Tiny sun­glasses will be huge this sum­mer

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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.

Lau­ren Cochrane

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