Though we may be in the middle of summer, it’s still not too late to pull out one of the fashion must-haves of any summer, trendy shades. While a chic summer ensemble mainly consists of vibrant ready-to-wear pieces matched with a funky pair of footwear, sunglasses are the cherry on top that can bring an outfit together. Larry Leight, founder and creative director of cult sunglass brand Oliver Peoples, contends, “a woman should consider owning a pair of sunglasses for any type of activity that she does, the same way she would with shoes.”
Since Fashion Reverie always wants it readers in the loop of what’s in style, our editorscame together to compile a list of some of the must-have shades to beat the heat wave.
The Summer Essential: Tory Burch Double Bar Aviator ($165)
The aviator is a classic summer style and designer Tory Burch decided to add her signature point of viewfor their latest eyewear collection. This is one summer essential that can be paired with any summer outfit.
The Statement Piece: Prada Baroque Sunglasses ($290)
Sometimes you’re not meant to blend in. Remember, a real fashionista is destined to always stand out in the crowd, and these frames do just that. Influenced by the baroque trend that inspired several designers this season, the baroque side-detailing and golden brown rich color are what make these shades memorable.
The Retro Enthusiast: Gucci Oversize Double Frames ($455)
Nothing screams nostalgia more than celebrating iconic fashion trends of the past. Gucci brought back the retro-inspired frames in translucent pastel colors to shield those eyes against the glaring sun. Some things just never go out of style.
The Quirky Fashionista: Tom Ford Bardot Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses ($356)
While his best friend, Jay-Z makes references to him in songs, Tom Ford continues to inspire fashion enthusiasts all over with his distinct high-end designs. These cat-eyed frames offer a unique flare for style while battling the heat wave. The dramatic shades are ideal for those who aren’t afraid to do something different.
The Budget-Conscious Fashionista: Quay Eyewear Australia Yibrow Sunglasses ($39.95)
New York may be battling its fair share of heat, but countries like Australia are used to battling non-stop days of blistering sun and steamy weather so brands like Quay Eyewear are at work year round to make sure they deliver Aussie fashion to the masses. The Yibrow offers that fashion-forward spark for the average budget-conscious shopper and it doesn’t hurt to have a celebrity like Beyonce sporting these frames.
Remember, there’s a pair of sunglasses to match every fashionista. Karl Lagerfeld said it best, “Sunglasses are like eyeshadow. They make everything look younger and prettier.”
—Dana E. Givens
*Feature image courtesy of michaelkors.com