The Style Trend You Should Be Obsessing Over: Cat Eye Sunglasses

Here we weigh in on the beauty and style looks we’re currently lusting over. We promise to deliver fairly simple and easy tips, along with affordable products to help you pull them off.

Take a stroll through New York City and you’ll notice there’s a new trend making the rounds: the white, oversized mod sunglasses. It seems eeeeevveerryybody wants to be Kurt Cobain, and can you blame them? (The answer is no.) The only problem is that this appreciation is no longer the levelheaded pursuit it started out as. It’s run amok and now — as it becomes more and more difficult to distinguish one person from another — it’s basically transformed into utter chaos.

I’m not here to encourage this look. To do so would not only be trite, but also irresponsible. What I’m here to tell you is that you can still emulate Kurt’s quirky, slightly feminine style and not have to feel so entirely unremarkable. All you must do is invest in a cat eye. Why? They’re not limited to white, they come in an inordinate number of styles, and they also don’t come with your typical round- or square-shaped lenses. Below, some inspiration, and then some options…

Charlotte Free by Moni Haworth for NO. Magazine, 2012.
Charlotte Free by Moni Haworth for NO. Magazine, 2012.
Edie Campbell by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue UK, Jan. 2014.
Edie Campbell by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue UK, Jan. 2014.
Natalia Vodianova at the Versace Fall 2002 show.
Natalia Vodianova at the Versace Fall 2002 show.
Lindsey Wixson by Alasdair Mclellan for Vogue UK, April 2011.
Lindsey Wixson by Alasdair Mclellan for Vogue UK, April 2011.
Chrishell Stubbs by Bon Duke for The Block Magazine, S/S '12.
Chrishell Stubbs by Bon Duke for The Block Magazine, S/S ’12.
Christy Turlington by Peter Lindbergh and styled by Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele for Vogue US, Dec. '89.
Christy Turlington by Peter Lindbergh and styled by Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele for Vogue US, Dec. ’89.
Jessica Sikosek by Akila Berjaoui for The Libertine Magazine, Oct. '13.
Jessica Sikosek by Akila Berjaoui for The Libertine Magazine, Oct. ’13.
photo by Damon Heath for Lula S/S ’12.
photo by Damon Heath for Lula S/S ’12.

Opening Ceremony’s got a pair of cat eye sunglasses made by their in-house brand, on sale right now for only $50.

And they also sell these sweet Kamali Kulture cat eyes, for $100.

Nasty Gal sells a pair of pink cat eye shades for $40.

And if, after all this, you STILL want to look like Kurt Cobain? Here’s a really cool pair. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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