Tiny sunglasses will be huge this summer
From Joan Crawford to Jackie O, Kate Moss to Kanye West, a pair of sunglasses has long been the accessory weapon of the A-list. But, as Kanye himself has recently decreed, “the bigger the better” is no longer the unspoken sunglasses rule. Instead, only tiny ones barely covering your eye sockets are cool now.
Of course, viewers of Keeping Up With the Kardashians would know that already. Kim revealed that her husband, who doubles as her stylist, has effectively outlawed big sunglasses. “[Kanye] sent me a whole email like, ‘You cannot wear big glasses any more. It’s all about tiny little glasses,’” she said recently in the show.
Insiders have been reducing the size of their shades for a while now, but the Kardashians wearing them on their eponymous TV show means tiny sunglasses have gone mainstream. This is the latest example of what fashion calls a “tricky trend” – see ugly train- ers, vinyl, even skinny jeans – going mass.
The likes of Bella and Gigi Hadid are big fans of small sunglasses. Solange Knowles’s Surface magazine cover, released last week, slays partly because of her skinny red sunglasses. Rihanna wore some on the red carpet last year. None of this means you will have an easy transition to the new shape, however. Even Kardashian, a woman whose physical perfection rates very highly on the golden ratio test, doesn’t look her best pictured in Westapproved shades.
What hope is there for the rest of us?
Fair to middling, is the answer. These sunglasses should be worn halfway down the nose – Bella Hadid is a master at this – and with a heavy dose of irony (part of the reason Kardashian’s sunglassed shift doesn’t entirely work is that she doesn’t really do irony). Your inspiration should come from the late 90s/early 00s – specifically Trinity in 1999’s The Matrix, played by Carrie-anne Moss in a pair of spoon-like shades. That doesn’t mean PVC catsuits and floor-length leather macs are set to be the next tricky trend. But, hey, it can only be a matter of time before Kanye decrees it so.