An introduction to butterfly sunglasses

First published: 05-09-2017

An introduction to butterfly sunglasses


Make like Jackie Onassis and channel a bit of vintage glamour into your look with a pair of butterfly sunglasses. This hot look has made a 2017 comeback, recently seen sported by the likes of Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson, and Miley Cyrus.

Defined by their oversized, butterfly shaped lenses and frames, it's a look that not only looks bang on trend, but provides some serious shade from the hot summer sun.

Versace, Calvin Klein, and Vogue have all championed the look in their latest collections, with each brand adding their own unique twist on the style. We showcase some of our favourite pairs, along with recommendations on how to style them.

Versace: Big on glamour


If you're going for a high-glamour or haute couture look, then who better than Versace for a fetching pair of butterfly sunglasses? This pair captures everything the look is about, with the over-the-top, thick tortoise-shell frames and dark lenses.

The brand's iconic Medusa logo is featured on the arms of these lenses, completing a pair of shades which look great with a number of ensembles. Try pairing them with a crisp white shirt, black trousers, and heels for a smart yet chic look, or team them up with a designer bikini and stand out at the pool party.


For a more understated style, try these Versace ladies' sunglasses. Featuring narrower lenses and thinner frames, the slick black aesthetic means they can be successfully paired with almost any outfit.

For a bit of extra shine, the bejewelled pattern on the arms will complement diamond accessories, be it earrings, a necklace, or rings.

Calvin Klein: Casual cool


With the 90's revival still going strong, it comes as no surprise that Calvin Klein has been the go-to label for many fashionistas these last few years. These striking CK butterfly sunglasses in deep red look great when teamed with flowing, summery dresses, for a boho hippy-chic look. Featuring dark lenses, they are finished with the minimalist CK logo along the arm.


Dive into the blue with these navy blue Calvin Klein butterfly sunglasses. Featuring dark blue lenses, frames and arms, and finished with a white CK motif, they are the epitome of laidback cool. Pair them up with a black playsuit and gold jewellery for an elegant look that oozes class.

Vogue: Strike a pose


Followers of fashion can always rely upon Vogue to produce on-trend shades that make you look a million dollars. These narrow butterfly sunglasses in oil-slick black feature thick-rim frames, dark lenses and a flash of bejewelled bling on the arms. Team them up with smart business dress for a polished look, or go casual with jeans, heels, and a halter-neck top.


Tortoise-shell is back and in-demand for this season's sunglasses trends, making this pair of oversized Vogue shades an essential accessory. Accentuate the look by pairing them with bright, summer colours which will provide a nice contrast against their dark, low-key aesthetic.

Butterfly style sunglasses provide the perfect way to give your ensemble an extra pop of glamour, and come in a variety of colours and styles. For further inspiration, browse the full Watch Shop butterfly sunglasses collection and get ready to go vintage.


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