Timeless Grace: A Classic Story of Sunglasses for Spring
With spring on the way, it’s time to start thinking about that essential accessory—sunglasses. Both protective and fashionable, sunglasses make a sartorial statement and add an air of mystery to the wearer.
Options abound for on-trend sunglasses, but a classic pair of shades conveys a story, in addition to being a great wardrobe staple to return to season after season. Many of these classic sunglasses often had their moment in celluloid history defining a character in an iconic movie. It’s hard to envision the characters played by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair without their trademark designer sunglasses.
With a nod to the past and a style that persists today, below are a few classic styles for guys and gals to consider when planning your line-up of spring sunnies.
Aviators: Military to Mainstream
Aviators, the ever-classic sunglasses, were originally developed by Bausch & Lomb for the U.S. Army Service in the 1930s before being offered to the general public. Now trademarked as “Ray-Bans,” these classic shades will most definitely “ban” rays from your eyes in style. Absolutely a unisex look, these fashionable sunglasses were seen on Tom Cruise in Top Gun and on celebs including Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt in real life (a style point they can definitely agree on).
Wayfarer: Mid Century Modern Classic
Modern and minimal, Wayfarer sunglasses first debuted in the 1950s, placing them in the same mid century modern design era of Eames and Saarinen chairs. You might have glimpsed them in movies such as The Blues Brothers or Reservoir Dogs and today they are equally at home on music icons and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, like Justin Timberlake and Facebook’s Marc Zuckerberg. Don this daily prescription to keep your eyes dressed in style.
Cat-Eye: Iconic Feline Style
This feline-inspired style became popular in the 1950s with the ladies. Originally designed to be only worn with optical lenses, Audrey Hepburn’s character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s launched the trend for cat-eye sunglasses, which we still see variations of today, often with larger rounder lenses and a more gentle frame line. Not for the shy-at-heart, a pair of cat-eye specs will most certain beguile and turn heads.
Find your own classic pair of sunglasses this spring! Check out cohensfashionoptical.com for a list of stores near you, or visit the location at 2 West 14th St. for many of the brands and styles mentioned above.