Question from Elizabeth: I am looking for a great pair of sunglasses for summer. Any suggestions for a pair that is affordable, fashionable and unique?
My Advice: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE sunglasses. I have a signature pair of Dries Van Noten that I wear constantly and am all about finding a pair of shades that become an extension of you. I was recently introduced to Norma Kamali's Cat Eye frames (I know a little late-considering Taylor Tomasi Hill has been wearing them forever). I love the unique shape of this frame and how it's trendy but classic all in one. I think it's important to find that natural balance and never to go too trendy or too conservative.
Also, identifying your face shape is key before sunglasses shopping. If you have a round face, wider frames tend to look better and accent your bone structure the best. Longer faces (diamond shape) look best with oval styled sunglasses (love these House of Harlow 1960 shades) to go along with the shape of your face. And square faces look impeccable with a cat eye frame like Norma Kamali's.
When it comes to price point, sunglasses are one of those things you tend to get what you pay for. I believe putting more money into products like a signature pair of sunglasses are worth it. When calculating your cost per wear, what you get out of it will well exceed the price point.
Another important consideration is color. You want to make sure your sunglasses stand out against the color of hair and your natural complexion. I believe blondes look best with darker framed sunglasses to really contrast their hair color from their shades. Brunettes look great in colored frames or gold/silver frames. And black hair can go either way with a really dark shade or colored/light shade.
So grab a friend and get going. Sunglasses are one of those things you definitely want another set of eyes (literally) before the big purchase.
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