Find the perfect summer sunglasses 0
A pair of new sunglasses is one of the quickest and easiest ways to kickstart your summer style.
Acetate and plastic sunglass frames that dazzle with colour are just the starting point for a bumper crop of new shades from such designers as Gucci, Vera Wang, Valentino and closer to home, Vancouver's Derek Desierto, who designs the Derek Cardigan eyewear line for Clearlycontacts.ca.
High-voltage neon frames in eye-popping hues of orange, lime, red and fuchsia are also on call from Marc Jacobs, Matthew Williamson and a number of other designers while the trend toward laminates continues.
"Bright colours have filtered down from the fashion runways to eyewear frames. Two-tone laminate frames that combine two layers of material such as turquoise and olive, burgundy and orange and navy and olive offer ways to wear colourful frames without overwhelming your features," says eyewear designer Corinne McCormack, who designs her own signature line of glasses and is a creative director for Foster Grant.
"Super bright and bold sunglasses are fun and tie in with summer's trend toward brightly coloured clothing and accessories, but some may find softer-coloured sunglasses easier to wear," notes Desierto.
These include translucent styles in glossy tones of pale blush brown, sheer grey, watermelon, olive and violet, all of which can brighten your outlook without overdoing it, if you're already wearing colourful clothing and accessories.
Other sure hits include pastel sunglass frames in shades of lilac, mint, aqua, peach, candy pink, baby blue, turquoise and white.
With so much colour and visual interest in the frames, lenses are mostly tinted dark gray or brown but there are some exceptions.
"Purple to rose, and olive to amber tones of faded ombre gradient lenses lend a subtly fashionable twist to (sunglass) lenses," says McCormack.
For those stuck on neutrals, cream and brown tortoiseshell frames appear in several shades and finishes.
Dark brown, amber brown and creamy blonde tortoiseshell and wood grain patterned frames look fresh and new in retro cat-eye styles and the oversized square and round shades popularized by '60s style icons Jacqueline Onassis and Audrey Hepburn.
Oversized shades with sleek or wide temples and frames made of acetate and plastic are sometimes combined with metal to add textural interest.
"It's difficult to pinpoint one specific frame shape as being most important - as it often depends on a person's face shape and style preference," says Blake Mycoskie, the Los Angeles-based founder of TOMS. Well known for shoes, TOMS has just launched a sunglasses line in Canada.
The standard advice about square-shaped faces choosing round, elliptical and cat-eye sunglasses and round face shapes looking best in square and geometric sunglasses generally still holds true but if in doubt, a pair of aviators is likely to be a safe bet.
"The aviator (sunglasses) shape remains popular as it suits almost every face." adds Mycoskie.