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The Ray-Ban Sunglasses That Convinced Me to Try the Tiny Eyewear Trend

The Ray-Ban Sunglasses That Convinced Me to Try the Tiny Eyewear Trend

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I first realized tiny sunglasses were becoming A Thing on September 27, 2017. Bella Hadid was photographed in Paris wearing what some might call a lewk: a leather beret, bike shorts, black pumps, a blazer with no shirt underneath, and a fanny pack inexplicably draped over her shoulders…. So it really says something that her specs stood out the most.

This wasn't even the first time I'd seen a pair of minuscule sunglasses that season (or even on Bella, for that matter). But Bella's futuristic shades, with their angular shape and jet-black lens, looked more like something out of a Matrixreboot than a simple sun protector. Something about these screamed, "Get on board because this train is leaving the station whether you like it or not."

Celebrity Sightings : Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 : Day Two
PHOTO: PIERRE SUU

And I was right! Soon aviators were passé. Lauren Conrad's bug-eyed behemoths were long gone. Bella, Gigi, Kendall—all the cool girls were wearing tiny sunglasses. Anything else was lame.

Celebrity Sightings in New York City - March 8, 2018
PHOTO: LEE/STEWART/GOTHAM

This trend took me back to middle school, when Coach logo bags were all the rage among 13-year-olds in St. Louis. I thought they were kinda ugly, but guess what was number one on my Christmas list? My mom got me a small, double-C-covered coin-purse wallet, hoping that would satisfy me until the fad passed. I dutifully used it for years—not because I liked it, but because it cost so much I felt guilty for asking for it in the first place.

In the years following, I thought I'd learned my lesson. I'd jump on a trend I like—hello, skinny jeans and straw bags—but sit out ones that felt fleeting. (Case in point: I might be the only white woman under the age of 30 to resist the allure of cold-shoulder tops.)

I complained about tiny sunglasses so often Ana took to sending me random photos of Bella in hers just to torture me.

I had a trip to Hawaii coming up and wanted new sunglasses, but everything I found, I thought, was ugly. One afternoon, before my looming vacation, Ana came up to my desk, snickering: She claimed to have a pair of tiny sunglasses that would change my mind. Yeah, right.

But then I tried them—Ray-Ban's Oval Flat Lenses. I wasn't sold at first (blue lens? Who am I, Papa Smurf?), but my coworkers assured me they looked good. Not above flattery, I reluctantly took them out on a test drive to Atlantic City.

So they came along with me to Hawaii, and I was glad I brought them. They're small enough to fit in my straw bag (a trend I can get behind), I didn't sweat profusely while wearing them because they're so lightweight, and, really, who isn't a sucker for compliments? The frames were close enough to aviators that they were familiar—plus, the blue lens made me feel more like a vacation-friendly Penny Lane than a Neo.

Even after my trip, these tiny sunglasses have stayed in my rotation—and I'm thinking about getting more. They won't be as small as Bella's…but it'll be close.