Whatever the weather
Your eyes will thank you for choosing a pair of shades for all seasons.
One thing I noticed at the big international fashion weeks held earlier in the year – when New York, Paris and London were deep in winter – was that along with footwear and bags (always the pieces de resistance for any selfrespecting fashionista), the style set were paying equal and unexpectedly careful attention to another accessory: sunglasses.
As a big fan and regular wearer of sunnies all year round, it was a detail I was delighted to see, and I tucked it away to talk about during our own winter season – which is most definitely now.
Just because there’s less sun, doesn’t mean there isn’t any, and to me the winter sun often seems even stronger and brighter when it does come out.
And while other small nods to style may be abandoned when it’s freezing, a special pair of sunglasses might be just the ticket to lifting a look – with the additional perk of having the practical purpose of protecting our eyes.
Francesca Pezzutto, buying director for Sunglass Hut, agrees. “In winter, many people don’t realise the importance of wearing sunglasses even when it’s cloudy,” she says.
“It doesn’t matter if there’s cloud cover or what activities we’re doing when outdoors, it’s essential that eyes have their own version of sunscreen.
“Eyes are the most sensitive part of the body and need to be cared for like the skin. With 90 per cent of skin cancers occurring above the neck and up to 10 per cent on the eyelids, it’s important that New Zealanders look after their eyes.”
As for what styles will have us looking cool while it’s cool out, Pezzutto says the “tiny 90s trend” is still most definitely in force here, offering a “compelling retro but edgy look”.
“Once the ultimate cool statement in the 90s and early 2000s, micro frames are officially back, ranging from round shapes to shapes reminiscent of Matrix,” she says.
“The remarkable thing about tiny 90s sunglasses is there is a variety of options within the trend – for example, cat eye shapes, round and oval styles.”
She recommends choosing a frame shape opposite to your face shape: “For example, if you have more angular features, go with a more oval frames.”
If tiny specs just aren’t your thing, another trend to look out for is one Pezzutto describes as “a celebration of 70s and 80s fashion”, where the big fashion houses such as Prada,
Bulgari and Dolce & Gabbana are reinventing for today the shapes and style that were in vogue in those decades.
This means oversized styles and rounder, softer shapes, in glamorous yet understated materials, with a palette of pastels and pales and plenty of gold and silver detailing – but still with plenty of UV protection.
Not sure which way to go? Pezzutto says an oversized round frame suits people with squarer or more heart-shaped faces, and can soften out more angular features.