Sunglasses have been inextricably tied to a sense of mystery, glamour, and star power for at least the last century. Whether it’s cat eyes, big butterflies, classic D-frames, or slim ovals — fashion may change, but the sense of cool you get from the right pair of sunnies is timeless. Equally good (though arguably less cool) is the way that the right lenses can keep your eyes safe from harmful UV rays, letting you play longer in the sun with less tiredness, fatigue, and (in the long run) eye damage. And if you need prescription correction, making sure that your sunglasses have you covered in the car, on the beach, and everywhere in-between is equally important.
We spoke with eight amazing style bloggers about their favourite eyewear trends of the moment, and how they keep their own eye health in check.
Lydia Abaté, Chic on the cheap
What’s your favourite sunglasses trend for 2017?
This summer I love seeing all the bold oversized sunglasses trending.
Why did you pick this Kam Dhillon pair?
I love the updated take on the cat eye and the lighter tortoise print makes them a stand out pair while still being a frame I could pair with any look.
Carolyn Yuen Marino, Hey pretty thing
Who are your fashion icons?
I get inspired by fashion bloggers (Gary Pepper Girl, Gal Meets Glam, Song of Style, to name a few) and the stylists for Net-a-Porter and Matches Fashion.
What do you love about these sunnies?
They fit my face so well! The nose pads are so comfortable, and the shape is like a modern cat eye meets Aviator. I also love that they have polarized mirrored lenses, which really shield my eyes from the sun.
Sarah Gleeson, SG style me
Which sunglasses trend are you excited to see trending this summer?
I’m really excited about all of the round style options! As someone who has quite the collection of aviator styles, the round style feels fresh for summer.
What do you do for your personal eye health?
I never go anywhere without sunglasses! I have light eyes so they’re very sensitive to the sun so sunglasses are an absolute must.
Jenna & Lisa, Savvy sassy moms
How do you pick the perfect pair of sunglasses?
For us, accessories are the best part of any outfit which is why we always make sure that ours are on point. There are so many ways to make a change in your eyewear from the colour of the lenses, to the colour of the frame and of course, a change in the frame shape is an option too.
What’s your current favourite sunglasses trend?
For Lisa, we went with a fun shape that would be sure to make an impression and make any outfit pop. Her new sunglasses make a statement with bright blue mirrored lenses. In addition to more of a cat eye look, the lenses ensure that her old look is behind her this summer!
Natalie Comstock, Natalie dressed
What sunglasses trend are you loving this summer?
I’ve slowly but surely become a sunglasses addict. I used to be so skeptical of round glasses, but oversized round sunglasses are probably my favorite shape for summer. They’re just really cool!
Amanda Raye Scozzafava, Broke and chic
What’s your favourite Summer sunglasses trend?
I’m currently loving the mirrored lens trend. I think mirrored sunnies add a fun touch to everyone’s summer style.
How do you keep your eyes happy and healthy?
Even though it wasn’t the case a handful of years ago, I now need to wear contacts or glasses everyday in order to see, so I take my prescription seriously. I’m very vigilant when it comes to scheduling my yearly exam.
Nicole Seligman, Writes Like a Girl
Who are your current fashion icons?
How do you keep your eye health in check?
My prescription still changes quite a bit, so I make sure to go in for a new one every two years. This helps me avoid getting headaches from straining my eyes in a poor prescription and gives me an excuse to get cute new pairs of glasses!
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