Guide to Sunglass Styles

Are you obsessed with oversized, partial to aviators, or absolutely stumped? Click on any pair of shades below to learn more about a particular style, and shop for the ones you can’t get enough of. From retro square styles to cat eyes, novelty to sport, we’ve got you covered!

Sunglass Types

Aviator Sunglasses Cat Eye Sunglasses Clubmaster Sunglasses Wayfarer Sunglasses Oversized Sunglasses Round Sunglasses Sport Sunglasses Shield Sunglasses Novelty Sunglasses

aviator sunglasses


Classic aviators have a dark metal frame and reflective or smoked lenses. The large lenses were designed to block the sun from all angles (which is why they were worn by pilots back in the day) and look good on every modern-day Maverick.

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cat eye sunglasses

Cat Eye

Categorized by upswept angles and retro frames, cat eye sunglasses were originally made famous in the ’50s by stars like Marilyn and Audrey. With feminine vibes and feline prints, retro lovers should snag this style right about … meow.

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browline sunglasses


Browline sunglasses have a thick top frame that runs across your brow (get it?) and extra-thin rims around the bottom half of the lens. Colonel Sanders was an early browline fan, and today’s celebs carry on the retro-inspired tradition.

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retro square sunglasses

Retro Square

Not sure what style to choose? With its boxy shape and super-thick frames, you can’t go wrong with a classic retro square style. Available in a variety of prints and colors for both guys and gals, this is a go-to for every face shape and size. Looking to nerd out a bit? Try a pair of clear lens retro square styles instead (without having to get all studious).

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oversized sunglasses


Oversized sunglasses are as they seem: very large frames and lenses that definitely make a statement. They come in many styles, prints, and lens tints, and work well for those looking for a little extra sun coverage (or to hide those eyes after a long night).

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round sunglasses


John Lennon comes to mind with this iconic style. While the lenses are always round, the frames can be small or large, skinny or thick, and metal or plastic. Throw on a pair of these frames and sway to the music!

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sports sunglasses


For the adventure-seekers out there, sport sunglasses are characterized by thin, sleek lenses tapering at the temples (you know, so you can work harder, better, faster, stronger). Made to fight glare and enhance your visibility, many come with special polarized lenses.

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shield sunglasses


Shield sunglasses differ from other styles by their one-piece lens. There are so many types of shield styles, from thin, metal ones with a rounded lens to thick, plastic ones with a boxy lens. Whether you’re sporting this style at the next big bash or on the beach, they’re sure to draw attention.

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novelty sunglasses


These are for a wacky party, New Year’s Eve, Halloween, graduation — you name it! From disco balls to American flags, novelty sunglasses add fun to every occasion (and will make partygoers think you’re extra clever, too).

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