Summer’s Hottest Shades

A snazzy pair of sunglasses may be one of the greatest summer essentials because they add personality and pizzazz to what could be an otherwise boring summer uniform of shorts, shirts, and sandals.

But forget the gold-rimmed aviators and round bug-eyed sunglasses of past seasons. Right now, eyewear is all about a vintage look.

The classic wayfarer style is still running strong, but this season, frames are bigger and thicker than ever.

Move over Ray-Ban, there’s a new pair of wayfarers in town. Grey Ant is causing a flurry with the brand’s 80’s-inspired Status sunglasses.

Super Ciccio has a similar style that is just as attractive. The frames are thick, completely opaque, and squarely shaped to perfection for an edgy effect.

The oversized frames lend a fun, cartoonish quality, yet they manage to cover most of your face without making you look like you have bug eyes.

Other brands like A.R. Trapp and Chloé are also taking their frames into strong consideration with larger widths and subtle cat-eye shapes. They are also sticking to retro-inspired patterns, like classic tortoiseshell. But overall, basic shiny black comes out as the frame color winner in the end (think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s). Nothing screams Old Hollywood glamour better than a pair of classic dark-framed shades.

So this summer, store away your childish colorful pairs and stick with an overly-dramatic version of fashion’s most classic eye protectors. When looking for your ideal pair, make sure that frame shape and thickness are your number one priorities. Take a look at these pairs that fit the bill. Just choose your favorite, and add a crimson lip to look spotlight-ready this summer season. And don’t be surprised if someone asks you for your autograph…

1. A.R. Trapp Troubadour Sunglasses from J. Crew – $395.00

2. Grey Ant Status Sunglasses from Revolve – $253.00

3. Cat-Eye Sunglasses from Forever 21 – $5.80

4. Super Ciccio Robin Sunglasses from Urban Outfitters – $150.00

5. Chloé CL2162 Sunglasses from – $119.00

6. Super Ciccio Brown Sunglasses from Urban Outfitters – $150.00