement-making than ever. Retro chic done at full volume.

Style icon: Lady Gaga

coloured lens sunglasses

4. COLOURED LENSES: Last seen in the early 90’s, coloured lenses are big news again. Whether frameless or with chunky frames, blue and yellow are key colours.

Style icon: Twiggy

embellished sunglasses

5. EMBELLISHED: More was more on the spring/summer catwalks, but this is a tricky trend to pull off. For real life, keep the rest of your outfit minimal- even casual. Otherwise you’ll end up looking like Dame Edna Everage.

Style icon: Rihanna

Lead image (Tsumori Chisato), Round Sunglasses image #1 (street style), Round Sunglasses image #2 (Michael Kors Ready to Wear), Round Sunglasses image #3 (Nicole Richie and Mary Kate Olsen), Square image #4 (street style), Square image #5 (Miu Miu), Square image #6 (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis), Cat Eye image #7 (Susie Bubble in Jonathan Saunders), Cat Eye image #8 (Pared Eyewear), Cat Eye image #9 (Lady Gaga), Coloured Lenses image #10 (Gucci Ready to Wear), Coloured Lenses image #11 (Chanel Ready to Wear), Coloured Lenses image #12 (Twiggy), Embellished image #13 (Dolce and Gabbana), Embellished image #14 (street style), Embellished image #15 (Rihanna) all sourced via Pinterest.

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