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Sunglasses to brighten up any look

Posted on April 16, 2014 | by Yujin Ryeo

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As we head into warmer months, sunglasses are becoming necessary accessories for protecting our eyes, but they can also act as bold statement pieces to jazz up any spring or summer outfit.

Mirrored sunglasses have been trendy for a couple of years now, but have blown up in Spring/Summer 2014 trends with designers, such as Versace, introducing their own version, as well as numerous street-style bloggers and models wearing them in public. The mirrored lenses promote a futuristic space-age vibe and are the perfect accessories to top off a fun ensemble.

Ray Bans gave their classic aviators a twist with their Aviator Flash Lenses that come in colors including yellow, orange, blue, green, silver and copper. Such iconic frames suit most types of faces, whether you consider your face to be oval- or rectangle-shaped. If the price range for the original Ray Bans is overwhelming, stores such as Urban Outfitters and Express carry similar yet affordable versions ($16).

Another trend to look out for is soft cat-eyed frames. Unlike regular cat-eyed sunglasses, this type of frame lessens the boldness of the style, creating a flirty and cute shape. Like aviators, cat-eyed frames flatter any type of face shape and are a playful design suitable for the warm weather.

Australian sunglasses brand Quay’s Kittie Cat-Eye sunglasses are reasonably priced and come in different shades, such as white, pink, brown and black ($40). The Kitties are a great pair of sunglasses for those who want to achieve a retro yet modern look for the spring and summer.

If you are willing to be more daring with your choice of sunglasses, circle-framed glasses are a great option. However, people with round faces should avoid these glasses because it can accentuate the roundness of the face and create an unflattering image.

With these high-fashion frames, try to aim for an outfit that will make your unusual eyewear the center of attention. The jeans-and-T-shirt look is simple but chic and lets onlookers focus on the awesome shades. ASOS and Topshop carry various types of affordable circle frames with different patterns, colors and lenses ($30-40).

Finding the right pair of sunglasses can be tricky, but take risks and have fun exploring different types of frames for your face. After all, isn’t experimentation the fun part of fashion?

A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, April 16 print edition. Yujin Ryeo is a contributing writer. Email her at bstyle@nyunews.com.

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