It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure - Coco Chanel

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Shade Style

Today the sun is out and for the first time in a long while I needed to wear my sunglasses - hooray!

Sunglasses are essential to protect your eyes from the bright rays and to prevent squinting - a big no-no when you're trying to prevent wrinkles.

Over the years I've collected quite a range and have found the best quality to be Ray-Bans and Chanel.  Cheapies are fine as long as they have the right UV protection but I find the premium brands more comfortable and hardwearing.

Classic aviators are a must and will look good whether you're being casual or smart.  Ray-Ban do a great range of colours and designs to suit any face shape.

Ray-Ban - quality and versatily

Ray-Ban are also the designers of the all-time classic Wayfarer range which is enjoying a revival at the moment.  Not my cup of tea but they have stood the test of time along with the Aviators.

Ray-Ban Wayfarer

They now come in a wide range of young and bright colours and wearing these you will definitely be making a fashion statement.

For a more formal look I'd recommend Chanel every time.  Their range of black framed sunglasses remind me of Audry Hepburn and Jackie Onassis.

Chanel are unmistakable

If you love to make a real statement sometimes then Roberto Cavalli is the guy for you.  His range of sunglasses are stunning and have incredibly intricate design details.

Totally OTT but totally gorgeous

Lots of High Street brands are making their own ranges of sunglasses now and Tommy Hilfiger have high quality sunglasses for a more affordable price.

Tommy Hilfiger

Playing sports, such as skiing, demands more glare protection that normally needed and you should be careful in selecting sunglasses designed specifically for the job.

Oakley do an excellent range, some with mirrored lenses which give further protection.

Oakley - superior protection

You can pick up some real bargains online if you hunt about but make sure you are careful that they are the genuine article before you buy.  I have a suspicious-looking pair of Calvin Klein's kicking about in a drawer somewhere!

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