Although not everybody wants to become a femme fatale, a lot of us love channeling the aesthetic through retro sunglasses. These vampy vixens are known for getting themselves (and others) in more than a little trouble, usually leaving a trail of broken hearts in their wake. They use tropes of attraction, seduction, and beauty to their advantage — literally weaponizing femininity and compromising the men who cross their paths.
Although it's true that femme fatales arguably have some character flaws, you may not want to give up on them yet. I mean, have you ever come across a badly-styled femme fatale in literature or film? Nope, that's because they don't exist in the past nor the present. The glam gals are always impeccably dressed while appearing to relish in keeping up appearances.
Not only do they always look presentable, but they have an air of mystery surrounding them as well — creating an addictive, unobtainable aura. In addition, femme fatales are strong, independent ladies who know what they want and know how to get it. They don't take no for an answer and they don't feel the need to explain themselves to anyone.
1. The Classic Cat Eye
Kitti Sunglasses In Noir, $44.99, modcloth.com
What could be more intriguing than a gal hiding behind a pair of big, black, chic sunglasses?
2. The Round Sunglasses
Psychedelic Your Wounds Round Shades — Black, $20, nastygal.com
Not all femme fatales flaunt harsh lines, so soften your edges with a pair of round shades. You can keep your tongue sharp instead.
3. The Traditional Tortoise Shell Shades
Tortoise Shell Square Frame Sunglasses Brown, $17, missguidedus.com
Make a nod to a bygone era with these square-shaped, tortoise shell sunglasses that will look fabulous with anything.
4. The Heartbreaker Sunnies
AJ Morgan Heart Sunglasses In Black And Gold, $19.50, asos.com
Heart-shaped sunglasses take a sophisticated turn in the form of these stylish sunnies. Even though your heart may be filled with sunshine and rainbows, you can pretend to be a badass in these black heart sunglasses.
5. The Cool Cutout Style
Cutout Cat Eye Sunglasses, $9.90, forever21.com
The classic cat eye style gets a contemporary upgrade in the form of this cutout pair.
6. The Celebrity Sunglasses
Liz Sunglasses, $189, wildfox.com
Are you a local celeb? Perhaps you're Insta-famous? Even if you're totally unknown, act like you're somebody everyone should have heard of by hiding behind these big shades.
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7. The Crystal Sunnies
Fendi Swarovski Crystal-Embellished Cat-Eye Acetate And Metal Sunglasses, $495, net-a-porter.com
Only the best will do for a femme fatale and these crystal-embellished sunglasses are the perfect match.
8. The Winged Glasses
Jeepers Peepers Novelty Bird Cat Eye Sunglasses, $39, asos.com
Being a daring gal, you'll easily be able to get away with these flamboyant sunglasses.
9. The Cool Cat Eye Shades
Jeepers Peepers Thick Frame Cat Eye Sunglasses In Mint, $30, asos.com
Exude cool in a pair of icy cat eye sunglasses. People will be frozen in place with just one look, or so you would hope.
10. The Rosy Pair
Rose Oversized Cat Eye Sunglasses, $330, stellamccartney.com
The life of a modern day femme fatale needn't all be doom and gloom, so give yourself a rosy outlook with these dusky pink sunglasses.
11. The Incognito Oval Pair
Surf Oval Frame Sunglasses, $16, urbanoutfitters.com
Go incognito in a pair of unassuming white oval sunglasses to hide the fact that you're up to no good.
12. The Lady In Red Sunnies
Dolce & Gabbana Cat-Eye Gold-Tone And Acetate Sunglasses, $300, net-a-porter.com
Look every bit a silver screen siren in a pair of scarlet sunglasses.
13. The Pouting Pair
Lip Service Sunglasses, $189, wildfox.com
What could be more fitting for a bad babe than a pair of lip-shaped sunglasses to match your lipstick?
Whether you've got a heart of gold or you're a rebel without a cause, these sultry sunglasses are sure to help you embrace your inner femme fatale.
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