It’s spring and that means that the sun stays out just a tad longer and a bit stronger, prompting the need for some truly chic specs. But instead of the tried-and-true variety, why not switch things up with a pair of outré frames? While the runways were full of styles fit for the future—from Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, and Versace, to name a few—it’s often tricky to wear them in real life without looking like a full-on space time traveler. Leave it, however, to Rihanna to inspire us all to shade up in wraparounds with distinguished flair.
While Rih’s Dior sunglasses simultaneously reference a 1950s cat-eye and a Terminator shield, the latest futuristic versions run the gamut from subdued, like Cutler and Gross’s mirrored lenses, to a tad more sparkling, like aFendi pair sprinkled with Swarovski embellishments. Looking for fresh takes on the round styles favored byBeyoncé, Cara Delevingne, and the Olsens? Dries Van Noten and Yohji Yamamoto are among the designers offering forward-minded versions focusing on color and metallic trim. Above, we present 11 best new options to get shady for the season and millenniums to come.
Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne, and more of Rihanna’s Navy pay tribute to “Work”: