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Celebrity style? Much better than that.

Which frames to choose? Brown ones? Tortoisesh­ell? Honey-colored? Green? Or how about metallic rims? Make it easy for yourself when buying sunglasses by going for the obvious choice. ■ Shades with black frames offer some serious practical pluses. Like black shoes, they’re beyond the vagaries of fashion and, ultimately, timeless. Being neutral on the color scale, black-framed sunglasses are especially versatile and will always suit your look, no matter what color your hair, skin or outfit.

Sunglasses, ’60s from CULTURE FRAMES.

From left to right and top to bottom: Sunglasses, MAX PITTION. Sunglasses, RAY-BAN. Sunglasses, PRADA. Sunglasses, RAY-BAN.

Sunglasses with black frames have a slightly dramatic, strongly defined look that adds structure to the face, no matter what shape you choose: sporty, urban, round, square, oval or cat’s-eye – in fact, the shape is almost a detail. ■Quite apart from any aesthetic considerat­ions, there’s a whole mythology attached to black-framed sunglasses, made up of old images and eternal clichés. Do they add a touch of star quality? Confer a little extra charisma? Definitely. Just check by posing in front of your mirror, jaw clenched and eyebrows furrowed. See it?

From left to right and top to bottom: Sunglasses, JULIUS TART from BEIGE HABILLEUR. Sunglasses, OAKLEY. Sunglasses, JACQUES MARIE MAGE. Sunglasses, RAY-BAN B&L, ’80s from CULTURE FRAMES.

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