Model Chloe Norgaard does winter sunnies/Pic:fashionista.com
I’ve long been a strong believer that sunglasses make everyone – without exception – look good or, if not totally good, at least far better than they look otherwise.
That said, I’m not an insane person who owns 3,000 pairs of sunglasses. Instead, I own two: a rather traditional pair of oversized D&G shades I bought in Vegas (where all designer items should be purchased, in the sun and at a fraction of their original prices) and a pair of amazing wayfarer-style frames from Debenhams, with coloured reflective lenses and neon arms. Not one to do things by halves, me.
The great thing about sunglasses, really, is that you can spend as much – or as little – as you like, and you can buy a pair for all seasons (in the Irishwoman’s case, this is a concern that should be taken quite seriously) and all occasions. That being said, I’m not one for logos (even the tiny D&G logo on mine makes me feel uncomfortable) and I’d rather my sunglasses make some kind of statement than serve no purpose other than to shield my eyes from the sun’s horrid UV rays.
1. Toms Sandela bright blue crystal frames, £110
If you haven’t heard of TOMS, you’ve obviously been living under some kind of anti-philanthropy rock, because it’s the coolest way of being a consumer since, well, buying Marlboro Red in the 1950s (before all those pesky cancer revelations). If you buy a pair of TOMS shoes, the company will provide a pair of shoes for a child in the developing world. For every pair of specs you buy, TOMS provides support to doctors working to provide eye care to those who can’t afford it. See? A nifty way of justifying the purchase of a fairly freaking cool pair of shades. Bonus 100% UVA/UVB protection.
2. Ray-Ban aviator metal sunglasses, €150
I met my friend Sarah for brunch the other day and she was wearing a pair of metallic “Ray Ban” sunglasses. Those quotation marks are for a reason, y’all. Anyway they were super-cool, and a classic pair of shades are always a safe bet. HOWEVER. These babies are expensive. I mean, €150 for a pair of classic shades is a lot – and you’ll definitely find a cheaper pair on the high street. Such as these babies from Topshop, or these Asos frames.
3. Sunglass Junkie unisex wood grain wayfarers, £13
Everyone who’s anyone knows that wooden things are cool. It’s because they suggest eco-friendly credentials and caring about climate change which, in a shock non-change since 1995, is very important to the hipsters of this world. What’s great about these is that they’re not actually wooden, so you don’t need to worry about feeling too right-on – and they’ve got that whole Ray Ban (ahem) vibe going on, without the hefty price tag. 100% UV protection, too – not too shabby for £13.
4. Gionni black patterned corner cat eye sunglasses, €23.50 at Debenhams
It’s fair to say that these are the Pat Butcher of department-store sunglasses: a classic shape and fairly neutral colour with that oh-so-OTT splash of leopard print at the corners. The purple and red combo is not, I’ll grant you, going to be for everyone, and these could quite possibly be on the list of items not to wear on a date, but they’ll definitely make a statement. Of sorts. A kind of cat-lady statement. But sexy.
5. Sheriff & Cherry honey and navy mirrored sunglasses, €114
Sheriff & Cherry is a recent brand on my radar – possibly because it’s just been added to My-Wardrobe’s arsenal, and I trust that website implicitly with my every buying decision. That is not an exaggeration: Carven, MGSM, Helmut Lang, Acne and 3.1 Phillip Lim are all among my favourites. These sunnies are just on the right side of Americana – slightly kitschy, cute, very cool and, shape-wise, like a cross between a wayfarer and a cat-eye. In my books? Poifect. (Plus, My-Wardrobe does a deadly loyalty card scheme where you get points which convert to money off every quarter. Deadly.)