Sunglasses in the early 2000s were a sparkly affair. Everyone from Paris Hilton to J.Lo rocked rhinestone encrusted pairs on the regular. Now, true to fashion form, it looks like the blingy shades of yesteryear are making a return — because everything that goes around truly does come back around.
It was only a matter of time. In the eyewear arena, we’ve seen virtually every throwback trend come and go in recent seasons, from colored lenses to tiny sunglasses to circular frames. And with the revival of early aughts trends like kitten heels, logos, tracksuits and more, it only seems fair that the embellished sunglasses we wore not that long ago would get another chance. We’re talking acetate and plastic cat eye styles with rhinestone trim as well as Hilton-esque shields complete with bling. Gucci has put out a healthy offering of crystal-adorned sunnies this season and everyone from Free People to Zara has followed suit.
If you’re ready to revisit this look and return to the era of Ja Rule and Myspace, scroll on. We’ve shopped out 12 pairs that will instantly take you back to a simpler time.