Sunglasses have been a posh fashion accessory since the 1940s, and the latest specs reflect more than just harmful UV rays. Extravagant, stylistic and personal, your sunglasses are a statement of your mood. Colored lenses, like John Lennon blues, are less in vogue than years ago, instead, temple arms are the staple of expression.
Above: Bottega Veneta $435.
Size Matters,Think Big
Since the 1960s, thanks to Jackie O, large frames have been “it” for lades. Aside from offering complete ocular protection, they also help protect the checks from sunburn. More than that, they are so dramatic in size, they make ladies’ facial features appear smaller, more demure, which is why they are a chic choice among starlets. Men are benefiting from the larger frames in traditional aviator-inspired pieces, too.
Above: Jimmy Choo Cass w/leopard print $295, Gucci $295.
Below: Gucci $310
Fashion Etiquette 105:
Wearing your sunglasses indoors or at night is more than just a mark of social detachment (sometimes considered cool). It’s rude. Consider your surroundings and refrain the frames.
Unless you are Elton John or about to acquire Dolce & Gabbana’s $380,000+ gold and diamond spekkies, the styles coming for fall are more about refined shapes, detailed temple arms and subtler overall looks. In other words, bye-bye bling. Look for finely worked lenses, lightweight frames and a barely-there nose bridge.
Above: Christian Dior Bagatelle $345.
Shown on him: Emporio Armani $175. On her: Gucci $295. Below: Balenciaga $350.
Fashion Fact 218:
The concept of spending a king’s ransom on your precious specs is hardly new. Chinese judges in the mid-15th century wore quartz sunglasses to hide their emotions in court, Roman Emporer Nero wore emeralds and prehistoric Inuit countered sun glare by fashioning walrus ivory into goggles with thin slits.