Sunglasses are something of an essential. They’re the summer equivalent of that warm winter coat that never leaves your side (or indeed your person) over those cold months. Regardless, they’re always an accessory I leave to the last minute, never totally happy with my choice or selection.
So this year I am determined to prepare myself. I’ve been inspired by the likes of blogger Rumi Neely in her classic feline-esque Celine sunglasses which are a snip under £200 but not too bad a price for a little piece of designer loveliness. And of course it would be rather nice to say I owned something Celine.
For a fairly similar pair these Topshop Jackie glasses or these ASOS beauties are pretty much a dead ringer. For those wanting something a little lighter in colour these John Lewis specs are bright and breezy, plus I love the peach-toned arms.
Now to a pair of lenses you may have seen balancing on the nose of Rihanna – designer duo Coco & Breezy (sisters, would you believe?) Their fabulously wacky designs are refreshing and bizarre in equal parts. I’m rather fond of the bold colouring on this pair. Just the right amount of classic detail – rich tortoiseshell and gold additions – but with that chunky, bold shape. Very nice. For a similar clash of classic and quirky from our very own high street try this charming River Island pair.
At the other end of the spectrum are the vintage/second-hand delights found at Brick Lane market. A bit tattered and scratched but great if you just want a nice throw-in-the-bag pair. Charity shops can also throw up the odd excellent pair of specs so worth having a hunt when you next pass one. Speaking of retro, Klasik stocks countless pairs of vintage frames online and are based at Spitalfields market if you prefer to pop along and try a few pairs on. Whether it’s ’40s, ’50s, pre-war or ’80s you’ll pretty much find it all there.
So, happy hunting. It seems to me a few pairs could be advisable…