Round Sunglasses Are The Next Big Thing We Won’t Be Buying

Catherine Strawn | June 11, 2009 - 2:30 pm

We’d seen the round glasses trend creeping up slowly for the last couple years. It became especially apparent the circle shades would blow up at some point when Mary-Kate Olsen, always the trendsetter, began wearing John Lennon-style wireframes on a regular basis. And then goggle-like pairs were paraded down the runways of Proenza Schouler, Lanvin, and Marc Jacobs. Now, the New York Times has declared this the summer of round-framed sunglasses, and we’re aghast. We need a new style of sunglasses to take over because Ray-Ban Wayfarers have long since reached their saturation point. But there’s a reason those are so ubiquitous: They pretty much look good on everyone. No matter your face shape or style of dressing — from my über-preppy friend to the hipsters down the block — they fit. Round frames, while classic, don’t look so hot on everyone. Do you want to look like Ozzy Osbourne? Because, you know, round wire-framed specs are as much of a trademark for him as his long hair and incomprehensible speech. Now, if you resemble a hot Harry Potter when you put on a pair of round glasses, then you’re one of the lucky few. The rest of us should avoid these bug-eyed shades like the plague. I’m not really into looking like a washed-up hippie or a mosquito, are you? [NY Times]