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Q: I'm looking for a new pair of sunglasses for summer, any suggestions? -- Samantha, Richmond, VA
A: Just like shoes are having a jelly moment right now (our office is no exception), so are sunglasses. Think translucent, hard-candy-hued shades that look good enough to eat. While plain, clear frames have had their moment in the sun as the It Shade for a few years, I highly recommend branching out into color for summer. For those minimalists out there, they add a bit of fun ("funglasses?" wah wah) to your outfit without looking too crazy. Plus, even though they're more saturated, some of these are giving me serious on-trend Marc Jacobs fall 2014 hair vibes, in terms of just being a wash of color.
Icy pastels -- specifically anything pink or blue (see 1, 2, 3, above) -- would look awesome on blondes. Ray-Ban also did a whole range of different colors in its classic Wayfarer shape, which you can find here, that keep the young factor to a minimum. For the darker-haired among us, I say go bolder with off-looking hues, like jade green (6, above) or orange (3, above). There's something very Dries Van Noten or Prada about them in spirit, just a kind of weirdness that is a one-way ticket to fashion-approval land.
As far what suits your face shape, it's pretty basic: Ovals (narrow forehead and jawline) can wear anything; heart-shapes (wide forehead, narrow chin) look best in things that taper in from the temples, like cat-eyes or square styles that get smaller at the base; round faces (of equal length and width, with soft curves) benefit from angular frames; and squares (broad forehead, defined jaw) should stick to round styles. And if you have a big head, go oversized.
All THAT said, the frames featured here are more Eyewear 102 -- meaning, if you don't have a pair of basic go-tos already in your arsenal, I would get on that before exploring any trends. You can't go wrong with classic black Ray-Ban Wayfarers or, as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen know, metal aviators. Also, Norma Kamali's tortoiseshell cat-eyes inexplicably seem to flatter everyone. As far as my own personal favorites, I'm Karen Walker Northern Lights in Crazy Tort all the way.
1. Warehouse crystal frame sunglasses, $30.11, available at ASOS. 2. Acne square sunglasses, $350, available at Saks Fifth Avenue. 3. Karen Walker Patsy sunglasses, $180, available at La Garconne. 4. Céline cat-eye sunglasses, $295, available at Matches Fashion. 5. Wildfox Classic Fox sunglasses, $169, available at Nordstrom. 6. Thierry Lasry Dominaty sunglasses, $425, available at SSense.
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