How To Choose the Perfect Pair of Sunglasses

August 9, 2017 by  
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Sunglasses are more than just a fashion accessory. The American Optometric Association says you should always wear them during daylight hours regardless of the weather. The sun’s UV rays are harmful and can cause cataracts; moreover, sunglasses provide protection from blue light which increases macular degeneration.

That being said, it’s still important they look good and make you feel good, so here’s a detailed guide on how to get the most from your sunglasses.  

Match them to Your Wardrobe

When it comes to sunglasses, the more the merrier. You want a few pairs, so you can work them across several outfits. Don’t worry about cost, as it’s possible to find high-quality affordable designer glasses for women and men. Instead, worry about style and how that style matches what you’re already wearing. You want wear-to-work lenses, casual lenses, and a more upscale style for shopping and lunch meetings.

Keep it subtle, especially when it comes to color. Try and match the color of your shades to your shoes. For women, this could mean a pop of red if you’re sporting red heels. But, don’t overdo it. Red shoes, red sunglasses, and a red shade of lipstick should do it. For men, black and brown are always in style and likely to be the color of your shoes too, but there are instances when this could vary (blue suede shoes for example).  

Look for UV Protection

Your sunglasses should a serve a purpose beyond fashion. Choose sunglasses that limit your exposure to harmful UV rays. Health.com recommends that you seek out sunglasses that offer 100 percent UV protection from both UVA and UVB rays. And, the bigger the better. “You can further protect yourself with oversized and wraparound frames that offer more coverage to protect the soft tissue around your eyes (which can help prevent wrinkles).” Sunglasses labeled as “cosmetic” don’t provide any protection from the sun.

Choose a Contrasting Size

It’s best to choose sunglasses that offer contrast from your face shape and size. For example, rounder frames are best for square heads and angular frames are best for round heads. Larger sunglasses look glamorous on small head sizes, while larger heads require less size.

Here are the types of sunglasses and what size/shape they look best on:

  • Aviators – aviators look best on oval shaped heads, but are versatile enough to look great on most people regardless of shape/size. They got their name because they’re popular among pilots and military personnel. These distinct frames feature teardrop-shaped lenses and metal frames, and are typically medium to large in size.
  • Oversized Sunglasses – oversized sunglasses were made popular in the 50s by glamorous movie stars, and that’s the image they still present today. They are better for smaller head shapes.
  • Mirror shades – popularized by Morpheus from the film The Matrix, mirror shades are reflective. Your eyes can’t be seen beyond their reflective mirrored surface. These shades come in a variety of sizes to suit many different people’s needs.
  • Wayfarers – wayfarers are a typical frame, medium-sized with a thick plastic frame. They go by a couple different names, including “Manhattans.” Audrey Hepburn wore Manhattans in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Wayfarers are best suited for medium to large skulls.
  • Teashades – super tiny teashades aren’t designed for small heads, and probably shouldn’t be worn by anyone considering they do little to keep your eyes protected from the sun.

Choosing Lens Color

Finally, you have to choose your lens color. Different lenses have different aesthetic value, such as matching your clothing and shoes or denoting your personality. They also come with some health benefits. Traditional gray lenses reduce light. Red lenses are good for winter weather activities. And, violet lenses provide hunters with increased visibility. What you choose should factor in your needs and your style without breaking the bank. 

 

Celebs Go To Accessories

January 30, 2017 by  
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Hey guys! It’s been a while and I wanted to pop back in with a fun new post! Accessories are my number one favorite thing to shop for because they add personality to any outfit! I personally have a ton of sunglasses and earrings but I love getting inspiration from celebs and their go to accessories. Like me, they love their sunglasses and Ray Bans (Ray Ban Cats are my favorite) are a classic staple that just about every celeb out there wears. Along with sunglasses, light weight scarves, a oversized watch and a great pair of earrings are among the most worn accessories. Scroll through slide show below to see the stylish celebs go to accessories!

Lets start with the most used year round accessory: sunglasses! A classic pair of Ray Bans will never ever go out of style and are seen on stars like Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon and many many more! Click here to see more celebs wearing Ray Bans.

Scarfs are among the list as well and for good reason! They have the ability to add a stylish cozy touch and the fact that they’re avaibale in light weight fabrics make them perfect to tote around in your bag all year round! Zooey Descahnel is the perfect example of how to make the moost of sunglasses and a scarf. Cute coat, sleek boots are a must during the colder months but her accessories give the look a effortless stylish push.

Who doesn’t love a pair of pretty earrings!? They’re the most versatile accessory and they can be worn with any outfit!

Give your outfit a masculine touch with a oversized watch! I don’t think anyone wears it better than the Olsen twins who always wear a oversized gold watch.

A quick grab and go bag is a oversized clutch (this one is perfect)! They feel so glam and they’re easy to stuff inside a bigger bag making them the perfect day to night accessory. Seems like I’m not the only one who loves them because style icons like Olivia Palermo is never seen without one!

What are some of your favorite go to accessories?

Celebrity Copycat: Kim Kardashian’s Look for Less!

September 21, 2013 by  
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I’m absolutely LOVING Kim Kardashian’s toned down make over!  The one look that really caught my eye was her sold out Pink Celine coat and head to white outfit.  It’s sleek, sltylish and classy!  Great new look for the new mom. 🙂  Get her look for less with pieces from Top Shop, Lulu’s & more!

Boyfriend Coat – $178 at Topshop.com | Henley – $22 at Saksfifthavenue.com | Calvin Klein Cropped SKinny Jeans – $15 at Lordandtaylor.com | Nude Heels – $32 at Lulus.com | Beige Convertible Satchel – $49 at Yesstyle.com | Lucky Brand Necklace – $39 at Zappos.com | Butter London Nail Polish – $15 at Butterlondon.com

Stylish Cravings: Elizabeth & James Sunglasses

May 22, 2013 by  
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I wear my sunglasses 365 days a year but If it were up to me I would wear them 24/7!  I have a ton of pairs but I always like to add a few new styles during the summer.  Right now I’m loving sunglasses with lots of details and hardware.  Below are some styles that I’ve been eyeing by Elizabeth and James.
Limited Edition Elizabeth & James Snow Leopard Sunglasses – These fun snow leopard print sunglasses have the perfect vintage chic look.
Elizabeth & James Wooster Sunglasses – A great selection of sunglasses for stylish vintage lovers.  I love the details like the metal in the bars against the shiny pearl pink.

Thrift Store Find: Vintage Faux Fur Coat

February 7, 2013 by  
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I’ve always been an avid thrift store shopper and nothing is more exciting than finding something you love on the cheap.  Just the other day my son asked me to take him thrifting and I was SO excited not only because he showed an interest in one of my passions, but also because we were going on a day that offered 50 percent off clothes.  While my son was looking to find what he called “Cosby” type sweaters I hit the women’s clothing section and found a spotted faux fur coat for $16 but I got it $8!  I expected the coat to need some type of tailoring but it fit perfectly and it’s in amazing condition!  I won’t be wearing it too often here in Florida but I now have a super cute coat for my frequent NY visits.

What I’m Wearing:

Vintage Faux Fur Coat – $8 from Local Thrift Store

Mint Green Dress – $7.50 from T.J. Maxx

Pointy Toe Pumps $70 from Yesstyle (also seen here)

Modern Square Bag c/o meet mark find it here (also seen here)

Betsey Johnson Sunglasses $20 from T.J. MAxx

Bracelets from Forever 21

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Rihanna’s Miu Miu sunglasses

February 1, 2013 by  
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One of those celebrities who always manages to wear the latest hot thing in fashion is definitely Rihanna. A few days ago she was spotted on a cold, winter night approaching her hotel in New York, wearing this pair of pentagon shaped Miu Miu sunglasses. Since she wore them in summer, the sunglasses have only grown more popular. Just a few weeks ago Australian beauty Miranda Kerr was seen adorning these stylish sunglasses in Manhattan. The Miu Miu MU53NS pair can be recognized by the gold rim.

In the past Rihanna was frequently seen wearing Ray Ban sunglasses, so it’s surprising – yet refreshing – to see her change it up. It’s definitely the kind of chic pair you can wear at any occasion, whether it’s with summer or winter favorites.

It’s no surprise the Miu Miu collection is quite fashionable, knowing its part of the Prada label. The brand’s name is actually the nickname of fashion designer Miuccia Prada, who’s acclaimed for creating high fashion accessories.

Celebrity Copycat: Kim Kardashian’s Look for Less!

July 26, 2012 by  
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This Kim Kardashian look for less is an oldie but goodie!  Since I spend most of my days working from home, I’m a big fan of quick ways to spruce up bottoms and tee’s in case I need to run out.  By pairing with a classic black blazer, cute sandals and some of my favorite accessories like a boyfriend watch and aviator sunglasses, you’re good to go in a matter of minutes!

What I’m Wearing

Blazer from Gap (similar version here), asymmetrical tank from Old Navy (no longer available), cargo skinny pant from Buckle (no longer available), Balenciaga inspired bag from Belloiris, sandals from The Jennifer Lopez Collection c/o of Kohl’s (similar version here), Ray-Ban Cats inspired sunglasses c/o Pan Oceanic Group (also seen here & here), gold boyfriend watch c/o meet mark (also seen here)

Win Ray-Ban Cats Inspired Sunglasses

November 7, 2011 by  
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Update: The winner of the Ray-Ban Cats Inspired sunglasses is Richard Peterson with the comment “Cheryl Cole” Congratulations Richard and a big thank you to all who participated!

I’ll admit it.  I’m one of those people that never take their sunglasses off. So you can imagine the pain I felt when my favorite pair broke (the Ray Ban Cats as seen here).  Lucky for me and one Fashiongrail fan, the sunglasses angels are smiling down upon us!  Pan Oceanic Group, a leading manufacturer of fashion sunglasses since 1969, recently sent me a pair IDENTICAL to my favorite Cats for review and another pair to give away!  Now when I say identical I’m not kidding.  The only thing missing is the Ray Ban label.

Worn by celebrities such as Cheryl Cole, Kate Moss, James Franco and many more.  The contest winner will receive the “Alexa”  by Loose Leaf Eye Wear.  A division of Pan Oceanic, Loose Leaf Eye Wear is dedicated to high fashion & quality sunglasses at affordable prices.  Loose Leaf Eyewear can be found at Urban Outfitters, and other select retailers.  I can honestly tell you that I do a lot of celebrity looks for less, and these sunglasses really do go above and beyond in quality and style.

How to play: Just tell us in the comment section below which celebrity rocked their sunglasses the best and why.  For an extra entry, tweet the contest.  Winner will be randomly selected on November 14, 2011.  Must be shipped to an address in the U.S.  Good luck!



 

Celebrity Copycat: Katherine Heigl’s Look For Under $100 At Kmart!

October 29, 2010 by  
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Katherine Heigl's Look for Less!

Boots – $29.99

Wrap Sweater – $34.99

Leggings – $16.90

Tank – $6.98

Sunglasses – $9.99

As part of its annual Family & Friends sale November 7, Kmart has provided Fashiongrail a special advance notice for the event. Apparel, accessories, jewelry, and footwear will be 20% off for this once-a-year sale (including regular-priced and clearance items).  The sale will be online and in stores – the discount will be applied automatically at online checkout but for in-store purchases, shoppers will need to print out the flyer (link below). It’s nationwide except for a handful of states – in Utah, Idaho and New Jersey, the sale will be all day on Saturday, November 6. Click here for the deal: http://www.kmart.com/social

Celebrity Redo: AnnaLynne McCord

October 8, 2010 by  
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AnnaLynne McCord looks cute but should have paid heed to Coco Chanel’s sage advice,  “When accessorizing, always take off the last thing you put on.”  In this case it’s double trouble.  Her outfit would have been fine without the scarf and necklace because the tie neck blouse was enough.  She would of been better served by adding some earrings or bangles.  So I basically redid the outfit without the unnecessary accessories and added some skinny jeans (below) for those of you who want to downplay the outfit a bit.  Hope you like it!

AnnaLynne McCord's Look

Clutch – $42 at Lorisshoes.com

Tie-neck Blouse – $28 at Yesstyle.com

Blazer – $132.99 at ShopRuche.com

Frayed Shorts – $14.95 at AE.com

Boots – $75.99 at ShopRuche.com

Over The Knee Socks – $5.06 at ASOS.com

LC Lauren Conrad Sunglasses – $16.99 at Kohls.com

Crackle Bangles – $15 at ShopTwigs.com


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