Tiny Sunglasses: The Biggest Little Trend of the Season

Micro sunnies are fast becoming the favored frames of models and celebs alike

The chemistry of a trend is a tough one. Like forecasting which of all those memes will really go viral, it isn’t an exact science. We can monitor the emergence of trends by keeping our ears and eyes to the streets and runways, but sometimes we’re blindsided (no pun intended). Case in point, pencil-thin shades. They’re not new—strange, mostly mad scientist types in cartoons can sometimes be seen wearing them, and emo indie artistic types that argue with Brad about being the lead in their band can also be blamed for perpetuating their even niche existence. In this case though, we can happily place the main bulk of blame at one Kanye West’s Yeezy-clad feet. On a recent episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim explained, “[Kanye] sent me a whole email, like, ‘You cannot wear big glasses anymore. It’s all about tiny little glasses.’” Only he and God know who told him that, but we can speculate—Morpheus from the Matrix, perhaps? Or maybe the ’90s called? They’ve been exerting their influence on fashion quite a bit of late. Also—“A whole email?” How verbose could this iPhone-composed conversation have been? Big sunnies are incredibly chic. Just ask, I don’t know, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, or the entire cast of Dynasty (the original, obviously). We’re a little concerned for Tom Ford, who’s been the king of supersized shades of late, and who’s seemingly built an eyewear empire off the back of those crafty Kardashians. What are the chances his next big sunglasses campaign will feature itty bitty eyewear that couldn’t even cover a cornea? Let’s go with likely. Or how about mighty likely? In the meantime though, expect to see everyone from Rihanna to Gigi Hadid doing their best impression of Tim Burton’s Dr. Finkelstein, and while you click through our collection of the infinitesimal examples we’ve seen so far, we’ll work on a strategy to reinstate sunglasses that actually shield your eyes from the sun—stay tuned.

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