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Fashion Column: Spring 2012 Sunglasses Trends

Marisa Anziano

Sunglasses are a great accessory to add to your ensemble for so many reasons. Whether you are trying to conceal the fact that you were too lazy to put on makeup that morning or you think you are cool enough that you can wear your sunglasses at night, there are numerous fashion forward options to choose from this spring season.

Cat Eye: Although this trend may seem a little farfetched or even unattainable, you might be surprised to know that cat eyed sunglasses are flattering on nearly all face shapes. There are two different degrees on the market currently: traditional 1950s swoopy ones and wider, softer 1980s versions. Celebrities such as Kourtney Kardashian and Scarlett Johansson are notorious for sporting these vintage-inspired spectacles.

Wayfarer: These sunglasses are popular in virtually every season for the past couple of years. Made especially popular by Old Hollywood actors of yesteryear and of course Tom Cruise’s character in “Risky Business”, wayfarers are an extremely classic and timeless option. Therefore, I would suggest investing your money in a trusty pair of Ray Ban wayfarers because they will last you practically a lifetime. The best part about wayfarers is that they are available in almost every single color you could possible think of. These are the perfect sunglasses for those fabulous sunny 80-degree days at the beach.

Rounded: This trend may not be for everyone because rounded sunglasses have the ability to make some of us appear like bugs. However, after some digging through your local Forever 21 or H&M, you may get lucky and find ones that suit your face just right. As with most of these different types of sunglasses, you can always adapt this trend to fit your personality and lifestyle. That’s why they have mirrors all over clothing stores after all! Emulate John Lennon’s signature shades or air more on the trendy side like Lady Gaga, who is known for the round Mickey Mouse-looking sunglasses from her “Paparazzi” music video.

Gradient Lens: Gradient lens mean that they begin with a very dark tint like black or brown and then gradually lighten to almost clear. For those of us that enjoy sunglasses that completely shield your eyes, these might not be the option for you. This trend is definitely a different and more unique take on typical sunglasses. These sunglasses are more a fashion statement then protection from the sun.

Aviators: Recently, I picked up my first pair of Aviators and now I know what the “hubbub” is about. My favorite Aviator translation has silver frames and mirrored lens. While Aviators can make you look like a police officer or a pilot, this trend can still be quite stylish. Check out RayBan for the perfect pair of Aviators.

Sunglasses are all about mixing convenience with a dose of effortless glamour so have fun with your shades. It’s a great way to add a pop of color into an outfit without looking too over the top or as if you are trying too hard. If you are looking to invest in a pair of great quality sunglasses, I suggest RayBan, Marc Jacobs, and Chanel. These higher end brands stand out amongst the others for producing great eyewear. Additionally, I would also recommend Target and Forever 21 for affordable, inexpensive sunglasses to fit your personal style.

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