Summerlike weather often triggers a shopping trip for sunglasses, even though experts recommend we wear them year-round, not just when the sun's shining or the temperature is soaring.
Certainly, our baby blues need protecting from harmful ultraviolet rays, but many of us like that protection with a shot of style, thank you very much.
With that in mind, let's give a nod of approval to this year's trends: color, retro styling, metal, mirror and chrome lens, and more feminine shapes and detail. And here's good news for everyone who felt dwarfed in the recently popular doughnut-size shapes: The styles are slimming down, making them more wearable and flattering to more women.
“Large frames, especially for women, have had a long run. But that trend is fading,” said Dani LaGace, eyewear director for Bolle, Serengeti and Cebe. “Smaller frames, neither over- or undersized, that provide medium coverage are quickly gaining ground.”
This season, styles sometimes smack of old Hollywood with modified cat-eye shapes or edges that have been softened and curved. Details are subtle, from a sprinkling of tiny crystals to metal accents that grace temples and frame fronts. Metal isn't limited to just a few touches, either. It's the foundation of many styles.
“Metal frames are in the midst of a resurgence,” LaGace said. “Combo frames, metal fronts with nylon temples, add a modern touch to a classic look.”
One of the most sought-after classics this summer is the aviator.