Instagram Stars Prefer to See Life Through Colored Lenses

Everyone from Bella Hadid to A$AP Rocky can’t get enough of the tinted sunglasses trend.

Photo by Renell Medrano.

We’re seeing color for spring 2017.

Literally, tinted lenses are everywhere—from the runways to social media. And as with most trends these days, this one can be traced back to Alessandro Michele’s colorful Gucci collections. For Spring 2017, an all-yellow Big Bird look walked the runway paired with bright yellow sunglasses, as well as an oversized, square pink pair bedazzled with pearls. You name it, Gucci’s got it—from green to purple. Plus, 70s-style orange-tinted lenses, à la John Legend or Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing, have been a staple for the past few seasons.

In sum, thanks in part to Michele, Grandma chic is here to stay, whether that means stealing her crochet work or her sunglasses. So, it might be time to go pay her a visit.

Before Gucci, celebrities flaunted the trend. Back in the ’90s, everyone from Gwen Stefani to Mariah Carey to Jennifer Lopez wore hued lenses ranging from pink to yellow. It was a way to simultaneously shield themselves in public and also stand out in a crowd. Not to mention that it adds a little flare to any stepping-out outfit. And with the resurgence of both retro and ’90s glam today, It girls like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid are following suit with today’s trendiest tinted lenses.

For Spring 2017, popular eyewear brands like Oliver Peoples, Gentle Monster, Retrosuperfuture, are catching on to the resurgence of the trend, providing Instagram catnip to influencers like Sofia Richie, Anias Gallagher, and even A$AP Rocky—a core member of the Gucci Gang as well. It makes sense that Instagram stars are catching on to the trend, as tinted lenses allow them to see life through a filter, albeit a rose-tinted one.

Related: From Britney Spears to Bella Hadid, Celebrities Have Always Loved Colored Lenses

From Britney Spears to Bella Hadid, Celebrities Have Always Loved Colored Lenses

Britney Spears paired a pink crop top with bright yellow shades to celebrate a milestone for her first album.

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Gwen Stefani, with “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” collaborater Eve, attended the 2004 premiere of the film XXX in an oversized pair of shades.

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Jennifer Lopez attended the 2004 MTV VMA’s wearing a knit minidress and orange sunglasses.

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Halle Berry kept it casual at a 2005 screening in a sporty t-shirt and purple sunglasses.

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At the 5th Annual New York Revlon Run/Walk for Women, Heidi Klum shielded her yes in over-sized red glasses.

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Eva Mendes was spotted on set of her 2011 film The Place Beyond the Pines in a gauzy maxi-skirt and baby blue glasses.

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In 2015, Cate Blanchett paired a Valentino dress with blue-tinted aviator glasses the upped the dosage of color in hot pink frames.

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Jamie King elevated an otherwise simple look with bright blue sunglasses with matching frames.

Gustavo Caballero

Katy Perry performed at the 2017 Grammy Awards in a pair of John Lennon-esque red glasses.

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Emma Roberts attended the Fall 2017 Chloe show during Paris Fashion Week in a round pair of pink glasses.

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Delilah Belle Hamlin, alongside sister Amelia, was seen out and about in Los Angeles last month wearing a pair of yellow aviators.


Bella Hadid went for a tonal look, wearing head-to-toe red–glasses included–while out during Paris Fashion Week.

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While in New York, the model stuck to all black, save for a pair of oversized yellow shades.

Alo Ceballos

Hailey Baldwin opted for blue shades to match with her oversized denim shirt while out in Paris.

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Gigi Hadid supported boyfriend Zayn Malik, pairing one of his concert t-shirts with a pair of aviator frames.

Alo Ceballos

During New York Fashion Week, Romee Strijd wore a fashion trifecta in a leopard print coat, Gucci t-shirt, and pink aviators.

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Taylor Hill matched a black bomber jacket with a pair of red sunglasses while exiting the Anna Sui show.

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Sofia Richie kept it casual in track-pants and a matching jacket, plus yellow sunglasses, while out in New York.

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Kendall Jenner matched her Balenciaga shirt with a pair of futuristic red shades during an outing in Los Angeles.


Shop the season’s most popular tinted lenses, below.

21 Pairs of Rainbow Colored Lenses to Buy Now

Westward Leaning Concord 14 aviator-style acetate and gunmetal-tone mirrored sunglasses, $205,

Celine blue-tinted sunglasses, available May 2017 at Solstice Sunglasses, call 866.280.7620 or visit

Derek Lam purple acetate Stella sunglasses, $375,

Sunday Somewhere rose-hued tinted Fabio sunglasses, $320,

Karen Walker Disco Circus sunglasses in marigold yellow, $220,

Isabel Marant x Oliver Peoples aviator style sunglasses with golden frame and pink lenses, $260,

Le Specs Bandwagon sunglasses, diamond colored frame with blue gradient revo mirror lenses, $59,

Mykita Maison Martin Margiela Esse sunglasses, $550,

Coach New York pilot sunglasses with gradient lenses, $170,

Elizabeth and James Stanton aviator-style gold-tone mirrored sunglasses, $225,

Michael Kors Collection white acetate aviators with aquamarine lenses, $275, available at select Michael Kors stores,, or call 1.866.709.KORS.

Garrett Leight Wilson 49 round-frame sunglasses, with rose gold-tone metal frames and purple tint lenses, $307,

Sheriff & Cherry St. Barts round-frame acetate and gold-tone sunglasses, $245,

Gentle Monster x Tilda Swinton new tonic, $286,

Dior ‘Origins 1’ pink and purple mirrored and grey geometric lenses, with goldstone frames, $600,

Krewe Orleans Rose Gold titanium Camellia sunglasses, $295,

Illesteva Porto Cervo round-frame sunglasses, $190,

RETROSUPERFUTURE Mona Tuttolente cat-eye acetate mirrored sunglasses, $240,

Fendi polished silver tone frame sunglasses with blue gradient lenses, $525,

Acne Studios Mustang cat-eye sunglasses with pink frame and lenses, $340,

Linda Farrow gold-tone aviator sunglasses, $1,150,