Here's Why Tiny Shades Are Taking Over Your Feed
A glitch in the matrix?
Perhaps the most impractical shades in existence, you can't not get dystopian vibes from a pair of tiny sunglasses. They won't keep the sun out too well but a) who needs to keep out the rays when you're living inside a dark simulation? and b) you're gonna need to look badass if you're trying to save the world.
It's no coincidence that fashion has been borrowing from The Matrix in recent seasons; with Trump in power, the entire population hooked on the internet, and the world crumbling into a toxic wasteland, why wouldn't you look to the dystopian classics to make a style statement?
Along with leather trench coats, shirts and catsuits, Matrix-esque shades first started making waves on the Spring/Summer 2017 runways. Although, we can probably attribute part of the trend to Adam Selman's sellout retro-futuristic “Last Lolita” Spring 2015 sunglasses which, already a celeb favorite, made a huge impact when they re-released once again last summer.
Balenciaga's super-cool '90s-inspired frames continued through to the brand's Spring/Summer 2018 campaign. Martine Rose placed mirrored shades onto her models' heads. Prada went full Matrix with its Spring/Summer 2018 collection and campaign with vinyl overcoats, power-dressing blazers and, of course, those super-sharp shades. And let's not overlook fashion's current obsession with both the '90s and “ugly,” disproportionate aesthetics.
Aside from celebs like Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Gigi and Bella Hadid helping to propagate slimmed-down shades, you can't look at any mega trend these days without considering the incubating effect of Instagram. When it comes to the 'Gram, the more stand-out the better, and it would make sense that eccentric sunglasses that make you look badass without obscuring too much of your face are the ideal choice for the style influencer – especially if the most sunlight you're getting all day is half an hour next to your bedroom window trying to snap that perfect selfie.
Get the look with the awesome styles below.
Linda Farrow Luxe Black & Gold 709 C1 Sunglasses
Shop them here for $645.
ASOS Small Cat Eye Fashion Glasses
Shop them here for $19.
Britt Slim Cat-Eye Sunglasses
Shop them here for $14.
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