Can we talk some truth for a minute? Despite our waif-like figures and pouty lips, most of us aren’t exactly known for our demure nature. We’ve got eyes that are made for talking and whether they’re rolling, batting or blatantly staring—they’ve clearly got a lot to say.
Unfortunately it seems that the world might not always be ready to hear or see our feelings. Enter lady shady—the sexy, sassy and cool designer sunglasses that have become the protector and best friend of our sometimes-overcharged emotions. Behind our sunnies we can finally think whatever we want without anyone ever knowing the difference. Truly an accessory to life, sunglasses need to do more than serve and protect. They need to fit your personal style and should be versatile enough to compliment our many (not multiple) personalities. When shopping, look for options with legs that lay close to the side of your head for a tailored and chic look. This season I suggest keeping two main pairs at your disposal: one classic, anytime pair (think Ray-Ban Wayfarers or traditional Persols) and one funky, fun and irreverent pair (consider Oakley Frogskins or another neon option). With these two transitional options you can literally go anywhere. When it doubt, in the case of sunglasses, more is always more. Afterall, a boy can never be too shady. A few of my favorites of the season below...
Braverman by Oliver Peoples
By far my favorite trend for summer, clear frames allow you to look classic and funky at the same time. Not to mention they transition from day to formal evening with no problem at all. SO cool. $460 at Oliver Peoples
Leonard by Illesteva
Color is the easiest way to take this Gregory Peck-inspired traditional look to a place that’s a bit more on the wild side. Opt for translucent frames like these as opposed to mat colors. This gives the color pop without being too blatant and over the top. $165 at Gargyle
PR570S by Prada
Aviators are an American staple. Leave it to Prada to modernize the look with square lenses and an ultra chic and minimal gold frame. Fresh to death. $310 at Sunglass Hut
Flat Top by Super
An easy way to stand out without overwhelming your audience (yes, the world is your stage, people) is to look for unusual shapes and design in traditional colors like tortoise shell and matte black. This chunky, funky frame by hip hop-inspired Super is a major hit in my book. Get it in black for a SoCal, Laguna Beach feel or rock these brownies and channel your best English gentleman with a secret to tell. 128 Euros at Super
KLS Pro Model by 9Five
I call these the Wayfarer alternative. Ray-Ban’s classics have become an international staple because of their unique styling and versatile ability to look good on practically any face and in any situation. For those who don’t want to be scrutinized on the “Who wore it best” pages, I suggest a tricked-out version like these from 9five. And at $58, you can’t go wrong. From Overload Exchange