I love a good pair of sunglasses, but I am not great at looking after my sunnies – more than one pair has been terribly scratched or snapped, and there’s still a pair buried in the sand somewhere on Wellington’s south coast after an early evening bonfire stretched into the dark hours. Suffice to say, I am not in the market for $$$$$ sunglasses. So long as the UV filter is present and correct, which it is when you buy sunglasses from a reputable retailer in NZ, I’m good to go.
My budget-as approach to sunglasses means that I can afford to buy a few pairs, so I thought – let’s do a round up and also, is there some way I can eat lots of different ice creams? What’s the point of having a blog if you can’t do a tour de gelato?
Option one is these slightly square jobs from Le Specs (featured here with Gellissimo raspberry sorbet). As you’ll come to discover, I am a big fan of a mirrored lens, which feels like it burst onto the scene in the past year or so. Perfect for spying on your enemies/perving at great outfits in the streets. I like two things about this particular pair: the grey colour of the frames, which is less harsh than black or even dark brown, and the slightly soft pink sheen to the lens. They’re not a strong mirrored pink like this pair, but there’s a little bit of rosiness which is a nice complement to a range of skin tones. These are a good every day, workhorse pair of sunnies that I reach for often. I will note that they have a fixed bridge, and they tend to leave a bit of a mark on me (but watch me as I do not really care).
Option two is the insanity that is these statement sunglasses from Quay Australia (I bought mine here). I love a cat shaped pair of sunglasses as a balance to my face shape, but these are at the more extreme end of the spectrum for me. This kind of style requires a bit more styling in order for me to feel properly confident and not like a total dork, so I tend to wear these with a full “look” rather than trying to make an average outfit more exciting by introducing these. It's a bit of go big or go home! I think they’re a match made in heaven with this t-shirt from Seed Heritage and a red lip (red contrasted with pink is a big trend that we’re yet to see the back of, don’t be shy). This style suits me in my opinion because of my cheek bones, but the perfectly round lenses that look ludicrous on me are another great “full look” style.
If you’d asked me if I’d go for coloured lenses, I would have probably declined, yet here we are at option three. I had seen coloured lenses coming through in various street style archives and I loved the retro, but relaxed, vibe they gave. Yellow lenses tend to amplify and pink just wasn’t readily available when I was in the market, so blue it was – perfect for me, as a big wearer of blue. I knew that I’d have plenty of opportunity to coordinate with these, because I wear my blue shoes so often (wearing them now in fact). I feel like if you wear a lot of one colour accessory, that’s usually a safe bet for the colour schemes of other items you might be thinking about purchasing. Here I’ve paired them with the glittery goodness that is this highly embellished tshirt, but they’d be fabulous with a retro floral maxi dress or a pair of flares.
This pair is the only pair with a totally flat lens (whereas the others sit inside their frames). They remind me, and I get this is weird, of those cat ear headbands that teen girls wear because they’re so much radder than I was at their age. I love tortoiseshell frames on sunglasses because, again, they’re soft on my face (compared to black) and in summertime they look great with white and tan, and woven bags. It will be pretty interesting to see how fast I destroy these, as I’m pretty sure that it was the frame that was providing a skerric of protection to my other sunglasses. However, it does give them a clean, fuss-free style that I really like…stay tuned. I’d wear these with a classic outfit – perhaps a fitted black dress, or a tailored yet fashion-y suit – because of the four pairs featured in this post, they are the most grown up. (That being said, chuck them on with a pair of denim cut offs and a slogan tee and you are ready for a Saturday afternoon of fun!)
So there you go team, four pairs of sunnies that I'll be thrashing over the hot and sunny months ahead. If I can make those mirrored lenses last, it will be a miracle...but if I get all the way to March with these four pairs intact, maybe that's a sign I'm finally ready to buy something special?
With the exception of the Quays, these were all purchased at Sunglass Style on Lambton Quay.