Sunglass Trends for Summer
Posted: July 20, 2012 | By: Emmie Martin | Photo: Solstice Sunglass Boutique
Whether you’re lying by the pool, cruising on a boat, or simply driving around town, summer’s bright rays will have you reaching for your shades for months. Sunglasses are a summer necessity – and an easy way to show off your style. Check out these trends to become a true sunglass fashionista.
Round sunglasses are big right now, said Eden Wexler, celebrity shades consultant and director of public relations for Solstice Sunglass Boutique. Numerous brands are putting out their own take on the round trend, so shop around to find a pair that suits both your style and facial features.
Bright colors and bold textures are also trending this summer, says Wexler. Anything fluorescent or neon is in vogue. Likewise, patterns and textures such as metal foiling, tribal print, faux crocodile, wood, and stripes are all prominent.
If you want to rock a daring style without going too bold, try a pair embellished on the sides.
“You might not want to wear really fun patterns and things on the front of the frame, but people are really playing with what’s going on on the temples,” Wexler said.
Anything vintage-inspired with a contemporary twist is prevalent for summer. Cat-eye lenses, a trend that made its way back into style a few years ago, continue to gain popularity. Look for modern updates on the retro style.
“It might not be totally like a 50s cat-eye, but it is still that inspiration where you see that uplifted shape so that you’re getting the great cheekbones,” Wexler said.
This extensive variety of trends makes it possible for everyone to find a flattering style, but it is still important to make sure each pair fits your face correctly. Wexler recommends the “smile test” when trying on sunglasses.
“If the glasses rise up off of your nose bridge when you smile, they are not for you! Try something else,” Wexler says.
Also, keep your general features in mind when picking out sunglasses. You want to pick shades with details opposite of your facial features.
“For instance, if you’re very round, you don’t want to pick something that’s round, you want to pick something that has more angles, that’s going to balance out your features,” Wexler said.
Once you find the perfect pair of stylish shades, you won’t even want to avoid the blazing summer sun.