Summer Sunglasses: Gas Station Sunnies Are Summer’s Kitschiest Trend

Ever been on a road trip, stopped at a gas station for snacks, and found yourself trying on the kitschy shades from the rotating sunglasses rack? We sure have—you can find some real fun (and cheap!) gems there. Perhaps it’s the sporty Oakley-esque silhouettes, or the neon aviators with tinted lenses that are so irresistible. And this summer, it so happens that stylish stars are taking this exact approach as well. 

Over the past few weeks, a handful of stars have stepped out in shades that you could find at your local gas station—only theirs are, naturally, designer. Kim Kardashian was spotted enjoying a Diet Coke last month (very gas station-chic) in a pair of sporty pink Balenciaga shades, with the monochromatic look to match. Balenciaga has been pushing the wrap-around style on the runways, and while Kardashian has been wearing them all summer long, she’s not the only fan. In one of her many epic maternity Instagram looks, Rihanna sported turquoise bug-eyed style (hers by Gucci) that wrap around, too.

Sporty goggles aren’t the only take on the trend. We’ve also seen stars embracing bold-hued frames and retro shapes (both of which have been on the runways at labels like Gucci and Jacquemus). Earlier this week, Dua Lipa wore bright-pink rectangular sunnies with her total Chopova Lowena look. In June, Hailey Bieber also wore a pair of rimless, oval shades that are retro in the right way. This season, then, consider it all about having fun with sunnies and channeling more of a gas station spirit—though you could always take a literal approach and make a shopping pitstop at 7/11. 

Below, shop 10 gas station-inspired shades below. 

Balenciaga exaggerated sport sunglasses

Isabel Marant acetate aviators

Oakley gunmetal Whisker sungkasses

Celine crystal-embellished sunglasses

The Attico x Linda Farrow edie sunglasses

Under Armour mirrored sport sunglasses

Rick Owens black Rick sunglasses

Le Specs What I Need sunglasses

Givenchy shield sunglasses

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