Sunny days are here again, and with them come playful new sunglasses.
The Seventies influence that’s so prevalent in fashion shows up in oversized lenses seen on many runways, including Gucci, Burberry, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and Tory Burch.
Look for them in the hottest shapes – circles, sexy librarian rectangles and rounded cat eyes. The fresh interpretations sport double wire rims or thick, colored acetate frames tricked up with pattern, sparkles or other embellishment.
Oversize sunglasses are doubly fashionable – at once fresh and as iconic as Jackie O. And it’s not a look that’s fading away anytime soon. Big bold frames represented a key trend at the Vision International Expo & Conference trade show in New York, which ended April 2.
Tinted sunglasses, a throwback from the Sixties, are also back in style. Granted, they tend to evoke a love or hate response, but there are definite pluses to colorful, lightly saturated shades.
They make a statement both indoors and out, and they draw attention to that most important feature – the eyes.
Designers often matched vividly hued eyewear to the clothes on runways. Color your world pink at Gucci, Miu Miu blue at Nordstrom, leaf green at Tory Burch or bronze by Tom Ford at Neiman Marcus. Fast fashion luminary ZARA offers only two sunglass styles this season, and one is rose tinted.
If that’s not your style, consider ombre tints or hip mirrored glasses. Some of the newest reflective lenses are metallic silver.
Embellishment is everywhere in fashion. On eyewear, it’s not just sprinkled on stems and corners like your grandmother’s. Crystals, pearls, studs and flowers decorate entire frames for a lively, light-hearted look.
Your peepers have never looked so festive.