Updated: May 2015

Sunglasses are an essential accessory. Not only do they act as protection from the harmful rays of the sun but from the beach to the ski slope they are the very visible finishing touch to your outfit. This season consider the latest catwalk inspired designs, vintage retro styling and frames that have become modern classics. Here is our guide to the hottest sunglasses trends.

John Lewis Cat's Eye Sunglasses, Black/Tortoiseshell

Vintage chic

Shapes, colours and styles inspired by the 1960s and 1970s are one of this year’s biggest trends. Oversized, round and coloured frames are back to provide some bohemian chic. Updated with clever design detailing to suit the modern world these frames are a fashionable alternative to the conventional.

TOM FORD FT0237 Snowdon Hollywood Square Sunglasses, Tortoise

Modern classics

As fresh today as they’ve always been, these styles have survived the passing fads of fashion. This trend highlights sunglasses that have classic shapes and styling combined with simple designs that are crafted from quality materials. Think square lenses with black, Havana or tortoise coloured frames, unfussy and uncomplicated they’re always a pleasure to wear.

Miu Miu MU52PS ZVN1x1 Frameless Oversized Shaped Sunglasses, Pale Gold

Catwalk style

Inspired by the catwalk these sunglasses are loud and proud. Designed to accessorise, they have built-in glamour, sophistication and, above all, fun. Think contrast colour frames, beaded decoration and quirky styling combined to create stand-out eyewear.

Oakley 004071 Wiretap Rectangular Sunglasses

Sports luxe

High performance frames and designs for those of you who like to be active in the sun or on the slope. These sunglasses tend to have a high spec construction that uses light alloys, spring hinges and a wrap around lens that offers temple protection.

John Lewis Classic Aviator Sunglasses

Aviator

Probably the most classic frame shape on the market, the aviator is also known as the pilot, the profession which inspired its creation. A simple and elegant design, the aviator is ideal for everyday wear.