Picture the scene. It’s a Tuesday morning and you’re running late for work. Fresh from the shower, you quickly towel dry your hair and attempt to dab some make up on your face. You throw on the nearest clean shirt and skirt combo and head out of the door. Shoes are a last minute decision, and you forget to bring a coat or an umbrella. Brilliant start!
Sounds familiar? What about when you wake up late at the weekend only to realize you’ve made an important appointment for the hairdressers/opticians/lunch with the girls, which you are about to miss. Again, you chuck on the cleanest clothes you can find and scramble.
It’s at times like these that sunglasses can make all the difference. Having a bad hair day? Push your hair back with your shades. Not too keen on how you look today? Simply cover up with sunnies, slap on some lipstick and you’re ready to go. Sunglasses look great all year round and can cover a multitude of ills. Whether you’re tired, hungover, or simply don’t feel quite ready to face the world, sunglasses can just keep that distance between you and the crowd.
Effortlessly cool and instantly glam, I can’t think of another clothing accessory which works so well with so little effort. Jewellery, for example, has to be carefully thought through. After all, you don’t want to head out for that important date only to realize too late that that neon top you’re wearing just doesn’t look right with the pretty pearl earrings and bracelet you’ve picked out. Shoes, likewise, are not items which can work with anything. Colors need to be matched, styles need to be balanced and you need to ensure that your heel height is going to work with the activity in mind. Note to self – a hen weekend involving mountain climbing is never the right time to wear ballet pumps.
There is something to be said for investing in a decent jacket which you can wear with anything, to anything. The same goes for a little black dress. These two items are, along with sunglasses, the three items any self-respecting girl should have in her wardrobe.
If you’re serious about sunglasses, then it’s probably a sensible idea to purchase a good pair. I secretly get a little thrill from wearing a designer pair. It’s a little bit sad, maybe, but I see it as an understated way of showing the world that I (hopefully) have good taste. Cheap throwaway pairs work well for holidays, however, as you are more than likely to break them. I have lost count of the number of shades I have accidentally dropped or sat on by mistake!
Should you be unsure as to what type to buy, then head to a clothes store and try on a few pairs of different shapes. My personal favorite are the aviator style of sunglasses, as I think they look really cool and just a little edgy. You may prefer the more classic round style, or something different altogether. With sunglasses, anything goes as long as it suits your face shape.
Color wise, black is the safest and most chic option, but other colors can work just as well. There’s a whole host of tints and frame colors out there to choose from at the moment, so shop around and see what takes your fancy. Patterns and added glittery bits can be fun, but make sure you don’t go too overboard!
So next time you’re not feeling at your very best, reach for your new sunglasses and smile. You’ll be ready for the world in no time!
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