Have it Made In the Shade Sunglasses, as we know them, have only been around for less than a century. Today, they are more accessible and popular than ever. Not only are they functional, they have become one of the most eye-catching fashion statements. Sunglasses are the universal accessory, crossing all ages, genders, styles, climates
Have it Made In the Shade
Sunglasses, as we know them, have only been around for less than a century. Today, they are more accessible and popular than ever. Not only are they functional, they have become one of the most eye-catching fashion statements. Sunglasses are the universal accessory, crossing all ages, genders, styles, climates or cultures. From the latest celebrity to the girl next door, anyone can look good in shades.
Sunglasses can play a few different roles. For some, it’s all about style, and making a statement. For others, it’s about function and protection. We say, why not have it all?! Let’s break down some of this summer’s hottest styles and share some tips on how to wear them best.
Shades of Style
In the past, decades were marked with specific styles and trends, including distinct trends for sunglasses. But not any more! Now you will find a mix of styles, colors and sizes from all decades merging with new styles and reinventions. The sky is the limit when it comes to finding your favorite specs.
Bright & Colorful
Tinted lens are a subtle way to add a hint of color to your ensemble. Go with a bold and brightly colored, metal or plastic frame to give your look a pop. Or you can even do a frame with a print for extra flare. White frames are a great way to add a bright clean color contrast. Summer is the perfect season to break out your bright and colorful eyewear and have fun with it.
Oversized and butterfly shades can make a bold statement as well as being extra comfy and practical. They block more rays giving your eyes and skin more protection. Dark colored oversized and butterfly frames have a glamorous and feminine feel reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O. Or you can add embellishments to your large frames to show off your personality.
Many retro styles have recently risen in popularity including the Brow-line, the Cat-eye, and the Round frame. Brow-line frames were first made popular as eyeglasses in the late 40’s and reemerged as a sunglass trend in the 80’s. They are marked by having a thick upper frame and little to no frame below the lens meant to highlight the wearer’s brow-line. Their distinct asymmetrical shape gives interest and detail to any look. Cat-eye glasses were very popular in the 50’s as often seen on Marilyn Monroe. Dare to be retro chic in these mysteriously feminine frames. Round frames are reviving the look of the 60’s flower children and mods. Made famous by John Lennon and Janis Joplin, often with colored lens, round frames are more likely seen today with the traditional lens and chic tortoise frame.
One of oldest and most timeless sunglass styles is the Aviator. First designed in 1936 for the military to improve aviators’ visibility during flight, this classic frame quickly became loved by all. By the 70’s, they were undoubtedly a cultural icon. They can be worn by almost any shape face. The other undeniable classic is the Ray-Ban Wayfarer. Designed in 1956, the square plastic Wayfarer frame was a refreshing change from its metal frame predecessors. They were made hugely popular throughout the 50’s and 60’s by actors such as James Dean. The epitome of cool, Wayfarers remerged with a vengeance in the 80’s and have stayed popular ever since. They are often said to be the best-selling design of sunglasses in history.
Framing Your Face
A round face is widest at the cheekbones and have an overall circular shape. The best frames for a round face include oversized, square or any angular shape frame to contrast the roundness.
A heart-shaped face is wider on top and narrowest at the chin. The best frames for a heart-shaped face include, cat-eye or any frame that is wider at the top than bottom.
An oval face is longer than it is wide. This shape can pull off any round or square frame, including Wayfarers, Aviators, or oversized, but be mindful if overall size. Make sure it is proportionate to your face size.
A square face has wide cheekbones, forehead and strong square jaw line. The best frames for a square shaped face are any that have rounded angles, and thinner rims. This includes aviators, brow-line or thin round frames.
Shading Your Eyes
Our eyes are sensitive and can easily be damaged by too much exposure to UV rays. No matter what style you choose, remember to look for the UVA/UVB protection rating. The less UV transmission they allow the better. Keep in mind, polarization is to reduce glare and improve visibility but does not mean UV protection. And also that darker lenses do not necessarily mean better protection.
With all the styles and sizes to choose from, it never been easier or more fashionable to keep our eyes healthy and look good doing it.
By Jessica Vazquez