Time to trade in your shades: this summer’s top sunglasses

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The sun is out! Time to reach for your trusty Wayfarers. Not so fast – Wayfarers are risky style territory now unless you want to find yourself in the Venn diagram where royals and reality TV stars meet. Instead, it is time to up your sunnies game with a style associated with the likes of Beyoncé, Susan Sarandon or, indeed, Prince.

Rihanna channelling The Matrix’s Trinity.
Rihanna channelling The Matrix’s Trinity. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/French Select
The Flex white, £75.00, from xxxx
Flex sunglasses, £75, from Le Specs.

The Matrix

Get ready for the red pill: a Matrix revival is here. If the Hadids have gone full Neo with leather trenches and rubbery polo necks, these sunglasses are entry level. Think a Y2K take on what the future looks like – square or oval lenses with skinny arms, basically. Rihanna wore some Trinity-esque designs at Cannes. Course she did.

Prince’ sunglasses are already bestsellers.
Prince’ sunglasses are already bestsellers. Photograph: Kevin Mazur/WireImage
Mirror Medusa sunglasses, £180, from Versace.
Black mirror Medusa sunglasses, £180, by Versace.

The Purple Rain

Prince’s character in Purple Rain, the Kid is now, sadly, a fancy dress cliche. Fashion has moved on to his sunglasses. The kind of round, reflective shades worn by Prince from 1984 until his death last year are likely to be seen in their thousands in festival fields this summer. They’re bestsellers on Asos already. Wear now to get ahead of the curve.

Queen Bey looking regal in her shades.
Queen Bey looking regal in her shades. Photograph: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images
Aviator kitten sunglasses, £30, from Skinny Dip.
Aviator kitten sunglasses, £30, from Skinny Dip.

The conversation starter

Beyoncé has given us many, many visual gifts – her portfolio of “push party” pictures the latest case in point. A more subtle one is her endorsement of fun sunglasses The alpha accessory that will make you Queen all summer.

Elisabeth Moss wears updated cat-eye sunglasses.
Elisabeth Moss wears updated cat-eye sunglasses. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock
Cat-eye acetate sunglasses, £170, from Net-a-Porter.
Cat-eye acetate sunglasses, £170, by Matthew Williamson, from Net-a-Porter.

The top cat

The cat-eye sunglass has been updated – and this time it has more spike to it. The most extreme version was worn by Kendall Jenner and friends last summer, but 2017’s version is a bit more kind. Think Grace Kelly style for millennials, as seen on Elisabeth Moss at Cannes.

Carly Chaikin as Darlene in Mr Robot.
Carly Chaikin as Darlene in Mr Robot. Photograph: USA Network/Getty Images
Rose gold heart sunglasses, £10, from Claire’s.
Rose gold heart sunglasses, £10, from Claire’s.

The Darlene

Hacker TV show Mr Robot’s top-line style takeaway is Elliot Alderson’s hoodie. You don’t imagine that sunnies are Elliot’s jam – he leaves them to his sister Darlene . Her Tank-Girl-goes-to-Harajuku look is an acquired taste but the heart-shaped sunglasses are irresistible. Sue Lyon in Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita with added eyeroll.

Sarandon rocking the red carpet at Cannes.
Sarandon rocking the red carpet at Cannes. Photograph: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images
My Girl sunglasses, £40, by Quay, from Asos.
My Girl sunglasses, £40, by Quay, from Asos.

The Croisette

Cannes is still going but Susan Sarandon has already won the red carpet. This feat has been achieved by several things – sweetheart neckline dresses, a sense of glee and sunglasses. Her shades of choice – big, wide, enigmatic – are bang on for a proper Hollywood A-lister. You can wear them, too, obvs. They add a bit of glamour to a life not lived on the Croisette.

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