Wait, When Did Tiny Sunglasses Become... Cool?

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Do you remember your first ever pair of sunglasses? You were probably three, perhaps four. They were bought in a French service station in a hurry; tiny plastic frames and questionable lenses stuck to your doughy little face for entire summers at a time... those ones?

You weren't to know it then, but you and your tiny sunglasses were on a path to becoming style icons. Fast-forward to 2017 and they are IN!

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Tiny sunglasses are in...

Remember those who paved the way

Traceable, as with most current trends it seems, to Balenciaga and its disruptive Creative Director Demna Gvasalia, the tiny sunglasses movement was first spied during Women's Fashion Week earlier in the year, but has gathered momentum ever since Rihanna wore a pair to Cannes, while Gvasalia made them a focal point accessory during his latest Balenciaga show in Paris.

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Now the shade du jour of the achingly cool; while shoulders, sleeves and trouser legs get longer, wider and more oversized, there was bound to be a piece that went in the opposite direction. We just weren't expecting it to be the humble sunglass, an item that has remained relatively untouched for many a fashion cycle.

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As with other trends championed by Gvasalia (ugly trainers for one) and the current crop of young and restless trendsetters, the goal behind the ironic revival of divisive and (formerly) derived items like tiny sunglasses appears to be subversion: take something undesirable that regular people make fun of and repackage it as a designer "I don't give a fuck" trophy, then watch as those former naysayers come flocking.

It's strange, exciting and confusing, because it looks like - for the foreseeable future anyway - 'uncool' is H O T right now, and it's here to stay.

If only your four year-old-self could have seen how influential you were to become. Not that you'd have cared, you were too busy building sand castles and pretending to be Gabriel Batistuta in the garden.

You legend.