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A History of Stylish and Popular Eyewear

Written by Daljit Singh

This is how the most-trending sunglass
shapes of the moment came into being.

LA VIE EN ROSE

In China, sunglasses were used as
early as the 12th century. Made out
of flat panes of smokey quartz, they
helped protect people’s eyes from the
sharp glare of the sun. Cut to 2020, we
might not have glasses carved out of
gemstones, but the pastel-pink hue is
certainly the rage. Available in different
textures, this colour has found home in
many a shape, owing to its delicate hue.

  • John Jacobs, Rs2,500.
  • DressBerry at myntra.com,Rs 899.
  • Zara, Rs 890.
  • H&M, Rs 2,999.
  • Ted Smith at myntra.com, Rs 4,490

POLAROID PERFECTION

In 1936, Edwin H Land began using his patented Polaroid filter for making sunglasses, revolutionising the world of optics forever. The dark glasses, along with saving your eyes from the wrath of the sun, lend a certain ‘special agent’ vibe to the wearer…which, in our opinion, is a rather sexy look! Plus, they are now available in a bunch of fun shapes, helping you go from business to casual, easy-peasy

  • Versace, price on request.
  • Gucci, price on request.
  • Louis Vuitton, price on request.
  • Polaroid, Rs 5,400.
  • Vogue Eyewear x Millie Bobby Brown, Rs 7290

XXL SUNNIES

In the early 1900s, the use of sunglasses became more widespread, especially among Hollywood stars. The
actors used oversized sunglasses to conceal their identity and also to protect their eyes from the near-blinding lights on the movie sets at the time. You, too, can unleash the A-lister in you by opting for an extra, extra large pair in shapes, ranging from rectangular to round, and square to cat-eye, with ornate details like gold rims and jewelled temples.

  • Versace, price on request.
  • Gucci, price on request.
  • Louis Vuitton, price on request.
  • Polaroid, Rs 5,400.
  • Vogue Eyewear x Millie Bobby Brown, Rs 7290

AVIATORS FOREVER

Created in 1937 by Ray-Ban for the United States Air Force pilots (to protect their eyes from bright sunlight and harmful ultraviolet rays), Aviators quickly became a fashion
staple during, and after, the World War II. Over eight decades later, Aviators are still here…and still very stylish! This super-versatile shape, available in a range of colours and finishes, pairs well with both casual and fun looks—which covers everything from your favourite pair of jeans to a sundress.

  • Sayon, Rs 5,999.
  • Joe Black at ajio.com, Rs1,500.
  • Burberry, Rs 15,790.
  • Dior, price on request.
  • Ray-Ban, Rs 10,090.

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