By Megan McDonald April 20, 2012

Even though sunnies have become a year round stylish staple, this is usually the time of year when many of us go on a vision quest for new frames. And since sunglasses had a major moment on the spring/summer runways, I did a little homework for you. So, if you don’t like to be kept in the shade on the latest trends, keep in mind that there is a retro feel to nearly every eyewear trend out there--and quite a few are unisex...

Lets kick off with something for the guys. Want something a little more modern JFK than

Time Honored by Winter Check Factory, $100.


Or log on to for a $95 pair, which include polarized lenses. And when you make a purchase they give a pair to someone in need. Nice. 

Thatcher by Warby Parker



Prada showed its take on traditional horn-rimmed shades, which you can always find in the less-pricey Ray-Ban variety.

Old school cool: Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Pattinson in Ray-Ban's Clubmaster 


Yeah, even Maverick and Goose would be surprised to know that aviators have secured a solid foothold – but at the moment the focus is on exaggerated aviators like these. And, yep, Carreras have found their way back into our collections:

Carrera Endurance Aviator

On the Kenzo Spring/Summer 2012 runway

Welles by Oliver Peoples


It doesn’t get any more retro than the cat eye….

It Girl Olivia Palermo in Tom Ford cat-eye sunnies.

Miu Miu Vintage Cat Eye

My personal fave: Stella McCartney’s peaked cat-eye


White hot frames are très très chic, like these on the Dries van Noten Spring 2012 Runway….

Dries van Noten Spring 2012

Of course a cat-eye had to make an appearance here in the white trend :: Portofino by Prism

Yves Saint Laurent metal rectangular frames.


Get your '80s-inspired update, which always means something’s been oversized….

Square-framed Victoria Beckham rose-gold plated sunglasses

By Balenciaga

Dior oversized striped sunnies


Now it's your turn: Who makes your favorite sunnies? And which of these shapes will you be trying out this summer? Leave a comment and let me know!

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