Sophisticated Sunglasses, Under $100
May 31, 2011
Yesterday, the blistering heat and intense sunshine reminded me that I need to buy a new pair of sunglasses. Because I can be a little hard on my sunnies, I like to keep them under $100. But thanks to Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors, I can buy a stylish pair of sunglasses that will protect my eyes while I look chic.
You’ll notice that all the sunglasses featured in this set are brown or tortoise shell, no black. Black sunglasses can look too dramatic and and even a bit severe. This can make a woman seem unapproachable. Brown is softer and more relaxed. I also find that brown-tinted shades are more flattering on most skin tones and hair colors.
The first pair (top left) are MICHAEL Michael Kors Drake Oversized Sunglasses. These are the classic Jackie O shape in a soft chocolate brown. These are great for women with strong cheekbones and a long nose with a solid bridge. If you have a wider nose or a flatter bridge, skip these frames. They’ll only make your face and your features look wider and rounder.
If you have a rounder face or wider features (I myself have a slightly bigger nose, so I know these things.) but still want the large, dramatic frames, try a square shape. The clean lines will balance out a rounder face and give you enough definition. Just make sure that they don’t completely cover your eyebrows. If you can’t at least see a few millimeters of eyelid, then these are not the sunnies for you.
In the bottom left hand corner, we have the pair that I will be purchasing the Cheshire also from MICHAEL Michael Kors. These refined cat-eye sunglasses have all the classic appeal of a wayfarer but with a softer shape and vintage feel. But these particular frames are not for everyone, ladies with long or angular faces need to be careful before they buy a defined round shape. They can look like bug eyes, or a bad John Lennon impression, if you’re not careful.
If you’re at a loss for which style to choose, Aviators look great on just about everyone. They’re classic and yet, somehow, a bit trendy. They’re for a woman who wants to choose eyewear that is a bit edgier.
Buying sunglasses is like purchasing a swimsuit or jeans. Though not as devastating to the self-esteem, you’ll need to try on dozens of pairs before you get it just right. So take a little time, bring a friend and choose the best pair for you. And if you choose to invest in a pair from Prada, Fendi, Gucci or another luxury brand, make sure to choose a pair that you can wear for years to come. There’s no reason to drop that kind of coin on a pair that will only look chic for one season.