If there’s one accessory that can instantly lift your outfit, it’s sunglasses. Pair your black square frames with a simple t-shirt, jeans and pointy heels, tussle up your hair and you’ve got yourself a casual downtown chic look that even the Queen B herself would be jealous of.
I take that back – Bey is bae even in her baddest of days. Princess of R&B, the first of her name, queen of globe-running girls, protector of the realm of fierceness.
But I’m sure that at several occasions in her life, like any woman, she has held on to her sunglasses as if her life depended on it (no make up days, grocery store trips, any morning you’re late to work).
When it comes to sunglasses, deciding on the type of frame is an essential part to any woman committed to fashion and the art of self-expression. For sixties lovers there’s the round frame that takes you back to psychedelic times of prints, wide-legged pants and lots and lots of shades of yellows and mustards (gotta love your mustards). The round frame is for the woman in need for a throwback. For vintage-lovers and women who aren’t afraid of choosing style over trend.
Then there’s the cat-eye frame. An almost unmissable accessory this season. We’re already dead obsessed with cats and kittens and anything cat-related basically. Proof of this is the many hours you’ve probably spent watching cat videos on Youtube (admit it – it’s a fixation). But the cat-eye frame is more than just a cat-lady’s love letter to felines. It’s the tipped wing that you needed on days you want to look extra sharp. The quirky addition to any dressed down look.
Since its introduction to the public in the fifties, the wayfarer frame has become somewhat of an iconic frame. Worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a favourite with the Kennedys, the wayfarer frame is a frame that stands for class and elegance. The trapeze shape of the glasses were inspired by the Eames chairs and Cadillac tail fins. Wear this timeless frame with your little black dress or take it with you on your next travels. Nothing says jetset more than the classic wayfarer.
And then there’s the frame that yours prefers above all – the butterfly frame. A larger-than-life frame, with giant wings folding over the eyes, slightly narrowed down on the bottom and a tiny bridge resting on my tiny Chinese nose. A butterfly frame is the perfect accessory to glam up any look, high fashion or casual. And the bigger and bolder, the better.
With every frame comes a pre-proposed identity. From the butterfly, wayfarer, round, to the cat-eye. Names that allude to the mood and sense of style of its bearer, but never the full extent of its persona. Because, what’s in a frame? We’re all shapeshifter in the end, moving from one frame to another.
Whatever transformation we choose, we’re doing it bold and we’re doing it in style.