I THINK IT must have been around the time of my 25th birthday. I had just broken up with someone my parents considered Mr. Right when my mother announced I needed to buy a pair of sunglasses. “You’re getting crow’s feet from squinting,” she said, code for you’re not getting any younger, dear.
Fortunately, that traumatic moment didn’t sour me on sunglasses for the duration. On the contrary, I’ve always loved shades for that soupçon of mystery I feel when I hide my eyes behind them, getting in touch with my inner spy.
In any case, sunglasses, a summertime staple, have year-round appeal as a versatile fashion accessory. They can cover bloodshot eyes and let you go without makeup. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. A general rule of thumb for shape: a strong, distinct square frame works best for a round face, while a rounder frame with a softer edge complements a more angular face. Clarity, durability, weight and cost depend on the materials used in the lenses (glass, polycarbonate, or plastic) and the frames. Polarized lenses which reduce glare will add to the cost. All sunglasses should block ultraviolet light, which can lead to cataract development and age-related macular degeneration; if there’s no UV information on the tag or price sticker, look for another pair.
We’ve picked out our favorites for the season that we’re sure will give any look an extra ounce of chic any time of year. They range in price from uber-expensive Loro Piana aviators ($1, 375) to Asos’ River Island round shades in rose gold ($22.65).
Janet Kelly is the editor of MyLittleBird. Her last post was on how to channel Tilda Swinton cool.