RX Optical Blog Image The Past is Back 06.18.18

The Past is Back: Old Meets New Sunglasses Trends

Don’t worry, it’s not just déjà vu; 80’s sunglass trends are making a reappearance!

2018 fashion in sunglasses is stealing many styles and shapes from the past, and these are just a few of the fashionable frames that we are excited to see on the shelf again:


Both men and women are rocking the brow bar shades right now! Metal and plastic styles of brow bar frames are dominating the sunglasses scene, and this is a total resurgence of 80’s eye-catching fashion.

Rx Optical sells Ray Ban polarized sunglasses
Ray Ban Polarized with Brow Bar Sunglasses


What goes around comes around, and these round shades are making a return. From large circles that give the bug eye effect, to tiny spectacle circles, round sunglasses are hot on the market in an array of sizes.

Round Paul Smith Danbury sunglasses feature green lenses and a black frame.
Paul Smith Danbury 53mm Round Sunglasses


Ladies, can we agree that a cat eye never goes out of style? This sophisticated look can be dressed up and dressed down. It pairs with any outfit, complements any face shape, and evidently can withstand the test of time.

Tiffany & Co.'s cat eye sunglasses feature pink lenses.
Tiffany & Co. Cat Eye Sunglasses



If you look closely, you might see your reflection. Mirrored sunglass lenses are back! This eye-catching material can be found in almost every shape and style, and makes for an eye-catching accessory.

Frogskin Matte Black Violet Iridium Oakley Sunglasses feature a black frame and violet lenses.
Frogskin Matte Black Violet Iridium Oakley Sunglasses

Finally, don’t be surprised if you see a blend of these styles! Many brands and designers are doubling down on 80’s trends, like these cat eye brow bar sunnies pictured below.

Miu Miu Mirrored Heart Sunglasses show off gold frames and peach colored lenses.
Miu Miu Mirrored Heart Sunglasses

Anything goes with 80’s style, and the bolder the better!

Stop by one of our locations and refresh your sunglasses to a trendy look with one of these popular new (or should we say old?) styles.