Fashionably Safe Summer Shades

Eyecessorize spokesperson and style expert Lawrence Zarian, aka LZ, is our awesome ongoing guest blogger! You may have spotted him dishing out fashion advice on hit TV shows like “Entertainment Tonight,” “Inside Edition” and “LIVE! with Kelly and Michael,” just to name a few! So in coming months, be on the lookout for even more blog posts from our main man.

As the summer months linger on, it only gets hotter and sunnier outside! Whether you’re catching some rays at the beach, cooling off at the pool or just enjoying the great outdoors, sunnies are a summertime must. You may not realize it, but the sun’s UV rays can do major damage to your eyes, causing sunburning, macular degeneration, cataracts and even cancer. So before you expose your peepers to the elements, think twice! Keep your eyes and surrounding sensitive skin safe, and those aging crow’s feet at bay, by sporting shades with broad spectrum UV protection. Polarized lenses that ward off irritating glare are also a plus. Always purchase your sunglasses from a reputable shop—no street vendors, please! And don’t forget UV rays never go away, even in the colder months when the sun’s not always shining. So be sure to have plenty of pairs, in varying styles, to keep up with your ever-changing look!

Now let’s get to the fun part: the fashionable aspects of sunwear! You don’t have to give up style for protection. I’ve selected some of my favorite shades of the season, in plenty of cool colors and flattering shapes, to keep you looking great and your eyes protected! I’d say that’s a win-win! Check them out below.


Ladies, who wants to wear makeup when you’re working up a sweat in the heat? Sunnies will keep you looking flawless on makeup-free days and your eyes out of reach from UV rays! Vibrant hues are trending this season. Give any summery outfit a boost with eye-catching colors like citrus orange, bright mint, deep peach or indigo purple. Play with lots of fun silhouettes, ranging from sportier chunky retro sunnies from Maui Jim and PUMA goggles, to fashion-forward Jason Wu retro rounds and geometric cat-eyes from Lafont. And look for glossy finishes, two-toned colorations, and gradient and colored lenses, for added appeal.

Maui Jim (Kanani), PUMA (PU15150), Jason Wu (Newton) and Lafont (Lido)


It’s the season of all things manly, with outdoor sports, long afternoon hikes and backyard barbecues galore!  To keep you shaded during your studly pursuits, I’ve handpicked plenty of masculine, yet sleek, sunnies for all of your summer escapades. Opt for more athletic frames, like wraparound, light blue shades from Costa Sunglasses or modernized SPY wayfarers with blue lenses, translucent frames and splattered temples, for adrenaline-inducing adventures. And stick with stylish dapper round Bobby Jones sunnies with a keyhole bridge and faux wood finish, or classy Tommy Bahama aviators with a leather brow bar, for your more low-key affairs.

Tommy Bahama (TB6033), SPY (Helm), Costa Sunglasses (Cat Cay) and Bobby Jones (Dow)

Wanna get more deets on any of these sunglasses and their lenses? Feel free to leave us a comment or contact your Eyecessorize girls at eyecessorize@gmail.com! You can also check out The Vision Council’s UV report to learn more about the importance of protecting your eyes!