From the beautiful Jackie O to fashion icon Joan Crawford, even Kate Moss to Kanye West, a pair of sunglasses has long been the accessory weapon of the A list.
They are a symbol that says: “I am very famous, and have possibly recently had a facelift.” But, as Kanye himself has recently decreed, “the bigger the better” is no longer the unspoken sunglasses rule. Instead, only tiny ones barely covering your eye sockets are cool now.
Of course, if you’re doing your part and really “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” , you definitely would already know that. Kim revealed that her husband, who’s also contributes as her stylist when he’s not busy being the Mr. West himself, has officially and effectively outlawed big sunglasses. “[Kanye] sent me a whole email like, ‘You cannot wear big glasses any more. It’s all about tiny little glasses,’” she said recently in the show.
Insiders have been reducing the size of their shades for a while now, but the Kardashians wearing them on their popular TV show means tiny sunglasses have gone mainstream and – sorry to ruin your summer before it has even started- but be prepared- that you’ll have to ditch your aviators. This is the latest example of what fashion calls a “tricky trend”. The likes of Bella and Gigi Hadid are big fans of small sunglasses. Solange Knowles’s Surface magazine cover, released last month, slays partly because of her skinny red sunglasses. Rihanna wore some on the red carpet last year.
Fair to adequate, is the answer. These sunglasses should be worn halfway down the nose. Bella Hadid is most definitely a master at this! Brands to know include George Keburia, which made Solange’s Scarlet Red shades, and Andy Wolf, which did Rihanna’s, though eBay is also worth a look. Your inspiration should come from the late 90s/early 2000s – specifically Trinity in 1999’s The Matrix, played by Carrie-Anne Moss in a pair of spoon-like shades. That doesn’t mean PVC catsuits and floor-length leather macs are set to be the next tricky trend. But, hey, it can only be a matter of time before Kanye declares it so.