Sunglasses have always been a reflection of both personality and style. Now that summer is just around the corner, a trusty pair of sunnies is sure to be your new best friend. From geometric shapes, new original designs, and bold powerful colours, here are some of the most dashing sunnies of 2013.
Oversized and Round
The days of tiny and modest sunglasses are way behind us. Oversized John Lennon sunglasses with thicker frames, contrasting colours, and bright decor elements are fashion staples this year. Experts say that this fashion revival of oversize round glasses brings back much groovy mystery to the female image. These are fun glasses the today's groovier era, so it's best if it's worn in less than formal events.
Cat eye sunglasses are among the most memorable fashion pieces of the 1950's and 1960's. Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Grace Kelly all wore these glamorous glasses during their heyday. Since their creation, these feline inspired frames have never been truly out of style.
More than sixty years since their creation, cat eyes remain to be a favourite of high-end fashion enthusiasts. Cat eyes maintain a reputation of being classic and classy without being too safe. Hollywood stars like Jennifer Lopez and Salma Hayek are often spotted rocking a pair retro cat eye silhouettes.
Clubmaster and Wayfarer
Browline sunglasses are retro fashion tokens of the 1950's. In the 1980's Ray Ban updated the design and made browlines popular more than ever when they came up with Clubmaster and Wayfarer Max. This year, the retro comes alive again. Fashion enthusiasts are betting on funky printed Clubmasters and Wayfarers to spice up the boyish and the androgenous fashion style of 2013. Celebrity trendsetters of these retro bifocals include Katy Perrie, Emma Stone, and Kristin Cavallari.
Ultrareflective mirror sunnies are the glamour girl shades of 2013. While totally reminiscent of Morpheus, mirrored shades are attracting quite a following of female celebrities that include Blake Lively, Jessica Alba, and Alessandra Ambrosio. Together with their funky frames, these ultrareflective lenses bring out fun festive flavour in your everyday casual getups.
Embellished sunglasses prominently appeared earlier this year in the spring runways of Prada and Dolce and Gabana. Regarded as high-fashion sunnies of the summer, it's all about oversizing the shades while going crazy with glitters, studs, and eye catching adornments. Because these blinkers go all out when it comes to making a statement, it is best if they are worn with simple outfits that are easy on the eyes, preferably those with solid colours.
Nothing says 2013 fashion better than a pair of Google glasses. Google's revolutionary headset-eyewear device was featured in New York Fashion Week of 2013. In the spring/summer collection, models sporting Google spectacles walked the Diane von Furstenberg’s show in Lincoln Center. The bands of each pair were redesigned to complement the collection's shades of corals, blues, whites, and greys.
Article by Joel Mayer who writes about health and eyecare for companies such as Paul Taylor Eyewear