What­ever the weather

Your eyes will thank you for choos­ing a pair of shades for all sea­sons.

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - TREND REPORT WITH JOSIE STEENHART -

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.

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