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The latest trend in eyewear, 10 XXL frames

From catwalks to sidewalks, oversize glasses are everywhere. The trend that first made its comeback some seasons ago, is a must for fall-winter 2021-2022. Find out how to make these timeless extra-large accessories your own…

To understand why oversize glasses hold such appeal, you have to go back to the Sixties. It was a time when skirts got shorter, rising well above the knee (Coco Chanel was famously not a fan), while glasses only got bigger. Oversize shades let you hide away, looking super stylish in the process. They proved invaluable for protecting stars from the paparazzi, so were swiftly adopted by the likes of Sophia Loren and Jackie Kennedy, whose glasses became all-important parts of their wardrobes. Princess Diana, Brigitte Bardot and Françoise Hardy also played their part in ensuring the success of oversize frames.

All this happened around the same time that oversize spectacles came out. Rather than hiding her short-sightedness, designer Emmanuelle Khanh would wear her oversize frames, with their sharp lines, with pride. Her look was both eccentric and elegant, as you can still appreciate from the EK eyewear collections. Yves Saint Laurent was another designer indissociable from his oversize frames, the work of Maison Bonnet in tortoiseshell. The shy designer wanted glasses big enough to hide behind. Years later, the talented Jenna Lyons, long-time Creative Director of J.Crew, would also made oversize spectacles iconic.

Discover our non-exhaustive list of the oversize designs to embrace.

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    Lydie spectacles by Maison Nathalie Blanc, €308

    These ‘made in France’ frames have been given the couture treatment by Maison Nathalie Blanc. While the oversize square design promises to make you look like a star, the two-tone effect only adds to their character.

    Find out more about this oversize design by clicking here.

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    Guy spectacles from Kirk & Kirk, €420

    Kirk & Kirk makes colorful and stylish frames that stand out. As well as having plenty of character, these are lightweight frames, owing to the fact that they are made from acrylic. The clear blue Guy frames are bound to attract their fair share of attention.

    Find out more about this oversize design by clicking here.

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    1.   Arya glasses from Jimmy Fairly, €129

    Seventies style may have been one of the major fall fashion trends for 2020, but it is every bit as popular this year. Get the look with the Arya design by Jimmy Fairly; with their gradient lenses and asymmetric angles, these frames draw on the Seventies in style. Wear with a biker jacket for best effect.

    Find out more about this oversize design by clicking here.

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    Berthe Sun glasses by Andy Wolf

    Mask-style sunglasses reappeared over the summer and their popularity looks set to continue into fall-winter 2021-2022. The lenses on this striking Berthe Sun design from the Austrian brand stretch beyond the frames.

    Find out more about this oversize design by clicking here.

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    Stacey spectacles from Spectacle Eyeworks

    These sleek, feline-effect oversize glasses strike the perfect balance between bold and elegant. The combination of cut-outs and colors ensures they stand out for all the right reasons.

    Find out more about this oversize design by clicking here.

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    Tessa sunglasses from Gigi Studios, €200

    Dramatic and opulent, this oversize style is designed for a unique look. Created for Spanish label Gigi Studios, try teaming them with sharp tailoring to achieve the most dramatic contrast.

    Find out more about this oversize design by clicking here.

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    Paros glasses from Blackfin

    Large, yet floaty light, these are an excellent choice for everyday wear. The titanium metal they’re made from is renowned for being lightweight, not to mention robust and resilient. Beyond the technical, these frames will brighten any face with their vivid colors. The openwork detailing lends them extra originality and style.

    Find out more about this oversize design by clicking here.

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    EK 3020 glasses by Emmanuelle Khanh

    Emmanuelle Khanh is all about oversize frames. Embrace the label’s distinctive brand of eccentric-chic with this pair’s graphic design. The addition of an EK glasses chain could make for an even more assertive look.

    Find out more about this oversize design by clicking here.

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    Stella McCartney glasses on MyTheresa, €230

    Moscot’s Mensch frames were game changers for Jenna Lyons. However, if you’re willing to go slightly bolder still, then we can recommend these Stella McCartney frames, available from MyTheresa.

    Find out more about this oversize design by clicking here.

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    Tayla glasses by Chloé, €495

    Oversize doesn’t always mean thick rims – as these rimless Chloé sunglasses just go to show! This pair also feature delicate color-coordinating enamel engravings on the lenses, giving them added interest.

    Find out more about this oversize design by clicking here.

Written by Eleanor Fullalove