OVERSIZED Sunglassses
One of the biggest trends we saw for 2011 sunglasses trends was oversized sunglasses.  Oversized sunglasses are a style of retro sunglasses which originally became popular in the 1970s, overtaking the cat-eye sunglasses which were popular in the 1960s.  Vintage designer sunglasses with oversized frames and bug-eye lenses remained popular in the 1980s and 1990s, particularly with celebrities.  Celebrities who get swarmed by the media paparazzi typically don these oversized sunglasses so that they can slip by in crowds unnoticed.  The lenses cover a very wide portion of the face and can help to conceal a celebrity’s identity.  Even though that practical value isn’t really applicable to most of us, wearinglarge oversized sunglasses can provide the rest of us with an added benefit—the “star look.”  Who are some of the celebrities who have been spotted wearing bug eye sunglasses?   Bug-eye sunglasses are favorite styles of Paris Hilton, Victoria Beckham, Nicole Richie, and Cheryl Tweedy.  They were also made famous by historical celebrities like Audrey Hepburn.  Oversized sunglasses are popular for both men and women but are mainly a women’s sunglasses style.

Oversized glasses come in many different styles; some are oval shaped or circular, others are rectangular, and many are shaped in the bug-eye style.  While the two terms are often used interchangeably, oversized indeed refers to a size, while bug-eye refers to a common shape of oversized glasses.  There are other styles of oversized glasses as well including oversized wraparound sunglasses.  Manufacturers of oversized designer sunglasses include Burberry, Soda Sunglasses, Oakley, Gucci, and Marc Jacobs, among others.

VINTAGE Sunglasses
These days, it isn’t just the new and modern which is fashionable, but also the retro fashions of yesteryear!  Trendy people are shopping for rare vintage sunglasses and vintage inspired sunglasses.  You don’t have to look for a vintage sunglasses shop just to buy vintage sunglasses, though, since this style is so popular that many mainstream sunglasses stores also sell vintage inspired sunglasses. 

Aviator sunglasses, Ray-Ban wayfarer sunglasses, oversized bug-eye sunglasses and horn rim cat eye sunglasses are all examples of vintage styles which have made a comeback during the Aughts.  These styles were fashionable in 2011 and will be even more so in 2012.  We’ve been seeing a lot of celebrities wearing cat eye sunglasses recently including Zoe Saldana, Ke$ha, and January Jones.  In particular, oversized sunglasses have become a top-selling sunglasses trend.  Any of these looks for men or women can really give you a unique, old-school style which will set you apart from the crowd.  Since vintage fashion trends made a comeback in the Aughts as well, vintage style sunglasses inspired by sunglasses from the 60s, 70s and 80s can really stand out as accessories paired with vintage clothing.

Paris Hilton favors oversized sunglasses.
What do your sunglasses say about you? A lot more than you might think. Whether you're a bogan, fashionista, metro, Louis Vuitton bag toting woman, triathlete or wanna-be, you will be given away by your choice of eye-wear.

The bogan wears black, usually Dirty Dog, wrap-around sunnies. They're often of square shape and have a somewhat intimidating feel about them. There's no way of seeing a bogan's eyes through these pitch black lenses, but if he is talking with a woman you can guarantee his pupils are aimed at her clevage. Men who don these glasses can be spotted in black jeans and rock band (like Iron Maiden) t-shirts, drinking woodstock bourbon and cola and driving 80s Fords or Holdens.

The classic Ray Ban (wayfarer) look is the style of choice for tight jean wearing dudes and chicks called fashionistas. Such individuals wouldn't be caught dead in any other style and would rather have their eyes fried by the sun than wear bogan or metro shades even on the brightest, most glarey, day of the year. There are varying levels of fashionista too. Those in the higher echelon would never think about wearing imitations from the service station or pharmacy and upgrade from Ray Ban to some other high fashion brand in order to make them feel superior. But to achieve the highest fashionista status one must change from all black glasses to ones with a wire rim and turtle-shell frame.

I use the term metro loosely because some would argue fashionistas and metros are one and the same; although anyone in the fashionista category would denounce someone calling them that. Metros are men who wear Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent branded glasses. These sunnies are worn by men with t-shirts that are too small, but bought small on purpose to enhance the size of their muscles. Often it is  the dress code of new-age footy heads or male hair dressers  who wear  alligator shoes, ripped Diesel jeans and Ed Hardy t-shirts. These men, although loved by girls, spend more time moisturising and styling their hair than their woman do. Who are these men accompanied by? Louis Vuitton bag toting woman. After all, to have a woman with a small dog in her purse is the ultimate accessory and demands respect.

These girls wear, what I call, face-savers. They are worn by dog-in-bag kinda girls like Pairs Hilton who are over accessorised as it is, but must have sunglasses on for fear of public ridicule if they don't. Worn inside and out, night and day the bag totter never takes her glasses off. She is summed up perfectly in the song by Mike Posner titled Cooler than me. ''You got designers shades just to hide your face and you wear them around like you're cooler than me.''  The wanna-be is somewhere in the middle or all the above groups. Not edgy enough for Ray Ban or muscley enough for metro glasses the wana-be wears aviators or some other pair of cheap novelty glasses. They looked cool being worn by Tom Cruise in Top Gun, but these days their coolness is being degraded. Why? Because they're on the face of guys who wear outrageous costumes to Twenty20 cricket matches.People of all descriptions walk the street wearing sunglasses over summer. Next time you're out and about,  have fun categorising.