New Sunglasses Trend: Shield Shades

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Are we really doing this trend?? I….I think so. Admittedly, they do look like a cross between a VR headset and a ski goggle, and yes, I do realize this is not a compelling argument, but think of the usefulness at the beach! Ain’t no sunlight getting in there! No squinting, no Botox…you see where I’m going with this, right?

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a practical trend. (Unless you are a Dad sneak. Then I’m still struggling.)

But OK — back to shield shades. Let’s think of it this way: The Terminator and Lindsey Vonn have a baby…

The One Where Linz & I Try On Shield Sunglasses

I recruited Linzi because she hates everything edgy, and sometimes I’m evil like that.

I wear my sunglasses at night...well, we don't wear our sunglasses 24/7, but a good pair of shield or oversized sunglasses that go all day — we'll take 'em.

Oakley Sutro Shield Sunglasses

Yup, I kept this one. (SHUT UP, haters. I can hear you already.) Surprisingly, we both like the plain black best.

I wear my sunglasses at night...well, we don't wear our sunglasses 24/7, but a good pair of shield or oversized sunglasses that go all day — we'll take 'em.I wear my sunglasses at night...well, we don't wear our sunglasses 24/7, but a good pair of shield or oversized sunglasses that go all day — we'll take 'em.Oakley Sutro (pink, black – almost sold out, but more available on Amazon)

Oakely Ridgeline Vs. Oakley Outpace

Hey Linz — 1986 called and wants its sunglasses back. (And I actually LOVE this Dad-inspired pair I’m wearing.) Dad sunglasses > Dad sneaks always.

I wear my sunglasses at night...well, we don't wear our sunglasses 24/7, but a good pair of shield or oversized sunglasses that go all day — we'll take 'em.I wear my sunglasses at night...well, we don't wear our sunglasses 24/7, but a good pair of shield or oversized sunglasses that go all day — we'll take 'em.

Oakley Ridgeline (the one with colorful lenses) vs Oakley Outpace

And Then We Tried Fancy Dad Sunglasses

Along the same lines as Shield Sunglasses are Dad Sunglasses. What’s the difference? Picture them both as actual glasses, not sunglasses: The Dad version looks like Something Your Dad Actually Wore, where the Shield Sunglasses look more like Something Worn By Your 9th Grade Science Teacher.

Anyway, not even Versace could take the Dad outta the sunglasses. (But maybe that’s a good thing? Truth be told, we like both of these pairs, too.)

I wear my sunglasses at night...well, we don't wear our sunglasses 24/7, but a good pair of shield or oversized sunglasses that go all day — we'll take 'em.I wear my sunglasses at night...well, we don't wear our sunglasses 24/7, but a good pair of shield or oversized sunglasses that go all day — we'll take 'em.

Ray-Ban Oversized Classic Aviators (on Linzi)….Versace Aviator Sunglasses (on me)

Do We Just Stick With What We Know?

As a point of comparison, we tried on some old favorites. And…yeah. These are probably better. Or…if not better, safer.

I wear my sunglasses at night...well, we don't wear our sunglasses 24/7, but a good pair of shield or oversized sunglasses that go all day — we'll take 'em.

Karen Walker The Number One Sunglass (on Linzi) and Le Specs Weekend Riot (on me) – almost sold out, but more available on Amazon, here.

Whatever. I’m throwing caution to the wind and am planning to rock the heck out of my shield shades at the beach. I just have to decide on the perfect suit. Something sporty and edgy…maybe like this?

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What say you, Mamas? Has anyone else been eyeing these up?
xo,

S

photo credits: Redfield Photography

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13 Comments

  1. Christa Bennett on

    I did not know this was a trend right now, but I actually like all the black glasses you tried on! Probably a little fashion forward for myself, but they look good on you. I might actually give the Oakley Outspace a try.

  2. You forgot the “perch on the top of the head as a pseudo-headband” test to see if they feel awkward, hold your hair back and still look cute. 🙂 That one is usually a deal breaker for most sunnies for me. Fun post. Thanks!

  3. I worked for a sunglasses company in my before children life and those orange lens ones were just like a pair I owned. And yes that was in the late 80’s. 😂. Don’t think I’ll be going back there…

  4. I just can’t.

    (However, I said that about cropped flairs too, and I just might have rocked a pair yesterday.)

  5. Looks like you can rock it but it reminds me of the throw away sunglasses you get from the optometrist when you get your eyes dilated!

  6. My grandma wears those! But she’s nearly 100 and can wear whatever she wants. The rest of us….no.

  7. Check out Ray-Ban Jackie Ohh and Jackie Ohh II. I occasionally get iritis and need to dilate the effected eye. The coverage and the polarized lenses are the best!

  8. I’ve always liked shield sunglasses and had the sutro in my Shopbop cart. I went sunglass shopping 15 years ago and asked if they had shield ones and they were like “NO, those are no longer in fashion!”. Seriously, if sunglasses ever look good on your face, they are never out of fashion.

  9. Tanaya Mankad on

    Ted Nugent, hahaha! Now I can’t un-see that!
    Funny thing though, I was blind as a bat until I got Lasik about 5 years ago. So I wore regular glasses for 30 years… but could never do sunglasses! Now I’m on board with any and all sunglass styles, because it’s all good when you can see with just your eyes. Only question – are these heavy?

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