IF EYES CAN TALK, EYEWEAR CAN TALK A LOT LOUDER. OUR RESIDENT STYLE GURU DOLES OUT SOME GOOD-NATURED ADVICE TO FLAUNT THE RIGHT STATEMENT THIS SEASON....
Come summer and out come the sunglasses. Sunglasses, aka shades, are no longer just a device to protect your eyes from UV rays. They are now a part of high fashion - a much flaunted fashion accessory. To be really honest, the question now is not what to-wear but what style to wear? Shades have always been about personal style. So, what's cool this season? Well, you must have noticed - retro frames are in. Every style from the past has been dug out, recycled and presented with a neo-urban chic. Be it the police style aviators from the 705 or the chunky plastic shades straight out of the 80s films, old is what 'the new look' is all about. To help you hide your eyes from the sun with a dash of cool, here is a brief of the different styles and frames that are in this season:.
SQUARE, BOLD PLASTIC FRAMES
These Burberry sunglasses are a modern take classi fame style. You can wear the ones that have slightly translucent lenses and a very bold shape. The more retro they look, the better, so don't go for sleek shapes. Hunt for sunglasses from Ray-Ban, which has also revitalised retro styles this season.
GEOMETRICS The '60s are back and so are the sunglasses from that memorable decade. With the clever use of square-yet-modern shapes, these sunglasses work well with linen suits and peppy, relaxed styles. The best creative, geometric frames come from Louis Vuitton, with bold checkerboard patterns and logo designs.
THE WAYFARER STYLE Well, it's not a new style, but the traditional Ray-Ban shades are growing in popularity. The Wayfarer works with anything, from light summer suits to white jeans and it's an undeniable classic
DETAILED FRAMES from the past are back again. Leather is hot right now, so prepare yourself for a little cowboy-style tooling. Best worn with your favourite jeans and tees, these detailed frames have rugged appeal. Try yours in red this season, or plain black to complement anything you choose to wear.
THE AVIATORS have slimmed down and now have true urban appeal. Many versions have smoothed the nose bridge above the eyes into an all-in-one frame, while others have a boxier shape than the traditional, rounded lenses. While aviators flatter heart-shaped faces the best, you'll be able to find one that flatters you, with all these new versions.
PICK YOUR COLOUR Try bright white frames or even one of the new coloured lenses to update your sunglass quotient current. Lenses in gradient pinks and ambers are a hit this season. Oliver Goldsmith sported some very bright pink lenses in tortoiseshell frames, while Paul Smith went the purple route on his frames as well