Coachella Festival has returned, and with that, it's time to help you accessorise with our favourite Coachella sunglasses choices.
Celebrities, influencers, and music lovers, in general, are returning to the Indio desert once again to showcase their bid for best-dressed in line with the festival’s signature boho-chic aesthetic. Crop tops, micro-shorts, bold prints and cowboy boots ruled last year's event, and festival go-ers brought back several comeback Y2K trends to the forefront. From slogan t-shirts and vests to low-rise trousers and lots of netted Matrix-inspired garments, celebrities such as Timothée Chalamet, Paris Hilton, Bretman Rock, Kendall Jenner, Chloe Cherry, and of course, Coachella queen Vanessa Hudgens seemed to feature on several best-dressed lists. However, forget the clothing garments, as our focus [as always] was on the sunglasses!
Sunglasses are not only the perfect accessory to finish off a look and protect your eyes from the sun, but they also help with one of Coachella’s biggest complaints… The dust. As the desert is hot and dry and the days are long - your eyes will benefit from an extra layer of protection while you’re partying day into night.
Here is a rundown of some of our favourite looks from last year's event at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
The Signature Coachella Sunglasses Of 2022
Looking back at last year's pictures, the stunning Prada PR 17WS 1AB5S0 Black Rectangle Sunglasses seemed to be last Summer's must-have frames.
The full-rim black chunky Prada shades were spotted on Danish-model Nina Agdal, Riverdale star Camila Mendes, rapper Jack Harlow and TikTok content creator Noah Beck. The versatility of this sunglass model takes inspiration from 90's style with its bold, glossy black, acetate while remaining incredibly current with its sharp geometric leg detail. 'PRADA Milano' is embossed in silver onto the temple giving the piece a classic and sophisticated, yet eye-catching, nod to the Italian brand.
As this sunglass style is still super on trend, we predict we will spot more celebrities sporting this versatile frame at this year's festival.
On the other end of the spectrum, 'Big Little Lies' & 'The Society' actress Kathryn Newton opted for something much brighter and bolder. The Gucci GG0148S 003 [which has also been worn by Coachella headliner Harry Styles] boasts a bright transparent crystal pink frame with large pale pink crystals and smaller hot pink crystals all around the lenses. These spectacular sunglasses are finished with gradient pink lenses and a small interlocking G Gucci logo.
Sticking with the sparkles, we move on to Paris Hilton's Coachella 2022 look, which makes sense as she is world-renowned for being 'sparkly.' Paris Hilton goes all out each festival season gathering independent, niche designers to create avant-garde looks such as this bejewelled mesh wonder. She finishes her look with a pair of limited-edition Anna-Karin Karlsson's White Gold Mirrored Full Rim Shield Sunglasses With Blue and Silver Mirror ZEISS Lenses.
Effortlessly Cool Coachella Sunglasses 2022
When it comes to festival season, going 'all out' seems to be on most festival attendees agenda's. However, sometimes, less can be more, and a simple outfit, paired with versatile shades can create an effortlessly cool festival fit. On the more every-day side, Kendall Jenner was seen wearing one of her favourite eyewear brands: DMY by DMY. The supermodel and TV personality paired the thin sunglasses with loose white cargo trousers and a cropped white vest top, slicking her hair back to keep all eyes on the seamlessly cool outfit. Kendall has been spotted in the brand's Valentina Sunglasses, Preston Sunglasses and Luca Sunglasses - it's safe to say that she is a fan of DMY BY DMY frames.
Kendall is wearing the Billy Sunglasses which are comprised of black full rim rectangle acetate frames and brown lenses. Their casual look and shape make the DMY sunnies the perfect match for every season and every attire.
Last, but certainly not least, is one of our favourite effortlessly chic looks of Coachella weekend 2022, Sydney Sweeney in Bottega Veneta. Sydney may be taking some inspiration [or distancing herself?] from her Euphoria character Cassie Howard looking like she may in fact be auditioning for Oklahoma. The actress was spotted wearing a white lace dress, cowboy boots and Bottega Veneta BV1151SA 001 black sunglasses.
With a very demure cat-eye shape, the Bottega Veneta BV1151SA has small acetate nose-pads in at the bridge of the frame to provide extra-support and comfort. The shape is actually an adjusted fit model (the eyewear industry sometimes use the term 'Asian Fit') which describes eyewear that is designed specifically for people who have lower nose bridges and higher cheekbones much like Sydney. These shapes are ideal if you have these facial features and do not want to be uncomfortable at a festival all day or having to fix your frames from sliding down your nose all day. These adjusted-fit sunglasses are constructed to sit slightly upwards so the frame sits higher on the bridge of your nose.
After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, it doesn't look like too much has changed in Coachella-sphre according to the 2022 looks. With performances from Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion, last year was certainly, yet again, a huge success and the fashion has been much more discussed than any musical performance... which suits us just fine! With Coachella 2023 just around the corner, we are sure that this years performers and fashion deliberations are on everyones minds. With headliners such as Bad Bunny, Blackpink, Frank Ocean, and Calvin Harris, this year is bound to be another huge success.
COACHELLA SUNGLASSES 2023... WHAT TO WEAR?
After looking at last year's styles, we hope we have provided some Coachella sunglasses inspiration for this year's upcoming event. By keeping up to date with this year's partnerships, as well as considering current trends, we have a few suggestions for some styles that may be perfect for this year's festival.
Keep It Classic & Trendy With Carrera
Carrera Eyewear is this year's official partner of Coachella - meaning that we are bound to spot several Carrera frames showcased at the festival. Initially focusing on sports eyewear, Carrera has adapted and created a wide range of styles. Carrera's partnership with Coachella Festival was established based on both partners sharing the same vision and ideas. Carrera is also a favourite amongst various A-listers in the celebrity community, with the likes of Usher, Vanessa Hudgens, Jennifer Lopez, and Jamie Foxx favouring the brand's frames. Here are some of our favourite Carrera frames that we think would be Coachella appropriate...
The styles above, including aviator, square, and round frame shapes, are perfect for Coachella Music Festival. Coachella sunglasses should be fashionable as well as protective, and some of the most popular frame styles to enhance your festival look are the ones above. Carrera eyewear is known for its stylish and sleek designs that combine a classic, retro look with a modern flair; the brand's signature logo is featured on the left lens of every pair of sunglasses. Their frames are crafted using high-quality materials as they are known for their commitment to innovation and technological advancement - so you know they are bound to last you throughout Coachella weekend and beyond.
Vanessa Hudgens wearing Carrera 'Glory' frames at Coachella 2018.
Athletic-inspired, Avant-Garde Frames - The Latest Craze
Unless you live under a rock, you're bound to have noticed everyone's latest favourite eyewear style - an athletic and sporty frame with an edgy and innovative twist. These daring designs can help you add a statement to your overall look and are perfect for accentuating a basic outfit to take it from a five to a ten! Here are some of our favourites that are perfect for Coachella 2023.
Ultra-cool wrap-around frames from Balenciaga, Prada Linea Rossa, Guess, and Versace, to add a sleek and sporty touch to your festival fit.
Emma Chamberlain & Tinashe both sport athletic-inspired wrap-around frames at Coachella 2022.
Bold, Funky & Colourful Is Always Festival Appropriate
Festivals seem to be one of the few occasions you can get away with wearing virtually anything. So, why not go all out with your eyewear choices? Here are some of our current favourite quirky and unique styles.
Gucci, Bottega Veneta, and LOEWE are all brands known for creating unique and distinctive sunglass designs, and when it comes to festivals...the crazier, the better!
We hope that we have managed to help you find your perfect pair of Coachella sunglasses by drawing inspo from last year's looks alongside current trends. Stay tuned to our blog as we explore the eyewear looks showcased at Coachella 2023 after the festival rounds up in a few weeks.
If you spot any eyewear you need help sourcing then please reach out to our customer service team, we will be more than happy to help you recreate your favourite festival look.
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