I’ve had a love affair with sunglasses for as long as I can remember. They’re one of my favourite ways to finish a look and are also an easy way to change up my outfit’s look and feel. I’ve always liked trying different brands from designer to up-and-coming labels, and over the years I’ve experimented with a few styles and have found that there are three types I always come back to…
Cat eye sunglasses
I’ve always liked this classic style. I like their vintage feel and have always found the shape to be quite flattering. They’re bold without being too over the top and I’ve found that gives them a lot of versatility.
From vibrant colours to patterns I always find myself gravitating towards sunglasses that have a striking element. Whether it’s the shape, embellishment or bold shades, I’m always on board with any eyewear that can elevate an outfit and hold its own.
These are also a bit of a retro style. I’ve always liked the fact that round frame sunglasses have a 60s vibe to them have a fun and playful feel. I’ve got a few different styles but have always found that Chloe tend to do them particularly well.
I am a sunglasses girl through and through and have managed to build up quite the collection simply because of the fact I’ve found that sunnies are a simple and easy way to update a look. Simply changing up the frames you’re wearing can instantly give an outfit an entirely different vibe. Now that it’s definitely sunglasses weather there are so many great styles available that I’ve definitely started to compile a wishlist of a few pairs that I’d really like this summer. If you’re in the market for a new pair of sunnies, here are some of my tips for buying a pair you’ll love…
Try them on in person
I’ll buy almost everything online but will refrain from making a sunglasses purchase unless I’ve tried them on in real life. Even with the measurements listed you won’t really know if a pair will suit your face unless you’ve roadtested them first.
Make sure they’re the right fit
It sounds obvious but sometimes some people may not realise they’re wearing the wrong fit for their face. Ensure that they’re not too big – so they shouldn’t sit past your cheekbones, along with not being too wide. If you find you’re constantly having to push them up they’re likely not snug enough to comfortably fit.
Choose a lens to suit your wardrobe
If you wear lots of black go for a black lens as you’ll fine you’ll be able to work it back with your wardrobe a little easier. If you wear lots of brown tones then go for a bronze lens. That said if you want to make a statement you could opt for mirrored lenses which have made a comeback.
Try different brands
You don’t have to spend a fortune on sunglasses to have them look great. Sure, there are some amazing designer frames around but they also come with a hefty price tag so you may want to save those brands for when you’re really trying to spoil yourself and buying a classic pair that will last a few seasons. There are some great frames from brands such as Le Specs and Local Supply and even your local chain stores have some fun options available and they’re great for when you want a pair of sunglasses that are up-to-the-minute and very much on trend. Plus at a more reasonable price point you can consider buying more than one style.
Experiment with shapes
I love everything from a cat’s eye to round John Lennon style sunglasses and classic Ray Ban Wayfarers so you definitely don’t have to restrict yourself to just one shape. Have fun trying a few pairs on so you can see what complements your face shape and also your style.
If you’re as enamoured with good eyewear as I am then never fear because this spring/summer we’re definitely spoilt for choice as far as sunnies go. There’s a style to suit every face shape, every style and every fashion whim. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour, shapes and over the top finishes as I think a pair of standout frames can really act as the full stop to any look. So whatever the outfit or occasion there’s definitely a pair of sunglasses that’s guaranteed to match perfectly.
Round sunglasses have definitely cemented their comeback. If you want frames that are on trend yet can still easily work back with myriad outfits then try this shape. It’s worth trying on a few different round styles as some face shapes tend to suit a chunkier frame whereas some require a slightly more slimline style.
Want to make a statement? Try a pair of embellished sunglasses. This jewelled pair is a great way to make your eyewear the focal point of an outfit. It’s the ideal style for those who love to be a little more adventurous with their accessories.
Mirrored glasses are popping up on every ‘it’ girl to fashion blogger this season and there’s a reason why —they work no matter what your style is. They give an outfit an edgy touch, but they’re also quite versatile, you can wear them with a slightly dressier blouse or worked back with a bikini at the beach.
Poppy Delevingne wore these classic cat eye sunglasses at Paris Fashion Week and immediately sent them at the top of many women’s shopping lists! Every girl needs a pair of classic black sunglasses but a cat eye gives it a slightly retro feel. If black isn’t for you, this shape would also work in tortoiseshell or coloured frames.
Semi-rimless glasses a la this classic pair by Ray Ban are a great alternative to Wayfarers. They’re modern, work with virtually every face shape and are the ideal style for those who want something that’s right on trend.
Who better to steal some style inspiration from than Vogue’s uber stylish fashion director Christine Centenera? These flat top sunglasses by Celine are a great way to update oversized sunnies. These frames are clean, simple and elegant and are the perfect style to take you through summer and beyond. There are plenty of brands doing this particular style so if you want a pair minus the designer price tag keep an eye out in your local chain stores are they’re guaranteed to be doing their own interpretations this season.
I tend to have a range of sunglasses at different price points. I’ll have my splurge sunnies of the designer variety for special events and occasions, but I’ll also have a few cheap pairs (one I even purchased from the newsagent and they’re always mistaken for Celine!) boomarked for when I’m playing with the girls. I also favour really affordable brands like Le Specs and Local Supply for when I just need a fun pair of sunglasses that I can throw in my bag and not have to worry about.
Having tried and tested a number of sunglasses brands over the years, these are a few of my faves…
Small frame sunglasses are an on trend option for eyewear and this pair by Poppy Lissiman has been on rotation for months. I’ve found this brand to also do really cool colours and shapes and at a reasonable price point too.
Local Supply is a great affordable Aussie eyewear brand that I often turn to when I want sunglasses with a bit of an edge. Think interesting shapes and cool colours.
An oldie but a goodie, Le Specs have been a go-to of mine for years. They always do on trend styles and the cat eye pair above from their collaboration with Adam Selman was hugely popular and still a definite fave of mine.
You can always rely on Gucci to do a beautiful pair of sunglasses, especially when you want something next-level. If you’re after embellishment and a luxe and glam feel when it comes to your frames, this is definitely the brand to treat yourself with.
I love Miu Miu’s playful accessories, especially sunglasses. You can always rely on the brand to turn classic styles into something more with the right finishing touches. These cat eye sunnies with subtle diamante detailing are a great example of the label’s aesthetic.
Chloé do really gorgeous 60s style frames such as the pair I’m wearing above. If you’re after round frames with a soft, feminine feel then it’s definitely one brand you need to turn to.
Back in the 90s small frames were huge. Then along came oversized sunnies and we’ve been all about them ever since. However it seems the tide is starting to turn and we’re seeing more and more the resurgence of this eyewear trend. Everyone from Bella Hadid to Kim Kardashian (whose husband Kanye West apparently sent her an email telling her to switch to smaller frames) to Rihanna have been spotted wearing small sunglasses.
Admittedly after so many years of wearing big sunnies it takes a bit of getting used to as the silhouette is such a departure from our usual go-to glasses however I’ve definitely become a fan. Despite their diminutive size they’re big on impact. The dimensions on tiny sunglasses make them a definite statement piece and add an edgy, almost futuristic vibe to a look. I’ve been wearing them of late whether in a cat eye style or oval shape and gave them a definite workout during Fashion Week (where I have to say, I saw this trend out in force). Whilst classic black always works I’ve also been trying them in different colours which definitely adds a fun element to any outfit. I’ve always embraced sunglasses as a finishing touch to an ensemble and this season, it seems it’s all about downsizing.
Want to wear this trend? I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite picks below plus I’m sharing my tops tips on how to style them
Adopt small frames in a rainbow of colours. I love this Adam Selman for Le Specs pair as the colour works beautifully against both bright vibrant tones or muted shades. If you’re also worried about this style making you look like you walked off the set of The Matrix then never fear as the colour helps soften the silhouette and make them look quirky and playful.
Dress them up or down
Can you wear small sunglasses with a suit equally as well as you can with jeans and a tee? Yes! In fact, due to their minimalist style and shape, these sunnies can be paired with virtually anything in your wardrobe. Rihanna wore them on the red carpet with a ball gown so you can bet these frames can accompany you on a coffee run, out to lunch or to a big event.
Go bold with your outfit
What I like about small sunglasses is they are a statement piece. I think the shape and silhouette really make them quite a bold accessory and it might sound counterintuitive but this makes them the perfect item to work back with striking pieces in your wardrobe. Case in point: I wore them with a feathered denim jacket and a PVC skirt without my entire look seeming too over the top.
Whether it’s a bejewelled cat eye or classic aviators, there’s no doubt that sunglasses are one of the easiest ways to update an outfit. I’ve built up quite the collection over the years as I have a bit of a weakness for amazing frames! That said, it really as an accessory that can easily change any look. By switching up my eyewear I can change the whole vibe of my outfit in seconds. They’re definitely a key consideration when I’m planning my street style outfits. And I put as much thought into them when I’m pulling together a look for an event as I do my shoes and jewellery.
Here are a few of my current faves.
Small frame sunglasses are right on trend at the moment and given their modern silhouette I find they add a little edge to an outfit.
I love to have fun with vibrant colours when it comes to my sunglasses. The bold pink pair above can really add a playful touch to a look and are one way to make a strong statement.
Gold metal frames have been around for eons and for this reason they’re a reliable go-to. They also work back with almost everything in my wardrobe so they often get a workout.
Cat eye frames
I’ve always loved cat eye sunglasses as they have an old Hollywood feel about them. These days they’ve been updated with embellishments, come in a rainbow of colours and are an ideal way to transform any look.
Sleek black frames
A pair of classic black frames never goes astray. Whatever the shape, black eyewear it always gives an outfit a sleek, modern vibe.
The shape is a little old school and I love that they’re a little bit different to your standard sunglasses. Round frames are quite fun and can work with everything from a dressy ensemble to an off duty outfit for the weekend.
I adore statement sunglasses. Show me anything with embellishment and I’m sold. This pair with its jewelled rim is one such example when the right frames can really take an outfit next-level.
We’re halfway through summer already and it’s at this point when your current season wardrobe can sometimes start to feel tired. The novelty of pulling out your warm weather clothes and rediscovering them again has worn off and you may feel the urge to buy something new to refresh you current looks. If you’re planning on indulging in a little retail therapy it’s a great idea to opt for pieces that you can get plenty of wear out of and can be transformed into several different ensembles. If you want to ensure you get maximum cost per wear, these five things definitely offer longevity and versatility.
The cold shoulder dress
The cold shoulder silhouette has cemented its place as one of the key trends of the season so it’s a great style to opt for when it comes to dresses. Grab one in a crisp white and you’ll definitely get plenty of wear out of it.
My pick: This Paxos number incorporates a few dramatic touches such as ruffles and bell sleeves, making it a standout piece.
High waisted denim skirt
A denim skirt should have a permanent place in your summer wardrobe simply because of its sheer versatility. Tees, singlets, button downs… the list of its possible pairings is lengthy.
When it comes to swimwear I always go for neutrals and no prints as I find I always get more wear out them that way. A plain black swimsuit or bikini is a must but look for interesting finishing touches to inject a little personality.
My pick: Marysia do gorgeous styles in plain bold colours that more than stand out in a crowd. This top and bottom can be mixed with other pieces in the range if you want to change things up but they work so beautifully together that you’re guaranteed to have them on high rotation.
The colourful slides
Slides are the footwear of choice this season so why not have some fun with them? Look for bright colours, textured finishes and embellishments.
You could go a little texture…or a whole lot for a striking finish that suits summer to a tee. I’m a big fan of the label Maggie Marilyn and this dress from their latest collection pulls out all the stops – a crisp white shade, an abundance of ruffles, and a red and white striped accent all make for just the right amount of statement-making detail to make this a go-to for events and special occasions. Nothing works better against white than a beautiful tan shade and this bag from Gucci is a versatile colour that will the see it work back with many outfits. I love the bag’s simplicity but the signature gold interlocking Gs and exposed stitching give it a bit of extra personality. Meanwhile my Gucci loafers with painted flower detail and candy pink sunglasses add a fun feminine touch without competing with the rest of the ensemble.
Credits: Dress, Maggie Marilyn, Shoes and bag, Gucci, Sunglasses, Pared
I have a thing for sunglasses. I’ve built up quite the collection because I’ve found they’re one of the easiest ways to switch up an outfit or lift an otherwise quite subdued ensemble. My go-to style definitely has to be anything that makes a statement—an interesting frame, a coloured lens, or fun embellishments always catch my eye. I often change my sunglasses like I do my bags or shoes and consider them to be an integral part of an overall look. Over summer a pair of great sunglasses is a definite must and there’s no better season to push fashion boundaries as far as your eyewear goes so if you want to try a unique shape or vibrant shade then go on and take the plunge. Also, with so many sales at this time of year, it’s a great time to snap up a pair of sunnies. I always make a point of shopping around for any pairs I have my eye on during this period as I know I might be able to grab them at a discounted price.
You can shop a few of my top picks below including one of my current favourites that I’m wearing above…