Want to know the best way to update your look this fall without breaking the bank? Invest in some new shades! “Just like with bags and shoes, there are new eyewear trends every season, meaning your sunglass wardrobe needs updating too,” says Charla Krupp, fashion expert and best-selling author of How Not to Look Old and How to Never Look Fat Again. Krupp is the go-to source for advice on using a well-shaped wardrobe to change or define your look.
According to The Vision Council, over 94 million pairs of sunglasses were purchased in the last year making them one of the most popular accessories. With options at every price point and for all lifestyles, it’s easy to build a sunwear collection filled with the latest trends. Top sunwear trends for fall include:
Shades evocative of the 50s and 60s run rampant this fall with cat-eyes reigning supreme. Neutral hues, tortoise and black frames channel the ladylike style of that time. For a fun, modern twist, try a splash of color.
The aviator is a classic style and a staple in any sunwear wardrobe. This season options are endless as aviators appear in all varieties like classic metals, updated plastics, thick-rims and squared navigators.
Half nerd and half retro make one chic geek this fall. Top sunwear options in this trend are bookworm round and frames with strong browlines. Add a keyhole bridge to turn up the retro vibe. Add pops of color or two-tones for a more hipster look.
In addition to knowing the trends, it’s equally important to know how to choose your shades. “Sunglasses are the first thing everyone sees so you definitely want to make that first impression a good one,” says Krupp. “It’s important to know what to look for to find the perfect pair of frames.” Here are four tips from Charla to keep you fashionably framed:
- Shape: Choose eyewear that contrasts frame shape with your face shape. If you have a round/curvy face, choose angular frames and if you have an angular face, choose rounded frames.
- Fit: Comfort is key. Frames should sit on the bridge of your nose without sliding down and temples should rest securely behind your ears. You should be able to move your head around freely without them moving.
- Proportion: Oversized shades are all the rage, but don’t confuse this trend with sunglasses that are just too big for your face. It’s ok for frames to cover your brows, but watch that the width doesn’t extend far beyond your face. Be sure eyes are centered behind the lenses.
- Protection: Be sure to purchase frames that offer maximum UV protection to shield your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Opt for wrap-around shades to keep crow’s feet at bay.