Cat’s Eye
The ultimate in retro-chic, cat’s eye sunnies have been seen gracing many famous faces, from Michelle Williams to Lady Gaga. I was lucky enough to receive a pair of very cool Stella McCartney cat’s eye sunglasses from Sunglass Hut, and since then, weather permitting, they haven’t left my face.

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Tom Ford, $350 (available from Sunglass Hut)

Oversized
This style is nothing new, but in the last few years, it has become apparent that oversized sunnies are here to stay. I’m definitely a fan of the oversized style – it gives you that touch of celebrity-style glamour (plus they’re great to hide behind if you’re feeling a bit under the weather after a late night!) I love these styles from Michael Kors, available exclusively at Visique.

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Michael Kors, $249-$299 (available from Visique)

Prints
It’s not often that prints are featured on eyewear, but when they do, they make a real statement. This season, prints have been used on the front of sunglasses, as well as inside, for a fresh look.

Created by US graffiti artist Matt Moore, this unisex frame is part of Ray-Ban’s Rare Prints collection. Show your true colours with this bold, geometric print – exclusive to Sunglass Hut.

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Ray-Ban, $269.90 (available from Sunglass Hut)

Inspired by the adventures of Alice in Wonderland, Versace has produced a collection of sunglasses featuring a ‘visual whirl’ of dazzling mini patterns. In this collection, the print has been used all over the sunglasses, on the temples, and inside the frames.

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Versace, $420 (available from Sunglass Hut)

*Words and images courtesy of Beat PR and Sunglass Hut

Transparency
This trend is all about soft shapes, colours and textures. Subtle pastels are paired with metal detailing, with the sunglasses in this trend suiting most face shapes and complexions.

Part of Ray-Ban’s Aviator Family, the Road Spirit is a twist on the iconic sunglass model.

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Ray-Ban, $369.90 (available from Sunglass Hut)

The temples on these Tiffany & Co. sunglasses feature the Mesh detail which is so popular in the brand’s jewellery line. Perfect for subtle glam.

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Tiffany, $549.90 (available from Sunglass Hut)

*Words and images courtesy of Beat PR and Sunglass Hut

Luxury Sport
Following the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the world has gone sports-mad! The influence of sport has been seen on the runway, and brands not traditionally known for their sporty looks have also embraced the styling in their sunglasses. Blue detail features heavily in this trend.

A key men’s style in the Burberry range is this rectangular frame. The style is available in a range of colour combinations.

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Burberry, $400 (available from Sunglass Hut)

Known for its sleek, sophisticated frames, this Prada Sport frame boasts the perfect balance between function and trend and is perfect for summer days.

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Prada Sport, $430 (available from Sunglass Hut)

*Words and images courtesy of Beat PR and Sunglass Hut

– Natalie Cosgrove

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