The most essential summer accessory is not the sandal or the sun hat. It’s not even the bathing suit. It’s the sunglasses.
As a light-eyed person, I spend most of my time squinting in the sun, but it wasn’t until I noticed wrinkles appearing around my eyes that I took them seriously. sunglasses. They serve just as much as a hat or sunscreen when it comes to protecting you from the elements, but they also provide a great opportunity to express yourself and have fun.
I didn’t pay attention to sunglasses the same way I did my purse, my jewelry or my shoes when it came to putting together an outfit, which is one of the reasons why they have always been forgotten afterwards (too often forgotten). Traditional Ray-Bans just didn’t speak to me, nor did most other typical designs on the market. It wasn’t until I changed my thinking to approach sunglasses like I would any other fashion piece, with a sense of whimsy and exuberance, that it totally changed the game for me and saved my poor squint eyes in the process.
I like to choose a bag or a shoe with a couture element that becomes the focal point of an outfit, an element that I can invest in and wear in multiple different ways without getting bored. I think sunglasses should be approached the same way.
Here are some eye-catching sunglasses to dress up your face:
G Gal Drawings
When I say glasses that cause a stir, I really mean it. Ciara Mhic Cathmhaoil, owner of handmade sunglasses boutique G Gal Designs, makes stunning custom-designed shades, many with nostalgic alphabet beads spelling out cheeky phrases (my favorite is the “f” glasses). *ck off”). She also has a collection of ready-made glasses that are bold and playful and come in round or cat-eye shapes. The wilder options are ideal for Las Vegas vacations or music festivals, and her bridal collection makes fun accessories for bachelorette parties and honeymooners. But most are just perfect for everyday use to add a touch of personality.
Iris Glasses Black
This Vancouver designer’s sunglasses are sure to turn heads. Named one of the top six designers to watch by Forbes at Tokyo Fashion Week and one of the best looks of Toronto Fashion Week by She Canada, Black Iris Eyewear looks more like face jewelry than glasses. Designer, stylist and artist Zoe Olsson has partnered with several fashion designers who have used her lenses to complete their runway looks. The frames are encrusted with jewels, but it’s the metal work and details added by Olsson that make them more interesting and sophisticated than your average bedazzled accessory. She also has an initiative called Introspection where people can fill out a form and submit their social media and she will create a design proposal for a custom pair of glasses.
Remember the early 2000s, when sunglasses were heart-shaped and tinted purple and pink? Well, ShadeSkaks on Etsy is bringing this trend back and adding even cooler shapes and colors like butterfly wings and flame-like red lenses. All glasses are 100% UVA and UVB protected, but some of them, like the dragonfly fairy wing glasses, don’t have optimal visibility, so keep that in mind if you plan to. wear them while driving. Designs that have no details of the actual purpose should be fine though.